It's Alright! | Mikkeller ApS

It's Alright!It's Alright!
BA SCORE
3.06/5
207 Ratings
It's Alright!It's Alright!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and caramunich), light rock sugar, hops (hallertauer og styrian goldings), ale yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by hopdog on 01-28-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,486
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
207
pDev:
24.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as its rated, its a good drinking Belgian Pale, soft carbonation, a little creamy, bretty,modestly sour, and yes refreshing, lemon water, some hops. Light yellow with initial abundant foam. Funky barnyard aroma. Appreciated the lower a.b.v.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GRG1313
1.72/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a nice orange amber with a pure white head.

Nose of honey, stone fruit with undertones of bretanomyces. A very pleasant nose for one who likes bret.

Thin mouthfeel with virtually no body. Offensive "bad sour" character. A bitter sour with nothing pleasant about it. Good thing-flavors are short, as is the finish.

This beer is really not drinkable.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

people are way too harsh on this one in my opinion. pours a bit hazy, blonde color with a one inch white bubbly head. smells a little like brett, a little like vinegar, and like a complex range of malts. flavor isnt like amonia or anything as some say, its mildly tart, hollow in the center, with a round malt finish, very light. some notes of last year's hay and barn funk, but not unpleasant. feel is crazy, really really bubbly, with a light body and a weird airy feel. sessionable in feel, but the taste is too weird to drink a lot of. overpriced but not a repulsive brew. come on people!

edit: this has been made again and obviously refined pretty well. more of a controlled wild yeast profile now, and still very low acidity. I think when it first came out, it was ahead of its time, people had not had anything like it, and therefore had no context with which to place it, but now I reckon the palates of the masses have attenuated to this type of beer, and it doesn't seem quite so revolutionary or out there than it originally did. I also think my first bottle had some years on it and had dried out and livened up to a degree beyond what was intended. the bottle in the advent calendar box this year was far more mild than the beer I originally reviewed here. delicious and well made.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with a rapidly dissolving white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little funky but nothing like I was expecting. The taste of the beer was a little tart and again I expected this to be much more intense knowing what Mikkeller can do. The mouthfeel of the beer was gently carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty easy beer to drink, I can see why people don't care for it though, this beer kind of lets the drinker down especially if they're looking for something with a big boost of sourness or funk. All in all I wouldn't purchase this one again I don't think.

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Photo of nmann08
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy hops and funkiness from the brettanomyces yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, spiciness from the hops stands out in the overall taste, although these aren’t too strong. There is a mild amount of associated hop bitterness and some notes of sourness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness from start to finish.
O: The sourness might seem to be a bit out of this style, but it definitely adds some uniqueness to the smell and taste. It’s definitely a lot easier to drink this beer compared to a gueuze or wild ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of lackluster cream, poor thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Smells of bacteria, yeast, flowers, and light citrus. Very pleasant and floral without going into the sourness of lambic aromas. Strength is moderate.

T: Taste is floral but slightly sour - especially on the finish. This doesn't suit it at all. It's almost a bit watery and is certainly bland. There's no boldness of flavour. Built simply and poorly for the style. Balanced in its blandness.

Mf: Smooth and wet; too much on both counts. Doesn't suit the beer, but it's appropriate for the style.

Dr: Easy to drink, low ABV, and low quality. I think the title is rather apt. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that Mikkeller's dark beers are gold and their light beers are mundande.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett yeast with some Belgian malt and some funky notes at the end. Taste is a mix between dirty leather and barnyard notes with some refreshing but dry finish. Additional hops presence would have improved this beer. Body was quite full with good carbonation. Well done though fall way short of Orval which is still reference for the style.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of superspak
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 10/22/2012. Pours murky golden straw color with a good 1-2 finger foamy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge tart lemon, sour apple, orange zest, grass, pepper, funk, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of earth, floral, pepper, herbal spiciness, bready grain, and light funk; with some slight tart lemon zest and apple near the finish. Extremely dry on the finish; with a small bit of pepper, earth, floral, and citrus notes lingering for a short bit. Taste was completely different than what I expected from the nice aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink as expected for 4.5%. No alcohol presence noticed at all. Overall this is actually pretty nice stuff. Not really offensive while drinking; quite enjoyable. Would have liked a lot less of a earthy and bready taste; with more balance of tart fruitiness.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small, one finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Fruity, sour grape aroma with some lactic acid and wheat. A light aroma of herbal hops blends into the sour malt. Mostly lactic acid with little funk.

