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Invasion Farmhouse IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HuskyinPDX on 08-04-2012

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Photo of fdig23
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: hazy, murky yellow. Nice and cloudy. Big fluffy head that fades fast.

Nose: really enticing aromas on this one. Lemon juice, musty barn, white flowers, sweet honey. This is what I want a saison to smell like.

Taste: powerfully bitter and funky. Big grapefruit pith from the hops is up front along with a sweet horsey, barnyard flavor. There's plenty of sour lemon and underripe canteloupe in the middle. It finishes with pure grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel: maybe a bit too carbonated and light on the mouth. Its very dry and astringent and I think some body would have helped to counter the intensity of these characteristics. In small doses however, the mouthfeel feels well suited.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. It had that signature Anchorage profile to it. It definitely feels more like one of Gabe's beers than one of Mikkel's, a good thing in my book. Its a funky, bitter, refreshing, and complex saison that I'd drink again.

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

Pours a very bright golden color. Very witish. The head is soapy and settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is hoppy fo sure. Nice mix of fresh floral and grassy hop. Good citrus fruit and herbal note. There is some tartness and lemon from the yeast. Unfortunately resembles cat pee. It's odd but once I figured it out its not so bad.

The flavor is tart and crisp. Light sour funk mixes well with a spicy Belgian yeast. Fresh grassy hop brings the IPA to the table. Definitely a Belgian IPA with European hops. It's light and refreshing.

The feel is light with plenty of active carbonation. Tart and bitter on the palate but works well. Great beer before a meal.

A good tart Belgian IPA. The Brett shines and the others keep up. Unique.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a tulip, hazy gold straw with a few fingers of fluffy white foam

S: lots of hops, pushing aromas of flowery fields, citric yet bitter fruit, and some of that brett funkiness

T: this is much more of a saison than an IPA, with lots of saison-tastes only accentuated by the use of brettanomyces - there is some "horse blanket" (lol) funk, dark grapefruits, and medicinal herbs; the malts are soft and pale, lending faint suggestions of toasted grain and watery honey-lemon sweetness

M: light, fuzzy, crisp, tart, bittering, wet to tacky

O: this beer is gonna catch some IPA lovers off-guard - I personally enjoy IPAs, Saisons, and Pale Belgians equally - so this beer was just great across the boards.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller ApS - Invasion Farmhouse IPA

Look - Pours hazy golden yellow with a good sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Some retention, no lacing that stays.

Smell - Pineapple with spice, sweet and a bit cloying and funky, some floral hops are hard to pull out of the sweet. Was not sure what to think at this point but I try to keep an open mind.

Taste - Sour and farmhouse typical, brett then rages in a strange sweet tingly numbing like cough syrup and then floral/grassy bitter/pine pitch or sap hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests pine pitch hop bitter and fades quite quickly, I liked this part. Lightly warming but not overly boozy. Dry and decent drinkability.

Overall - Not one of my personal favorites, but unique to say the least. Super brett punch, a bit extreme, would not recommend unless you want tart and sour, some would absolutely love this brew, I am not one of them.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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 WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 YieldToNothing
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a hennepin glass
poured aggressively, leaving a nice thick head that dies down pretty quickly. golden yellow in color. smells excellent, a real saison like smell, very funky. leaves a little IPA-ish aftertaste but overall, very reminiscent of a saison. carbonation is definitely not overkill and the booze is very well hidden. i like this beer a lot and i'd have it again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a quickly fading white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of big funky and grassy notes with some fruit undertones.

Tastes of the big funky notes with earthiness and fruits on top. Funk leads off with grass and hay notes. Fruits come through and add some sour apple along with pears and white grapes. Citrus also comes through and adds to the fruitiness. A bit of bready malt comes through and adds body. Ends with an earthy spice that rounds out the entire profile.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a frothy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty and I am glad I grabbed a bottle.

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Photo of Hendry
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is a new breed of Saison style IPAs out there that are similar to this one , and to many it is a taste sensation utilizing brett. I sensed that this $12 bomber was one that should be shared rather than consumed alone, and my instincts were correct.

