USAlive! (Alive) | Mikkeller ApS

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202 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by Nickls on 03-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
202
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
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14
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Photo of randomn8
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beemanick83
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great mouth feel and looks

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Photo of charcarias
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jackp_43
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BiochemicalBrewMachine
4/5  rDev +0.8%

This is a great beer.

Could use some more hops; but on the whole - I love it.

I swear it had a stronger flavour a couple years ago when I first tried it (on tap and in the bottle) ?

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Cloudy rust and amber colored pour with a two-finger off-white head. Big aroma of sour fruit. Very nice mildly sour taste that has elements of tropical fruits and grapefruit with a good malt backing. Also, has a bit of spice, funk, and yeasty flavors. Finishes with a lightly bitter and spicy flavor.

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Photo of Irish12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Carmine/rufous body with a crisp isabelline/snow head.

Aroma: Blackcurrants, cherries, raspberries, quince, and a slight 'peppery' spice undertone.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but with what I would best describe as...imagine grapefruit not as a fruit, but rather as a wild nut/berry hybrid - that comes like a tidal wave as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tart, refreshing.

Overall: Again, Mikkeller gets it right with 'USAlive!'. Should you come across this, get it, as you will not be disappointed.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the underpinnings of seemingly an American pale ale but with the soul of spontaneous Belgian ale, Mikkeller's USAlive! isn't just alive, it's wildly alive!

There might as well be two beers living in the snifter- the first entice the nose with deeply earthen, gamey and almost mushroomy brine character. Cellar-type musk, dried sandalwood, curing leather and dried citrus while another host of initial flavors rise with steely caramel, biscuit and toasted grain.

Its middle palate awakens with a sweet and sour tone with firm caramel, nutty and toasted support and an acute lime, grapefruit and under-ripened orange character. Its minerally taste is briney, oaken and dusty. Gaining a bitter taste, its hops are grassy and dryly of hay.

Its off-dry finish retains much more malt character than wild ale normally do even while its musty and earthy veil wafts above. Leaving the palate with a sharp hop bitterness, its iron-side taste invites a powdery sensation of sawdust to linger afterwards.

Uncommonly malty, the pale amber ale delivers on its barley-rich promise even though its "wild" brettanomyces character normally dries the beer more completely. Balanced to the malty side, its a sour ale perhaps on training wheels.

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USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
3.97 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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