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Mikkeller Invasion IPA

Formerly brewed at Drakes Brewing Company

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Editorís note: also brewed at Against The Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. All ratings should be entered here please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Wasnít sure if I should add this as a new entry because Iím drinking the one brewed at Against The Grain brewery in Louisville KY. Pours deep amber to red. Huge resinous hop nose. Citrus, pines, resin, dank hops, darker caramels. Nutty caramels. Flavor is grassy plant like resinous hops and muddled caramel malt. This is liquid plant. I like it but really really hop foreward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
The beer is golden orange in color with a white head. A nice aroma which is quite fruit forward. Good grapefruit and citrus with a touch of tropical fruit. Sweet bready malt is there in the background. The flavor is not quite as enjoyable, but still good. Grapefruit and orange peel make up most of the hop flavor, but there is also some floral and pine character. A bit more sweet malt than I was hoping for, though.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9231) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from beerboxer. Dry clean finish. Citrus flavor hops... smells like a typical ipa

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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.

   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.

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