The nose is very different, hoppy but with an indescribable funk about it. Nothing special about the pour or the lacing, but when you taste this tangy brew, you are either going to enjoy it or find the tartness overbearing. Reminds me of the bitterness that many seek in a Belgian style ale, but I personally didn't find it all that appealing. At one point it tasted like I was drinking carbonated olive oil, and I found it challenging making it through a full glass.

Worth a try? If you wish to explore IPAs made with brett, this may be a good choice for you, but once was the charm for me. I wouldn't seek this overpriced bomber out again: the raging tartness and acidity level are not qualities I appreciate in a beer but my hop head friend liked it a lot.

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Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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 beerophilia
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very slowly.

S - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops with caramel and biscuit malts, brett, tart and funky, bit of oak.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, oak, brett, tartness and funkiness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and tart finish.

D - Nice complex IPA with good Brett character mixed in.

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Photo of draheim
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 2, bottled November 2012) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a big bright white fluffy head, sticky clumps of lace, lively carb.

Aroma is a combination of citrusy, piney hops underlain by a layer of Belgian yeast. Some floral and grassy notes, lemon zest. Smells earthy and clean.

Taste is sharply bitter, almost acidic. Pale malt is neutral, but there's conflict between the hops and the yeast as they fight for dominance. Hops are winning the battle, but overall there's discord and not harmony between elements. This works against the taste profile.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied with a sharp hoppy bite.

Overall a unique and interesting marriage of styles: American IPA, Belgian pale, saison. Ultimately though, it didn't completely work.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 jaasen64
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle purchased at HF (~2 weeks ago). Poured into Lawson's tulip. Brewed and bottled at Anchorage Brewing Co. IPA bottled with brett.

A- Cork easily pops off resulting in a little bit of a gusher. First thing that was noticeable was how foamy this beer was with a large yellowish brown head with very large bubbles that slowly receded as the bubbles popped leaving interesting spidery lacing. One of the foamiest beers I've encountered. Liquid is yellowish brown copper with a ton of consistently rising small carbonation bubbles- definitely very carbonated.

S- Lemony hops mixed with slightly funky brett and a tiny bit of plastic in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength. Brett and hops seem to clash a little bit.

T- Lemony hops followed by a weird plasticy watery brett taste that had a little bit of funk that clashed with the lemony hops. Finishes with a sweet malty taste that lingers with a light hop taste. Taste is definitely kind of off putting and kind of artificial tasting.

M- Very carbonated- way too much so, fairly light bodied.

O- I definitely did not really care for this beer at all. There was definitely a brett presence that contributed a little bit of a funky presence which clashed with the lemony hops. There was also a weird plastic presence to it that was not that pleasant and kind of ruined the beer for me. The only positive comment I have is that it was definitely better then their coffee IPA. Overall I would not recommend this beer and I'm definitely not going to try it again (as it is I had to pour the bottle out after half a glass).

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Photo of GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -42.6%
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 popery
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle. Cork comes out with a bang. Pours a somewhat hazy straw/orange with billowing clouds of foamy white head and intricate lacing on the sides of the glass. Very vigorous carbonation.

The nose consists of notes of citrus, pepper, mango, tart green apple, and the signature barnyard funk from brett.

Taste consists of citrus hops and tart fruit flavors up front. Has a spicy background--peppery perhaps the best way to describe it. Transitions to a Belgian famhouse ale with a sour/brett yeast finish.

Mouthfeel is very lively. Cuts through any food you may be eating. Really awakens the taste buds.

Overall, an interesting and pleasing creation. Like merging an IPA with a saison. Reminds me of a somewhat tamer version of Anchorage Brewing's Bitter Monk, which is not a bad thing at all. Would like to try this one paired with various cheeses.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pumpkin orange with a nice hazy glow. Starts with a thick, eggshell white head. Small splotches of lace get left behind.

The smell starts with funk and heavy citrus. A little bit of apple and grain follow.

There is a huge punch of grapefruit and lemon to start off the taste. Brett funk and pale malts smooth it out around the middle, with a slight mineral and citrus finish. Goes down smooth with a medium body. A little heavy on the carbonation, but Brett will do that.

Awesome farmhouse IPA! Aggressive, but with style. Very glad I grabbed this one.

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