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 GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Based on the other reviews, my opinion differs so much that I feel compelled to review.

Pours golden orange with a gigantic white head. Decent looking but so carbonated that must pour with great care or you get nothing but head. (No comments).

Nose is very fruity mixed with funk and not well integrated. There is something "off" with the nose. I love brett in the nose and mouth. This is brett "gone wrong." The smell is almost olive/smoke and simply a bit off putting.

Mouthfeel is way over carbonated and thus way too fizzy and bubbly in the mouth, along with the beer being far out of balance and without integration of flavors, weird as they are. Mouthfeel is just also "off" and not at all inviting.

Flavors are simply also off putting. I'm a bit distressed at my reaction having read the other reviews. I almost feel like I've tasted a different beer. For some reason that I can't pinpoint, I, like others I think, "want" to like Mikkeller. Here, it's simply bad beer in my opinion. The flavor profile is like malt with olives with brett with stale grass with rotten vegetables. In fact, to me, that was the overwhelming flavor - sort of the beginning of rotten food.

Finish follows flavor and, all in all, I have no need to try this one again. I'm a fan of Mikkeller's crazy stuff and even if I don't like one the Mikkeller brews, I usually respect the effort.

Sorry, this one is just not good. JMO

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large frothy 3 finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a murky golden copper body. Aroma is very fruity with mostly banana and pineapple. Also has light Belgian yeast and clove for herbal presence. Flavor is very different from the aroma. Caught off guard initially by acidic tartness, Belgian yeast funk, some green apple, melon and breads. Finish is metallic, grassy and herbal. Medium body and high carbonation. Pretty unique and complex. Not sure if I would want this one again but it's worth trying. A little too herbal and tangy for what I want to make this one more drinkable for me.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe this beer is rated as poorly as it is here on BA. this is without a doubt one of the most interesting and enjoyable beers I can remember, and one that I would drink everyday if it came in reasonably priced six packs. as I understand it, this is the invasion ipa fermented with brett in collaboration with anchorage brewing in Alaska. it pours a sort of lackluster yellow color, thick from all the sediment, and boasting several inches of airy white foam. the nose is insane, so much bretty funk going on, farmy and floral at the same time, with a massive dose of high alpha hops, probably some of the C varieties, but I cannot be sure. it is mouthwateringly tart, and intimidatingly bitter. the flavor is the best of both worlds. huge fruity and summery hop notes up front, that tussle with the wild yeast to produce a really different bready not quite sourness that is almost impossible to describe because it is unlike anything else ive tasted in my life. the hops come back in the finish, with some citric bitterness and a bit of acid that allows it to finish clean and remarkably dry. you would never in a million years know this was 8% abv. fuller bodied mouthfeel because of all the micro yeast suspended within it, and very bright carbonation, which gives it a lot of life and pep. Overall this is an incredible beer, that satisfies my needs for both a funky brew and a hoppy bomb. its a perfect union really, and I cannot wait to drink this again. it takes a lot to impress me after all these beers, but this one has really got me stoked. get yourself some if you see it, its worth any price.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly complexity and teeth-grinding acidity accompanies funky-fresh fruit aromatics, juicy hops, and dry wine-like tannin in this Mikkeller-Anchorage Brewing collaboration. This "Farmhouse" IPA has the unmistakable flavor of Anchorage all over it. And that suits me just fine as I'm truly seduced by their house character.

Pouring medium gold in color with a light milky haze that keeps the beer looking more blond than amber. As the cottony white head separates from the beer it shows tremendous retention and broken lacing patterns left behind. It carries the farmhouse aesthetics proudly.

Juicy and tart, the aromas of both fresh and dried fruit are in high display with oranges, mangoes, apricots, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemons, limes, white grapes, pear, and berries- really any citrus, wild, or orchard fruit can be singled out in this highly complex scent. Fresh-cut grass, pine needles, and freshly shaven wood all weave into the earthy and lightly musty scent.

Settling down a bit on the earthy flavor, but all those fruit flavors that were found in the nose manifest themselves more intensely in taste. It's both juicy with vine-ripened vibrancy, and concentrated like dried fruit as well. It's sweet, tart, and spicy all at once. The sharp taste is refreshing, inviting, and powerful as the fruit turns to herbal, hoppy bitterness in finish with echoes of weathered oak, white pepper, and light pungent sourness.

