Invasion Farmhouse IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion Farmhouse IPAInvasion Farmhouse IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Hazy golden straw in color – I might have guessed light saison or Berliner based on appearance. A good amount of visible carbonation, and a big (two-plus fingers) white fluffy head with great retention.

S: Musty and lemony Brettanomyces. Citrus hops and light biscuit malts, A touch of wheat and husky grist. Earthy and pineapple in the background. Not huge, but nice. This seems Brett-forward (rather than hop-forward or balanced).

T: Lemons and tangelos, Brett earthy funk and barnyard. Some pineapples and tropical fruit, and very light cracker malts with no husk at all on the flavor. It actually finishes fairly balanced between fruity hop bitterness and dry Brett funk.

M: Light body, low alcohol, and a good amount of fine carbonation sensation that it leads to a “frothy” mouthfeel.

O: This was a pretty decent farmhouse/Brett-ed IPA. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as some others (the Hop Savant series comes to mind). But if was packaged in a sixer of cans, rather than the corked & caged 750 mL, I’d certainly buy it in rotation.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed and bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Batch #5, July 2016.

Hazy pale yellow with a big, airy white head that lasts a long while and leaves heavy lacing.

Almost saison-like aroma of lemon grass, sour mix, clementines and light white pepper.

The brett is definitely the most prevalent part of the taste, with only light citrus fruitiness, white wine acidity and chalky bitterness behind it. Relatively light tasting overall. Medium bodied.

Not bad.

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Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz (750 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Batch #1 October 2015
Served in a tulip

I have seen many amazing bottle graphics over my ten-plus years of drinking craft beer, but this one might be my favorite of all time.

Even with a careful pour, an enormous, bright white, sea foam-like plume rose above the hazy, golden yellow body. The head slowly fell to a huge, craggily mass. Bits of splotchy, Brussels-style lacing stuck along the glass. With time, the head head dropped to an inch-tall cap and later transitioned into to a thick frothy collar.

The nose was really interesting. Nice mix of crisp, Belgian yeast notes and fruity hops. Really clean and bright. Lots of rustic, Belgian farmhouse character. Spicy and peppery. Good amount of brettyness too. The hops were very juicy and fruity. Citrus and tropical fruits were most noticeable. Orange and mango notes came through strongest. Some peach was apparent as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but not quite as smooth. Big, rustic farmhouse notes dominated on the front end. Crisp and clean. Grassy. Somewhat spicy. Peppery. Moderately tart and lemony in the center. The hops kicked in mid palate and intensified in the finish. Loads of citrus and citrus rind. Grapefruit zest was noticeable. Slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel was fantastic. It was super light and fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine and lively, almost Champagne-like effervescence.

Brett-infused IPAs might a passing trend, but a terrific, funky, dry-hopped saison is timeless. While this beer is categorized as the former, it definitely fits the description of the latter. I loved my year-old bottle of this and would love the opportunity to sample a fresh one some day as well.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely leane more to the saison side than the ipa side to me. Earthy farmhouse characteristics dominate with a little citrus fruit. Not getting much from the brett at all.

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml caged and corked bottle from Batch #4, bottled in October 2015. Poured into a Mikkeller long stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head with good retention and left great lacing.

Aroma: Big juicy tropical mango and pineapple, citrus lemon, lemon peel, lime, orange, some brett and funk with a hint of black peppercorn and herbs.

Taste: Quite similar to the aromas with tropical mango and pineapple shouting out followed by lots of citrus lemon and orange, peel and rind. There’s some light farmhouse funk, hay and pepper spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Brilliant. Brett doesn’t always work, but it works so well in this Farmhouse IPA. Very nice tropical and citrus aromas and taste that worked well together and coupled with the light farmhouse funkiness was very balanced. The 8% abv just did not feel like it was there and I was drinking it like it was a sessionable beer. A must buy beer in my book.

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Photo of bobhits
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm shocked at how few reviews we have for this. This is an anchorage beer....they are hands down the best brewery in american. But anyway, we have here a farmhouse/sour ipa and someone let mikkeller get involved (hopefully very little).

The pour is a hazy orange cloudy ipa/with clear acidic head.

Brett...big big Brett nose. I get pineapple and hints of orange hop aromas and a second wiff gives me a HINT of grapefruit. The funk and nuance of brett is beyond my writing skills so just know brett is showcased well here.

