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It's Alright! | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

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.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 206
Photo of malcontent
4.26/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yikes! This puts the "pale" in pale ale. Lighter than the average straw of most macro lagers and the head and feeding carbonation is distressingly soda-ish. At least the clarity is impressive.

I think this is actually a really fun nose. Yes, I just used the word "fun" when describing aroma. Farmhouse funk, strawberries and hay all hit my senses. Good stuff.

Wow! This manages to combine the funky, brett characteristics of a saison/wild ale with a huge, biscuity malt body. The malt actually lingers on well after that tartness has dissipated. The finish is Godly in its cleanliness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sprightly and goes down easy. This is in that class with Hennepin as exceptionally drinkable saisons. Don't really understand the low ratings for this unless the "Belgian Pale Ale" tag this site has bizarrely applied to this beer is driving said scores. Label reads "wild ale" and it tastes like one.

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Photo of popery
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's certainly a funny beer. I don't think that the beer quite achieves its goal of being a session wild. I generally like Mikkeller's beers a lot, but he didn't knock this one out of the park. I'd prefer a Berliner Weissbier or any number of blended Belgian sours. That said, it's not a bad beer and I probably would expect less if the bottle's price wasn't upped by import costs and other expenses of getting a beer to my store from afar.

The beer pours a light yellow that is slightly hazy as some sours are wont to be. The nose is the best part. It's citric, like candied lemon peel, with a tinge of barnyard funk from the brett. The flavor is similar, but the malt flavor is a bit thin. Also, there's an acrid flavor, possibly from the bret, that is a bit unsettling. The beer just doesn't quite come together perfectly. The aftertaste lingers and almost tastes like a macro lager. The beer needs some work, but it's probably quite difficult to pull off a small wild without at least some blending or aging to round off the corners.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
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 scruffwhor
1.99/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I must agree with radshoesbro...
It's not alright.

Once I add the yeast,I see a hazey and pale sunlight hue. Very quick head with no foam or stickage. The aroma has some normal funky yeasty aromas, but that mixed with feet, cheese, and mold are not a good combo. The taste starts with pilsnery malt, then corn husk adjunct mixed with some nasty yeast flavors. Not the Brett that I'm familiar with. Then again no brett is the same. Nonetheless. This beer is very hard to finish. The palate is funky, musty, and gritty. The aftertaste makes me think ofan adjunct lager brewed with brett. Good carbonation though.

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Photo of radshoesbro
1.89/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

this is not alright, not even a little bit.

this actually looks like urine. it pours a pee straw/yellow/orange with a bit of a head that completely goes away. on top of that there is absolutely no carbonation and not even a hint of lace. i had to vigorously swirl my glass around just to get a few bubbles!

it smells like sweet apples with almost a funky mold smell. it's a very "off" smell.

tastes like watered down carbonated apple juice and leaves this absolutely disgusting dry yeasty aftertaste.

very light and absolutely not drinkable at all. this is a drain pour.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up an 11.2 oz single from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Around $5.

A: Light gold, with a stark white head, excellent carbonation moving around inside the beer. Slightly hazy. Very little head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S: Barnyard funk, lemons, gauze/medicinal qualities, tons of bret smells going on, a faint hint of light pale malts, not a whole lot though, really really strong the bret though. Funkay!

T: Wow, cereal malts, cooked corn, tastes like a lot of cheap macros. This is not good. Almost no sourness, tastes a lot like straw. Huge cereal malt profile, no hops at all. This is not impressive, not worth the money, and in fact is not "alright"

M: Thin, crisp, quite carbonated. Extremely dry.

D: Meh...this was struggle, I've choked down worse stuff, but this was not good. Huge disappointment, I do not recommend this to others.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.59/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from Monument Wine and Spirits in Concord, CA. Pours a hazy yellow brown with a nice 1.5 inch high head. Looks...fizzy. Aroma is lemony and with a definite note of Brett...you have enough of these sours and you can just get a feel for it once you stick your nose in. Earthy lemons. Flavor is more lemons and a nice pale malt base, nothing too aggressive, just mild and flavorful. Green, grassy hops dance around on the finish and mix with just the slightest dry bitterness. Sour quality very reserved on this one, and to its benefit. I was skeptical of this beer, but its a winner and I'm now very impressed.

