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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-01-2013)
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Reviews by russpowell:
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

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

03-13-2014 05:08:42 | More by russpowell
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-08-2013 23:38:09 | More by tbryan5
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-13-2013 19:21:26 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

03-02-2014 06:37:39 | More by Beaver13
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-20-2014 01:48:50 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-09-2014 19:51:59 | More by bpfrush
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-12-2013 23:33:06 | More by jminch
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2014 09:15:01 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-25-2013 14:30:45 | More by acurtis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

07-29-2013 14:10:14 | More by Brenden
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-02-2014 21:17:45 | More by Shawner
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%

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).

12-06-2013 02:48:50 | More by biboergosum
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seanthornton152

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2014 06:58:56 | More by seanthornton152
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-23-2013 01:31:08 | More by Dawkins
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-26-2014 01:16:23 | More by Sammy
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prototypic

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-10-2013 03:34:29 | More by prototypic
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

07-29-2013 23:30:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-26-2013 02:44:29 | More by GRG1313
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

10-14-2013 00:13:17 | More by bluejacket74
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

06-22-2013 01:47:30 | More by ocelot2500
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-16-2013 21:13:57 | More by EgadBananas
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-10-2014 00:15:08 | More by jaydoc
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

A: pale amber haze under a tan foam head as big as you want it; lacing left behind

S: rich fields of grain and musky barnyard funk; earthy herbs and faint faded pine

T: pale washed out orchard fruits, slightly spiced, and heart barley malts with dry cracker notations support that wet barnyard blanket of brettanomyces dankness

M: slight chew and body, maybe medium weight; smooth and soft, some carbonated fuzz

O: a well-crafted ale, bring together barnyard and wild styles into a nicely balanced brew, represented in equal parts by its malt, hops, and yeast bill. Hearty and robust, rustic and complex, well-balanced and funky. Recommended.

02-08-2014 00:57:22 | More by Greywulfken
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is hazy. There is a mountain of off-white head on top of it.

S - I smell brett. I definitely get a musty scent. I get a lemon smell, too.

T - That musty basement smell is in the taste, as well. I get a little alcohol as it warms. There is a slight bitterness. It finishes dry.

M - It had a champagne feel to it. Moderate body.

O - It is a decent musty flavored beer.

09-15-2013 01:00:59 | More by buschbeer
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Bubbles

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-24-2013 17:06:57 | More by Bubbles
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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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