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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion IPAInvasion IPA

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of brotherloco


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:37:36 | More by brotherloco
Photo of Nay


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:55:10 | More by Nay
Photo of blastyaker


3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2012 00:43:46 | More by blastyaker
Photo of Ragu2387

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 06:37:35 | More by Ragu2387
Photo of tripledbrew


4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-04-2012 03:36:38 | More by tripledbrew
Photo of OneBeertoRTA


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:15:45 | More by OneBeertoRTA
Photo of hoserking


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-14-2012 00:32:42 | More by hoserking
Photo of DeanMoriarty


3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 05:31:53 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of John11486


5/5  rDev +27.2%

02-09-2012 22:18:39 | More by John11486
Photo of mrfrancis


3.65/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 03:52:10 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of kaelingirl


4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-05-2012 01:22:14 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of natemort13


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 05:57:34 | More by natemort13
Photo of beerdweeb


3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-30-2012 09:59:53 | More by beerdweeb
Photo of iskeptopotamus


4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-28-2012 08:01:42 | More by iskeptopotamus
Photo of MareInfinitus


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-26-2012 22:31:25 | More by MareInfinitus
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 19:05:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 23:20:17 | More by womencantsail
Photo of notchucknorris


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 00:04:11 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of kiki3drt292


4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-19-2012 18:43:30 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of DovaliHops


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 08:06:55 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of shwillivanilli


4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-16-2012 05:52:24 | More by shwillivanilli
Photo of ggodzik


4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-16-2012 04:51:07 | More by ggodzik
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:03:11 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Rjhami


4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-13-2012 18:59:25 | More by Rjhami
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 15:45:24 | More by XicanoBeerRun
Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.