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Mikkeller Invasion IPA

 (RETIRED)
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94
91
style
Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at Drakes Brewing Company

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Editorís note: also brewed at Against The Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. All ratings should be entered here please.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Much crisper and livelier hop aroma and initial flavor thanks to being brewed in California. Really piney and woodsy with lots of carbonation bubbles. Bitterness does linger without overstaying itís welcome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7296) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours light amber with a clinging off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a sharp citrus finish. A bit too grassy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopheadDane (2) - portola valley, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012 does not count
I was looking forward to this new IPA by Mikkeller and local brewery Drakeís, but as self confessed hophead i was underwhelmed by the lack of aromas and a more malty taste. Thereís definitely a bitter palate but if youíre looking for traditional forward fruity aromas youíre out of luck.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1312) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from beerboxer. Dry clean finish. Citrus flavor hops... smells like a typical ipa

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours a light gold color with an earthy aroma. Taste a bit spicy,dry and citrus! Very balanced beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Re-rate. I let this one sit for a few months. Pours a gold-amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is dark fruit, earth, bread, spicy, sweet, earthy, caramel. Taste is dry, spicy, citrus, bitter lemon peel, orange, toffee, caramel. Low-medium carbonation; nice mouth feel. This greatly improved with a few months of aging. I know you arenít generally encouraged to sit on IPA but I like doing it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a creamy near-white head. Aroma of resin over lightly toasted caramel. Med + body. Flavor is floral and resin over light sweet/roast caramel. Itís a fresh and bitter ale. Resin goes well into the finish. But thereís a floral component tagging along. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
The aroma is lighter than I expected I get light stone fruit notes and some slight hop resin but other than that it is a bit light on the aromatics. The appearance is a deep golden color with hints of red on the edges of teh glass. The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. On the tip of the tongue the hop bitterness slides over lightly with the carbonation which is a bit heavy before revealing soft fruity flavors. The finish is full of bitterness and is very refreshing to me to find a beer that has the balance of the bitterness in the finish as opposed to all of the beers that are so hop forward.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1032) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Poured from a draft into a goblet (I think) at KnB Wine Cellars. Maybe ĺ inches of head once I got it. Nice circular lacing on the top and a decent amount of film on the sides. Smelled light citrus hops up front. Peach or tangerine seemed to lead the way, but no smell was overpowering. Tastes were a bit stronger than the nose. Tasted citrus hops with grapefruit and tangerine the most potent. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but this beer didnít have a chance after I uhst tried the New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomeBrew_Man (10) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Maltier than I was expecting, but an unexpected hop punch at the finish, to be sure. No veggie in my bottle. This seemed pretty straightforward at first, but hereís more going on the more I taste. Guess Iíll have to have another one.


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