USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-copper pour with a huge three finger off-white head with great retention and incredible lacing. I could instantly smell the citrus when I cracked it open. It's a very unique, wild, funky, sour citrus aroma thanks to the Brett. Tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit with a solid bready, caramel malt backbone highlight this incredible nose. The Mikkeller description of the taste being a mix between Orval and an American IPA is absolutely spot on! The bitter piney hops and citrus overload work perfectly with the sourness of the brett and that peppery Orval character. A solid caramel malt backbone really kicks in as it warms and offsets the bitter and sour nicely. The alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is both refreshing and bold with a nice snappy tang on the finish. Hugely drinkable for a big beer. Totally unique and totally delicious. Another world class offering from one of my favorite breweries!
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2011 13:41:55 | More by beerdrifter
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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.