Creamy and airy at once, the beer does that thing that Anchorage beers do- they are both mouthwatering, drying, juicy, and powdery all at the same time. This keeps the beer alive in taste and texture, while providing dry refreshment and lingering taste. It's really hard to describe the palate sensations, but it leaves me with an uncontrollable need to grit my teeth.

Since Mikkeller doesn't have a "house", they are depending on their host brewery to define their beers with their own "house" characteristics. Anchorage can do no wrong as this link up with Mikkel yields a beer that's just as seductive as their own.

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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 kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.0% confirmed. The style designation is questionable. Is this really an "American IPA"? 1pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood earlier tonight. It's quite a sleek label compared to many of Mikkeller's other brews. I like it. Expectations are fairly high; I'm in the mood for a good Mikkeller brew but the style seems a bit weird. Brewed & Bottled at/by Anchorage brewing.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Not paired with food. Consumed on a contented stomach.

All I did was unwind the wire, and the cork popped out nearly instantly with a loud accompanying sound. The cork had enough force it hit the ceiling. Sweet jesus that's overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, no cream at all, and mediocre retention - though it's acceptable considering the ABV. Colour is a murky hazy orange-gold. No yeast particles are visible. There're ample carbonation bubbles. Non-opaque.

Sm: Citrusy and floral hops are dominant, with an underside of very biscuity yeast. It's also got a sticky oily piney hop character that makes me worry, though. I hope the flavour is more the former and less the latter. Some green apple comes through in a strictly non-cidery kind of way. Clean malts lend it some body. Caramel apple. An average strength aroma.

T/Mf: It's indeed a sort of farmhouse ale meets an IPA. Green/caramel apple bites through in both the first and third acts, coming through quite a bit on the finish and in the brief aftertaste. The yeast is a bit too restrained, but lends a biscuity undertone. Floral and maybe very light citrus notes occupy the early second act and the end of the first act. Structurally, it's rather imbalanced. The flavour is a bit better off. Clean malts form the unassuming foundation, but there's just not enough body to it. It comes off thin and underwhelming, unable to adequately support the flavours. Some interesting sugars are present up front, maybe some candi sugar - again joining with that crisp caramel apple for a pleasant effect. Luckily, the pine is restrained and it's hardly oily at all. It comes off a bit too preserved; it doesn't come off as a fresh brew. Indeed, it's a touch overcarbonated - but not as much as I feared. It's an interesting brew, but its complexity is a bit scattershot. It largely succeeds as a hybrid, but I don't know that it's better than the regular Invasion IPA. Mikkel might have been better off brewing an IPA and a Farmhouse Ale separately.

Dr/Ov: The price tag is rather steep for the quality (I paid around $12.00). As an experimental hybrid, I'd call it a prototypical success. It definitely needs honing, but I always like to see effective experimentation. It could use more of both a yeasty character and a hoppy complexity. Where's the biscuity spicy subtlety of a good farmhouse ale? In any case, it's worth trying. That said, I wouldn't get it again. I could down it all night and never notice the high ABV. It'd make a good session beer (for those of us who know how to drink, not ye panzy 4% I-have-work-tomorrow-types).


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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 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 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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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 JohnGalt1
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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%
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 Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, bottled November 2012. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like grassy and citrusy (mango, lemon peel, grapefruit) hops, funk, white grapes and bready malt. It tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, lemon peel, grapefruit) and grassy hops, brett, apricots, and some herbal/floralness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. I think it's a good brew, and definitely worth a try. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.3.12.
Brewed at Anchorage Brewing.
Labeled a Farmhouse IPA

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a explosive light-tan head that fades slowly.

S - Sweet pine and citrus. Very Nice.

T - Farmhouse funk, bitter pine hops, dank orange.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light to medium body. Nice funky finish.

O - A huge pop opening the bottle. Funky ipa, true the the Anchorage brewing style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer! My first of a Brett/IPA ( tho with the very aggressive hops more like a double IPA). Poured with a smallish, sudsy, off-white head that completely fades and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy yellow with a huge range of size bubble trails from tiny to grande. Aroma is a volatile blend of hop, spice, lemon & other citrus, yeast, funk. Flavor's much like nose, mammoth hop, more of an edge to the tang from not just carbonation but from the Brettanomyces, fairly dry with only a very slight sweetness. Body is good with very good carbonation. Finish is like flavor with grapefruit coming thru strongly in the finish along with strong alcohol warming and lots of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable; would be a great summer brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. No visible date.

