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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: DucksFan16 on 06-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,863 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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). (2,204 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Thanks to rudzud.

Huge fizzy head hits multiple fingers and fades fairly quickly, messy lacing, mostly clear orange honey color.

Nose brings lots of funk, horse hair, mild barnyard and some tangy sour fruit, phenols, mostly just Brett, earthy must, little dankness, just Brett B all over.

Taste brings a weird bitterness, so much funky Brett B, horse blanket city, just straight horse blanket barnyard funk, almost undrinkable, phenolic mess, chemical bandaids as plastic, bleh, totally undrinkable.

Mouth is med bod, little slimy, way too much carb.

Overall horrible. (576 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 (877 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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- (4,084 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.27.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange-brown with a huge light tan foamy head with good retention.

S - Brett, woody, apples, fruity.

T - Bretty, oak-wood, dry apple fruit, pear.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - Lots of Brett and fruit flavors, dry and tasty, but could develop a bit more. (324 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/11/13

A slight haze in a orange body, I'm not sure if you could fit more bubbles into a glass, a slow gentle pour still gives me a massive loose soapy foam that actually grows up over the top of my glass. The foams still there at the bottom and has a foam island that sits over the rest of the head, loose and soapy by the end with just a little spider web lace

S fruity hops, tangerine, orange peel, lots of funk, a little soapy, some toffee, wet wood, hay, perfume, cracker, an interesting mix for sure

T has some thrills gum thing going on, that soapy, perfume, there's some spice I can't place, not all the fruity notes the nose had, more funky yeast, a little leather I didn't smell, musty wet leaves are added to the mix, the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied and it explodes to foam almost instantly, just a little grit and a funky finish

O solid brew but not the best I've had from Anchorage or Mikkeller, drinkable for 8% and I loved the nose but it didn't quite keep that pace to the end

Well worth drinking but I couldn't justify the price tag a second time, hoppy, funky, and interesting but 22$ is a little much, (1,188 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.23/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared with JLindros. This bottle popped loudly when I barely touched the cork.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear amber hue with an enormous four finger fluffy head that fades to leave sticky lacing and sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of acidic funk, floral, earthy, little musty. Lots of brett galore.

T - Taste is absolutely opposite of the nose. Gone is the floral and earthy notes. Rather phenolic, lots of bandaid. Borders on undrinkable.

M - Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated, way too much.

O - Overall this beer was horrific. Plain and simple. (580 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, AK Alive! is clear gold with a huge, thick white head leaving massive chunks of rocky foam.

Smell is zesty minerals and tropical fruits, pineapple, saisonish, with just a hint of funk.

Taste is dirtier, concerning the brett. Fruity esters before an abruptly slate-like, acrid finish. Bitter, the appearance of aggressive hops are here, earthy

Mouthfeel is dry, foamy, light, oily.

Drinkability is pretty good, strait forward bretty blonde, but a little over-primed, and with too abrupt a finish. Much thanks J! (558 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thick, billowing white head. The amount of lacing left behind as the head recedes is considerable.

S: Scents of must, minerals, pineapple, papaya, guava, carambola, lemon, lime, chalk, biscuit, and caramel are present on the nose with slight herbal undertones becoming more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Flavors of lemon, lime, papaya, pineapple, guava, carambola, grass, and herbs are balanced by notes of chalk, minerals, must, caramel, biscuit, crackers, and woody spices. The finish is fruity, musty, and very dry with a complex of oaky, lactic flavors underscored by a mélange of tropical fruits and faint herbs.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very, very dry. Carbonation is intense and forceful.

O: A nice, complex strong ale. There is a lot going on here and a lot to like. It seems that Mikkel refines his approach to wild ales every year with impressive results. I cannot wait to see where he goes with this style in years to come. (1,000 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden/light amber with a huge, frothy, billowing off-white head that frothed up in the glass and took forever and a day to die down. The rocky head eventually collapsed into a thick chunky film that left patched of thick lace down the glass.
S: Yeast and hops dominates the nose with huge fruit notes of peaches, passion fruit, mango, and tangerine as well as a floral bouquet and a touch of bubblegum. I get notes of fresh green hops, lemon zest, peppery yeast, and a mild earthiness as well. This definitely smells like an Anchorage BC beer.
T: Follows the nose but the brett is a bit more earthy and spicy than I was anticipating, and this comes through more than the fruity aspect from the nose. The lemon is more lime-like, and the earthiness is more peat-like, and I get notes of damp must, slight white wine, stone fruit, white pepper, champagne, and shampoo (I got this last adjective from another review I glanced over, but I couldn’t agree more). The finish has a kiss of green leafy hops and floral sweetness, but the bitterness turns bretty and mildly sour and earthy.
M: Medium body with soft and fairly mellow carbonation given the head. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy but also slick and tingly. The finish contains a mild yeasty bitterness that is both bretty and reminiscent of citrus pith.
O: Tastes like a solid brett-forwrad saison, but not Anchorage’s best (only because their other beers are so fantastic). I would drink this again though and definitely enjoyed this bottle. Cheers. (1,571 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip. Purchased bottle for $14 at Steins Deli in NOLA. Almost took my eye out when the cage was un-screwed...its Aaaaliiiive!!!
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a puffy fluffy white head....huuge head,....again, its alive and erupting out the glass. Just billowing creamy fluffy head.
Awesome massive barnyard funk aromas...some sweet sugary notes and an almost wheat or rye aroma. Flavor is wheaty funky barnyard, with a slight residual sweetness. Its juicy but dry, fluffy and creamy, and so easy to drink. Just an al around fantastic brew. A true Wild Ale... being from Alaska... :)
I really hope this is made again and easier to come by in the NYC area! (687 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Nose is quite funky and fruity. Green grapes, peach, pear. The funk is quite musty. Quite a nice mix between the two aspects of the aroma.

