I Beat YoU | Mikkeller ApS

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I Beat YoUI Beat YoU

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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 uturn
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz capped bottle poured into Stone IPA glass.

A: This beer poured a clear deep orange/copper color with a very large 3 finger fluffy head which almost ran over the top of the glass.

S: The nose was mostly piney with some grapefruit and citrus notes.

T: The taste was like the nose, piney, grapefruit rind and some mild herbal notes, with only a tad of malt sweetness which did not quiet down the bitterness of these hops.

M: The mouthfeel was of a medium body with a nice level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability is fairly good for an Imperial IPA, I could easily drink another as the 9.75%abv is hardly noticed.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Great Lakes snifter showing a rich tawny color. It held a one and a half finger tall off-white head. Retention was nice, giving spotty patterned lacing around the glass. A thick haze permeated the brew, but no outright sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared medium. The nose lifted with candy corn sweetness, thick pine and floral hops, caramel and chocolate malts, and a fiery sting of booze. There was an additional sugary, fruity sweetness, but this was from the deepness of the malts and booze, rather than from the hops. Our first impression was that this was one boozy, hoppy, mishmash of flavoring. As we sipped, fusel alcohols crashed up front. No hiding that at all. This was curbed a bit by sweeter caramel malts and huge hop bitterness of pine, as in the nose. The middle moved forward with sweeter alcohol, plum and peach sugars, and raw and dirty hop bite. This continued without any real transition into the finish, with more huge fusels, more mixed fruit sweetness, residual sugar, and malty caramel thickness. The aftertaste breathed thickly of citric and piney hops, deeper caramel malt sweetness, raw honey, and earth. The body was fuller, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left thickly coated with this syrupy brew, and the palate puckered a bit with astringency due to the dirty hops. To each sip there was great slurp, but little froth or cream. The abv was appropriate, but due to it not being hidden very well, this one was a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the funky interplay between the hop bitterness, fruity sweetness, and massive booziness through the taste. The malts were deeper, with sweetness and great complexity. The caramel, here, was huge, and so were the residual sugars. This big sweetness was necessary to curb the overwhelming booze character, which became a bit much by the end. This would be a great beer to split with someone for dessert after a hearty meal on a cold day.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of polopaul20
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, bursting with hops and alcohol. Pine and resin, solventy alcohol on the palate along with citrus and pungent herbal hops. A little rough around the edges but still damn good. For those that make the distinction between Double IPA and Imperial IPA, this is clearly an Imperial IPA, but still plenty hoppy and dry enough that it strays from the Barleywine category.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of caahare
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of whitenads
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of peabody
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a very clear orangish amber with two fingers of off-white creamy suds. Lacing going on here.
Smell is sharp hop with very little malt.
Very grapefruity with a hint of alcohol.
Taste is bitter at first then very dirty. The dirt stays with you for about 10 seconds then the alcohol hits the back of the throat and burns all the way down!
Your mouth goes through the wringer with this strong offering. I still like the extremes here.
Drinkability is almost nill. Way too hot, not enough maltysweetness to balance out the strong hop bitterness.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Pours a murky peach-camel color beneath a densely foamy, porous, bright white head. Practically upon impact, the tulip's sides are plastered with durable, ringed lacing.

Big, toasted malt character with a hefty dose of diacetyl; notes of honey. The hop aromas are a muddy, tropical fruit character over a cognac type alcohol character. Deep, muddy flavors; intriguing, but a bit odd for the style.

Heavy, toasted malt character that more than balances out the pine-driven, herbal hop flavors. The herbal profile run the gamut from grass and cedar to rosemary and sage. Mildly sweet notes of vanilla and honey throughout. Real complex, deep flavors going on here with a remarkable balance.

Full in body; wonderfully smooth and creamy, which is quite a surprising texture for the style.

This one is a real treat; particularly in terms of appearance, flavor, and texture. A few knocks: this offering doesn't exactly fit the mold for an American Double IPA and it's not the most 'sessionable' one either.

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Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The copper-amber color, cloudy body. and two finger thick head made of large bubbles made this beer look good to me. The smell was very aggressive at an arms length, as the hops gave out a grassy, spicy aroma. Right under the nose, the aromas mellowed a little, as the honey like malt started to come through. The was not as bitter as the American IPAs originating on the US West Coast. There was a honeydew melon and papaya like sweetness up front, with notes of pear as well. The hops were clearly there mid palette, and in the finish, but they were not the typical citric types, and were instead more herbal, earthy, and spicy. This beer was quite hefty in body and stuck to the corners of the mouth, giving the beer a drawn out aftertaste. Hid the alcohol well, and went down quite easily.

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Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
No date on bottle but my local shop just got this in today. Fresh off the truck. Thanks Freddy!

A - Hazy rust color with a light yellow head that forms an active cap. Below average lacing.

S - Dense yeasty esters. Mango is very powerful right up front, candied grapefruit, lychee, sweet orange, pineapple, cantaloupe melon, pine resin becomes more pronounced as it opens up. Thick toasted caramel malt is heavy underneath and adds to more sweetness.

T - The hops, malt, and yeast seem to all hit the palate at once. Hops follow the aroma and seem to stay on the edges of the malt. Tropical fruits up front and sides, some green pine on the back of the tongue. The rich caramel malt does not get pushed aside from the malt but adds very nice balance.

M - Full body, thick chewy feel, low carbonation. Finishes juicy, slick, and wet.

This beer lets the flavors of the hops shine more than the bitterness. Lots of juicy tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and some pine. Very juicy and wet.
A thick body and rich malt bill add lots of sweetness and seems like it almost needs a bit more bitterness to balance it out. But that is only nitpicking. This was a well rounded DIPA.

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Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ms11781
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 03/21/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark orange/rust color, almost amber but not quite. Not much of a head, maybe 1/4 finger of foam. What is there sticks around and leaves ok lacing.

The nose is hoppy, yet sweet. Some nice pine notes and hint of citrus are present along with a huge malt sweetness. Biscuity with hints of caramel at the same time with a hint of alcohol.

The taste starts with a sharp bitterness and some citrusy notes. A huge, sweet malt backbone doesn't just balance out the hops but it takes over at times, bringing with it some alcohol. A resiny bitterness sticks to the tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bitterness at the finish is sticky and lingers for a bit.

Decent, balanced DIPA. Not the best, not the worst. Not something I would seek out again but after the single hop series it was intriguing.

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 71.3% out of 100 with 411 ratings
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