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Invasion Farmhouse IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion Farmhouse IPAInvasion Farmhouse IPA

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 08-04-2012)
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Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Based on the other reviews, my opinion differs so much that I feel compelled to review.

Pours golden orange with a gigantic white head. Decent looking but so carbonated that must pour with great care or you get nothing but head. (No comments).

Nose is very fruity mixed with funk and not well integrated. There is something "off" with the nose. I love brett in the nose and mouth. This is brett "gone wrong." The smell is almost olive/smoke and simply a bit off putting.

Mouthfeel is way over carbonated and thus way too fizzy and bubbly in the mouth, along with the beer being far out of balance and without integration of flavors, weird as they are. Mouthfeel is just also "off" and not at all inviting.

Flavors are simply also off putting. I'm a bit distressed at my reaction having read the other reviews. I almost feel like I've tasted a different beer. For some reason that I can't pinpoint, I, like others I think, "want" to like Mikkeller. Here, it's simply bad beer in my opinion. The flavor profile is like malt with olives with brett with stale grass with rotten vegetables. In fact, to me, that was the overwhelming flavor - sort of the beginning of rotten food.

Finish follows flavor and, all in all, I have no need to try this one again. I'm a fan of Mikkeller's crazy stuff and even if I don't like one the Mikkeller brews, I usually respect the effort.

Sorry, this one is just not good. JMO

GRG1313, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

FunkyMacGroovin, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JamesWhite
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

JamesWhite, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle purchased at HF (~2 weeks ago). Poured into Lawson's tulip. Brewed and bottled at Anchorage Brewing Co. IPA bottled with brett.

A- Cork easily pops off resulting in a little bit of a gusher. First thing that was noticeable was how foamy this beer was with a large yellowish brown head with very large bubbles that slowly receded as the bubbles popped leaving interesting spidery lacing. One of the foamiest beers I've encountered. Liquid is yellowish brown copper with a ton of consistently rising small carbonation bubbles- definitely very carbonated.

S- Lemony hops mixed with slightly funky brett and a tiny bit of plastic in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength. Brett and hops seem to clash a little bit.

T- Lemony hops followed by a weird plasticy watery brett taste that had a little bit of funk that clashed with the lemony hops. Finishes with a sweet malty taste that lingers with a light hop taste. Taste is definitely kind of off putting and kind of artificial tasting.

M- Very carbonated- way too much so, fairly light bodied.

O- I definitely did not really care for this beer at all. There was definitely a brett presence that contributed a little bit of a funky presence which clashed with the lemony hops. There was also a weird plastic presence to it that was not that pleasant and kind of ruined the beer for me. The only positive comment I have is that it was definitely better then their coffee IPA. Overall I would not recommend this beer and I'm definitely not going to try it again (as it is I had to pour the bottle out after half a glass).

jaasen64, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of johnny29er
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -22.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of PopGun
3/5  rDev -22.1%

PopGun, May 19, 2013
Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -22.1%

sunofneurot, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev -22.1%

kdown, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3/5  rDev -22.1%

DelicateDelirium, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.1%

kscaldef, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is beyond funky the brett is overbearingly bitter and perfumey, however that's what they were going for over the top Farmhouse IPA with brett. Pours a hazed apricot golden orange hue with a white light bubbly head which dissipates rather quickly. Speckled lacing left behind the label is pretty badass with a stack of hops and Mikkeller wallpaper tricoloration. The makeup of the beer is strikingly the similar to some of the other IPAs from Anchorage brewing, minus cumquats and peppercorns. Aroma tart tropical fruits with citric grapefruit peels, funky barnhouse notes, a bit of cat pee, and horse blanket this brew brings the funk. When gulped the floral and citrus perfume notes come to the forefront with a bitter bite that you likely won't forget until you brush your teeth the next day. This is similar in tartness to some of the probiotics on the market with multiple strains of good bacteria, yeast, etc. Maybe this beer will regulate your digestion and cure our IBS. It's hard to detect malt sweetness because of the brett layers, and bittering C-hops utilized this bottle is labeled batch #2 and dated November 2012 and it's been kept refrigerated since it's release. A bit of warming alcohol effects the palate and mid gut, bitter layers of everything mentioned does become cloying and carbonation is trying to carry you through it but fails to do so. Overall a miss beer for me big time, I'm sure there's a market of crazy beer folks out there that would care for this but I'm just not one.

WVbeergeek, May 03, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very murky, burnt gold with a light tan head, big bubbled, leaving light, foamy lace. Quick to dissipate though, it leaves an unattractive, poorly brewed tea look.

Smell is almost all brett. It accentuates the hops, which are aggressively there, but very resinous, earthy. Any dry-hopping is gone, and its far from the west coast citrus flutters, which die a valiant death as it warms (but at least RSVP).

