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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion IPAInvasion IPA

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88
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011

Batches have been brewed at both Drake's in CA and Mercury in MA.
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a burnt orange tinged golden with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Citrusy hopped aromas really burst out nicely with underlying caramel/buscuit malt,there is a whiff of sweet alcohol as it warms as well.Pine resin more that citrus fruit is the main hop flavor on the palate with a sweetish biscuit base that holds thru the duration,again some alcohol induced sweetness creeps in the finish.A solid IPA with quite a difference in hop character from aromas to flavors.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resin and pine notes, with a hint of biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the resinous notes coming through. There is also a decent amount of orange citrus, as well as some biscuit malt that keeps the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8 bottle purchased in Reno. Nice orange color, looks like some of Drake's better dipa offerings, white head, 1" deep. Nice hop aromas, good dry hopping, tropical aroma and melon, so very nice.

Nice taste, again, hops forward, showcased, very light dry slightly toasted malt bill, no heavy syrup or caramel in the mouthfeel, light on its feet.

Really the only negative to this beer is the price. I mean, for another dollar, you can have six Lagunitas Sucks sitting right next to it.

So, its fine and dandy to try once, but simply too expensive, especially if Aroma Coma or Denogginizer are next to it at $6 a bomber, or some of the hoppy 6ers from SN, Lagunitas or even Drake's are around.

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a slightly hazed, dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of silken, puffy ecru head, which leaves some decent drooping curtain lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of citrus rind and pine resin, dead center, with some sweet bready caramel malt, a bit of bitter floral hop notes, and a twinge of booze warming flitting about the edges. The taste is big, bitter pine oil and grapefruit pith up front, kind of eye-opening, actually, with a weaker doughy caramel/toffee malt kind of being roused in the turmoil of it all, and some perfume-like hops rounding things out, as they seem to take the brunt of the elevated ABV.

The bubbles are a tad fresh, and somewhat frothy, the body a hefty, solid medium weight, but with a rising metallic hoppy edge marring the smoothness just a little too much. It finishes more on the balanced side, as the big malt backbone stirs, quashing some of the still pungent hop furor.

A damned fine uppity Yankee IPA, its origins betrayed before I even gleaned from the label that this was indeed made stateside. Invade all you like, Mikkeller, just so long as it tastes this good.

Photo of jamex
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid about $8 for a Bomber.

Pours a nice orange with a decent head. Same color as apple juice. Smells of mellow malt, flowers and slight tropical goodness. Tastes very refreshing with a slight bitter hit on the tongue. Not very tropical but balanced. Easy to drink. Good, but not blown away.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the brew pours a cloudy orange/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with a bit of bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma with the hoppy flavors being dominant. But the hop bitterness is stronger in the flavor than I expected it to be since the aroma was sweeter and I thought the fruity hop flavors would be more noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of funky notes and some citrus hops.

Tastes of the citric hops with some funk and a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus and a bit of pine. Earthy and funky notes come next adding depth. Malts come toward the end with some bread and grainy sweetness. Finishes with a bit of funk and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but I think the Farmhouse Invasion was better overall.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at the Davis Beer Shoppe. It is collaboration with Drake’s Brewing.

Poured into a snifter. Golden with an orangish tint.

The smell was amazing: watermelon, peach jam. It was crisp with a peppery aftertaste. I had to taste it over and over to think of how to describe it, like a chocolate fiend that keeps going back for another bite. All I can come up with is great hops and zero malts. I like it that way. The white foam on top of the beer looked like an irregular galaxy.

Even though it was a cold San Antonio day, I preferred drinking this IPA over a stout. This is one of the best IPAs I have had; it is the best Mikkeller IPA I have had. I wish I would have bought two bottles. Thank you Mikkeller.

I’ll have another.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, perfect amber body, few fingers of off-white head left messy sheets of lace

S: lots of bold hops, floral and herbal over the sweet pale malts - suggestions of dry fields and tart yeasts amid the bright hops and fresh malts

T: malt body was a bitter/butterscotchy sweet, some caramel, maybe even peachiness; lots of bittering and toasty hops, seemed like a pretty good mix of citric and pine suggestions, as well as having an earthy, almost dank character

M: has a slight chew to it, nicely bittering and drying, medium-light body but initially full on the tongue, crisp and effervescent

O: an IPA I would have never bought if not for the Invasion Farmhouse IPA I loved (from Mikkeller). Outstanding IPA with a slight musky edge. Fans of the style, Belgian and American versions, should definitely give it a try.

Photo of Immortale25
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours a somewhat hazy medium amber with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Thin streaks of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Pungent hop aroma bears some citrus notes but is mainly composed of wet grass. Some alcohol fume plus a mild astringency. Dank, fresh.

