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:
147
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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1
Gots:
11
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this was brewed at Mercury in June, although it didn't show up in Chicago until mid-July due to the Shelton/Windy "Shitty" dust-up. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a nice off-white head that settles to a thick cap and a few splotches of lace. Very dark and mildly hazy copper body. This looks nothing like early descriptions of the Drake's version.

S - Balanced at this point (2 months old?), but with a nice amount of residual earthy hops, grapefruit rind, and a touch of tropical fruits. Malt backbone is comprised of caramel and a touch of brown sugar.

T - The taste is less sweet, with a more bready malt base that has only a kiss of honey to it. Lots of hops still present here, with tropical and citrus fruit flavors, as well as some hefty pine bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Perhaps a hint of astringency in the finish.

M - Very dry, with lots of residual resinous hop oils. Medium body, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth that seems out of place for a 7% beer.

D - On the whole, a solidly executed East Coast IPA that has managed to stay hoppy for 6-8 weeks. I'll have no problem drinking the 22oz bottle, but I doubt I'll buy this again as there are better beers priced less than $10/bomber.

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Photo of Morningside
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the resin and pine notes, with a hint of biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the resinous notes coming through. There is also a decent amount of orange citrus, as well as some biscuit malt that keeps the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, pine, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of pine (a very strong presence here), hops (a moderate amount), caramel, and a little bit of grain. Similar in character to a West Coast IPA. A rich, tasty, well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that falls between a regular IPA and a DIPA. Not that it matters that much. It's still a well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of phishphorce
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Jaacob
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of sevenarts
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Invasion IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.96 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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