Taste is also heavy on the brett, bitter and dry. More sour grapefruit than pine tar from the hops. Brash.

Mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied.

Drinkability is not super high for me, this is disjointed, a character of the styles. Lacking the nuance of the ABC beers, as well as the fresh brightness of our finest IPAs...the lingering sour bitterness reminds me of an over-exuberant rookie barista trying to show off...

ccrida, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Liquoric3
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Liquoric3, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of CaptainOats
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber into Brooklyn snifter. November '12, Batch #2

A- Pale straw colored. Fairly clear. Head that quickly subsided.

S- Lots of brett on the nose as expected being a year old. Some leather, barnyard and hay as well. Some pineapple is in there too though. Not sure if that's from the brett of the hops.

T- Def something funky on the palette. I get a little bit of the fruit from the nose but I'm getting a flavor that tastes like band aides. There is certainly some bitterness on the backend from the hops. Not sure how much I like this though. I think I would have liked this 9-10 months ago.

M- Medium bodied

O- Not sure how much I like this though. I think I would have liked this 9-10 months ago when the hops played a larger role. It was worth trying though.

CaptainOats, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Trilogy31, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Hoptoudrop, Oct 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

sdm9465, May 13, 2013
Photo of jbeervt
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jbeervt, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.0% confirmed. The style designation is questionable. Is this really an "American IPA"? 1pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood earlier tonight. It's quite a sleek label compared to many of Mikkeller's other brews. I like it. Expectations are fairly high; I'm in the mood for a good Mikkeller brew but the style seems a bit weird. Brewed & Bottled at/by Anchorage brewing.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Not paired with food. Consumed on a contented stomach.

All I did was unwind the wire, and the cork popped out nearly instantly with a loud accompanying sound. The cork had enough force it hit the ceiling. Sweet jesus that's overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, no cream at all, and mediocre retention - though it's acceptable considering the ABV. Colour is a murky hazy orange-gold. No yeast particles are visible. There're ample carbonation bubbles. Non-opaque.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops are dominant, with an underside of very biscuity yeast. It's also got a sticky oily piney hop character that makes me worry, though. I hope the flavour is more the former and less the latter. Some green apple comes through in a strictly non-cidery kind of way. Clean malts lend it some body. Caramel apple. An average strength aroma.

T/Mf: It's indeed a sort of farmhouse ale meets an IPA. Green/caramel apple bites through in both the first and third acts, coming through quite a bit on the finish and in the brief aftertaste. The yeast is a bit too restrained, but lends a biscuity undertone. Floral and maybe very light citrus notes occupy the early second act and the end of the first act. Structurally, it's rather imbalanced. The flavour is a bit better off. Clean malts form the unassuming foundation, but there's just not enough body to it. It comes off thin and underwhelming, unable to adequately support the flavours. Some interesting sugars are present up front, maybe some candi sugar - again joining with that crisp caramel apple for a pleasant effect. Luckily, the pine is restrained and it's hardly oily at all. It comes off a bit too preserved; it doesn't come off as a fresh brew. Indeed, it's a touch overcarbonated - but not as much as I feared. It's an interesting brew, but its complexity is a bit scattershot. It largely succeeds as a hybrid, but I don't know that it's better than the regular Invasion IPA. Mikkel might have been better off brewing an IPA and a Farmhouse Ale separately.

Dr/Ov: The price tag is rather steep for the quality (I paid around $12.00). As an experimental hybrid, I'd call it a prototypical success. It definitely needs honing, but I always like to see effective experimentation. It could use more of both a yeasty character and a hoppy complexity. Where's the biscuity spicy subtlety of a good farmhouse ale? In any case, it's worth trying. That said, I wouldn't get it again. I could down it all night and never notice the high ABV. It'd make a good session beer (for those of us who know how to drink, not ye panzy 4% I-have-work-tomorrow-types).


kojevergas, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Ramjam1989
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Ramjam1989, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller ApS - Invasion Farmhouse IPA

Look - Pours hazy golden yellow with a good sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Some retention, no lacing that stays.

Smell - Pineapple with spice, sweet and a bit cloying and funky, some floral hops are hard to pull out of the sweet. Was not sure what to think at this point but I try to keep an open mind.

Taste - Sour and farmhouse typical, brett then rages in a strange sweet tingly numbing like cough syrup and then floral/grassy bitter/pine pitch or sap hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests pine pitch hop bitter and fades quite quickly, I liked this part. Lightly warming but not overly boozy. Dry and decent drinkability.

Overall - Not one of my personal favorites, but unique to say the least. Super brett punch, a bit extreme, would not recommend unless you want tart and sour, some would absolutely love this brew, I am not one of them.

JMScowcroft, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of MaxT
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
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Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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