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Invocation - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Wild Heaven Craft Beers visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010

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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 60
Photo of Benh777
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Beautifully captured style.

Photo of bareju
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque gold with a thin white head.

Smell is fruity and yeasty.

Taste is sweet and light, with a nice light carbonation and a bit of a syrupy feel. Having a hard time pinning down unique flavors, but the blend is quite nice. Sweetness up front, fruity esters in the middle, with a nice crisp bitterness that carries it away. I enjoy the hoppiness in this one, which I think is more pronounced than in most Belgian golden ales.

Overall very good. One of the few goldens I've liked. It's a big beer but I can't stop sipping!

Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a classic tulip. No freshness date evident. Received from good friend Erinn on his family's recent stop-over through Charlottesville -- thanks friend in hops.

A: Slightly murky peach with solid, 1-finger of ivory, foamy head with decent retention and a reasonable collar of lace around the top.

S: Aroma is a bit solventy and mineral but some light fruits like apple and pear poke through. The hoppiness is pretty grassy, a little minty, and herbal with a little bit of lemon there too. The grain character doesn't really make it close to the front like this style should. The peppery spicines of the yeast esters are in there and bring some phenolic twang to the aroma that doesn't mix too well with the minor malt aroma. There are also some bubble gum/candy esters which don't really work well.

T: The flavor is a little to muddled and not committal enough with too much going on and nothing really moves to the front. The fruitness (pears, golden apples) is the most immediate but gives way to some more yeasty esters and some more steely, solventy alcohols. The spiciness and peppery nature of the yeast component is very strong and overwhelms and muddies this beer substantially. The grain character is still pretty absent, a signature in Duvel and other classic BSGAs. The hoppiness is lost in the esters with some minty, herbal qualities but not enough to push the beer ahead. The bitterness is medium but equal parts hops and alcohol bitterness.

M: Not as light and drinkable as the top-tier and definitely starts to get a little thicker on the palate than it should with a little warming. The carbonation is medium and should be higher.

O: Not a bad stab but has quite of few improvements including less hoppiness, less solventy, hot alcohols, a little more subdued spicy, peppery phenolic yeast profile while preserving a complex yeast ester palette, and a more up-front pilsner grain character. Not one of Wild Heaven's better beers.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to barrelandzachary for sending this my way along with a slew of others from this brewery (including some draft only offerings and properglassware).

Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.

a - brew poured a deep murky orange with a generous two fingers plus of frothy foamy head that was massive and chunky and left huge milkshake like lacing on the glass. head had really nice retention.

s - nose is fairly classic to style and on the sweet side (which is amazing since this is brewed without sugar). bubblegum and bananan...belgian sugar, some sweet grain.

t - a bit more spicey than the nose suggested...reminiscent of the trader joe beers that unibroue brews for TJs. again, big banana and bubblegum but tempered with white pepper, safe, and clove. a bit heavy on the pepper.

m - not as creamy as authentic BSPA, but above avg for an american take. heavy carbonation without being overdone.

o - overall, not a bad BSPA but far from the top...a bit too spicey for my tastes and seems to be a borderline tripel lite. ok but my least fav of the 4 beers i got to try from thus fine brewery.

Photo of tmm313
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy straw color with 1 finger head. Pretty good soapy lacing. 3.5

Smell: Mainly clove and banana. A touch of yeast. Bubblegum and booze. 3.5

Taste: Bready intro with immediate alcohol. Caramel malts pop up in the middle. Bitter hop finish with a touch of banana sweetness. Boozey throughout. 3

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a boozey burn. 3.5

Overall: This was ok. I felt the flavors were a bit backwards and the alcohol was a tad too much. 3.25

Photo of maximum12
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to AtlCarl for this bottle; after Ode to Mercy, wanted me some more Wild Heaven & I must have been a good boy, since here it is. 12oz. bottle, first victim of a Friday night in (yippee!).

Pours up a slighted orange, with the bottom mush bringing a shade of cloudy. Slow, slight carbonation. Ripe bananas - most of a Chiquita banana plantation - issues forth in ordered columns from the surface of the beer. A good dose of spicy cloves, & the tandem smothers anything else that might have been been detected. Pungent.

Invocation is like a bullfighter masquerading as a Belgian Pale. "Aggressive" is a word I don't often associate with this style but this one is. In spades; ace high. Just like the nose. Flood of bananas, rolling waves of spicy yeast. Only other notable is a rough, unmilled grain that's more feel than taste. Split this one with my wife & six ounces will close out my tab.