T - Some tart, bready malt up front with light funk. Some lactic acid in the middle with dry fruit notes of white grapes and a hint of pineapple. Finishes with cheese notes of musty wild yeast and dry grapes that blend into light, herbal hops and nutty malt.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, this is a mild sour ale with a good dose of herbal hop character and a minimum of funk. I don't understand the reviews that imply that this is an over the top, bathroom floor flavored beer. Most of the wild character is lactic, with very little real funk. It has a very champagne like character that is more about light, dry fruit than wild, cheesy funk. Worth drinking, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another bottle. Some people seem to think that it is over the top funky, but I would say that it is, if anything, too mild in terms of funk.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a small fizzy head. Crisp aroma with sweet fruit scents, and what I could only describe as "oceany." Light and tart taste, with light fruits--lemon, grapes--and a bit of grassiness. Very light mouthfeel, and finishes off pretty dry. Not too big on flavor, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

I guess what I'm trying to say is...it's alri...nevermind.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened in 2013, pretty sure it's a 2011 bottle.

A - Clear, wheat yellow body with lively carbonation. Mixed bubble head had ok lace and low retention.

S - Lemony funk; bright acid, barnyard, and green apples.

T - Way off. Soapy, foamy flavors dominate the profile. Touch of pear, seltzer, and apple peel, but it's not enough to save the beer.

M - Light, brightly carbonated.

O - Nice ancillary characteristics, but unfortunately the soap flavor is extremely off-putting.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light malts and floral notes make way for a sweaty Bretty scent and particularly distinct aroma of cheese.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness gives way to a veritable buffet of cheese flavors -- nutty Edam, creamy Brie, and even helping of Bleu Cheese. Subtle floral hoppiness and bitterness. Meager pinch of pepper. The crisp finish is bone dry with a lingering mix of funky sourness and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Aptly named! A lighter version of It's Alive, which was essentially a homage to Orval, so, if you're up for an Orval-Lite, give this one a try.

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Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

this one poured into the glass a very fizzy and very active yellow color. a big head of white caps the top of the glass and reaches a height of around two inches before settling down with some decent lacing around the edges of the glass.

the look was about the only redeeming quality however as the first hints of aroma leave me struggling to understand what this is. light lemon, loads of musky grain and bready notes, a mess. wet grass and hay start coming through now and the over impression i get is just off. decent feel albeit way too light for any style. the flavor is just not there. its an odd mix of off color grains, odd touches of light citrus and wet hay like tartness that really just goes nowhere.

overall i am not sure what the attempt here was at, but pretty sure it did not work as planned.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to mughugger for sharing this via froggyfrog - poured chilled into a cervoise

A - A golden colored brew with good clarity and thick white cap w/ visible carbonation

S - The smell is slightly off putting and intriguing at the same time - like funky cheese w/ slight fruit edge kind of horsey and floral juxtoposition

M - A mildly funky and slightly acidic taste w/ mild bitterness and high carbonation with slight sweet edge

T - The taste is both pear and funk w/ a hint of vegetal hop and cheesy creamy yeast flavors w/ a mild malt foundation, the tartness and funk of the yeast seems to dominate the fruity aspects and hop flavors

D - A beer I was glad to try and had repeat tastes of but not one worth seeking out IMO, it is kind of a once and done beer for me.

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Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +30.7%

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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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