T- Flavor is much more subdued than the aroma bringing lovely notes of pine and grapefruit. Bitterness is assertive but held in check well by the malt which is lightly toasted. So smooth without skimping on flavor. Excellent hop burps. Bitterness is lingering but enjoyable.

M- Oily yet sharp with medium carbonation and medium-full body for the style.

O- Another bull's eye for the gypsy Brewer.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed at Drake's. $8 bomber, surprisingly pricey for something brewed across the bay...

Pale gold pour with a lasting frothy head. For a Mikkeller beer, it's on the pale side and looks decidedly more West Coast than their European brewed IPAs.

The nose exhibits a nice mix of tropical fruit and more grapefruit-like citrus, with earthy/herbal undertones. Just a touch of malt sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Sculpin in its glory days (3-4 years ago).

The palate is heavy on the juicy tropical fruit hop flavors. A resiny/herbal character provides a bit of balancing astringency. The body is light, mouthfeel is fairly dry, though there's a touch of sweetness in the mid-palate, just enough to give the beer some body. Bitterness is fairly mild in the finish; this is much more about the heavy dry hops. Absolutely delicious stuff, I'm impressed. Shame it's so expensive.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left lots of lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: The overall taste is very bitter and has flavors of citrus. Some hints of the underlying malts are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves some dryness in your mouth.
O: This beer is very bitter and could use a bit more malts to help balance things out. The beer isn’t overly easy to drink due to all of the bitterness.

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange brown color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded slowly, leaving very good spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down leaving a creamy layer on top.

Smells of piney hops, grains, sweet malt, floral hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, mint, herbs and spices like coriander. Hops and herbs dominate the nose and the sweet and spice notes both compliment and neutralize the nose, making it fairly nice and enjoyable.

Tastes very sweet up front, almost like booze with the citrus hops and floral hops hitting first, followed by herbs, grapefruit, lemon, piney hops, toasted grains, biscuit, grass, wet bready notes or maybe some cracked wheat, and then a bitter finish that is sweet like hop oil residue trails across the tongue. After a few sips I realized that the ABV is well hidden, and while it does peek through it does not negate the complexity and robust flavors of this beer. My only issue with this brew is that it’s almost too sweet, and falls somewhere between American IPA and English IPA.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth, with very low carbonation, a slick oily feel and it slides down, and a medium chewy body and bitter finish that trails off like a sweet wet hop was squeezed into the glass. A nice IPA that’s good overall, but just a tad too sweet to make this a session beer; it was good, but a little too zesty and off a bit to hang with the big boys. It is definitely worth a try and another great experiment by Mikkeller.

Photo of natemort13
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden light orange with a white head that has great lacing and decent retention.

Pungent hops, I could smell them prominently while I was pouring. Pretty dank, just a hint of wet dog. spicy and vegetal hops...

Taste is slightly metallic...spicy clean hops

Mouthfeel has very crisp carbonation medium to full bodied.

Overall not bad at all...just wasn't bursting with hoppiness like I expected with the taste. no date on the bottle...might be an old one.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a finger tall off-white head. The head reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass but does not disappear. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of citrus and pine hops are present with some subtle hints of caramel malts. There is a slight hint of the alcohol in the smell as the beer warms.

T: Starts slightly sweet with caramel hints and then the hops take over - initially there are pine hops followed by lots of citrus + grapefruit hops. The hop bitterness is intense and the grapefruit hop bitterness really lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly resiny and a little dry in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink due to the really intense bitterness from the hops. The beer definitely has a great hop flavor but a little too intense and slightly out of balance for me. Not sure I would pick this one up again but glad that I grabbed it - Mikkeller definitely makes interesting beers and I usually enjoy trying them.

Photo of duracell
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a medium white head. Moderate retention and good lacing left on the glass.

S - Very strong hop, mostly citrus and passion fruit. Caramel and apricot from the malt. Not that complex but aromas blend nicely and are very enjoyable.

T/M - Very smooth mouthfeel with a good bitterness and warming alcohol. Excellent hoppy flavors, very citrusy, piney, and floral to the taste. Malt in backbone and tropical fruits coming up towards the end, lingering very well.

O - Once again, a good job from Mikkeler. Excellent drinkability and balance. Without being extreme in flavors, this is a very enjoyable IPA. I would certainly have it again!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus rind. In the taste, a small bitterness and a small dry orange citrus flavor. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus rind in the aftertaste. Nice citrus hops, and quite mellow.

Photo of SgunnarW
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger off-white, semi-thick head with nice retention. Golden orange color with beautiful lacing.

Sm: Pineapple is most noticeable, followed by mango. Hints of other citrus, possibly tangerine, are present. Not too hoppy.

T: Sweetness comes through first, quickly replaced by hops. Definitely more robust than it smells. Finishes dry and slightly astringent. Bitter, but not overly so. Alcohol is almost absent.

