USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Chilled corked 750ml bottle poured into a standard sized Tulip glass.
Removed the silver foil wrap and cage and then popped the synthetic cork expecting an explosive pop, but instead got nothing - understandably I'm a little concerned at this point. Still it is able to generate a generous amount of off white egg shell colored head, approx. 2-3 finger that starts out full and gives way to a very aerated and light whispy head with plenty of lacing. Body is a striking tea like color with almost impeccable clarity.
Sweet hoppy aroma with carefully cut citrus and pine notes with mild hints of phenyl and soft alcohol.
Taste is slightly aggressive as it hits out hard with a sour grapefruit blended with more citrus and pine flavors. I do detect some amount of caramel and/or candy sweetness that others have reported but neither flavor is strong in the mix and they certainly do nothing to help define this palate .
Weighting is possibly a notch or two below moderate and the carbonation is most certainly thin (see opening appearance description). Aromatic notes are well clarified. Taste opens up with a hard hit of sourness but mellows out as your palate grabs onto some of the more subtle notes. The finish is a very interesting dusty barnyard gueuze-like funkiness.
Great beer but I must say I have tasted a lot of Belgian Strong Ales and I don't recall tasting anything quite like this, so I'm not too sure about the style. I find it very comparable to Unibroue's Terrible if anything.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2011 13:30:00 | More by SleepyMonk
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.