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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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Ratings: 411 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Murrhey
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass in high altitude Libby, MT. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger tan colored head, with middling retention and some sticky lacing. Roast caramel color with low clarity. Looks quite nice.

S- Citrusy and piney hops,light and sweet smell, just a touch of alcohol present in the nose. Brown sugar and caramel. Quite sweet smell. Really lovely.

T- Sugary alcoholic tastes, brown sugar, some citrus flavor in the first taste. The after taste is where the hops come in, a pine and citrus beat with a distinct earthiness. Like hop-flavored whiskey. Caramel malts tie it all together.

M- Heavier than I might have thought, but a very light finish. Slightly wet in the tail end. Choppy sort of feel.

O- Very strong beer. The taste is powerful, and the smell is divine. The feel is just north of average though.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Hopswagger
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

P: Cloudy, dirty tannish orange color with a finger of off white head.

S: Grapefruit, juicy pineapple, mellow earthy characteristics. Mainly fruit forward, toasty malts and a spiced background. Peach juice and syrup are also present.

T/M: Heavy grapefruit and sweet syrup. Not as smooth as the nose and has a rough unpleasant taste. The malts is almost offensive, syrupy and overpowering. Floral hops with toasted grains. Finishes wet with a timid dryness from the grapefruit.

O: For the advertised amount of hops I was truly disappointed. Not impressed with this at all and I'm disappointed beachside I had high hopes for this. I almost poured it out at one point but made myself finish. The malt was just not right for the beer and too overpowering. The smell was nice but not enough to save it.

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Photo of bhir
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biergaternOK for this one, thanks Freddy!

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never quite clears, great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, piney with some lemon-grass thrown in

T: Big time malt mixes with grapefruit, pine, woody hops &herbal bitterness up front. Tanic bitterness comes through as this warms along with orange peels, caramel & shortbread, some booze bite as well Finishes with caramel sweetness, some dryness, herbal & woody with grapefruit & a bit of pineapple on the edges...

MF: Big chewyness, slight carbonation. liking the balance but not super in-love with the hop mix

A drinkable enough DIPA, but the heft does get to you after a while. Pretty good, but not great

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Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Balvenie
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very murky brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Spotty lacing.

S- Very floral, pungent hop aroma with a semi-medicinal aspect. Very, very earthy.

T- Shot of grassy bitterness which then backs off leaving a smooth finish and a piney aftertaste. Alcohol springs up here and there but is mostly overshadowed by the hops. Also has a sweet malt duality that pulls everything together. Dank; there's no other word to describe it.

M- Oily and a bit sharp, but well-restrained without being too bitey or heavy. Full-ish body with medium carbonation.

O- Simply brilliant. Man, I love this guy!

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Photo of cletetron
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ktuc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a golden head into my glass. Appears very "thick". I expected something clearer though.

Sweet buttery malt with a faded hop profile that leans more towards pine resin than citrus. No bottling date.

Ditto on the flavor. It resembles the early stages of a barleywine with a mixture of raisin/plum, pine and maybe a bit of grapefruit.

Bitterness peppers the back of the mouth. Better than I expected.

The only difference that I think one will see from a fresh version is a slightly sharper alcohol burn and more pronounced bitterness.

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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 Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BurnInLA
1.94/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a decent head but quickly dissipated. No lacing. Overpowering stink smell... overpowering bad-taste taste. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle or if it's just not for me... way way too much hop flavor, way too much alcohol flavor, weird citrus thing going on... too much alcohol heat...

I love some DIPA's like Pliny, Sculpin and my favorite, Dogfish Head 90 minute, but this was just not for me...

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slight tan head covers this reddish-orange brew. Big resin and grapefruit initially. Caramel and light fruits add to the complexity. Sweet and to the palate up front with a decent hop shot in the middle. Sour fruits, a bit of grain and some phenols work themselves in. Heavy body with a slight alcohol heat. There are DIPA's and then are "big" DIPA's. This is without a doubt deep into the "big" DIPA category, which is a very good thing.

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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 411 ratings
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