Flavour is significantly less fruity, with the funky aspects of the Brett taking over. Dry, musty and powdery, with a bit of a tart, medicinal cherry flavour. Finish is rather bitter. Some of the peach and pear can be detected, but are somewhat drowned out. Not bad, but the nose is much nicer.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated, with small bubbles. Astringent.

Overall, some nice qualities, but the flavour is titled too heavily towards a musty funk. (667 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a very active bottle a hazy apricot color with a billowing three fingers of off-white head. Fairly good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Very earthy and yeasty aroma upfront with hints of lemon, wine grapes and cracker.

The taste was white wine, lemon and yeasty notes along with fresh earth and caramel malts. Finished with notes of cracker and a bitter hop bite.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

An interesting and enjoyable American Wild Ale from the collaboration of Mikkeller and Anchorage Brewing. (545 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (454 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of oldp0rt
2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into Lawsons stemware.

Removed the cage carefully to have the cork fly out at the ceiling and the beer to follow.

Slow pour gives you a thick off white soapy head.

Smell is of Brett. Nothing else to list here.

I enjoy brett very much but this is all I can pick up from this beer.

Overall, I wouldn't grab this unless you really really love brett and nothing else. (385 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange with some good carbonation. fluffy, but not thick (or creamy) head, and kind of sticky at the top where it originally water-marked and receded...
typical brett aroma, gonna be a little sour; nothing standout-ish.... oh yeah, the other guy said 'musty basement' smell... hit that right on the head.
also said 'champagne feel' .... another right-on-the-head description. it is very well carbonated. it does taste 'dirty brett' as another pointed out. I did pull these descriptions from others' reviews.... they were right on and I did not know how to describe this stuff. i'd been saving this for awhile, especially after reading the ho-hum reviews on BA after purchasing it. some stuff just isn't worth the price ya pay for it, ya know? lucky for me, since I am now going in the 'wild ale' direction, I've got my 2009 and 2013 Temptations to compare... wish I had a supplication to do after those and really try to save this afternoon, but that's just too much running around, especially since i'm supposed to be resting the surgically repaired . . . . . blah blah blah.
so by now it's obvious i'm not terribly thrilled with this one. why not start a blog of crummy beers that cost a boatload of money... Monk's Ales from some monastery in New Mexico tops my list- that stuff is worse than urine-tainted bathwater- but I suppose this ought to stay on the review or they'll 'silence' my review.
I like sours, though. really. gotta be in the mood and cant mix 'em with the 'regulars'; but I like 'em. this aint one of them. it's not totally sour. but then it doesn't seem to fit any category, even 'wild ale'. it DOES taste dirty, if you can derive anything from that. I realize my taste buds might be off after having an ENJOY BY or even a just a rough day. but I DID get sex this morning, I AM off work nursing myself back to health, and I AM enjoying a couple of pain killers with this (yeah, I know...); so EVERYTHING in my life is going WELL. except this beer.
it tastes a little rich, a little like a Belgian, a little musty, a little dirty. probably shouldn't have done it after such a hoppy brew, but here I am. it's just okay. I suppose the biggest point to this rant is- WHY DID IT COST ALMOST $15 IF IT ISNT JUST ABOVE STANDARD/ORDINARY/BARELY PAR/OKAY ? ? ? ? ? okay, maybe the pain killers are kicking in. but that's my story and i'm stickin' to it! when life gives you lemons . . . . . (2,408 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bottle served in a Prairie Teku

A - Glowing burnt orange with a big bubbles on top creating a wet head.

S - Bright funky Brett, tropical fruits galore, juicy fruit gum, bananas, stone fruit, peppery, old basement funk, antique furniture, funky cheese, lemons, pears, peaches, apricots, honeydew melon, bready pale malts come out when swirled.

T - Citrus pith bitterness, lemons, astringent grapefruit, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, oranges, grassy pine, funky wet hay, the bitterness is chalky but turns peppery as it warms. Bready pale malts lie underneath the onslaught of funky fruit. The finish is very dry and peppery.

M - Aggressive carbonation, light wet body but finishes super dry.

Bright and funky with Brett dominating the aroma and flavor spectrum. Funky tropical fruit with peppery bitterness. The aroma is amazing ! I could smell this beer all day. Gets better as it warms. If you're a fan of funk this beer is for you. (955 characters)

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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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