I Beat YoU | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavily hopped with Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus.

Brewed at BrewDog, Scotland.

Added by bark on 11-18-2009

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A glowing orange pour, this looked sexy. 1/3" white head. Aroma drops all kinds of hops, mint, pine, citrus, grapefruit, caramel.

Taste, super bitter, is this 100ibu territory? Probably. A lot of different hop bitterness and flavors still going on. Plenty of crystal malt on this one. Wish I could try this with less age on it but it comes from halfway around the world I think.

Its good, but the price is such that I doubt I will be making a return voyage to this. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark apricot colored pour with a minimal off-white head. Strong hoppy smell with a hint of booze. Taste is syrupy with resin and tropical fruit upfront. Also has a slightly sweet edge with a caramel flavor that carries through to the finish, along w/ the boozy flavor.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if I got an old bottle or what, but this seems to be a recurring theme for mikkeller IPAs that I buy. More malt than hops. I love most of their stuff. This is A decent beer still but would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

0,33l Hazy amber, brown wheat. Full body, oily at palate. Toasted grains, tropical fruit, light dankness and caramel almost creamy. Resin is the prominent flavor, bitter, dark chocolate and mango, some citrus, hops and malt. Toffee and resin in aftertaste. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Excellent after good meal. Absolute recommendation.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Hazy dark orange, small white head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice frothy lace.
Literally tons of hops and malt in the smell. Fragrant mango, maracuja, ripe tangerine, melon, pineapple syrup, really sweet and fruity, smells like sugared jelly worms. There's a "stale" note with the fruitiness too, not that good. Hint of lemon and pine. Dense caramel biscuity malts.
Stronger green hop presence in the taste, with a nice bitter leafiness along with the sweet fruit from the start. Herkules hops bring lots of melon and tangerine, nice tropical notes (maracuja, sweet pineapple) from the others, a floral component that seems a lot like honey when taking the sweet malts into account. Lots of caramel and quite a bit of toastiness, a bit stronger than the usual biscuity note in IIPAs. A bit of pine but lots of grassy bittering hops, with a rough finish.
Still, some fruit manages to bypass it, there's mango and sweet citrus in the hoppy aftertaste. Medium, oily body, low to medium carbonation. Alcohol level never really felt.
Nice, but not the greatest IIPA around. Had better Mikkellers, one even in collaboration with BrewDog.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10%

I Beat You brewed at Brew Dog by the Gypsy brewer himself. The label states this is an American style Imperial IPA. The funniest thing is the best before date of 7/15/15, get the fuck out of here it's 12/5/14 that's at least a 7 month shelf life for an IPA I wanted to drink last week as fresh as possible.

It visually looks great in my chalice deep off white cream colored head fine speckled even layered lacing. The body looks like an orange marmalade with some hop floaties in suspension.

Aroma is dank out the gate very much an earthy, pine, deep citrus note to the nose. Much danker than the new wave tropical hop varieties totally different. Some caramel and bread like malt notes amongst mary jane dankness of the hop profile.

Flavor is sickeningly sweet it's 9.75% abv and it does pack a bit of alcohol into the flavor profile, but the sweetness grabs ahold of you and the raw hop juice is trying to come together to balance out the big malt additions. Dank, bitter tea leaf/tobacco notes, earthy, pine are all the descriptors I have to express the hop profile. Honey caramelized malt, and sugar in the raw this is more than candy coated hops this is near dessert level of sweetness for a DIPA I want a crisp dry finish with good hop and malt cohesion. The next few sips as it warms makes the beer more desirable as the palate adjusts to whats going on in there.

Mouthfeel is viscous thick hop oil textures, cloying sugar content just hits the palate so hard making it very difficult to enjoy harsh hop pellet bitterness without much hop flavor lingers on the palate. Carbonation is natural levels are fine but this beer is a challenge to consume.

Overall, come to America to Gypsy brew if your going to can pilsner with Sly Fox you might as well go to the West Coast to make your next DIPA!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a hazy golden brown with a decent head. Smells of honey, caramel and flowers. Smooth texture, tastes like strawberries, huge notes of honey, a slight bitterness to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is almost undetectable.

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Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber with nice head and lacing.

Nose is real potent hops. I get mint, a slightly candied NZ hop quality. Red fruit hops. Mango.

Taste is similar, NZ-y hops over a grainy, slightly cereal-y background. A slightly chlorine-y malt presence.

Mouthfeel is substantial- chlorine-y, pine-y malt.

This is a really solid beer; not classically American style, it could easily pass as an American Strong Ale.

