Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (2,114 characters)

Photo of blastyaker
3.2/5  rDev -19%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (2,042 characters)

Photo of GiantCogs
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 (788 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (296 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange red, with a one inch white, with some lacing. Smell is apricot, grass, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is that, but much more aggressive than the nose, with huge grass and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium for ABV, good amount of carbonation, not very dry, and drinkable. Overall this a solid IPA, the flavors are a little stale and muddled, wish I knew the age. (420 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: On the nose, the expected hoppy aromas are immediately present. Scents of bitter orange, herbs, and lemon zest mingle with caramel and biscuits.

T: A bitter entry reveals notes of caramel, biscuits, lemon zest, bitter orange, kumquat, grapefruit rind, grass, and herbs. The finish is sharp and bitter with grass, biscuit, lemon zest, and caramel notes underscored by astringent alcohol.

M: This ale is medium-bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is crisp and active. Alcohol presence is most pronounced just before the fade, but is not all that distracting or overwhelming.

O: This is a very solid IPA. I especially appreciate the fact that it is not a pine and citrus bomb. Try this if you're beginning to get a little sick of typical American IPAs, but still need your hop fix. (872 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 26/1/13

A glowing a dark amber with little clarity but I can see a few streams of bubbles going up the side, just a finger of tan foam that sits around for a few sips leaving a couple random patches of lace

S floral hops with some mango and lime, some pine hiding in there, a little yeast, toffee and biscuit and a little Flintstones chewable vitamins

T more rind and pine in the mouth with the same strange yeast profile I could smell, I know that yeast but can't place it, much like the smell but a little faded

M medium bodied, nice bitter bite, slightly creamy feel with a lingering rind finish

O decent brew but I think its a little faded, the caramel malts coming out but still tasty

no freshness date but I'm guessing I may have gotten to this one a little late, its still good but I'm guessing it was much better fresh (866 characters)

Photo of natemort13
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. No date. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold. Got about a finger of off-white foam. Dissipates to a ring. A few swaths of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma is a little murky. Citrus fruits are there, like orange, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Brown sugar. Some caramel sweetness, but also a good deal of raw dough bready malt as well.

Flavor is initially quite sweet. Not surprising from all the malt in the nose, and my experience with previous Mikkeller IPA's. Plenty of hop presence as well, almost more in a bitter feel than flavor, but citrusy fruit does come through in the finish. Lingering bitterness is high, and quite appropriate for an American style IPA. Alcohol emerges in the finish as well, but blends in with the bitterness.

Medium-light body with medium, sharp carbonation. Maybe a coincidence, but has a similar feel to Drake's ales. (882 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky golden orange, modest white head, light lacing.

S: Piney hops mixed with some underlying sweet caramel malts.

T/M: Really tasty and well-balanced: both pine and grapefruit hops up front, with sweet malty caramel underneath. Perfect balancing here, not too bitter or too sweet. Tingly and well carbonated.

O: A very good, balanced IPA with strong hops and almost equally strong malt presence, making it a bit different than the usual hop-heavy IPA. (459 characters)

Photo of jamex
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Ragu2387
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collab with Drake's. On tap at Whole Foods.

Clear and brilliant golden body. Lace white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Awesome nose, with hop aromas that at floral, citric and piney. Not much malts are evident.

Floral and spicy, with strong pine bitterness that is like chewing on a pine cone. Very thin, cracker malts. Dry finish, with a lingering bitterness and some lemon twang.

A very nice IPA. Tasty and refreshing. (432 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,510 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a tulip (I think) at KnB Wine Cellars. Maybe ¾ inches of head once I got it. Nice circular lacing on the top and a decent amount of film on the sides.

Smelled light citrus hops up front. Peach or tangerine seemed to lead the way, but no smell was overpowering.

Tastes were a bit stronger than the nose. Tasted citrus hops with grapefruit and tangerine the most potent.

Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer, but this beer didn’t have a chance after I just tried the New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA. (562 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

weird ipa here. pours cloudy and thick, orangey yellow color, pale white head with decent lacing. smells like west coast hops, lots of pine and bitterness. nothing else really notable in the aroma, this appears to be a big hoppy beer. flavor is astoundingly bitter, especially as it warms up a bit. pine is the most striking characteristic, but there are also some sweeter tropical fruit notes that hang out for just a second before the bitter bomb drops. feel is alright, good carbonation but it feels pretty thick. also the dryish finish is sort of strange here. this is a pretty out there ipa, much different than a lot of the standard stuff out there, but i dont love it. too bitter maybe with not much else really happening. (729 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (723 characters)

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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