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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: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Editor’s note: also brewed at Against The Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. All ratings should be entered here please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3950) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 12/16/12

Aroma: The nose is sweet and citrusy, lots of hops on first whiff, with some underlying cereal malts
Appearance: It pours a hazed orange color, fairly bright, with a bubbly off-white head, a drippy lace
Flavor: Fairly sweet, with a bitter punch, it has orange, grapefruit, some caramel, and cereal/grains
Palate: Medium body, has a creamy feel, is a touch sticky, with average carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: This bottle doesn’t say anything about Drake’s or Against the Grain, it says "Brewed & Bottled by Mercury Brewing." The two descriptions of this beer are unclear, but since this bottle looks exactly like the one in the picture, and the editors note says "all rating should be entered here," I will just have to assume this is the correct location for this rating... As for the beer, this is a pretty interesting IPA, that leans toward to the sweet side for sure, but still has some graininess and a grapefruit-style bitterness to provide that IPA feel and some balance. I liked this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle. Pour is clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma is resinous hop , caramel and cereal hop, and a touch of floral hop. Flavor is true to nose with resinous hop and caramel malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy dark yellow with a fluffy white head. Sweet fruit, citrus, and cereal grain aroma and taste with a nice pear flavored sweetness upfront followed by a good earthy, dusty bitter bite, and finishing with sweet cereal grain flavors. Thick chewy palate. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1453) - - OCT 30, 2012
Pours amber with a big white head. Aroma is huge citrusy hops. Taste is much the same with a tea-like note. Could use a little more carb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3342) - Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Strong, hoppy aroma has a firm fruity note, mainly citrus but with some pear and apple. Pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled buff head. Strongly hoppy flavor has woody, sour citrus and evergreen notes with a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz, and finish is quite hoppy and has both bitter and sweet undertones. Let this one invade your mouth!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4214) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
350ml bomber pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and caramel with hints of other light fruits. Taste is a bold grapefruit bitterness with an underlying caramel malty sweetness that is well balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation leaving a pleasant sensation on the palate. A bold and tasty IPA that is highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2587) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours beautifully thick honey amber in color with a decent off white head. The aroma brings sweet malty notes, a bit of spicy bitterness. The flavor certainly has a malt base with some lightly bitter hops to end. The body is nice and full, my favorite part of the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2083) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Well - this is a beautiful setting to enjoy a wonderful beer - on my trail, +9, wet and taking a break from my bike. Sitting amongst the mosses at the usual spot. Had a good taste and a good smell after half a bottle but noe its time to review after I pick out all the pine needles and such that fell for the tree above while I was taking pics. Thick looking medium amber mess with a plushy lightly tan head. Unfortunately the aroma is weak in this setting and glass - orange - sweet non-fake orange, soft caramel, there was more but that was half an hour ago. Still tasting good despite the fly that was treading in the head. Heavy in the citrus with some peppery power. Grapefruit harshness, pine, orange, no too complex but ultra yummy - knowing that I got a bunch of Hop Stoopid at home I am trying to keep my expectations in check. Light melon touch as well. Highly rewarding and freshening with a shit load of bitterness that I know would give me a hard in if I hadn’t had my legs crossed for the last 45 mins. Tasty goodness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
In short: a doughy sweet-ish citrusy IPA. Ok
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately one month after purchase
The look: Cloudy orange-blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is typical citrusy hops (grapefruits, apricotsm etc,) with also some kind of alcohol-caramel-dessert thing. Taste is crunchy toasted malts, strong yeast presence, a bit doughy, sweet citrus fruits (oranges, apricots, grapefruits), medium bitterness, resinous character. Alcohol a bit apparent and it is only 7%. Long sweet sticky resinous citrusy after-taste. Very nourishing and a bit on the sweet side. All in all an average IPA with no brewing problem, but a 7% citrusy IPA should be sessionable, and this one wasn’t. A bit disappointing coming from Mikkeller, for this beer Mikkeller should have contracted a german brewery, those guys know how a thing or two about how to put together a successful Invasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2694) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Nice one. Has a malty aroma with bread, some caramel and a bit of grass. The hops come along in the taste. Nice malt start, quite sweet giving way to the fruity, citrusy hops. Nice dry finish.

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