Main detraction is a slightly dry alcoholic finish. Other than that it's got a pretty unique/distinct profile but no doubt there's a lot of flavour.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: golden amber with some lacing and no visible carbs
S: not too much on the nose for a DIPA. It is however a balanced pine, floral and sugar malt profile from what I could find
T: sits evenly with lemon, sugar and warm bread.
M: mediums light and really drinkable
O: this beer is pricey. But it is a solid example of how an IPA can be made without just hop blasting the palate. Enjoyable and will drink again if find on tap

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Photo of tempodaluppoli
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color: amber with orange reflex, very clear. Long lasting white head. At the nose there is a reminiscence of bergamot and obviously a lot of resin/herbs.
The beer is very smooth but also very bitter, quite warming but all the sensations are in great balace. The taste is very elegant with the bitter from the hops that seems to last forever.

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber / copper color with a thin white head and an OK lacing, but not great (due to low temperature of the beer).

Aroma: a metric ton of hops: fruits, pine, grass. Also some caramel and earthy notes, but very subtle. Alcohol is also present, but it's in the back and doesn't bother me that much. It is an Imperial IPA so you kinda have to expect some alcohol notes in the aroma I guess.

Taste: citrus, caramel, lots and lots of bitterness and some sweetness in the back as well. No traces of alcohol in taste, but it warms you pretty nicely. A bit of pineapple aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to low carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Overall: very good IIPA. Better than BrewDog's Hardcore IPA (and therefore better than I Hardcore You), but not the best IIPA from Mikkeller (best one I had so far was 1000 IBU). Really nice beer, worth reccomending.

Enjoyed from a teku glass.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head at all and a very opaque, dark brown hue.

S: Malty, but not overwhelmingly so. Got very little scent from it hops-wise, with the prevailing aromas being sugary.

T: Some caramel and citrus, perhaps? Might say brown sugar as well.

M: No carbonation, just a warm and heavy beer that definitely sticks to your palate.

O: I went in with some high expectations, so I'm probably a little at fault here, but I was just waiting for that "wow" moment and it never came. Good enough beer, for sure. Just felt that the malty overtones outweighed any hop character it may have otherwise had. Worth trying it out if you have an opportunity, though.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog online shop. The label states that it was brewed at Brewdog's Ellon brewery. I've been wanting to try this ever since I first had 'I Hardcore You'...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich coppery-orange hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of vehement hops with notes of pine resin, weed, orange peel, mild citrus, a mélange of fruits and subtle grass/hay. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt, mildly earthy yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Pretty full-on.

Tastes of exceptional hoppiness; a full frontal assault on the palate and an extreme bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, tropical fruit, citrus, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet and decidedly alcoholic, followed by a zealous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and good body. Hop oils tantalise the tastebuds. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin, caramel malt and booze.

Woooo - with each mouthful, a tsunami of hops envelops the palate. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are overwhelmingly hoppy. A ton of pine and fruit notes along with sweet caramel. The alcohol character seems obvious but well-balanced. Nice body. A solid double IPA; intense but satisfying. Worth sampling, particularly if you want to saturate your senses.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is darker than most with an almost brown dark amber shade with translucent clarity and quick to drop tan cap with fine bead. The smell is dry leafy hop aroma mixed with malt sweetness and slight alcohol ester and mild pine. The feel has moderate sweetness and light bitternesss with a more balance of alcohol hop bitterness and malt with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry warming finish.

The flavor is pretty decent with some mild lemon zest which is intense and some pine hop flavor mixed with caramel element of malt and alcohol w/ a mild herbal flavor throughout, the blend of hops was not apparent to me but after reading the description here I get why the hops come off as moreof a noble blend of flavors rather than strictly american in profile with the yeast adding a light fruitiness to the taste in general. Overall not bad -very strong tasting and hoppy with a slightly sweet take on the style but pretty drinkable in general terms -I liked it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of a 2012 edition (so I've been told) bottle. Poured a ruby red brown sort of color with a good head that dies at OK pace with lace patches. Strong, piney hop aroma with a little bit of booziness in it and some caramel sugary sweetness. Taste is more of the same as citric, orangish, piney hops greet me at every sip and the beer goes down easy and is well-balanced with a pronounced sweet edge. Beer is warming as I swear the alcohol jumps out at times and smoothes out as you keep drinking.

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Photo of kguard
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with the smell of honey and candied fruits, papaya & banana.
Taste a bit of a let down from 19. Honey, floral, and mild candied fruit. Caramelized malts keep coming through. I at least appreciate what he's going for.
Mouthfeel is chewier and more viscous that most. Remind me Jagermeister Barenjager.
It's just above ok. Downside is the cost of each beer, and it's brewed at Brewdog. I had a higher expectation of this.
Simply doesn't justify the price tag. Nice to try but I enjoy IIPA's that feature less malt and more bitterness.