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Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. A centimetre of white head which quickly falls to a thin whisp.
S - The smell is dominated by stong funky barnyard brett aroma along with some lemon sourness & a very faint grainy note.
T - Again quite dominated by the brett also with a lemon sourness and a faint grain touch. Bit of a herbal and floral hop note, but not much.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but certainly not something to rush back into. Just not my thing.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a very pale washed out yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty loose and fizzy then faded very quickly to thin covering with thickish edging... light carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Initial blast of brett followed by strong graininess, hint of sick, some urine, quite earthy, sea salt, lemon fruitiness, quite rubbery, quite a lot of vegetal notes, powdery / chalky traces, light floral honey sweetness... altogether pretty unpleasant...

Taste is just slightly better than the aromas... Very strong sweet and lightly toasted graininess, sour apple and lemon fruitiness, earthy, very nutty - hazlenuts and pistachios, almost no hint of the brett, quite woody, honey and caramel notes, chalky, dishwater traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Way too sickly to be very drinkable...

Overall - A very poor brew and by far the worst beer i've had from Mikkeller... not recommended...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, thanks for the chance. The name is dead on and not misleading.

A- It's alright is a nice mixture of gold & yellow with some bubbles on top, not even a cap. Some sediment toward the bottom but not a problem.

S- The smell is great, even wonderful with funk & some barnyard. Some lemon zest and bready yeast. A light fruit basket rounded it out.

T- Not what the nose was hinting towards. Not even mildly tart, just a slight taste of some yeast and malt with some buggy tastes, barely. Some ripe fruit and an earthy sense.

M- A very light and crisp body. This "wild" ale is not intruding in any way. Finishes very dry with just a slight after taste.

D- Easy sippin with not much flavor to go with it. As a wild ale it misses the mark, and while classified as a Belgian Pale Ale, I still would take a Struiselensis any day, as that delivers on both styles.

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Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky pale yellow color with a decent white head. Whoa! The smell! I literally smell diarrhea! It fades away as the beer warms up, but I also get brett, honey, tart citric acids, earth, hay, funk. The taste is nothing like the aroma! copper, cork, wood, brett, straw, a pencil eraser, very subtle tartness and more so mild, very dry, medium bodied, medium carbo. A VERY interesting beer!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those that don't know, this is a tribute to Petite Orval .

Pros: Long lasting foam, sharp color. Nice balance between the various elements. Impressively brewed for a hard to make style.

Cons: Doesn't seem to have a very pure core. Finish is really short.

Overall, this fine ale provides many delights.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.42/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

holy hell.

this beer smells good, initially.. just like you'd want a crisp, bretty, pale golden sour to smell. that's where the honeymoon ends with this selection.

flavor begins with stale popcorn notes and transitions quickly to burnt plastic. some funk is perceptible, but only between dry heaves. the aftertaste is that of honey-tinged water. body is thin, and eventually an unpleasant bitterness builds on the tongue.

a $5 drainpour. avoid at all costs.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a hazy pale straw, with lots of effervescence and a big, fluffy whit head that doesn't go away.

Nose has some light citrus tartness, along with some gentle barnyard coming through as well. Nothing overwhelming, but appealing.

Taste is funky barnyard, some more light tart citrus, and then comes along a huge, completely bizarre note of straight up leathery weirdness. Almost biscuity and mustardy. Not at all a good thing - totally off. The exhale won't go away - it follows you around. So, half of the flavor is great, then half is just unpleasantly weird.

Mouthfeel is nice, actually - light bodied, spritzy carbonation. Not bad at all.

Drinkability is hindered by the fact that I was cringing away from the beer after that first weird leathery burst. Eh.

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Photo of glid02
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this courtesy of brickstoredave - much obliged!

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of tart and slightly sweet fruits - apples and citrus, along with a good amount of barnyard funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but only for a second. Tart and sweet fruit flavors kick things off, but then a funky, and not in the good way, flavor takes over - almost a buttery English Pale flavor. A very odd flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a decent thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's not hard to drink at first, but the weird flavors begin wearing on me and I'm not sure I could drink an entire bottle.

Overall this was a strange beer - I'm unsure as to whether or not Mikkeller was going for those strange flavors, but if they were it didn't turn out very well.

