Invasion IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batches have been brewed at both Drake's in CA and Mercury in MA.

Added by bark on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of baybassboy
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Nay
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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..

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Photo of blastyaker
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Ragu2387
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

03/04/2012
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.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of hoserking
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.01/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of natemort13
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of beerdweeb
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of MareInfinitus
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.96 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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