Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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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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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The collaborative efforts of Mikkeller and Anchorage brewing operations yields a MIkkeller-heavy ale with a lot of earth, spice, and overall Euro-grit.

Upon the pour, the murky golden ale sheds a billowing ivory head that nearly topples the snifter. Racy with its carbonation, the ale takes on champagne proportions. As the foam settles, the ale laces with well defined rings at each sip.

Pungent aromatics of straw and hay are piled upon with a crisp whiff of sea air, saddle leather, and strong earthen spice. Peppercorn, cumin, peat and a medicinal note upholds the ales phenolic compounds. A background of citrus, white wine and aged woods keep the complex scents coming as the beer warms.

Tartness overshadows sweetness even on the earliest of palate. Limes, sour grapes, under-ripened oranges and berries start the show- just ahead of a middle palate of earth and spice. Leather, cork wood, oaked chardonnay, pepper and peat create a spiciness that pulls away from the fruit. A finish of medicine, sweat, brine and saw dust ensures a dry and dirty taste.

The first sip erupts on the tongue and completely engulfs the mouth. As the champagne-like effervesence yanks the beer from the tonuge it forces a quick finish well before the opportunity for taste is fully explored. A slight blockade in the throat allows the flavors of the ale to be more appreciated in aftertaste than in initial taste. Dry peppery warmth and an echo of attic must are lasting memories that quickly wisp away.

After having several of the It's Alive! varietals, its all those taste that are well represented here. Unfortunately any Anchorage attributes are lost on the palate. It would have been fun to see how their "funky-fresh" complements would have assisted the taste here. Those would have been much needed to overcome the strong band-aid taste and rather dull earthiness.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

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4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been a sucker for these alive beers, and this one may be my favorite too date, so funky and bright. it pours a predictably hazy pale orange color with insane carbonation, big bubbled head retention, and floating yeast bits. true horse blanket aromatics here, farmy and almost stinky, right from the barnyard this one. the yeast is so interesting, like bread yeast, acidic and lemony, but also sort of floral. very complex, this is what I expect wild ale to taste like, and I get bummed when they aren't all this good. grassy straw flavors from the malt, which is wheat focused but maybe not exclusively. the yeast is the star of this show, mild citrus and pepper notes round it out. its instantly dry too on the finish, after such a robust carbonation experience, like a volcano erupting in the center of my palate. not sure how mikkeller does it, but this series has been special. bretty and funked out, but full of detail and subtle complexity that makes them all memorable. this could well be the best of the lot. invisible alcohol, an easy bomber to polish off, im in love with it really.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired at Sunset Beer Co. in Los Angeles a couple weeks back. "Alaskan Wild Ale." Okay, Mikkel. Brewed & Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. "Fermented in Alaska." 8.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with print-on fun label art and hood-and-wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewer (who is my favourite) and the style - which I'm in the mood for.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards. Carbonation seems good so far.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice beige colour. Nice cream. Appears soft and inviting. Nice thickness. Good retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a glowing orange-gold. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. Not vibrant.

Messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Overall, it's decent for the style but not much to look at. I'm looking forward to trying it, though.

Sm: A light pleasant subtle aroma. Clean though yeasty. I get some subtle funky twang from the yeast with a dash of lemon zest. Clean crystal malt and light pale malts. A biteen soapy; maybe it spent too long in primary. Hopping is clean and floral, but not very prominent - nor should it be. A bit of musty earthiness from the biscuity yeast. Yeast is dominant here, actually. It's a dry champagney aroma indicative of liberal use of crystal malt. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: A subtly executed crystal and pale malt backbone provides the bulk of the body here - but make no mistake, this is a light, delicate, and fleeting beer. Very low flavour intensity. Also on the lower end of flavour duration, with no aftertaste and seamless transitions between acts. Clean floral hops provide the entirety of the hop character. Not at all too bitter or too sweet. Flowery. A light hint of vague berry. Definitely champagney. Good yeast character, with a subtle brett-y twang. Lemon zest is there, but buried. I'm shocked at how high the ABV is; the flavour is so delicate.

Unfortunately, frankly there just isn't much flavour here - not much depth of flavour and very limited diversity as well. It's not horribly complex, but the subtlety is notable. I do like it; there's just not much too it. Comes off a bit empty.

This is not in any way a sour or tart beer. If you're looking for a sour wild ale, look elsewhere. All you'll find here is a bit of funkiness - less so even than in most saisons.

Mf: Nice subtle dryness and coarseness helps coax out the flavour. Overall though, I'd largely consider it smooth and wet. Refreshing. Fizzy. Not at all oily, harsh, or gushed. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Light delicate presence on the palate.

Dr: Here's the high point of this beer: it's so damn drinkable. This may hide its ABV better than any beer I've had this year. You'd never guess it clocks in at 8%. It drinks like it's about 3%. I could quaff this in a few minutes if I was so-inclined. The fleeting light nature of the beer lends itself naturally to incredibly easy drinking. This would be a fantastic beer to use to lure a white wine drinker into beer. It's definitely a unique beer, but I don't know that I'd call it a great one. There's a lot to like here, but I think it can be used in much better ways. It's by no means a great wild ale, but I'm content to treat it outside of style conventions. As an experiment in how light in character you can make a strong beer, it's a smashing success. But I doubt I'll be buying it again. Recommended for all beer fanatics just to experience the artful craft behind the beer.

I won't say I'm disappointed, but I did hope for a sour or tart wild ale - not this. I can't deny the obvious talent here, but I'm confident Mikkeller and Anchorage can do better. More flavour, please!

High B-

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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a peach color with a white, well retaining froth and lace. Aroma is herbal and musty. In the taste, tip of the tongue tartness and more herb, floral and tea notes. Brett seems to be afoot here with the musty, damp basement element. Belgian, earthy, spicy, grassy, and mildly tart. Black pepper and coriander like flavor. Dry and clean. Overall, this is an interesting brew, very good.

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2.68/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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