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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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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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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:24:03 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750ml bottle (corked and caged) at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach for $10. I was surprised at the cost, especially for a wild ale, so I couldn't pass up a funky Mkkeler beer at such a fair price.

Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass. Pours a hazed apricot hue with a ridiculously fat white head that sticks around for most of the beer with lacing that coats my glass from start to finish. The smell is funky up front with some noticeable grassy hops, lemon zest and more barrel funk. Taste is similar to the nose but less hop in the flavor and more sour funk - musty leather and wet straw, a ton of citrus and just a hint of booze on the finish. Champagne like mouthfeel - very effervescent and alive...just as the name states, the finish is dry and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:01:20 | More by DeanMoriarty
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yuichituba

California

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and Brewed by Anchorage Brewing Company, despite it being under "Mikkeller"

Looks hazy and orangey (my favorite kind)

Smells like prickly pear and dragon fruit smushed together in horse blanket and made a juice out of it. This one smells sour and funkaaaay.

Taste was startling in a good way. Initially I really like the flavor because BAM!!!! you are hit with sourness with the carbonation stinging your tongue. Then you start tasting the bright citrus tropical fruit flavors along with the funkiness (which is very characteristic of ABC). By the time I'm half-way through the bottle, although still tasty, plateaus in a slightly banal way.

I give it an A- still. I really enjoyed it. I kinda like how it's more sour than most of ABC's beers. Worth the try!

Video Review: http://youtu.be/heCue9yyL8k

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 06:55:35 | More by yuichituba
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:47:30 | More by ocelot2500
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t420o

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller/Anchorage AK Alive

A- pour produces a big 3 finger head that is white in color. Good retention. Beer is a deep gold in color. 4

S- good amount of funk, pineapple, some other tropical notes, pine, pale malt, resiny. Smells excellent. 4

T- similar to the smell, just a bit muted to me, and was a let down from the promising smell. The flavors don't pop like I'd hoped. Light funk and pale malt are on the forefront with some light tropical flavors (mainly guava, which really came out as it warmed as was really enjoyable) and biscuit as well. There was a tad of spicy character similar to rye on the background. Just a smooth drinking beer but leaves you wanting more. Really gets a lot better as it warms 3.75

M- nice effervescent body and carbonation. 4

O- A good beer, and quite drinkable. 4

B+

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 06:16:57 | More by t420o
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paganpaulwhiskey

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured this in a standard pint glass since that's all I have. The beer is pricey at $14 but I've never come across and Alaskan Wild Ale so I had to buy it.

The beer looks fantastic - bright burnt orange color and appropriately hazy with a fluffy head.

Pleasant inviting floral aroma. I'm not a master of picking out scent components but I liked it.

Taste was a little underwhelming unfortunately. Very dry and not very funky with definite notes of chalk and earthy grassy kind of flavor. I expected more of a wow factor.

Pleasant mouthfeel - light bubbly champagne like feel which seemed right given the flavor of the beer.

Overall - not bad and certainly worth a try, however I'm not sure it's worth the price. I'd get it again if it were cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:49:42 | More by paganpaulwhiskey
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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-

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:53:20 | More by kojevergas
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration between Mikkeller and Anchorage Brewing Co. This beer was brewed, fermented, and bottled by Anchorage Brewing here in Alaska.

Pours a beautiful dark orange, perhaps a little bit darker than typical for this style. A nice finger of white head takes it's time before settling down.

Slight funky smell, nice and fruity taste with a very dry finish.

The wild Alaska yeast imparts a truly unique flavor profile to this beer, something that I am having a hard time describing in words. Certainly worth seeking out to experience yourself.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:46:58 | More by lakersfan16
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