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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather hearty IPA. At least in comparison to the citra IPA I had previous to this. Well put together, steady, and nicely done. Can't really knock it - and thank God since Mikkeller is lacking in my book as of late. A nice drinkable IPA. As usual though, too damn expensive. Props to Drake's.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this was brewed at Mercury in June, although it didn't show up in Chicago until mid-July due to the Shelton/Windy "Shitty" dust-up. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a nice off-white head that settles to a thick cap and a few splotches of lace. Very dark and mildly hazy copper body. This looks nothing like early descriptions of the Drake's version.

S - Balanced at this point (2 months old?), but with a nice amount of residual earthy hops, grapefruit rind, and a touch of tropical fruits. Malt backbone is comprised of caramel and a touch of brown sugar.

T - The taste is less sweet, with a more bready malt base that has only a kiss of honey to it. Lots of hops still present here, with tropical and citrus fruit flavors, as well as some hefty pine bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Perhaps a hint of astringency in the finish.

M - Very dry, with lots of residual resinous hop oils. Medium body, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth that seems out of place for a 7% beer.

D - On the whole, a solidly executed East Coast IPA that has managed to stay hoppy for 6-8 weeks. I'll have no problem drinking the 22oz bottle, but I doubt I'll buy this again as there are better beers priced less than $10/bomber.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another solid beer from Mikkel guy.
Burnt orange, but bright, body on the pour. A touch hazy. Nice white, off-white head foamed up to about 2 fingers.

Citrus aroma. Orange peel and pommelo. Soft green pine. sweet biscuit underneath that isn't shy.

Flavor turns toward pine and more so as it warms. The underneath malt is strong and provides a sweetness that couples fairly well with the alcohol to provide a balance. The lingering hops are strong and even. Good finish, nice bite and flavor.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


This was recommended by someone so I bought it. Poured into a snifter. I have faith in Drake's. I do not have faith in Mikkeller.

A: Pellucid golden orange with a mountain of white sea foam that exhibits great retention.

S: I can smell the mango from two feet away as I type this sentence. Passion fruit is also potent, accompanying guava. By all standards this has a very nice tropical aroma. There's also a strong melon profile that is redolent of honeydew and cantaloupe. There's a decided pine resin presence and lesser notes of orange and grapefruit flesh. Malt imparts some sweetness but I'm unable to pick out a specific characteristic. I get some tangerine and a little earth, as well as perfumy floral notes.

T: Lightly sweet up front with tangerine and an upper moderate resinous bitterness. This is slightly astringent but it never crosses the line into unpleasantness. There's a lot of grapefruit rind and orange pith, with softer notes of guava and mango. The beer finishes very dry with evident alcohol and some herbal character.

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very dry and sticky.

Overall: A nice IPA. This is better than any IPA I've had from Mikkeller but not as good as the hoppy offerings from Drake's that I've recently tried. At $8.50 a bomber I'm happy to try this once but will not be revisiting it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light haze. Nice, deep peach orange-brown. Fine white head settles low but has great retention once it gets there.

S - Sweet honey, thick malt, tangerine, white raisins, earthy wood, bitter florals.

T - Great woody hop flavor with a solid bitter backbone. Honey, mellon, and sweet tangerine keep things in balance. Bitters linger through a long, malty-sweet finish.

M - Sharp bitters cut through a thick and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Exceptionally bitter-forward flavor profile, even for the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review is from 2012.
Strong, hoppy aroma has a firm fruity note, mainly citrus but with some pear and apple. Pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled buff head. Strongly hoppy flavor has woody, sour citrus and evergreen notes with a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz, and finish is quite hoppy and has both bitter and sweet undertones. Let this one invade your mouth!

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.