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber-orange body sporting a thick, sticky, white head. Strong caramel notes infused with deep, rich fruit; apricot, orange. Thick, chewy beer; rich and syrupy feel; very dry. Deep malt notes overshadowed by very smooth yet powerful hop bitterness; some orange-like esters sneaking around in the background.

Definitely a big 'un here. Packed full of grain and hop goodness that does a pretty fair job of masking the ABV. Smooth and luscious with a kick...

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Photo of Pencible
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like strong copper and waxy hops, with some sugary caramel and alcohol.
T: It tasted like bitter copper and sugary caramel, with some orange. It had a somewhat clean aftertaste with notable alcohol.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an ok double IPA, but the scent and taste left something to be desired. The body wasn't great either, and the finish was rough with a lot of heat, so it must be sipped. Simply not a high quality brew.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber to brown. Thick, creamy head initially lingers well. Streaked lacing. On swirl large walls of carbonation present on glass wall.

S: Hoppy and piney.

T: More of the same hops with maybe a bit of earthy grass. Balanced with a nice dose of malts.

M: Medium bodies - hops prevent it from being to heavy.

O: Just bought yesterday but unfortunately hops are past their prime. But seeing through that this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Lee45102
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The smell, look, and the first upfront taste was great. The malt flavor at the end doesn't meet my expectation for an IIPA. This beer was very tough to get through. I normally love Mikkeller Beers and I am a huge IIPA lover. Good luck to those trying this beer that are big IPA drinkers.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip. This is so heavenly. Dark amber color, off white head. First aroma was overpowering spruce pine; later smells sweet. Taste is grapefruit and woody pine, with a honey sweet finish. The only *possible* improvement would be if there were slightly more carbonation. But overall this is amazing and I can't wait to get more. Be careful - definitely can't tell that this is 9.75%.

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Photo of BuddyE
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is all over the place. The original pour is nice, with a wonderful deep caramel color and moderately foamy head. The aroma was fantastic, rich in spicy fullness with nice, subdued fruit undertones. Unfortunately, that was the best part of the beer. Upon first sip, the liquid is heavy in the mouth, with a hit of bitters that is to be expected, but with an astringent follow-up that makes the beer hard to swallow; harder still to try again. When they can be descerned, the cacophony of flavors fight with one another rather than melding into anything approaching harmony. I understand wanting to go all out and make a high IBU offering, but other companies have done so successfully while creating beer that, though potent, is still drinkable. I think this one misses the mark.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with Mikkeller, and I'm pretty sure the only Scottish IPA I've ever had. Pours a nice amber color, slightly cloudy, with a copper tinged head. Good retention and cling on the head. Huge aroma; tons and tons of hops with clover honey, lemongrass and vanilla. Some of the Scottish heritage comes through in the taste, bearing a passing resemblance to a Wee Heavy with the thick, molasses like sweetness, and grassy background.. Very very sweet, thick and creamy, with little felt carbonation; almost feels like nitro out of the bottle. Lots of lemon on the palate, caramel and loads of malt and hops. Leaves a citrus aftertaste. Not boozey, but you can feel the heat of the nearly 10% ABV.

Good but not great; better examples of the style can be found in the 90 minute, Hop Stoopid, or Simtra.

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Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cloudy with a chance of yeast, sheesh, this looks like the water luke and solo got stuck in during empire... muddy orange hue with some bubs careening through the thick looking murk, decent head and lacing, the particles are all in suspension like some sort of sick looking snow globe, interesting enough

dark honey herbal hops, kind if like ricola on crack, some dry sugar, swamp grass, like the look this is different from most DIPAs so far, not sure if
different = good, we'll have to see about that score

taste etc...
boy, that is going to take a sec to process...
extremely bitter dark honey, completely cloying on the first sip, almost hard to go back, but it settles down as my palette adjusts...
decently thick but not gooey, the bitterness seems at war with the flavor, the beer does not drink smoothly in that regard, the phases are all at war with each other here, there is big bitterness, hooray, here's a medal, but man this is just too harsh to enjoy, the hops are almost hard to enjoy here.

the ABV is decently hidden but the mess of flavors is not, this is certainly a different DIPA so if you want to try something that definitely does not taste run of the mill... go ahead, this one just is not for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I didn't even know I was playing a game... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises candied grapefruit rind, pine resin, caramel, and light earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with a sharper pine character and a general increase in direct bitterness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, but one whose intense bitterness verges on unpleasant, luckily falling just short of such an ignominy.

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
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