I Beat YoU | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
411
Reviews:
170
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
19
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38
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Ratings: 411 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent for the style, sent in trade and now reaching bigger distribution in the USA. Lots of foam on a golden body. Hoppy aromas, the taste come lots of hops, very pleasant if you like bitter, as it leans more there, and is well buffered by the malting. Very good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with little retention on a cloudy crimson body. No real lacing.

S: resin, citrus, light floral and caramel malt notes.

T: lots of caramel malt with a tangy and tart citrus flavor in the middle transitioning to a more piney and grassy finish.

M: heavier side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as my friend nickfl points out this one is moving into barleywine territory with a more malt backbone like 90 minute. A nice beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of those special beers that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. this is a big bastard ipa. it pours a clear radiant orange color, sticky white foam on top. the nose is really bitter, oily, high alpha west coast hops. less booze than expected, and a tangerine honey waft as well. love the taste of this, bitter as hell, almost concentrated hops, but there is some fruity sweet notes in there too. mouthfeel is sticky as hell, like nice weed. its thick but well carbonated, perfectly balanced in that regard. mikkeller has come to make some outstanding big american ipas, and this one is among the best. wow, so much flavor, really strong, but scary drinkable. yum

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copperish gold color. The head was thick and white, leaving a really nice lacing too. The smell was very good, the hops aroma was fresh and bright smelling. The taste of this beer is very bitter but had a great sweetness to it also from the massive amounts of hops they used. The mouthfeel of this beer has a really good tingle to it but also goes down well. Overall this is a big time brew, it's flavorful and gets the job done. I found it to be a very good IIPA.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--grapefruit and orange stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--having citrusy flavors--and these are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

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

330ml bottle. At last Europe's two biggest hop wankers come together, lord almighty, at last!

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark golden brown hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse, but still attractively webbed lace around the glass as it ebbs away.

It smells of caramel cream, dank pine resin, thunderous (is thunder odorous - ponder that...) bitter, fruity domestic and tropical hops, and a leafy, herbal booziness. The taste is toffee-tinged caramel malt, subtle at first in the face of overpowering muddled citrus and pine hop astringencies (the loving kind), but evolves into something more, well, solid and domineering, against outright expectation. Underlying this little war of attrition is a soft alcohol warming, that has the good graces to generally never act up.

The carbonation is restrained in its workaday frothiness, but not exactly a wallflower either, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth despite its crazy inherent detractors. It finishes hoppy as shit (so check that box), but not really one-sided by any means - the malt doing its best to play the stoic unsung hero.

It hurts just a little saying this, but this unholy Euro-alliance has fookin' nailed it. A 10 points less change ABV monster that tastes only (in the things that really matter) of beastly hops, and the malt that loves it. Yummy even at the stupid one-off import price. Oh, and couldn't the original submitter at least have preserved the label wordplay? I just don't grok the concept of IBYU, y'know?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but Brewdog's gimmicky BS has a strong tendency to chap me arse something fierce.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent copper with tinges of red and gold. Looks good so far.

Sm: Caramel, cream, and a big load of hops. Centennial is the most distinctive; the others get lost in the bitterness. It is surprisingly muted for how purportedly hoppy it is; the aroma is merely moderate in strength. Let's see how she tastes, lads...

T: Very hoppy indeed (holy Centennial, batman!), with an overpowering caramelized malt note that dominates the second half. The alcohol comes through a biteen, but not much. I wish the good flavours weren't so frontloaded. The balance is certainly off. The bitterness on the finish is unwelcome and doesn't encourage the next sip. Strangely built but decent all-around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also quite thick. Too thick, like Kathy Bates. Doesn't suit the flavours.

Dr: Excellent drinkability for the ABV, but lacking in quality - at least what I'd expect from Mikkeller and what most of ye'd expect from Brewdog. The price is also a bit high.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber hints. It had a two-finger, off-white, foamy, bubbly head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. Some burnt toast maltiness in the background.

T - Good piney hops with tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. It had a good roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a sneaky potency.

D - This is another tasty IPA from Mikkeller. Really nice.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours very hazy red orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of huge caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, mango, and breadiness; with a tad bit of alcohol. Super big hoppy and sweet aromas here. Taste of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, and caramel; with a bit of spiciness and mango. Big bitterness on the finish that lingers for a long time with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors. Medium carbonation and a full and fairly slick body and mouthfeel. Even with the massive hopping of this beer, it still manages to be very balanced with big maltiness on the front to offset the big bitter bite on the finish. Quite drinkable for being almost 10%, but still a sipper. Surprisingly no alcohol noticed other than a decent warming on the finish. Overall a fantastic DIPA from Mikkeller. I have not been disappointed by them yet.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I havent been to happy with some of the recent DIPA's I have had,I wont name names but Iam missing the hop equation and not liking the sweetness in alot of them...this beer to me exemplifies what a DIPA should be.Poured a deep burnt orange with a large sticky white head that left globs of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Intense Simcoe and Amarillo hop aromas,leathery,insanely resiny,tropical fruit,and a big sweet caramel base to hold its own to th big hop onslaught.Deep pine resin flavors with that leather component to go along with overripe tropical fruit,a big honeyed sweetness stands true to the finish.The alcohol is big and brash lending hefty sweetness to the finish.This is a great beer its thick and mouth coating,bold and intensly hoppy,now this is what Iam talkin about!

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy copper-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with dark caramel and toffee malt notes pushing back against the green aromas.

T - Equal parts pungent hops and dark, sugary malt up front. Notes of pine and caramel in the middle with a touch of mustardy character from the hops interacting with the atypically dark malt character. Finishes with sugary notes of caramel and brown sugar as well as grapefruit and fairly strong bitterness.

M - A thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is an unusually big and malty DIPA with a strong hop character but an emphasis on the malt. Caramel and brown sugar have an interesting effect on the hops that is not unlike what one often experiences in an American barleywine. Very nicely done, and more than a little reminiscent of Dogfish Head 90 min.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a patchy off-white head. Big hoppy aroma, with scents of citrus and pine, but mostly citrus. Taste is very hop-heavy, with orange and grapefruit, and a touch of apricot; some pine notes come through. Some caramel sweetness in the background, but its the multiple hops that really take control. Medium mouthfeel. A tasty and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
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