Just as the beer smells you get a lot of brett and citrus, but hidden is a nice bready body a middle flavor that seems to really work here. A second taste turns the bread into a yeast and caramel like note, the brett is clearly playing games with this beer start to finish.

The carbonation is lively but not what I like in an IPA, but what I'd expect in a farmhouse/anchorage beer.

Good beer, not anchorage at their best, Mikkeller must have been give too much say. Still certainly worth picking up. 13-14 for the bottle. Well worth it once, I'm not doing another but that's a lot for a second bottle.

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Photo of janubio
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale color, with a big head that holds and leaves a great lace. Strong aroma of tropical fruits, resine, weed buds. Brettanomyces is noticeable. Medium body and good carbonation. Taste is surpringly sweet, with caramel, tropical fruits, resine and citruses notes. Great.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked bottle - why shouldn't we review this here? It was brewed and packaged at Anchorage, right? Why am I reminded of that Simpsons episode where they get a huge Olmec head as a 'gift' from Mr. Burns when I look at the label?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some sparse and sudsy island group lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of funky Brett, um, funk, further sort of sour yeast, muddled domestic citrus rind, hard to focus on grainy and bready pale malt, estery bubblegum, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, just a hint of disjointed caramel sweetness, a more evenhanded Brett funk, sweaty blankets, warm-seeming blood orange and white grapefruit flesh, musty and overripe pineapple core, and the same fresh earthy, leafy, and piney hoppiness last enjoyed in the aroma.

The carbonation is fairly assertive in its testy and rough-edged frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and way more smooth than I had any right thus far to expect - so, well - good! It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops thankfully keeping any lingering funk duly at bay.

Well, at least this thing progresses - yeah, the complex funk really brings it right off the bat, but cedes some control to the other heady essences as time marches on, i.e. the base IPA gets its time in the metaphorical sun. At any rate, this is a big, strange, and weirdly satisfying brew, even for those of us who can't fucking understand the current fascination with Brettanomyces', er, 'invasion'.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 4. Bottled 10/2015

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with citrus fruit, citrus juice, tropical fruit, earth, Brett, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour tropical fruit, citrus zest, earth, Brett, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great use of Brett that works super well with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, lime, pineapple, peach, mango, peppercorn, pine, citrus rind, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, floral, grass, light leather/musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, lime, pineapple, peach, mango, peppercorn, pine, citrus rind, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, floral, grass, light leather/musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, lime, pineapple, peach, mango, peppercorn, pine, citrus rind, hay, straw, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from carbonation, bitterness, and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HiWire
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with 2 finger head. Smells touch sour and bubblegum. Light mouthfeel. Tastes of bubblegum and hops at front of sip, finishes with a moderate bitterness. Don't really taste much of the brett, complex amount of stuff going with the smell and taste together. Would drink again as a finisher.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer, like everything that comes from Anchorage. Straw yellow with some slight haze. THE SMELL!! Smell is outrageously funky and wonderful. Tons of citrus, and farmy funk. Taste is much of the same, with a great dry, bitter hop finish. Could drink everyday.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. BB 2018/4. Poured into tulip.

A: Golden. Hazy. Poured with 2 finger high head.
S: Fig, plum, and various common smells of Belgian farmhouse styles.
T: Similar to it smells, funky flavor goes first, followed by the hops.
M: Full bodied. Somewhat creamy.
O: An unique IPA whose taste and smell are pretty match Belgian farmhouse ales.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with a murky complexion. A massive inch thick billowing white heads tops it off. Brussels lacing. Amazing aroma of pineapple and mango blended with tart Cabernet notes from the Brett. The taste is as advertised in the nose. The Brett is more intense so it is more of the tart acidic note than the sweet tropical fruit. The mouth is heavily carbonated,crisp,and dry.

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Photo of DanforthPewter
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer was delicious. Taste and smell do not match that of an IPA. That's why The lower numbers. If it were simply a farmhouse ale description, I'd rate higher. If you like farmhouse saisons you'll love this beer

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Photo of tastybeer
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold-straw color under a fuzzy tight white 1/4" layer of foam. Some discernable chunks at the bottom of my glass... Aroma is sweet, deeply but evenly brett-y, with tart funky lemon and tropical fruity aromas mashed together. Doughy bread, a touch of white wine, a smidge of onion, sweet floral and fruit, perhaps apple and pineapple. Taste begins with sour/tart citrus rind that eventually smooths out into a blend of fruit and flowers and then kicks back up right at the finish. Champagne, farmy flavors, pineapple, decomposing leaves yet also still some kind of greeness. Texture is dry but still fluffy smooth. Maybe some chalkiness in there. Overall pretty excellent.

