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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion IPAInvasion IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of GiantCogs
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

AdamP, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Phillyz, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

whatname, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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

wordemupg, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, sweet caramel and light biscuit malts.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and resiny finish.

D - Great hoppy IPA. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout.

ngeunit1, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Charlie_Hoss, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

esullivan880, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Immortale25, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Travcofarms, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Vivs85, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

FrancisT, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 duracell
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a medium white head. Moderate retention and good lacing left on the glass.

S - Very strong hop, mostly citrus and passion fruit. Caramel and apricot from the malt. Not that complex but aromas blend nicely and are very enjoyable.

T/M - Very smooth mouthfeel with a good bitterness and warming alcohol. Excellent hoppy flavors, very citrusy, piney, and floral to the taste. Malt in backbone and tropical fruits coming up towards the end, lingering very well.

O - Once again, a good job from Mikkeler. Excellent drinkability and balance. Without being extreme in flavors, this is a very enjoyable IPA. I would certainly have it again!

duracell, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

durlta, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

quilty, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

vicsju1991, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

patburke36, Sep 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

MasterSki, Aug 05, 2012
Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.