Mf: Light body and medium in carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: I'm still pretty new to craft beers, especially IPA's, but this one is surprisingly drinkable. Price wise, I'd rather have a Ruination, although I don't regret buying this.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

The beer is golden orange in color with a white head. A nice aroma which is quite fruit forward. Good grapefruit and citrus with a touch of tropical fruit. Sweet bready malt is there in the background. The flavor is not quite as enjoyable, but still good. Grapefruit and orange peel make up most of the hop flavor, but there is also some floral and pine character. A bit more sweet malt than I was hoping for, though.

Photo of blastyaker
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark copper color head doesnt last however lacing lasts longer. Nice smooth hop taste lingers on tongue. Cant say it was something exceptional but yet tasty. Not sure if the growler price of $13.99 was justified, maybe because i it a new item to my area. I cant say I would rush to but it again before I would try something else from them even though their bottles are way more expensive in this market.

Photo of Ragu2387
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

03/04/2012
Mikkeller/Drake Invasion IPA
Poured into Chimay sniffer

Apperance: Pours a light caramel tan with a thin, off-white head that quicky dissipates. Tiny bubbles stream up the glass.

Nose: A bit doughy with wet pine right off the nose. Faint kiwi notes float through. Very clean nose.

Mouth feel: A little heavier body then I was expecting. Great oily, resin hop mouth feel, really coats the tongue and stays on the palette.

Taste: Very well balanced. Resiny pine right away followed quickly by the bready malts I got off the nose. Grapefruit/citrus fruit lingers on the finish.

Overall: Solid IPA. The balance of full body malts and crisp resiny hops leaves you wanting another sip, without destroying your palette.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, pine, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of pine (a very strong presence here), hops (a moderate amount), caramel, and a little bit of grain. Similar in character to a West Coast IPA. A rich, tasty, well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that falls between a regular IPA and a DIPA. Not that it matters that much. It's still a well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewer(y) in existence. Paired with chips (fries).

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of no real cream, decent thickness, and great retention. Colour is a clear gold. Appealing.

Sm: Hops and malt. Doesn't smell too strongly hoppy, which is a good sign. A mild strength aroma all around.

T: Hoppy, but not overly so. The malts take over for the hops at about the midpoint, but the hop flavour slowly dies through the second half. It's not too bitter - like many IPAs, but does feel simple and timid, especially for a Mikkeller beer. It's certainly well balanced, and quite pleasant. Would pair well with fried food and spice food alike. Refreshing. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours nicely. It's unobtrusive, which is appropriate.

Dr: Quite drinkable, with the alcohol not coming through at all in the flavour or mouthfeel. It's horribly overpriced, which is why I wouldn't have it again. There are better IPAs out there, but perhaps they aren't as drinkable as this one. Every IPA fanatic would do well to give this one a shot.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's dejavu, all over again as Mikkeller rolls out this malty-dry IPA that carries the same biscuity sense and biting hops that are basic hallmarks in all of their American-style IPAs.

As the beer pours it's typical rusty deep amber hue, the heavy yeast haze keeps the beer looking dull and not playing well with the light. But despite the wortish color, the beer forms, retains, and laces with a stern and withstanding foam character that's impressive for any style.

Sharp woody and winy aromas from hops rise to the forefront of scent with notions of leafy vegetation, zesty grapefruit skins, oranges, and apricots. Fruit and wood blend into the bready and toffeeish scent with strong integration. A tinge of wood tanin and mild tartness round out the aromas.

Flavors of maple-soaked breads allow for the taste of biscotti to rival that of hops. But despite the semi-dry malt taste and its creamy starch backing, the hops grow and grow- starting out with an herbal grassy taste, but then traversing through white grapefruit pith and peel, tropical "Hawaiian Punch" fruit notes, and then arriving at a throat-piercing bitterness of stemmy, sassafras, and juniper (gin-like) sour-bitter interplay.

Flirting with astringent (tannin-like) textures, these are easily mistaken for the bitterness of hops, but also are an accessory to the confusion. But ahead of the sharper sensations, the textures of bready/creamy malts interfere with the showcase of hops to start. The beer reluctantly gives up its malt stature to allow the hops to dominate post mid palate. It's only when the void of fleeting malt is filled with bitterness, bite, alcohol dryness, and raw barley texture that the closure is signaled.

It's getting tough to describe Mikkeller beers with new verbage- all their IPAs are so similar that they are hardly distinguishable. What may seem to be a knock on Mikkeller is actually a back-handed comment. When the signature flavors are good, then why not make all beers like them? It's because all of the beers turn out like them.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Dark golden color with a pretty nice one finger cream colored head.

S: Smells pretty great. Big citrus hops and candied mango. Sweet and fruity on the nose.

T: Starts off well with some citrus and pine hops with a growing pine bitterness. Then the caramel malt comes in and the flavor disappears altogether. I loved the beginning, but the middle of the flavor and the finish just didn't taste like much. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for.

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.