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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-01-2013)
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Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(4.25) A: Cloudy peachy-copper with a huge bubbly and creamy stark white head. The cork nearly released itself (should have seen that coming). Long lasting retention and big patches of lacing are evident.

(4.0) S: Juicy pineapple, fresh grapefruit, damp pine, some mint (on the back end), toffee, and a fair amount of spice. This has a real fresh and enticing aroma with an interesting mix of fruity qualities.

(4.25) T: Grapefruit pith, lemons, white grape, some pine, faint mint, spices, and crackery backbone. Flavourful with a great mix of fresh tasting fruits (grapefruit, lemons, white grape) and complimentary spices/mint. Alcohol very well hidden. Moderately bitter with an intensely dry finish.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Pleasantly oily with a bit of a resin-like quality.

(4.25) D: This is excellent and a solid all-around wild ale. Maybe even worth almost losing an eye to an explosive cork, and probably worth the Mikkeller premium in this case.

Digimaika2, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tbryan5, Sep 09, 2013
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EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous white head that continuous to grow for a while and eventually leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of brett - earthy, tropical fruit, and funk.

The flavor is lots of earthy acidic brett with some tropical fruits and a decent bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a great brett beer.

Beaver13, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GreenMountainBoy, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bpfrush, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jminch, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

acknight, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

williamjbauer, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A yellow-gold color, both bright and opaque, this wild ale displays a lot of carbonation and foaminess as it grows a tight cleanly white head over the beer itself. It takes a slow pour to control the foaming, which in turn serves as the foundation for a solid head that sits strongly between one and two fingers and could have something weighty placed on it without sinking. Lacing is left in heavy spotting.
The smell is wild, pretty straightforward with the funk and tartness. Lemony zest adds an additional tartness to it. Grass, wood, and green apple skins round it out.
It's what i'd expect and pretty much benchmark for the style. Straight up sour and tart flavors never overtake the funk from the yeast, and the depth from fruity notes and supporting malts makes it all come together well.
The foaming, as expected from the pour, is a bit much, being filling without adding the depth that it could. It makes for crispness, but even that just leads into more foaming. The medium body is semi-dry.

Brenden, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Shawner, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle. It's that time of year again - no, not quite yet yuletide, but rather my tradition of celebrating the (undervalued) American occasion of Repeal Day, with the biggest, baddest US-bred beer in my cellar. And strangely enough, for the second year in a row, that honor falls to an Anchorage Brewery offering, though assisted in this instance by the good graces of gypsy brewer extraordinaire, Mikkeller.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with a climbing tower of aggressively puffy, thinly foamy and explosively bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thin, spectral webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes. Gots to be some bottle conditioning going on here.

It smells of restrained tropical and domestic citrus fruit, funky, musty historic barn loft, pale and caramel malts, wet hay and moldy wood fiber, unlathered shampoo, astringent pine resin, and a soft muddled pepper spiciness. The taste is again big on the interplay between peppy citrus and drupe fruit, and pungent bacterial funk, manifested in the sour, acrid, and musty impression of barn floors and untended back lots, some further piney, leafy hops, woody and oxidized white wine, a spicy leather-bound earthiness, and some burgeoning perfumed booze warmth.

The bubbles are still frizzy and softly engaging, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of stricken in the way of smoothness with that funk/hop (this is indeed beer we're talking about) struggle going on around it. It finishes quite dry, by the same sword that messed with the mouthfeel - sassy hops and prickly yeast.

A very wild-tasting ale, this surely is, the Brett really representin'. Which makes one wonder, how prevalent is said yeast north of 60, i.e. what makes this a particularly Alaskan brew, other than place of production? Is this more of a Mikkeller joint, on location? Speaking of which, I actually kind of like this label by their favorite artist - the hand breaking out of the top of an igloo. Anyways, one strongly funky, headily hoppy, and nicely warming Made in the USA beer. And that's all I can ask for tonight (other than for new Boardwalk Empire episodes to start sooner than a year hence).

biboergosum, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

seanthornton152, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Sammy, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

prototypic, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear with a big off white head. Retains very well.

Smell - Bretty. I keep focusing on the brett. A little bit of sweetness. Some citrusy hops.

Taste - Earthy brett. Sweet malt pushes through but then gets covered up by hops. The brett and hops give it a soapy flavor. The finish is excessively bitter.

Mouthfeel - The lingering flavor is bitterness. Overpowering. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Very unpleasant to drink. Drainpour.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with a resounding POP! Cork hit the 11 foot high ceiling, luckily I lost no beer! Pours an effervescent honey color with 4+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Crazy lacing & great head retention

S: Much sourness, wet hay, pepper & funk

T: Pears, honeycrisp apples, grassiness, tartness & sourness up front. Slight acidic notes as this warms, Fuji apples, & sourness with a little pink grapefruit. Finishes tart, grassy, & sour with some pears & a little bit of plum

MF: Super lively carbonation, dryness, light body, especially for the ABV, reminds me of sparkling cider or Champagne. I love the way the sweet balances the tart & sourness

Wow! This is easy to drink. Not the best sour I've ever had, but right up there with them. Pricey, but worth it IMO. I usually don't say that about most Mikkeller beers. Approach with caution though seems to be very much alive

russpowell, Mar 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Kmlund, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white frothy head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like brett, cherries, candied oranges, apples, pears, and some medicinal herbalness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like brett, apples, pears, lemon peel, tropical fruit, and some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this easy to drink. I think it's a good brew. $12.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy peach color with a rocky white head that leaves patches of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops with a lemon accent followed by a little fruit. and some funk.

Tastes of the funky fruitiness with some of the grassy overtones. Fruits lead off with some pineapple and other tropical notes. Bready malts come through and support the fruit sweetness. This leads to some hoppiness lead by grass and floral notes with some citrus coming through as well. Ends with a little yeast notes along with some more funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a frothy amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find myself enjoying this quite a bit. Don't expect a sour bomb, but do expect a fruity and funky beer balanced out with a nice hop presence.

ocelot2500, Jun 22, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange hazy color, with an off-white 3 finger of head. Head stayed around for a while. The aroma was mainy Brett, with a bit of orange and murkiness. Taste followed pretty similarly, focusing mainly on a big Brett note. There was hints of spices and light fruitiness, but definitely second to the Brett, making it a bit one note. Body was creamy, not as crisp and I'd have imagined given the head and retention. Al in all, nice Brett notes, but as mentioned, a bit one dimensional.

EgadBananas, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jaydoc, Jun 10, 2014
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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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