I'm going to tag this with the 'interesting' monicker. Strong & back-slapping, but man, those bananas. Dialed back just a touch this might be something...but what are all those peeled bananas hiding? Pretty good beer.

Photo of AlexFields
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber color, head on the thin side but looks pretty decent.

Smell is mostly bright sweet yeast, lots of banana, some nuts, maybe apple or pear, mild spice and floral notes.

Lots of sweet flowers, roses maybe, good amount of spice, not much of the yeasty banana I got from the nose. I like this! Really tastes like it has flowers.

Mouthfeel nice, good carbonation that complements the spicy kick well.

7.5/10

Photo of BeerDocT
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.5: Came out of the growler a deep golden color with very little head. Swirls of foamy goodness appeared after the pour.

-Smell 4.0: Very interesting bouquet on this beer. "Hop forward" which is unusual for a Belgian style ale. I can almost place those hops...Northern Brewer? Also picking up warm sugars and that telltale Belgian yeast.

-Taste 4.5: Wow! Front is slightly sweet, with a very light sourness. Middle is a kick to the palate with BIG malt flavors and mid-level alkaline hoppiness. Finish is light and balanced and features that Belgian spiciness from the yeast and the hops. Delicious brew.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Very smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Remarkable given that this is from a growler and is obviously a CO2 conditioned ale.

-Overall 4.0: Slightly short of a 4.5, but nonetheless, an excellent beer. Wonderfully smooth and balanced with no trace of the 8.5% ABV punch. Lots of big flavors, but these are expertly nuanced so that this brew is not sloppy and out of focus: it is a Belgian ale, but is an unusual Belgian Ale. Recommended.

Photo of heybrewtiful
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have you ever tasted a raw carrot? No. Really. Have you? A little dirty, a little spicy, a little sweet. The condensed flavor of desiccated leaves and earthworm castings, rain clouds and the warm must of decomposed tree bark, a bit of late afternoon sunlight on the finish?

Like the aggregated flavor your memory holds of Christmas mornings, when you're the one staying up in the wee hours of dawn wrapping presents with a whiskey on the table. Someone else downstairs making pancakes and breakfast sausage, a hint of syrup rising through the hazelnuts.

Like an unexpected deer in the front yard, steam rising from her warm, open mouth. The golden blond and amber tones of morning searing the crisp surface of packed snow, a bitterness in the air that reaches all the way up to your brain and unlocks the feeling of lying underneath the black limbs of a leafless tree, breathing in the melting snow angel and sweaty hair underneath the hood of your snowsuit.

Presenting, Wild Heaven's Invocation:
It's a beautiful honey and amber colored Belgian IPA, with mild tangy notes of ginger and raw, slightly unwashed carrot (from the crisper drawer, of course). Best when had on draft and poured in a big glass (yes, I'm reluctantly admitting that sometimes beer does actually taste better in a bigger glass).

A tasty, tasty locally brewed craft beer, my friends. Get a growler. Take it home. Make a big pot of salted stove top popcorn (the old school way, kernels salted and covered in oil at the bottom of a heavy pan), or a roasted turkey, or a rosemary rack of lamb. You get the picture.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of Wild Heaven's two launch beers, Invocation is brewed in the Belgian Strong Golden Ale Style. According to the label, "Inspired by the great golden ales of Belgium, Invocation is fermented with a Trappist yeast for an earthy spiciness, made more complex by Noble and West Coast hops. We brew Invocation all-grain with no adjunct sugars, creating huge flavor without excess alcohol." This beer is currently contract brewed by Thomas Creek in South Carolina. There is no date on the bottle, however this beer is estimated to be at least 6 months, from a purchase I made quite a while back.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served in the mid 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An abundant golden cream tone head of a sudsy texture covers an orange copper body with medium haze and abundant, busy carbonation. Head retention is of very good quality. There's lots of substance here. Great appearance overall. 4.5

(Smell) A nice balance of spices and tart sourness on a belgian bready profile. Potency is medium-high. Some slight murkiness roughs up the palate and a tiny bit of booze is evident. The aroma is quite nice. 4

(Taste) Mildly tart bready yeast front with a sharp lasting spiced alcohol finish. Flavors are nice although not quite as pleasingly blended as in the aroma. The alcohol and spice creates a striking dryness on the finish. Balance is nice- I expected a slightly more prevalent malt body for those spices but overall its not a disappointing drink. There's a lot of character in here to make it a memorable Belgian-Style ale. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy, crisp with a cracker dryness associated with the spice, yeast and alcohol. Body is medium amongst Belgian Strong Pale Ales and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is medium. A decent pairing. 3.5