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Photo of wedge
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color with a few flakes scattered at the bottom of the glass. The head is frothy white foam and sticks in clusters. Smell is heavy on the Brett...big, beautiful, flowery, leathery funk joined by mango, grapefruit, lime, wood, and grape. Flavor is equally Bretty with a little more of an earthy, floral bitterness in the finish. Dried fruit, potpourri, leather...the hops are really secondary here. Hay, grapefruit, champagne, and mint. Medium bodied and dry with a little warming in the throat. The aroma is clearly the best part, but just a really nice, Brett-heavy beer overall.

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Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with a thick meringue-ish white head, that slowly settles leaving a few massive islands of lace on the glass. Smell: lime, grapefruit, grass and barnyard, notes of dried pineapple and sugar cookie. Taste: white grape and light nectarine beneath grapefruit, lime, grassy note, and dried pineapple. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation, into a dry finish, slightly powdery, with nectarine skin and a sour citrus note. This latest version which is billed as "Mikkeller presents Invasion IPA Brewed & Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company" is pretty fantastic.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This batch was brewed in Anchorage Alaska by Anchorage Brewing Company in 08/14
A-A Bright yellow, golden hued ale with a thin white head and plenty of cloudiness
S-Bright Lemon juice, gives way to a grassy, then tropical hop aromas ending with just a bit of funky yeast smell, exelent
T-A really easy 8.0% Tart lemon at the opening, turning to a bright grapefruit, tropical citra hop flavor finishes with a nice bit of barnyard kick
M-Light and crisp w/ good carbonation, not much else to say here.
O- A more tropical, less woody than the bitter monk, but very tropical & more drinkable, if slightly less complex
P.S. Why is this classified as an American IPA it is totally Belgian in style

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Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +25%

Wow! Was really blown away by the aroma and flavor of this brilliant IPA.. If you like your ale hazy and orange with flavor for days than this is for you the initial smell is all citrus zest and the beginning is Orange and moves to grapefruit and grass right to a prefect palette drying bitterness that begs for another drink and at 8%abv you don't even notice the alcohol.. Ipa's are a really diverse style but if your looking for fruity refreshing bitterness then try this if you can find it... the version I had was bottled in Alaska...Although slightly pricy I will buy it every time I see it..

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

The beer is light orange and thoroughly hazy with a white cap. Aromas of citrus, lemon peel, grass, funk, earth, hay. Interesting beer. Hop character and brett funk work well together. Intriguing and enjoyable.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-tangerine at 50% saturation (colour is somewhat muted). Fizzy head reduces to a ring pretty quickly.

S: Grassy must, earthy, some orange citrus. Smells not unlike a saison-brett, but without the spicy yeast.

T: Musty tangerine skins breaking to lemon wedges. This does not taste like an IPA with some funk. The brettanomyces are very well integrated, obviously has been given time to properly develop into something else entirely. Think well-executed saison-brett but without the spice, and more citrus character.

M: Mild carbonation which suits the silky mouthfeel.

O: I really enjoyed this, though for the cost of the bottle I don't think I'll revisit. This is a much more elegant beer than I had expected. Great complexity and maturity, you can drink this like a gueuze or nice wine.

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Photo of raznug
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This nontypical IPA pours a pale orange color that is so cloudy that I can’t see through it and is topped with ½” of white head that hangs around.
Smell: Hops dominate the aroma at first but the funk comes around near the end of the aroma. What an intriguing beer
Taste: The taste is rather odd with the combo of hops and Brett yeast and that is the exact way it tastes just kind of hard to get use to.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied IPA that has a clean finish even with the Brett.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale champagne colour, almost opaque with the cloudiness. Head is white, a bit foamy, but a bit flat now. OK.

Smells Bretty and pleasant. Tart overall but a nice hit of battery malt. Vinous at times, some citrus, barnyard and thyme. Hugely appealing, in fact.

Taste is sweeter upfront. Vanilla notes that then get all that organic funk. Barnyard, hay, lemon thyme and pepper with a touch of champagne. Quite bitter on the finish, could use a touch more tartness, but otherwise very clean and refreshing beer.

OK body; inevitable pull from the yeast but pads itself well, mostly.

Not perfect, and has some slightly overblown flavours but it's a nice, funky beer that serves as a great refresher.

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Photo of CaptainOats
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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.

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