Not for the faint of heart
A Review of I Beat yoU by Mikkeller
Posted on 5/10/2012 by Chops
Intimidation requires an appropriate source. To put it another way, if you were to come across an ad that touted a new Honda as the ''fastest car ever'', you would probably blow it off as sensationalism. But, if the same claim were made by a new Lamborghini, you would probably be reluctant to get behind the wheel. So when I come across a brew from Mikkeller with a name like ''I Beat yoU'', I don't take the clever wordplay lightly. This beer, one from a brewer well known for his assaults on the senses, has basically dared me to try it. But hey, I have beers like the 1000 IBU Imperial IPA under my belt, so how harsh can it be, right? Famous last words...

In the glass, this beer has a hazy thick brown coloration with an orange tinting. It comes with a frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose, I wasn't expecting this beer to be as complex as it was. You can easily detect a base of bready malt that takes on an earthy quality. Resting on top is a combination of sweet caramel and grapefruit citrus. The alcohol burn isn't nearly as pungent as I expected, but is certainly present and notable. At this point I had no idea what to expect from the first sip and I'll admit that I was a little nervous. Nothing left to do but dive right in.

Wow. Just, wow. Let me see if I can explain these first sips. You know that cheesy old Batman show with all the ''Bam!'' and ''Kapow!'' type graphics? Yeah, imagine those happening every time I took a sip. This beer is relentlessly bitter and extremely harsh. Basically an obligate sipper redefined. But, that's not to say that the beer isn't flavorful. Quite the contrary actually and much to my surprise, it matches pretty close to the aroma. The vicious hop profile is obviously dominant, but that strong malty caramel does a great job in counterweighting the bitterness. The hops themselves take on an earthy quality with an herbal flare. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, providing a harsh bitter finish that is very long and very sticky.

Overall, Mikkeller's I Beat yoU Imperial IPA is a relentless brew with a ferocious bite that is not for the faint of heart. This brew would be hard to handle for even the most seasoned of hop heads. That being said, it's still a really fun experience. This beer is a palate tester, one to conquer and tell stories about. I will happily enjoy more of these beastly brews, but I prefer to save them for special occasions or when I'm yearning for some palate punishment. I should probably note that this beer is not well balanced at all, but that's kind of the point in this case. It's a beer from Mikkeller called ''I Beat yoU'' for pity's sake. You do the math.

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