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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion IPAInvasion IPA

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batches have been brewed at both Drake's in CA and Mercury in MA.

(Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011)
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Reviews by OneBeertoRTA:
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Smell is mostly pine. I don't see a born on date but it tastes pretty fresh.

About an inch of head on the pour and high citrus flavoring throughout. The price of Mikkeler's is right there with 3F's.

It's a good IPA, nothing really stands out. I would drink it more if it was $3 less a bottle.

02-19-2012 03:15:45 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-16-2012 19:58:36 | More by oberon
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-13-2013 19:28:57 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-18-2013 15:45:55 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-01-2012 04:53:55 | More by Mora2000
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

$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.

01-25-2012 19:05:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-25-2012 19:37:51 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-23-2013 01:22:54 | More by Dawkins
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-08-2013 01:07:52 | More by whatname
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2013 01:41:56 | More by freewill35
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-04-2012 01:16:55 | More by beerman999999
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-10-2012 12:16:32 | More by Travcofarms
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-06-2012 04:41:58 | More by patburke36
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-03-2012 07:29:48 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-16-2012 04:51:07 | More by ggodzik
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

12-28-2011 02:31:59 | More by jamex
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-07-2012 02:16:47 | More by sammo
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-13-2012 21:20:43 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-12-2012 17:57:09 | More by Diomede
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-01-2013 16:05:31 | More by jaydoc
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-05-2014 16:57:52 | More by Westyn
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4.93/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

01-13-2012 15:45:24 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

06-22-2013 20:38:30 | More by Greywulfken
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North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

12-26-2012 18:45:04 | More by Immortale25
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-31-2011 02:28:59 | More by largadeer
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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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