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Invasion Farmhouse IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Invasion Farmhouse IPAInvasion Farmhouse IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +5.8%
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 DanforthPewter
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +9.8%
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 +25.9%

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 +3.3%

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 +4.5%
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 -9.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -17.4%
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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Photo of gillagorilla
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch #2 NOV/12)

A: Opaque blonde hay color.

S: Lots of farmhouse, funk and pine. The brett complicates the notes a lot. Light grapefruit.

T: I might have preferred the fresh brett-less version. It is a bit watery towards the end. This was probably much better a year ago. Lots of farmhouse and yeasty funkness. Faintly tart with an old hop pine taste. Not too much to my liking. I wish it was either a lot hoppier or more bitter/tart.

M: Bubbly but overall pretty smooth.

O: I wish there was a bigger body with bolder flavors here. It was all kind of muted. However, I thought with the Brett, that the hops might last longer (silly), but it's not like I had been aging it. I only got it like a month ago.

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Photo of spicelab
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle with thanks to [email protected] Bottled November 2012, so we'll see how that IPA thing works out.

Cloudy pear with a substantial but airy white head that collapses over a couple of minutes sans lace.

Nose starts with a mix of classic lemony Brett sourness and tropical fruit salad. Gets funkier as it warms, doling out big-time urine, sweaty armpits and blue cheese. Even with my rugged preferences the piss thing is hard to embrace.

Strong sour-bitter citrus peel joined by earthy pine and clean spearmint. Hard to unpack where the yeast ends and the hops start. Huge lemon sherbet, but the tropical sweetness makes it very approachable. Excellent.

Feel is light for the ABV, but the hop oils add nice texture. After the initial dry punch it transitions to a 50/50 bitter/tart split that spreads evenly throughout the palate.

Well executed. The Brett dominates but it's hardly surprising given the age on this. That said it's no bad thing as aggressive hopping wouldn't necessarily improve drinkability.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aw yeah. Mikkeller/Anchorage collaboration? You know it's going to be good. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne, shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a pleasantly bright but cloudy yellow golden colour, with an initially frothy head of silky white. Body is actually a little bit lighter than I'd expect for 8% ABV, but it holds a fine bead pleasantly enough. Looks very good.

Nose is excellent: fresh and bright with clean neutral hops, laced with whiffs of funky, fruity and strangely sweet Brett characters. Slight savoury characters of beans and smoke—again, I'm sure it's the signature Anchorage Brett. In fact, it reminds me more than anything of a big fresh Jolly Pumpkin beer: bright and fresh, but with that obvious Bretted dankness to it. It's awesome stuff.

Taste is very clean and pleasant: bright clean hops through the centre of the palate and a very fine, slightly grassy, but mostly bold straight grain character lifting it through its paces. Plenty of funk comes out towards the back, giving a little shoe leather, horse blanket, oaten biscuits and a clean, very faint acidity that loses itself in the bitterness at the back.

Feel is also good. Light, slightly frothy, but bolstered by a clean acidity through the finish.

Overall: this is excellent. I think this is better than Anchorage's own Bitter Monk, although that was one of my least favourite of their (very excellent) beers. But this is a very solid basis weaved into Anchorage's signature magic. And it's an extremely good combination.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy golden hue. Even a small pour into my sample cup brings forth a big, fluffy head. It even laces.

S-A big, funky, hoppy aroma. Brett is very strong. Also there is a bunch of tropical fruit hoppiness. The hops work well with the fruity/medicinal bretty character.

T-A bit less awesome here. The hops are fruity and lightly spicy. The wild yeast begins to overpower other elements. It still tastes damn good though.

M-The intense flavors lower the drink ability a bit but the body is very agreeable.

O/D-Really enjoyed this. The nose was better than the flavor but this was one of my favorites from Night of the Funk.

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Photo of take_it_sleazy
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into good nature snifter. Batch #2 nov. 2012. Love the simplicity of the bottle art. Gotta love what these guys do with the appearance of the bottle.

A: a hazy, slightly sunburst gold color. Visible amounts of carbonation with a lacy single finger head.

S: very bretty smell. Barnyard and hops mixed together. a slight cheesey smell, I'm guessing also coming from the brett in this one. Hops linger in the background, but nothing to resiny coming off in the nose.

T: sharp, tart and bitter brettanomyces hits you upfront, with a lingering medicinal flavor resting on the front of the tounge. Not as much hops coming through as I imagined I would get, that brett just overpowers everything in this beer. Slight juicy, citrusy notes. Not very boozy at all. In fact, I completely forgot it was 8% until I was nearly finished with the glass.

M: nothing to write home about here. Almost medium bodied beer with a nice balence of carbonation. Pretty refreshing.

O: definitely worth a try, but wasnt hugely impressed with this one. Will definitely look into more of mikkiller's stuff as I've heard good things. A tasty beer for sure, worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of ADZA
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love these two guys so couldn't see anything coming bad from this one and it pours a hazed golden straw hue with a sudsy two finger head and some subtle lacing,on smell I don't have any previous knowledge on the hop list but its gotta be Sorachi Ace with aromas of lemon sherbet,Brett,lavender and farmhouse funk love it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with beautiful tastes of pineapple,lemon sherbet,lavender,funky Brett and finished with a crisp citrus hoppy bitterness and overall expensive but sublime one beer you have to drink cheers.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Batch #2 NOV 2012

A- Pours a medium golden color with a full inch of bubbly white head that retains decently before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Mm Brett, how I love thee. Notes of green olive, barnyard funk and a bit of citrus from the hops.

T- More Brett and a decent amount of bitterness to complement. Herbal aftertaste that borders on medicinal. Alcohol is wonderfully hidden. More notes of green olive plus some peach and mango.

M- Crisp and effervescent with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Took me a while to finally pull the trigger on this one since the price tag always scared me away. Once I figured out I'd never find it for any less than $15 I went ahead and bought it even while knowing that it had been sitting for months. I'm so glad I took the plunge because this is a Brett-tastic beer that has stood the test of time. Highly recommended if you're a Brettanomyces fiend like me.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a straw yellow color and its cloudy, you kind of see through. Average white head and little lacing.
S. very bready scent.
T/M. Like the scent it is quite bready, wheaty. Tangy and a bit sour and tart. It has a slight hoppy taste.
O. It is perfect for a summer day, but definitely not worth the $19 price tag.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the Boise COOP for $14... Cheaper than any other place in town.

Pours a very hazy pale straw golden... fizzy white head dies back quickly.. light spott lacing.

Whoa... the nose is plenty hoppy.. but very buggy.. brett is big lemony essence.. grassy and some barnyard... "Farmhouse" for sure.. piney hops grow with warmth so does the brett.

Dry and dusty brett is the big player here... citrus and spicy notes play well.. green apple skin tartness... a heavy pine hoppiness is the finish almost like pine branches. Dry brett finish just lingers forever.

Very interesting.. huge carbonation and the expected body... but I doubt I will buy this again.. "one and done"... glad I got the chance, but the quality just did not make me think I want another big purchase.


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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funky sourness and floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has sourness from the brett along with flavors of grapefruit citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite drinkable and having a remarkable and interesting balance between bitterness and sourness.

Note: Batch #2, November 2012

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Photo of larryi86
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Some funk, some wet grass, earthy hops, some lemon, floral, some spice.

T- Funky, tart lemons, earthy, some spice, touch of wet grass, fairly hoppy, nice balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good blend of a farmhouse ale and an IPA. Glad I have it a try, but don't see myself buying it again due to price.

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Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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