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Photo of deliriumfest
1.95/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Consumed on 2/21/09

Poured a golden color with no head. Aroma is funk and tartness through and through. Taste is...awful! At first, it seems great and then it hits you - like a saddle in the mouth. Leather, leather, and more leather; I almost puked. Had to finish off that gulp with a swig of bacardi sitting on my counter. Do not recommend this one to anyone unless you're a leather head.

I'm hoping that this is just a bad bottle as my review is much lower than the average!

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a thin head and some OK lacing.

S: This beer had a weird aroma of yeast, apples and something oddly sour.

T: The taste is something very difficult to describe. It has apples and yeast up front and a corn-like funkiness in the finish. It's very, very odd.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick, almost oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer had some good qualities, I don't know if I would try it again. Not bad, just a little strange.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

Cap dated: 22/10/12

A: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, light-orange/straw color with a creamy, one-finger, bright-white cap of foam. The head is fed by some pretty active carbonation and eventually falls to a creamy layer of skim with a thick and unbreakable ring. Sagging ropes of lace are left behind.

S: Catching a very nice aroma of funk and tart fruit. As it was pouring I noticed the aroma of sour green apples. Also caught some hints of toasted malt, sour berry, wildflowers, and perfume-y hops.

T: I took a sip from the glass when about 3/4 of the bottle had been poured and I tasted the oddest flavor. Almost like heavily toasted grains mixed with damp tree bark. Uh oh. I noticed that there was a decent layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I swirled it around and dumped it in. Make sure you do this. It made all of the difference in the world. The beer really opened up! Sour fruit and funk mix it up with flavors of toasted malt, brett, sodden acorns, oak, perfumed hops, prairie grass, and white pepper.

M: Pretty dry and a little chalkier than I would've liked but it has very nice levels of sour, pepper, and stickiness.

D: A very interesting beer. By all means, do not leave any sediment in the bottle. Put all of it in your glass. Otherwise you'll be cheating yourself.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pale yellow straw color with almost no head, though I can visibly see bubbles rising and floating through the beer. Of course no lacing or retention if there's no head. The smell is very, very nice. It's very funky, more funky than normal. There's a bit of oxidized, sour smell, but a nice full funk. That sour cat piss funk. I really kind of like it. The taste doesn't really deliver. It's really more bready and malty, nearly sweet than sour or wild tasting. It's hardly as tart as an Orval. I don't see the wild ale in this. It's not bad tasting, but I'm not getting that wonderful, sour, mouth-puckering kick. Continuing, the mouthfeel is decent. Not chalky, but there isn't enough tartness to bring it. It's somewhat thin, but there is a decent amount of something here to keep it alive. This is very easy to drink, and I don't sense anything off-putting. I would not ever recommend this to the wild ale enthusiast, but I could see it for someone who is looking for something pleasant and different from the average macro or easy drinking beer.

I think 'It's Alright' is an appropriate name, becuase that's just what it is - alright.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a vibrant, clear goldenrod with a foamy white head.

S - Wow. Funky. Scott from the Charleston Beer Exchange described it as sort of a sopressetta aroma, and damned if that isn't the case. Amid that meaty aroma is some grass, and a bit of citrus bite.

T - There's a very bready taste to this. Very grainy, I can definitely get a bit of a corn flavor out of this. Really chewy. When I first hold the beer in my mouth it tastes like it smells, but just as that is about to become unbearable the breadiness washes over.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied, nice and foamy carbonation.

Notes - Without a doubt a well made beer but just... uh.. unpleasant to my sensibilities. Mind you, I'm drinking this on its own without any food pairing, I think with a big slice of salami on rye this would be quite nice. I had to rate the drinkability low because I really don't want another one of these right away.

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Photo of hopdog
3.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Crown stamped 22/10/12.

Poured a lighter and clear (became hazy towards the bottom of the bottle)yellow color with a huge sized white head. Aromas of citrus/lemons, some lighter funkiness, barnyard, and some hay. Tastes of lemons, hay, wheatiness, and earthy. Lightly sour with a dry and clean finish. Lighter and somewhat refreshing.

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It's Alright! from Mikkeller ApS
3.03 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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