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 jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit and caramel nose and flavor is sweet grapefruit and caramel. High ABV is hidden. Decent Imp IPA. Expensive but worth trying at $7.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange to copper. 1 finger khaki head with small and medium bubbles. Laces extremely well. Carbonation evident. Hop haze?

S: Caramel, guava, mango, peach, sweetness, lemon, slight alcohol, zesty, spicy and pine.

T: Holy shit. That is a major hop and alcohol bomb. This is one of the most intense beers I've ever had in my life. It is sooo overpowering with bitterness, alcohol warming and sugary, grainy sweetness. Some peach notes, little caramel but hop bitterness and alcohol mask the rest.

M: Alcoholic and sweet.

O: This is a once in awhile sipper. Such a hop bomb though that you wouldn't want to age it as it would lose it's punch. The bitterness and alcohol balance each other but there's too much of each for me to enjoy thoroughly. Once it warms up it's easier to ingest. Much better a few degrees over 50.

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Beat yoU from notes

A- Super hazy caramel colored pour. Half finger egg shell head that recedes to thin cap within seconds. Lacing is okay.

S- Candied sugar, bright citrus and slight floral presence. Sweet malts and slight alcohol in the back end.

T- Quick shift from super bitter, to sweet to slight alcohol in seconds. Bitterness is straight bitter than floral with a quick citrus finish. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish. Bitter lingering aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, bitter with a lovely carbonation presence.

O- Good ipa/iipa, everything you could possibly want.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark copper, rust, and orange in color with a thin off-white head that leaves a few dots of stick down the glass--but not much.

This has a very aggressive, strong aroma, with lots of citrus hop character, pine, and big notes of dominating, stinging alcohol.

The flavor follows a similar, unfortunate route, with big bitterness and hot, stinging alcohol dominating the big citrus and pine. There's tons of hop character here, but it's presented in an unpleasant fashion. There's also a chemical flavor as well that doesn't help much at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though a bit oily.

I had a tough time working my way through my 10oz. glass.

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

A: Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head.

S: Aromas of pine, spruce, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, caramel, and biscuits assault the nose. This is obviously going to be a hop monstrosity.

T: A bitter, resinous entry quickly gives way to notes of caramel, biscuits, pine, spruce, juniper berries, bitter orange, kumquat, grapefruit, carambola, ugli fruit, lemon, and lime. The finish is predictably long and bitter with notes of citrus and pine dominating.

M: Fairly full-bodied and initially dry, though it turns sticky just before the fade. Carbonation is pretty heavy, yet alcohol presence is restrained for the style.

O: This is a nice American DIPA that is substantially more adventurous than most. I loved the range and depth of the citrus flavors in this beer. I Beat YoU is well worth seeking out if you're a fan of this style.

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

Pours a light copper hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and clingy lacing here and there,the smell is a tropical punch bowl with pineapple,paw paw,passionfruit,kiwifruit and obviously piney hops,the mouthfeel is a touch syrupy,full bodied and chewy and could be easily mistaken for an American BarleyWine and has tastes of fresh honey beehive,caramel candy,resin coated piney hops,a light touch of guava and finished with a piney hop cross sticky toffee bittersweetness and overall a very nice double which is reasonably priced and would buy more of cheers.

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Photo of seeswo
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #4, 12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark, golden brown, translucent, with a large off-white head that leaves lacing down my new half acre tulip. - 3.5

The smell is a bready, biscuity and even slightly caramel malt flavor atop a slightly juicy, floral hop nose. There may even be a touch of wheat. It's either a DIPA, an American barleywine or, possibly a hoppy wheat wine. - 4.0

Bright, slightly juicy hops blend with a slightly bready malt profile. Quite hoppy, and yet there is some balance. Its nice. - 4.0

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Its gotta be an American barleywine. - 4.0

This is an interesting beer. The almost citric, flowery, juicy element of the hops is the thing that elevates it. Drinkable in spite of an assumed fairly high ABV. The flavors come together nicely. - 4.0

Ok, so I am going to go with American Barleywine, but as far as guesses go, the 12oz bottle is throwing me off. My best guess would be doggie claws...

...reveal: Mikkeller I beat you American IPA, 9.75%, and also, a sneaky 11.2 oz bottle. This instantly rocketed up to one of my favorite Mikkeller beers. Very nice one to open as a blind beer. Thanks!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus. In the taste, alcohol, boozy hops, and a bit sweet, with a light citrus to pine. An alcohol and hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and small hop in the aftertaste. Quite boozy, but some nice hops.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel amber with good clarity and depth. Nice two finger, creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves creamy rings of lace.