A: Huge head erupts rather soon, churns and fizzes, then finally subsides. The beer is almost transparent, hazy brown-gold, and effervescent. After a time, head slowly rises from the bottle, and I have to pour some more.

S: It smells deliciously fruity with a hefty dose of barnyard funk.

T: Oh. Oh my. I'm not quite sure what's going on here. InCREDibly spritzy, fizzy rather carbonated. The funk comes through strong, with an acidic tartness that's not entirely pleasant. There is a soft, tropical fruitiness that is overshadowed by vinegary (olive juice?) Brett. The aftertaste is lemon peel and barnyard.

M: The extreme fizz dulls with time, which is a good thing, I think.

O: I think this bottle is infected...but I'm still kind of enjoying it. Invasion IPA is maybe the best IPA I've ever tasted, and the additional of Brettanomyces does not improve the beer. That said, it's not a

EDIT: After I poured the bottom of the bottle and got all the yeast in here, the beer turned an ugly mud-yellow, completely opaque. However, it tastes MUCH better, becoming much fruitier and more like an IPA. Bumped the T from 3.5 to 4 and the O from 3 to 3.5.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $15. I picked this up based off of the collaboration with Anchorage. I was hoping it would be like Bitter Monk and it was not but it was still very interesting. I normally never rate the appearance of a beer less than 4.0 but this one just looked weird, extremely murky and yellow-white. Brackish looking, mucky. Aroma was almost all brett, super lemons and a touch of hay, very interesting. Flavor was very bitter and super lemony. This actually reminded me of Saison Brett due to the lemon aspect. Overall this was very interesting but not something I'd ever need a second glass of.

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Photo of ccrida
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very murky, burnt gold with a light tan head, big bubbled, leaving light, foamy lace. Quick to dissipate though, it leaves an unattractive, poorly brewed tea look.

Smell is almost all brett. It accentuates the hops, which are aggressively there, but very resinous, earthy. Any dry-hopping is gone, and its far from the west coast citrus flutters, which die a valiant death as it warms (but at least RSVP).

Taste is also heavy on the brett, bitter and dry. More sour grapefruit than pine tar from the hops. Brash.

Mouthfeel is oily and medium bodied.

Drinkability is not super high for me, this is disjointed, a character of the styles. Lacking the nuance of the ABC beers, as well as the fresh brightness of our finest IPAs...the lingering sour bitterness reminds me of an over-exuberant rookie barista trying to show off...

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Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Super frothy pour with a billowing huge glass of foam above a lightly hazy deep citrus amber. Head eventually faded into a very dense and thick off-white head leaving sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Sweeter and fruiter smelling than Bitter Monk. Brett and Belgian yeast come through with earthy, spicy notes, and the hops are strong with hints of passion fruit, mango, and maybe a hint of mint and citrus. Smells great.
T: Follows the nose with a good dose of fruity hops and earthy brett. Belgian yeast adds an interesting amount of spice, and the finish is lightly bitter and full of citrus rind. Melon, mint, and pine fill the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, smooth and clean mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation despite the foam.
O: A great Belgian IPA and one of the nomad brewers best. I love everything about Anchorage BC and this one is no exception. Worth seeking out if you like Bitter Monk or hoppy Belgian beers.

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Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold with a big off-white head. The head puffs up quickly but also fades pretty quickly. Looks pretty cloudy but it could just be the pour. Lots of tropic fruit hop aroma. It's pineapples, mangoes, tangerines, raspberries and blueberries. Good dose of funk. I'm a fan of Anchorage's work with brett. Just a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background. Taste is fairly dry, though you definitely get some malt sugar. Bitterness is mild to medium. Lots of hop flavor in the taste. Feel is light with some nice hop oiliness. Solid bitter finish with lingering pine resin and funk. I love good brett IPAs, and this definitely qualifies. I had Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett, recently, and liked it a bit better, but it's very close. At any rate, I hope to see more brett (D)IPAs in the future.

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Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 298 ratings.
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