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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion IPAInvasion IPA

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ggodzik, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

elNopalero, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Rjhami
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rjhami, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

XicanoBeerRun, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Diomede, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger off-white, semi-thick head with nice retention. Golden orange color with beautiful lacing.

Sm: Pineapple is most noticeable, followed by mango. Hints of other citrus, possibly tangerine, are present. Not too hoppy.

T: Sweetness comes through first, quickly replaced by hops. Definitely more robust than it smells. Finishes dry and slightly astringent. Bitter, but not overly so. Alcohol is almost absent.

Mf: Light body and medium in carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: I'm still pretty new to craft beers, especially IPA's, but this one is surprisingly drinkable. Price wise, I'd rather have a Ruination, although I don't regret buying this.

SgunnarW, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +1.8%

johnhenryconway, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

kojevergas, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mikul93
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

mikul93, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ValleyBeverage
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ValleyBeverage, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

HopHead84, Jan 07, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

BucannonXC5, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

avaldivia, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of litheum94
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

litheum94, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

largadeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ChuckStingray
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

ChuckStingray, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jamex
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jamex, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

marct, Dec 24, 2011
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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.