The aroma is an amazingly rich bouquet of tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange marmalde, cocunut and hints of vanill and rich caramels. Strong malt bottom with toffee hints.

The flavor is more aggressive with a bitter bite. Still citrusy, orange peel, grapefruit pith, aspirin hints. A little overboard and stinging. Rich toffee, sweet bottom a bit cloying. Big alcohol burn on the finish. Pallate stripper. Interesting and intense.

The burn in the finish on this bitter beer is a lot to handle. Medium body and quite solid.

Not balanced. Aggressive, hard to finish.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, almost red. Wispy off white head.
Smell: earthy citrus hops in your face. Tamed by a strong malt.
Taste: conflicting hops and malt. Strong malt backbone but cut through with a bitter streak.
Overall: glad to try. Not a stand out IMO.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy orange brown hue, respectable off white head left plenty of sticky lacing
S - big fruity hops of citrus, tropicals, some perfume and healthy toasty and toffee aromas
T - big hop flavours of tropical fruit juice, some earthy and spicy notes, toasty malt, and the high ABV is non existent
M - medium body with lighter carbonation, medium bitter and dry with alcohol non existant
O - this is a tasty hop bomb ass kicker of a DIPA, i'm typically not sold on many of the Mikkeller experiments, but this is a winner

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours great, nice marmalade-orange body with khaki foam that settles to sudsy big-bubbled patches and stringy lace. Smells of juicy citrus, deep caramelly malts and resinous pine. A hint of cotton candy and earthy mustiness. Taste is of considerable malt, caramel and honey covered biscuits with big juicy grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Deep and round, with prominent hop resinous mouthcoating. Sharp, yet dull, round and raspy at the same time. Full and smooth with well balanced carbonation struggling to get through.

Resin quality stands out and clings to tongue, malt is rich with some flavor of age on it, rounding and deepening. overall not quite as bitter as I'd expected, but still a huge and intense malty IPA, notably well balanced, but without much to make it stand out as unique against so many others.

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Photo of Converge
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Here goes my first DIPA.

A - Just under a finger of bubbly orange-tan head. Hazy, burnt-orange hue. Head quickly dissipates to a thin ring. A little disappointed at the head & lacing here, especially after my last brew by Mikkeller (Mikkeller 10) which left gobs of lacing everywhere. The body is much darker and more cloudy than I expected, a definite departure from the standard IPA style; at least the IPA style I know.

S - Massive aroma of juicy, tropical-fruit hops. Some light caramel malt floats around in the background, but this ale is all hop upfront. Lots of citrus, namely pineapple and grapefruit. Very inviting. As it warms, I detect a solid orange presence as well.

T - The first thing that hits me is juicy, fruity hops. Tons of them. The hop character here doesn't wait until the finish to make an appearance, which is what I'm used to. This ale packs a wallop right off the bat that is just delicious. With no freshness date on the bottle, and this bottle being the last one on the shelf, I was slightly worried that this ale might be past it's prime. Although I'm not familiar with the style, I think I can put those worries to rest. Huge citrusy hop character, but the bitterness doesn't totally destroy my palate (something I expected to happen with my first DIPA). Light caramel malt pops up in the finish and aftertaste, and helps balance the overall flavor without getting in the way of the well-crafted hop profile. The alcohol content is masked well, especially for a brew at nearly 10% ABV.

M - Medium body with some weight to it for sure. Carbonation is kept quite low. The bittering hop character lingers for a while in the finish, but doesn't become too much. Slight alcohol warmth is felt, but kept at bay very well. The body feels a little syrupy, and I'm not sure if this is typical of the style of not. I don't particularly care for this, but it doesn't detract away from the brew too much.

D - I came into the review expecting this beer to blow my socks off the brutal bitterness and at the very least some detectable alcohol content. But what I got was a whole nother beast. Both fruity and piney hop presence dominated upfront, giving this ale a flavor profile unlike any other I've ever experienced before. I'm happy that I can say I enjoyed my introduction to the world of DIPAs, something I can't say about IPAs. All in all, I would say this ale was worth the ridiculous one-off price, and if it wasn't so damn pricey I would happily revisit it down the road.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dipa is like a fertile and enchanted forest. Alas, it is quite expensive for just a single 12 oz bottle so I probably will not be buying this except for special occasions, though I do intend to revisit this one someday.