(Overall) Quite a tasty beverage. Wild Heaven's Invocation shows the Georgia Crowd that we shouldn't be afraid to make- and drink- highly suitable Belgian Strong Ales. Alcohol is a bit sharp on this one and some mild tartness is to be expected but if the complexity is in your favor, consider enjoying a bottle of this! 4

Wild Heaven Craft Beer's
Invocation Belgian-Style Golden Ale
/5.00

Photo of NODAK
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has quite a sweet smell to it, with banana and sweet fruit just jumping out...bordering on bubblegum really. Clove spices are also evident....a little yeast. Very Belgian, very good.

Pours a cloudy golden in my snifter with a very impressive, fluffy head that lasts quite a while.

Starts out fairly sweet, with the aforementioned juicy fruit and banana coming forward mixed with a healthy dose of cloves that are also present. Then comes a pretty healthy yeast component which helps bridge the way to the finish, where I get some citrus present giving a slight tartness on the end. There's also a small but noticeable hop bitterness at the end, giving it a somewhat dry finish.

Good balanced Belgian style beer here. Pretty impressed by it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Atlanta. Served in snifter.

A - Cloudy golden orange with half a finger of white head. Great lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, bready malts.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves, a noticeable alcohol presence, bread, spice.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of Meerkey
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Absurdly enormous head. Off-white, bubbly, and foamy. Color is dark, cloudy honey with bubbles.

S: Bright, citrusy, and wheaty.

T: Wheat, citrus again, and something kind of earthy and spicy that I can't identify. I like it.

M: Carbonated, clean.

O: Good beer. Very enjoyable and refreshing.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in BA secret santa, it pours a hazy orange with a rock hard, long lasting white head. The aroma has notes of spice, sweet fruit. Hoppier than expected, spicy, hay, lingering spicey finish, some pine. The body is medium, good carbonation. Enjoyable beer, hoppier than expected, worth seeking out.

Photo of doopydoogle
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy with an almost reddish golden hue. A gentle, vibrant lace clings to the side of the glass and the head cascades down the glass, leaving a sticky foam.

S - Slightly funky, almost acidic, with spice, dark fruit, and banana backing it up. Somewhere between fresh fruit and funky feet. Almost a wild yeast aroma.

T - Bright zesty spice gives way to a cloying bitter combined with a whack of high ABV. Citrus and chocolate are present together along with a buried grain profile that begs to be recognized but falls away in the clutter. Hearty, earthy, yet slightly funky yeast lingers.

M- Somewhat acidic, with a strong mouthfeel that contains a good vibrant carbonation.

O - An interesting brew! I would probably put this in the American Wild Ale style before BSPA, but a great try!

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

12oz bottle into a H24 snifter...

A - Pours a hazy orange with a three finger off white frothy head. Head retention is excellent, and there is lots of lace that clings to the glass...

S - Spice, sweet malts, yeast, and some light fruit notes...

T - Pear, peach, lots of sweet malt, and some spice and yeast on the end. Abv is very well hidden...

M - Really smooth. Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation...

O - Enjoyed this one. Really drinkable. Kind of wishing I had another as it goes down so smooth. Looking foward to trying more from Wild Heaven..

Cheers...

Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Marlowe's in NE Atlanta.
Pours a hazy golden/honey/amber with a little less head than I like to see. Lacing was decent.
Scent had the yeast, spice of a Belgian and a bit more sweetness than usual.
The taste was more complex than what I was expecting: malty, sweet like cane sugar and a little banana, clove and cinnamon spice, nutmeg, yet some hops as well.
Medium body, alchohol well hidden from taste but warmth was apparent.
Very nice overall. I would get this again if I found it.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with a white head.

Has a tangarine smell to it. Some bubblegum and pineapple come to mind as well.

Taste is bready with some ripe fruit notes (plums and a little banana). Moderately bitter finish.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a hazy burnt orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that hung on for a little while reducing to a few small puddles and a small ring of residue thus creating some excellent sticky streaks of lace.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, floral hops and a sweet moldy yeast with notes of citrus, pears, coriander, honey and a mild alcohol scent.

The taste was a fruity malty sweet with notes of citrus and honey from start to finish with notes of pears, green apple, a mild spiciness and a light alcohol tinge towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow with the sweet fruity alcohol taste lingering on well after everything else faded.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a well rounded brew that had a ton of flavor and a mild fruity alcohol presence. Simply put YUM…

Photo of gkatsoris
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Holy head; where's the beer hahah? This literaly poured thee entire glass as the head; exciting LOL. Ocean foam!! THICK GIANT WHITE head. Golden honey in color, and a little hazy.

