USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by DoktorZee:
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a large (750ml?) bottle into a schooner. The foil at the top of the bottle notes a date: 03/02/15 - perhaps a best before? Could get some more of these and lay them down.
A - pours a slightly cloudy light brown, with a one finger tan head that resolves after a couple minutes leaving some thin lacing.
S - fruit notes on the nose, sweet plum along with some floral elements. Light bready sweetness and perhaps even a hint of pineapple.
T - tart and bitter, with lots of lemon in the finish; very unusual in that it has only light to moderate hops bitterness up front, nearly no malt to balance it off and then a very bitter finish. The the bitterness builds and builds through the finish almost like a lemon rind stuck in the back of the throat. Intensely bitter in the end. Tastes nothing like it smells. (Where did the sweetness go?)
M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation; effervescent with just a hint of alcohol warming
D - initially seems quite drinkable, though the bitterness in the finish is quite powerful (would be curious to know the IBUs on this one). May be too powerful for some.
The bottle used to list this as a Wild Ale (in 2011) rather than a Strong Pale Ale; hard to say which one it really is in the end. It's no longer listed as a Wild Ale in 2012. From the bottle there's no appreciable funk, which was a bit surprising. Overall a very interesting beer and one definitely worth trying. Just watch out for the bitter, bitter finish.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2011 22:39:13 | More by DoktorZee
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Carmine/rufous body with a crisp isabelline/snow head.
Aroma: Blackcurrants, cherries, raspberries, quince, and a slight 'peppery' spice undertone.
Taste: Much like the aroma, but with what I would best describe as...imagine grapefruit not as a fruit, but rather as a wild nut/berry hybrid - that comes like a tidal wave as it goes down.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, refreshing.
Overall: Again, Mikkeller gets it right with 'USAlive!'. Should you come across this, get it, as you will not be disappointed.
Serving type: on-tap
07-09-2014 19:37:16 | More by MV_CHI-NS
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
With the underpinnings of seemingly an American pale ale but with the soul of spontaneous Belgian ale, Mikkeller's USAlive! isn't just alive, it's wildly alive!
There might as well be two beers living in the snifter- the first entice the nose with deeply earthen, gamey and almost mushroomy brine character. Cellar-type musk, dried sandalwood, curing leather and dried citrus while another host of initial flavors rise with steely caramel, biscuit and toasted grain.
Its middle palate awakens with a sweet and sour tone with firm caramel, nutty and toasted support and an acute lime, grapefruit and under-ripened orange character. Its minerally taste is briney, oaken and dusty. Gaining a bitter taste, its hops are grassy and dryly of hay.
Its off-dry finish retains much more malt character than wild ale normally do even while its musty and earthy veil wafts above. Leaving the palate with a sharp hop bitterness, its iron-side taste invites a powdery sensation of sawdust to linger afterwards.
Uncommonly malty, the pale amber ale delivers on its barley-rich promise even though its "wild" brettanomyces character normally dries the beer more completely. Balanced to the malty side, its a sour ale perhaps on training wheels.
Serving type: on-tap
05-19-2014 17:14:14 | More by BEERchitect
USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.