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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Travcofarms, Dec 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

beerdweeb, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 220z bomber from Olive Tree Market for $8.49 and poured it into a Brouwerij ‘t Ij branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean light honey-like hue that is slightly effervescent, with a decent ½” tan head that lingers a while leaving minor amounts of lacing in my glass.

S: A big dose of hop right off the bat – earthy, grassy citrus rind, followed quickly with a ton of booze that really knocks out the hoppiness, sweet crackery malt, fresh grain and interesting yeast with a bit of funk on it. Unfortunately I get a strange metallic smell (maybe oxidation from the cap???) – not sure what it is and it fortunately doesn’t come through in the flavor, but it’s not nice…..…and in an IPA that is already struggling in the hop department, the last thing this one needs is any more distractions.

T: Hop and booze upfront – not one flavor over the other, just a blast of both, and for a 7% IPA, I’m not really sure why. I’ve had many DIPA’s that hide the booze better than this one that range in the 8.5 - 10% ABV department.

Seems like brewer Borg Bjergsø went all in on the sweet caramel malt on this one to try and balance out the hot booze, and in his efforts pretty much wiped out the hop character completely.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated well for the style, finish is crisp and clean and the hop oils linger a while – really the best attribute of this beer.

Overall a really mediocre attempt at an IPA and especially one where the label claims “American IPA” – don’t kid yourself……..not even close! I usually really dig what this brewer has to offer, but this is barely average for the style and at nearly $10. a bottle – I really feel like I got ripped off. There are dozens of better IPA’s that come in at half the price – I could name at least 10 that are brewed in my home town of San Diego, but I’m not here to hype other labels, just warn people of this one. Save your money and buy 2 bottles of any other IPA from SD and get a proper buzz from a traditional IPA without feeling like you’ve been taken by a big name Euro brewery.

DeanMoriarty, Feb 13, 2012
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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.

blastyaker, Mar 09, 2012
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ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Jdevoss, Yesterday at 04:14 AM
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

notchucknorris, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

whatname, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Jaacob, May 09, 2012
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hoserking, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

schnarr84, May 19, 2013
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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 11, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of GiantCogs
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all. More malt coming through then most of the IPA I usually prefer, but I welcome change

A: Copper color, with a little head.

S: Not much to report here. The right smells were there.

T: Bitterness, hops, malt. Again, more malt then I normally expect. More yeast too, but I've come to expect that from European IPAs. Caramel, sweet bread, dried fruit type of flavors.

M: I would of liked it to have had cleaner feel. Thicker then most ales, but not syrupy /sticky like a doppelbocks.

O: My second brew from Mikkeller. I liked it. Will not buy this particular ale again, but will definitely continue to try more from the brewer.

If this beer was a metal band it would be Frightmare. Classic in style, but just enough unique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PXQA77tEt8

GiantCogs, Apr 06, 2013
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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.