Poured a nice rocky head into a pint glass. It dwindled quickly, but it kept a film over the beer the whole time with fresh bubbles from the lively carbonation. The color in my lighting was a murky burnt orange. This beer has one of the most complex smells I've ever gotten from a double IPA. It starts with a malty undertone from which bursts of mountainous fauna scents emerge. The blend of the hops they use does wonderful things, I can't really believe it, but there it is.

Tastes go from incredibly bitter on the tip of the tongue, to citrus and malt in the back and man do they play nicely together. The malt and hop assault don't seem to wane even after the beer has been drank, which has happened faster than I have anticipated...that 9.75% hid well.

This beer is fan-****ing-tastic.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with medium sized head. Really nice lacing on my glass. Pine, citrus, and flower aroma. Flavor is orange and grapefruit; smooth and creamy. An incredible Double IPA; would love to try this great brew on tap somewhere. A great beer to enjoy!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keepe

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strongly hoppy, the way an IPA otter be, with hints of citrus and wood. It pours a clear coppery amber with a thick off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Hoppy flavor has a strong caramel undertone and more sweetness than bitterness, as well as an orange note. Texture is firm-bodied and rather fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy, fizzy finish with some caramel underpinning. Mikkeller got the Beat!

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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 cvm4
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I poured the bottle into the glass and it revealed a very hazy orange beer with an off cream head. There was some mimimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and pine elements.

T - This tastes like a big beer which I thoroughly enjoyed! There's a very sweet malty flavor and the bitter hops balance this perfectly. The finish is clean with no real complaints from me.

M - Thick and a mouthful. You can tell this a big, full bodied beer worth sitting back and taking note of.

O - I was impressed with this double IPA, especially since it didn't come from America. This full bodied beer marches to its own drummer, which is a good thing!

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Photo of vitrael
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange with cream colored head and a little lacing.

S: Somewhat lacking, possibly this bottle has been around a long time. I really don't know. It's at least 3 months old so I can't knock it too hard, but I was looking for a little more hop aroma. It's definitely there though, a little piney, behind a huge malt aroma.

T: Money, huge caramel maltiness and aggressive bitterness with fruity and piney hop flavors. I am acutely aware I am drinking a huge beer, although it's extremely clean on the finish do to all the hopping. Ruinous IBU.

M: Nice and full, almost chewy, quite big for an IPA of course, but terribly satisfying.

Nice work.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19th Review – from notes
Bottle into NB snifter

L: Cloudy, burnt tan. 0.75 fingernail head on slow pour.

S: Lots of malt with a hint of sweet caramel.

T: Sweet and smooth all throughout. Hops up front slowly fade of the palate. Not overly malty.

M: Well-balance and BOLD! Thick and grassy, but good.

O: Quite tasty beer that has a very full-body taste. Finally, a non-US IIPA that is tasty and has its own personality. I dig!

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Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours murky burnt orange with very little head and left no lacing

smells of pine lots of it and some sweet tea malt

taste is just like the nose - pine pine and more pine hops but still a great deal of malt without being overly sweet - also pickup pepper on finish

mouthfeel is medium body with lgood carbonation - works well with the flavor

overall - this is a damn fine tasting impy ipa but i can find other west coast style ipas for half the price

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 2/9/11

A hazy dark orange with a short lived two finger cream colored foam that leaves just a single random patch of lace

S lots of caramel with some grapefruit rind,tangerine, pine and faint booze, smells pretty sweet though and there's something in the background I just can't place

T plenty of caramel malt with a heavy blast of pine and rind, very well concealed booze, just a little but at just under 10% I think they did pretty well. not as sweet as it smells but heavy on the caramel (if that makes any sense)

M quite thick, a little sticky on the lips, long finish and a highlight in a pretty nice beer, heat I'd expect at 6% not 10%

O I'm curious to the age of this bottle because its almost as if the hops have faded and a malty caramel flavors taking over, I liked it quite a bit but the cobwebs add too my suspicion.

not a hop runaway but may have been a couple of months ago, I guess the word I should be using is "Balance" but I'm not sure if it was intended. Worth trying for sure, as I say balance I'm picking piney hops and grapefruit out of my teeth, make up your own mind

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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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I Beat YoU from Mikkeller ApS
3.89 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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