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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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 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 oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (509 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 Nay
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid amurican ipa, too bad it has to be $hipped from Denmark. Chinoook/Columbus resin and pine aromas and flavors, clean finish, sime malt flavor, nothing outstanding. Still, very drinkable and no obvious flaws. Another fine product from Mikkeller.. (250 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 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 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 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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (694 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 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 DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is an explosion of hops in my nostrils! Lovely hoppiness with intense pine and citrus aromas. Some melon and cantaloupe with just a bit of cat piss. Taste is even hoppier than the nose is...this stuff sure tastes fresh. I'm not gonna lie...this beer kinda reminds me of some fresh Ruination. Just a bit more tropical fruit flavors. Lovely hop bitterness with citrus, pineapple, melon, and pine needles. Mouthfeel is very dry and bitter crisp at the end. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is the best hoppy beer that Mikkeller has ever done...probably because of the help from Drake's. (689 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of SgunnarW
4.17/5  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. (705 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 mikul93
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/6/2012

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. (1,380 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 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 largadeer
4.3/5  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. (873 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)

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