Invasion Farmhouse IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion Farmhouse IPAInvasion Farmhouse IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HuskyinPDX on 08-04-2012

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298
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63
Avg:
4
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Reviews by Trilogy31:
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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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 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 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 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 MaxT
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 Studfarm69
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Beer21
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerophilia
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork-finished bottle, served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy copper-orange beneath a billowy, short-lived head. Little to no lacing.

When I popped the cork, a genie-like cloud of lemon, pine, and band-aid aromas burst forth from the bottle. Once poured, a honeyish sweetness and a touch of grapefruit joined the party.

First taste was tart, juicy lemon with a hint of apricot, a touch of malty sweetness, and substantial brett funk. As the beer warmed, the brett mellowed and melded more into a backbone of sweet grains and fruit flavors: peach, mango, more lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit. I took about an hour to sip my tulip, and the more the beer developed, the more I liked it. I felt this was a nearly perfect blend of sweet/funky/bitter.

At first, a generous carbonation drove this beer a bit roughly over my tongue. As I sipped and the bubbles escaped, the mouthfeel became a bit smoother, and I wouldn't say either was better than the other – I liked it both ways.

Overall, I found this beer to be delicious. In fact, I called it my “first best” beer of 2013. It's complex and flavorful, and in my opinion, comes together well. Strongly recommended to folks who like a healthy dose of brett in their beer.

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Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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