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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of bobhits
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 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 spicelab
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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 JasonLovesBeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M: Mild carbonation which suits the silky mouthfeel.

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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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 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 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 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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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 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 fdig23
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 tastybeer
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.32/5  rDev +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 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 janubio
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of 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 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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Invasion Farmhouse IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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