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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
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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3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -18.2%
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.

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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 135 ratings.