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USAlive! (Alive) - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 160
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-02-2009)
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Reviews by markaberrant:
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pretty dark orange, mostly clear, offwhite creamy head, great retention and lacing

S - Fairly clean at this point, but there is a hint of earthy dankness. Hops are not pungent, but have a sweet grapefruit presence.

T - fair bit of maltiness, plays nicely with hops and light funk, some carmel, firm bitterness lingers and brings out more funk in the dry biscuity finish

M - somewhat boozy, but does not take away from enjoyment, about a medium carbonation at this point, lively, but not agressive, nice and dry in the finish, probably the best part

D - there is a lot going on in this beer, nothing over the top at this point, plays nice, the future looks bright

This beer is extremely well balanced at this point - there are hops, a complex malt character, and a bit of earthy funk. I was surprised at how much this beer looks like a darker pale ale, or an amber ale, but it works. Reminds me a little of a fresh Boulevard Saison with the mix of earthy dryness and american hops. Good stuff, I've got another bottle put away, and I dumped the dregs into a carboy of Flanders Red.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 02:11:25 | More by markaberrant
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-20-2014 07:38:08 | More by GRG1313
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2014 13:50:07 | More by pat_usher
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MV_CHI-NS

Illinois

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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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New York

3/5  rDev -23.3%

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Kentucky

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
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.