thewolf (10769) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Dyb rÝd-amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is lovely fruity, red apples, strawberries, sweet, resiny, light piney. Fresh and well dry-hopped. Medium carbonation, nice dry mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, sweet, resiny, apples abound, grapefruit, peach. Long, lovely, lingering dryness at the end. A bit overkill perhaps. Otherwise nice.
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice label... Okay so I loved 5am saint and I loved I beat yoU, this tastes like a combination of the two, yes, I know itís made with Hardcore IPA though. The simcoe, chinook, centennial combination really shines and is beautiful, also a good amount of super punchy juicy tropical hops. The aroma is quite similar to fresh 5am Saint, super resiny, piney, spruce, with lighter lovely tropical fruit notes. The flavor is more of a combination of Mikkeller 10 and 5am saint, the whole range of citrus, tropical fruits, and PNW forest it seems, bit of the fruit loops like cereal notes, especially in the finish, bitter orange with the resin and then other citrusy fruits, kind of a mishmash of everything hoppy, this is just freaking awesome, I love it. Medium bodied with near perfect fluffy but sizzling carbonation that leaves a nice clean finish, just a tad milky but the carbonation is awesome and crisp. Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange color with a frothy dense white head. Thoroughly enjoyable. (as it warms, definitely picking up on way more bitterness and a sharp tart candy like tartness that is very similar to FFF Apocalypse Cow, just a tiny bit harsh in the alcohol as it has warmed but acceptable for me)
dgi (14) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
caramel, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, soft carbonation.
Marked nuance of liquor in the taste.
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cinnamon colored beer with a nice soapy two finger tan head. A delicious aroma is all complex hops. The flavor is all about hops, too. Mikkeller has the Midas touch when it comes to hops and this beer is an example. There is some caramel underneath and they add some nice sweetness and character but this beer is all about hops. They are pine, floral, fruit. Simply delicious.
Marko (3766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe got me this at Mikkeller (as he did with the Vesterbro Wit so thanks for that as well!). Amber-red body. Sweet taste, strawberry-jam like notes. Ending dry. Quite candyish really, sweet, and just a tiny bit too cloying and sticky for me. Fnishedi a bit herbal and candyish. Not my type of beer Iím afraid.
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 33- appeared to be a 330 ml bottle but may have been a little bigger. Pours a clear amber color with a very big, frothy off-white head. Aroma of piney and leafy hops, caramel malts, pineapple, and grapefruit. Flavor of pine resin, leafy hops, caramel malts, pineapple, grapefruit, and woodsy spices. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation. Some lingering citrusy hop bitterness. Very good, and I like to try these collaborations between two European breweries that seem to have similar philosophies.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a deep gold, near amber. sticky white head. Nose piney and resiny, some caramel and cardboard. Alcohol as well. On taste, there is too much body and caramel flavor in here for it to work with these hops. Very resiny and piney, light citrus. Alcohol spikes across the tongue as well. I wish it worked better than it does. A step up from Hardcore, though.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes! Bottle thanks to Toby. Cheers dude. Thought Iíd missed out on this, but thanks to the kindness of a fellow beer enthusiast, I have been graced with a bottle. And what a beer. Iím almost questioning if I ahould have tried it now, as I do like it, and know I can never have any more... Perhaps never tasting it would have been better. Well, itís better to have loved and lost... and all that. Deep - quite hazy - amber/golden pour with a beige 1-2cm high head, that shows some pretty good retention given itís abv. Conditioning is spot on. Aroma is sweet from a distance, but as you get closer to the glass the resinous notes begin pouring out, then you get grapefruit, cloves, burnt rubber, candyfloss, wild strawberries, caramel. Nice complexity on the nose, though itís undoubtadely a hop festí. Although I have to admit I have not tried I Beat U, you reallyu can taste a Mikkeller beer in the mix, though Hardcore does dominate. Thereís alot going on flavour-wise, the beer enters with a resin, white pepper and herbal hop attack, then shifts slightly to allow slightly more fruity, citrus notes to kreep in with a slightly lighter malt character which I can only assume is coming from the IBeatU, in the mids there is more pepper, though maybe slightly more black here, even a little reminiscent of chilli, a touch of cloves, then the finish is oddly lighter and less cloying than Hardcore alone, theres a lightness reminiscent of a Mikkeller IPA, even the ever-so-slight gassiness reminds me of Mikkeller, the finish has cut grass, orange, yeast, resin, pine and floral notes. Thereís alot to pick apart here, and I want to just get back to enjoying the beer and contemplating itís flavour. But Iíve had a stab at it. Top beer though, I didnít know what to expect, but Iím blown away that you can really taste the influence of both beers/breweries. So all in all I think itís a massive success.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clearish golden color. Nice small layer of dense white head ringing the glass with a bit of lacing left behind.
Aroma and taste are quite similar - pine, some citrus, hops and malt all share the stage nicely creating a very well balanced and drinkable beer.
The carbonation is right on and the ABV is hidden well - I could drink a couple of these without too much trouble. Very tasty - fruity, hoppy, and malty but not overly so.
The aroma and flavor profiles remind me a lot of Surly Abrasive.
Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance...
TrefwoordPunk (732) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear golden/copper with a small off-white head and an aroma of pine, citrus, mint and hops. The taste is sweet in the beginning, toffee, fruits (citrus again) and something else I canít describe. After that it becomes bitter, with hints of pine again. Really nice!