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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

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85
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lakersfan16 on 06-01-2013)
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:10:17 | More by Digimaika2
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2014 09:15:01 | More by williamjbauer
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Lovely85

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-19-2014 04:47:33 | More by Lovely85
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-19-2014 01:43:35 | More by sneaks2210
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml thick brown bomber style bottle. Corked and caged with Anchorage logo on the black cage. The artwork on this bottle is the reason I bought it. Alaskan inspired with an igloo and a hand representing the liveness inside the bottle. Brilliant pink and white go excellent together with purple throw in here n there. Just an awesome bottle and art as usual when Mikkeller is involved. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip.

A - bright yellowish golden orange. It glows in the light. Cloudy with lots of haze. The head demonstrates where these alive beers from Mikkeller get their name and artwork. Head is massive and really is 'alive' it rises and keeps rising. Almost an unknown amount of tiny white bubbles pushing themselves into a fluffy mass that damn near wants to jump out of my glass. This is stunning and I caught myself playing with the pour over and over. It never really dies down, but it does settle a bit. Leaves a fluffy cloud like cover of lacing leaving very nice stick all the way down.

S - a real funk up front with a load of spice. Earthy. Big whiffs of Brett engineered yeast. Some nice Belgian like hops give a floral inspired aroma. There is some tartness, Belgian candy, cracker like malt, and some weird fruit. Overall the aroma is all over the place but in a way that makes for a lovely aroma.

T - flavor isn't quite as grand as the nose, but is indeed similar. Just not as detailed in bringing across some many aspects as the nose suggested. Fruity hops, honeysuckle, a touch of sourness with a lingering bitterness and spice. The funk of the yeast blends well and is tasty. A hint of citrus. The Brett style notes are highlighted with a dry finish.

M - medium bodied and spritzy. The feel is carbonated to the max yet remains soft and fairly smooth flowing. Despite the 8% I found this easy to drink the entire bottle.

O - AK Alive is a nice offering from Mikkeller and Anchorage. Maybe one of the best Mikkeller brews I've had. I'm not sure I've had anything from Mikkeller that's worth it's actual price, but their style is just something that I enjoy. From bottle art to the creations I find joy in these offerings and therefore will always find myself picking them up. This has a lot going for it and was a joy to experience. I'd drink again. A well thought out creation from one of the worlds best gypsy brewers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 18:54:00 | More by BradtheGreat7
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scottfrie

California

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:27:07 | More by scottfrie
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-07-2014 21:32:00 | More by nickfl
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zbodnar1

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-07-2014 03:16:44 | More by zbodnar1
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Tons of carbonation; I almost shot my eye out when the cork spontaneously popped out of the bottle. Deep amber to orange color with about a half glass of creamy foam, leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of funk and barnyard, with some citrus, hay, and spice.

Taste: Delicious, funky, and complex. Dominated by barnyard funk and horseblanket, with a little bit of sweet bret-like funk as well. These followed by wet hay, orange and grapefruit peel, lemon, bitter hops, and some sweetness, almost like vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, with a long bitter and mouth-puckering finish.

Overall: A really great wild ale, with tons of funk but still balanced as well. Would love to see how one ages. Reminded me why I always try new Mikkeller beers when I get the chance (and when the price is right).

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:01:28 | More by weltywm
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-27-2013 17:35:47 | More by JellyJacket
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drew74

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-24-2013 23:40:00 | More by drew74
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-17-2013 19:10:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-10-2013 23:14:41 | More by rogerdandy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:48:50 | More by biboergosum
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-30-2013 08:10:18 | More by jman005
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WallyHop

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2013 04:52:33 | More by WallyHop
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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,

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:27:32 | More by wordemupg
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2013 00:39:08 | More by BDeibs
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-24-2013 02:04:09 | More by freduardo
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-20-2013 13:05:26 | More by cnbrown313
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spoony

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2013 16:51:01 | More by spoony
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-16-2013 22:40:49 | More by Massbmx
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

11-10-2013 01:55:00 | More by Syracuse12
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:01:58 | More by StonedTrippin
Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.