Invasion Farmhouse IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.91/5 rDev +1.6%
A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funky sourness and floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has sourness from the brett along with flavors of grapefruit citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite drinkable and having a remarkable and interesting balance between bitterness and sourness.
Note: Batch #2, November 2012
07-28-2013 20:32:12 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Incredibly complexity and teeth-grinding acidity accompanies funky-fresh fruit aromatics, juicy hops, and dry wine-like tannin in this Mikkeller-Anchorage Brewing collaboration. This "Farmhouse" IPA has the unmistakable flavor of Anchorage all over it. And that suits me just fine as I'm truly seduced by their house character.
Pouring medium gold in color with a light milky haze that keeps the beer looking more blond than amber. As the cottony white head separates from the beer it shows tremendous retention and broken lacing patterns left behind. It carries the farmhouse aesthetics proudly.
Juicy and tart, the aromas of both fresh and dried fruit are in high display with oranges, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemons, limes, white grapes, pear, and berries- really any citrus, wild, or orchard fruit can be singled out in this highly complex scent. Fresh-cut grass, pine needles, and freshly shaven wood all weave into the earthy and lightly musty scent.
Settling down a bit on the earthy flavor, but all those fruit flavors that were found in the nose manifest themselves more intensely in taste. It's both juicy with vine-ripened vibrancy, and concentrated like dried fruit as well. It's sweet, tart, and spicy all at once. The sharp taste is refreshing, inviting, and powerful as the fruit turns to herbal, hoppy bitterness in finish with echoes of weathered oak, white pepper, and light pungent sourness.
Creamy and airy at once, the beer does that thing that Anchorage beers do- they are both mouthwatering, drying, juicy, and powdery all at the same time. This keeps the beer alive in taste and texture, while providing dry refreshment and lingering taste. It's really hard to describe the palate sensations, but it leaves me with an uncontrollable need to grit my teeth.
Since Mikkeller doesn't have a "house", they are depending on their host brewery to define their beers with their own "house" characteristics. Anchorage can do no wrong as this link up with Mikkel yields a beer that's just as seductive as their own.
02-26-2013 19:48:27 | More by BEERchitect
2.25/5 rDev -41.6%
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
10-17-2012 04:04:13 | More by GRG1313
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Large frothy 3 finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a murky golden copper body. Aroma is very fruity with mostly banana and pineapple. Also has light Belgian yeast and clove for herbal presence. Flavor is very different from the aroma. Caught off guard initially by acidic tartness, Belgian yeast funk, some green apple, melon and breads. Finish is metallic, grassy and herbal. Medium body and high carbonation. Pretty unique and complex. Not sure if I would want this one again but it's worth trying. A little too herbal and tangy for what I want to make this one more drinkable for me.
12-16-2012 21:55:05 | More by kylehay2004
3.01/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
05-03-2013 22:34:16 | More by WVbeergeek
4.41/5 rDev +14.5%
I cannot believe this beer is rated as poorly as it is here on BA. this is without a doubt one of the most interesting and enjoyable beers I can remember, and one that I would drink everyday if it came in reasonably priced six packs. as I understand it, this is the invasion ipa fermented with brett in collaboration with anchorage brewing in Alaska. it pours a sort of lackluster yellow color, thick from all the sediment, and boasting several inches of airy white foam. the nose is insane, so much bretty funk going on, farmy and floral at the same time, with a massive dose of high alpha hops, probably some of the C varieties, but I cannot be sure. it is mouthwateringly tart, and intimidatingly bitter. the flavor is the best of both worlds. huge fruity and summery hop notes up front, that tussle with the wild yeast to produce a really different bready not quite sourness that is almost impossible to describe because it is unlike anything else ive tasted in my life. the hops come back in the finish, with some citric bitterness and a bit of acid that allows it to finish clean and remarkably dry. you would never in a million years know this was 8% abv. fuller bodied mouthfeel because of all the micro yeast suspended within it, and very bright carbonation, which gives it a lot of life and pep. Overall this is an incredible beer, that satisfies my needs for both a funky brew and a hoppy bomb. its a perfect union really, and I cannot wait to drink this again. it takes a lot to impress me after all these beers, but this one has really got me stoked. get yourself some if you see it, its worth any price.
04-26-2013 17:48:50 | More by StonedTrippin
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
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).
09-15-2012 06:37:28 | More by kojevergas
4.41/5 rDev +14.5%
Aw yeah. Mikkeller/Anchorage collaboration? You know it's going to be good. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne, shared with Sam and Rich.
Pours a pleasantly bright but cloudy yellow golden colour, with an initially frothy head of silky white. Body is actually a little bit lighter than I'd expect for 8% ABV, but it holds a fine bead pleasantly enough. Looks very good.
Nose is excellent: fresh and bright with clean neutral hops, laced with whiffs of funky, fruity and strangely sweet Brett characters. Slight savoury characters of beans and smoke—again, I'm sure it's the signature Anchorage Brett. In fact, it reminds me more than anything of a big fresh Jolly Pumpkin beer: bright and fresh, but with that obvious Bretted dankness to it. It's awesome stuff.
Taste is very clean and pleasant: bright clean hops through the centre of the palate and a very fine, slightly grassy, but mostly bold straight grain character lifting it through its paces. Plenty of funk comes out towards the back, giving a little shoe leather, horse blanket, oaten biscuits and a clean, very faint acidity that loses itself in the bitterness at the back.
Feel is also good. Light, slightly frothy, but bolstered by a clean acidity through the finish.
Overall: this is excellent. I think this is better than Anchorage's own Bitter Monk, although that was one of my least favourite of their (very excellent) beers. But this is a very solid basis weaved into Anchorage's signature magic. And it's an extremely good combination.
09-21-2013 04:28:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Picked this up tonight at the Boise COOP for $14... Cheaper than any other place in town.
Pours a very hazy pale straw golden... fizzy white head dies back quickly.. light spott lacing.
Whoa... the nose is plenty hoppy.. but very buggy.. brett is big lemony essence.. grassy and some barnyard... "Farmhouse" for sure.. piney hops grow with warmth so does the brett.
Dry and dusty brett is the big player here... citrus and spicy notes play well.. green apple skin tartness... a heavy pine hoppiness is the finish almost like pine branches. Dry brett finish just lingers forever.
Very interesting.. huge carbonation and the expected body... but I doubt I will buy this again.. "one and done"... glad I got the chance, but the quality just did not make me think I want another big purchase.
07-29-2013 05:42:00 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Bottle opened on 8.3.12.
Brewed at Anchorage Brewing.
Labeled a Farmhouse IPA
A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a explosive light-tan head that fades slowly.
S - Sweet pine and citrus. Very Nice.
T - Farmhouse funk, bitter pine hops, dank orange.
D - Tons of carbonation with a light to medium body. Nice funky finish.
O - A huge pop opening the bottle. Funky ipa, true the the Anchorage brewing style.
08-04-2012 06:18:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.15/5 rDev -18.2%
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...
08-20-2012 00:57:24 | More by ccrida
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, bottled November 2012. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like grassy and citrusy (mango, lemon peel, grapefruit) hops, funk, white grapes and bready malt. It tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, lemon peel, grapefruit) and grassy hops, brett, apricots, and some herbal/floralness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. I think it's a good brew, and definitely worth a try. $13.99 a bottle.
04-20-2013 21:53:32 | More by bluejacket74
Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.