S: Banana's! Banana bread. White bread. Little lemon. Peach Cobbler! Green Melon. Canteloupe. Fruit jam.

T: After 10 mins for the head to fall; Melon. Peach. Fruit tarte. Raw dough. Lemon, lemon rind. Bitter on the very vey end.

M: Thick, but not chewy. Leaves a very nice coat on the tongue! Zesty and tingly.

O: I def do not like Belgians, but this is a very nice Belgian for sure. Never the less, due to my dislike of this type of brew, one and done.

Big thanks to brentk56 for the extra!!!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazed gold. Head is off-white, rocky, creamy, and thick, Head lingers at a high volume for a very long time. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass. Carbonation is on the high side.

Smell: Belgian yeast. Slightly sweet with notes of clove and a touch of pepper and copious banana. Some apple. Reminds me of cinnamon applesauce. Big yeasty character. Peach and mealy fruit. Pears maybe?

Taste: So much yeast. Clove and pear. Apple comes through the back. Coriander and banana. Belgian yeast runs rampant. Any hops are hidden in the back and float citrus, barely. Lots of flavor, but it all hits up front. Relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Highish carbonation over a creamy moderate body. Easy to drink with little to no linger.

Overall: It's very yeast heavy. If you're in to that type of thing, it does it well, especially for an American brewery. Yeast is mellow and adds a nice group of flavors.

Photo of 0tt0
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly darker-than-staw, with a small cap of head. Micro-sized bubbles cling to the side of the glass.

The nose is of peach and apricot, and sweet. Inviting.

Wild Heaven calls this a Belgian Golden, which seems correct enough, though I wouldn't object to it being called a Belgian IPA, either. The taste suggests the nose, though the Belgian yeast adds a funky (but pleasant) zip to it. There's an almost tea-like quality in the (very long) finish that fights against the citrus-y notes. It might sound out-of-whack, but it works, honestly. A hint of alcohol booziness towards the end as well.

Mouthfeel is thin, but with a resinous quality and prickly, prickly carbonation. Could stand just a bit more body, though.

I've had this a handful of times before and liked it better then. I'm not sure how much of that is the difference in serving type (bottle then, growler now) or situation (group then, alone now) or perhaps brewing inconsistency. Nevertheless, it's a solid beer from a brewery who's vibe I like considerably. Well worth checking out.

Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Village Tavern in Alpharetta, GA on 1/29
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with a two finger of white head (waitress gave me my second one for free because she screwed up the pour!). Head retains nicely leaving a decent amount of sticky spider webbed lacing.

S: Nose is sweet caramel malt, spices - clove predominantly, and a hint of pear and apple.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of belgian spices. More coriander than clove which is the opposite of the nose. Caramel malts come in as an undertone, with a touch of yeast. Finish is apple, pear, and banana with a touch more of coriander spicing.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, prickly, with a touch of a slick finish.

O: Goes down ok, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, ok representation of style. First pour, I didn't think that I would get another. The bartender poured me another before I could switch... found after the second one that I liked it far better...

Photo of Nuke77
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the bottle this develops a mountainous thick head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing on the side of the glass. It's color is a cloudy amber orange. The fine stream of tiny bubbles emanating from the bottle of the glass is very similar to the fine bubbles at the bottom of a glass of good champagne. The aroma is of spice and banana and a hint of nutmeg. This is heavily carbonated and to me this detracts from the overall taste of the beer Given its appearance and aroma I would have expected more flavor rather than the rather thin banana and spice flavor that I experienced. Overall it is a pretty good beer but I think there are several out there that better represent this style.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and golden with a huge rocky head. There is so much lively activity that you can here the head crackle as the microscopic bubbles pop. The lace is so thick that you cannot see through the glass.

Earthy and spicy yeast esters with just the slightest hint of white pepper.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. The flavor is immediately spicy and slightly bitter. It quickly transitions to sweet flavors of banana, vanilla, and cherries. Toward the end there is more banana, boozy alcohol and peppery spices. It finishes with sweet banana but the aftertaste is earthy, dry and bitter. The flavor is all over the place with mixes of peppery spice, sweet fruit, bitter earthy hops and warm boozy alcohol. It's a great tasting beer that is a bit sweeter than the usual showings in this style, but it has plenty of flavors that keep me coming back for more!

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Invocation from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
88 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.