- My Rating: A-
Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Brewed & Bottle by Anchorage Brewing Co., Anchorage, Alaska, USA) – Batch #2 NOV/2012, 8.0% ABV, – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Copenhagen, Denmark)
What are Brettanomyces?
- a wild strain of yeast that produces acetic acid if provided with lots of sugar
- gives Saisons, Farmhouse Ales, Oud Bruins, Flander’s Red Ales, etc their characteristic “funk” flavours, = barnyard, horse poo, manure, but in a good way
- under the right conditions in the hands of a brewmaster, they can create complex desirable flavours
Here is a great read about the effects of Bretts on beer:
- Style: (Farmhouse) IPA
- Taste: Crisp fizzy grapefruit bitter hopped citrus dry oak
- Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
How much: $25 (after 5% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way
Visual: Composite corked. Pours light golden yellow with an enormous lasting foamy head, tons and tons of activity, a bit of lacing.
Nose: big oak, sweet white tea, kombucha, pear, traces of funky bretts. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: super crisp fizzy
Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly, almost salty, (MAIN) grassy, grapefruit, bitter peel
Finish: bitter grapefruit hops, fruity sourness, hoppy exhale, oaked highly dry finish.
Summary: This one is immediately approachable and hit me with a very balanced complexity. It has sourness, fizzy texture, oak, bitter hops, sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Simply fabulous.