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Invasion IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of phishphorce
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jaacob
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange brown color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded slowly, leaving very good spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down leaving a creamy layer on top.

Smells of piney hops, grains, sweet malt, floral hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, mint, herbs and spices like coriander. Hops and herbs dominate the nose and the sweet and spice notes both compliment and neutralize the nose, making it fairly nice and enjoyable.

Tastes very sweet up front, almost like booze with the citrus hops and floral hops hitting first, followed by herbs, grapefruit, lemon, piney hops, toasted grains, biscuit, grass, wet bready notes or maybe some cracked wheat, and then a bitter finish that is sweet like hop oil residue trails across the tongue. After a few sips I realized that the ABV is well hidden, and while it does peek through it does not negate the complexity and robust flavors of this beer. My only issue with this brew is that it’s almost too sweet, and falls somewhere between American IPA and English IPA.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth, with very low carbonation, a slick oily feel and it slides down, and a medium chewy body and bitter finish that trails off like a sweet wet hop was squeezed into the glass. A nice IPA that’s good overall, but just a tad too sweet to make this a session beer; it was good, but a little too zesty and off a bit to hang with the big boys. It is definitely worth a try and another great experiment by Mikkeller.

Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Blavaq
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sevenarts
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky golden orange, modest white head, light lacing.

S: Piney hops mixed with some underlying sweet caramel malts.

T/M: Really tasty and well-balanced: both pine and grapefruit hops up front, with sweet malty caramel underneath. Perfect balancing here, not too bitter or too sweet. Tingly and well carbonated.

O: A very good, balanced IPA with strong hops and almost equally strong malt presence, making it a bit different than the usual hop-heavy IPA.

Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange red, with a one inch white, with some lacing. Smell is apricot, grass, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is that, but much more aggressive than the nose, with huge grass and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium for ABV, good amount of carbonation, not very dry, and drinkable. Overall this a solid IPA, the flavors are a little stale and muddled, wish I knew the age.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of baybassboy
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of brotherloco
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Nay
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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..

Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.