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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

XicanoBeerRun beat me to the punch on this one. Thanks for the brew, bato!

This is a collaboration IPA between gypsy brewer Mikkeller and local bay area favorite Drakes. I don’t know how collaboration beers work, or what would make this one different than something that Mikkeller does already. But what I do know it that it’s delicious and I’d love another.

This pours a golden-orange color with some thin foam. There’s an absolutely glorious bouquet of fresh citrusy hops. Some fruit zest and juice, like the spray from being gently squeezed. It tastes fantastic. Grassy, crisp, sharply focused. Refreshing, with a delicate and layered flavor ending in a piney finish. Great aroma, great flavor, wonderful beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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 AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Cloudy, almost opaque, honey-amber yellow-brown. Two fingers of meringue-like head have great retention and good lacing. Some bubbles

S: Excellent! Fruity -- sweet grapefruit and tangerines -- hops are strong and succulent. Pine and the merest hint of onion complement sweeter fruit.

T: A wonderful, one might say iconic, example of the American IPA. Expertedly balanced, with a biscuity malt base complemented the dry endtaste laced with hoppy resin, both of which are appropriate flourishes to finish off a maintaste chock full of tropical fruit, citrus, and spicy hops. Only on the aftertaste, where the garlic (Simcoe?) reemerges, does Invasion IPA do anything less than thrill.

M: Perfectly carbonated, lightly dry hops, round-full fruit. This mouthfeel has everything.

O: An almost-perfect IPA. One of Mikkeller's absolute best. If you're looking for a West Coast IPA, go no further. If you're looking for an IPA, go no further. If you're looking for a damn good beer...this is one.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with an off white head.

S: Tangerine, pineapple in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: Tastes more like a pale ale, than an IPA, but that makes it all the more refreshing on a hot summer day, with pineapple and orange notes.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: A damn good IPA. Far better than the farmhouse version. Delicious!

Photo of mikul93
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a deep orange/amber with a healthy white head. Wonderful lacing.

S A nice combination of citrus, sweet malt, pineapple and a hint of pine. Not as strong as I was anticipating,but still smells nice.

T This is a SOLID IPA. Such a well balanced beer with the hops and malt. They just marry so well. A tinge of bitterness lingers but it's welcomed. This beer is going down really nicely!

M Nice carbonation, medium to light body. Very crisp and delicious.

O Wow! I was taken by surprise by this beer. My local beer spot suggested I try this as they just received the shipment and I was guaranteed about it's freshness. Nice collaboration with Mikkeller and Drake's. I am soo glad I jumped on it. I will be seeking more while it's still fresh. If you like IPA's, your going to love this one from Mikkeller and Drake's.

Photo of oceanman907
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.