USAlive! (Alive) | Mikkeller ApS

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USAlive! (Alive)USAlive! (Alive)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy gold-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and somewhat grainy caramel malts with good amounts of citrus and smaller amounts of tropical fruit hops. Mild amounts of brett funk waft out as well and intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Malt flavors that skew more toward pale than caramel but with good amounts of both kick things off. Coming in shortly thereafter are candied hop flavors - more earthy than in the aroma but still with strong hints of citrus. Midway through the sip mild hints of funk come in before fading into a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinakbility is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a tasty beer, although more of a wild IPA than a wild Belgian. I'm willing to bet the high amount of hops used is a result of the US part of the name. Worth a shot.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark reddish orange with a decent amount of foam in the Chimay chalice glass. Smells floral with some citrus piney hops lingering in there too. Tastes almost fruity like with a slight hoppy, floral finish. Decent drinkability overall. Would be interesting to have this beer when it was first bottled, before the hops started to fade. Still pretty good overall though.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden/amber color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of citrus, some pine, some funkiness, and fruity. Tastes of citrus, the same funkiness, lighter pine, and caramel.

Couldn't drown away the way the Flyers sucked while I was drinking this...

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample both on tap and bottle (bottle reviewed)

A - Poured with a thinner white head, nice lacing on the glass and had an orangey golden color. Pretty translucent and not really hazy. Some rising carbonation

S - Good cedary/piney hop bitterness in the nose, with just a touch of funkiness from the brett yeast utilized in the bew

T - Hop bitterness is the driving taste up front, and very much mirrors the nose, being cedary/piney and just a little citruisy in the flavors. Not as much funk as would have hoped, but would remind one of an Orval in that department. Bit tart in the flavor as well.

M - Thinner MF, and a touch oily. Little snap of carbonation, and overall really pleasant in this area.

D - This is hugely drinkable for me as it is equal parts refreshing and interesting. I think that this could go head-to-head with an Orval which seems to serve as its inspiration. The hyped of nature of the hops really commanded my attention.

Overall, this is definitely solid and interesting and would recommend. My only complaint, very minor, would have been more prominence of the brett. Def. recommend.

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Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a see thru copper colour with beautiful carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head and heaps of noticable lacing,it has a distinct real piney hop aroma to it with some caramel malts in the background very much like a nice AIPA aroma,it has a nice mouthfeel for the style which is neither thin nor thick and the palette is coated with the piney,passionfruit infused hops,caramel malts and of course a little brett but on finish the piney hop taste is the most prevalent to make this brew finish nice and bitter just like a AIPA even tho it is sposed to be a BSPA i would definately buy this beer again.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with an off-white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is caramelly malt with hints of grapefruit and funk. very inviting to me. kind of smells orval-inspired with us hops and more caramel. taste follows the nose to reveal layers of caramel, funk and hops with a mild dose of bitter in the end. proves my theory about the orval thing... taste is very orval-like in it's brett character, but the sweetness is more caramel and the hops are more citrusy and fruity. medium-full body with just a touch of stickiness. overall, a very nice example of what happens when the US goes wild.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had a couple of the single hop ales from Mikkeller, but this my first belgian of his. Some confusion as too which "Alive" this was, due to the label and self description as a Belgian Wild, not as strong ale. No worries. From a 750 ml bottle into my Darkness tulip.

Pours a hazy copper with a righteous, 3-finger, belgian head. Some of the most clumpy, clingy, lacing I have ever seen. Superb retention. Well done sir!

Fruity, funky, ester-y, pear, a touch of booze, and some note I just can't put an adjective on; I'll go with leather. The complexity is beyond my expertise, but I like it.

Not as tart as I thought, but plenty of funk. In-fact the funk is quite dominating. Leathery, some tobacco, but a nice hit of earthy hops and toffee malt come through with enough strength to balance.

Exceedingly drinkable for both the style, and the ABV. Bone dry, in typical Wild Ale fashion, and well carbonated.

Overall this was not quite what I expected, but I did like it. I'm still learning my Brett brews, and I think this might actually be a bit green in that regard. Thinking of getting another to throw in the cellar for a year or two. Either way Mikkeller really does know what they're doing. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy dark orange/amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface but eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors of grapefruit, but these are well balanced by the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink. Ordering this at a bar can make some interesting discussion if it should be pronounced “USA live!” or “US Alive!”

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy dark orange to copper/amber in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light amounts of funk with a moderate amount of grapefruit aromas.

T: The beer starts out with some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness that turns a little sour/funky as you continue to taste it - there are some light notes of fruit like apple and grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is enjoyable - certainly not sessionable but a decent sipping beer. A little tough to drink on a really hot afternoon in a shop with minimal AC.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

USAlive! pours a redish color, with not much head, but lacy. The smell was a bit on the sweet side, lots of candy aromas, and sugary. The taste however only had hints of the sweet candy flavors, and had a nice strong bitter undertone. Good strong flavors, and the sweetness wasnt overpowering. Overall a really good tasting beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a classic mikkeller brew, all thing things ive come to expect from this guy. its different, strong, expensive, and worth it. pours a very hazy amber brown color with a massive head in my tulip glass. head does not subside at all. smells like intense funky wild yeast and sweet earthy red malts. its belgian yeasty in that super carbonated, mildly spicy, still alive aspect, but its more of a farmhouse in the funk department. this is somewhere between a saison and a sour, right down the middle. the flavor is definitely yeast driven, maybe a touch of brett tartness, but more fieldy meadowy polleny glory. it leaves a real dry tongue sticking to the roof of my mouth, ready for another gulp. its a fast drinker for its strength, and a beer that has a really memorable flavor profile. im somewhere between white pepper and lavender, its very unique, complex, and rewarding to the patient drinker. id gladly pay 14 bucks for another bottle of this, its exquisite. just short of magic.

edit: less compelling under this moniker on tap, not nearly as funky as the bottles were, maybe less mature, too new, i much preferred the bottled experience for this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours a murky yellow brown with a white head. The aroma is apple and banana with some spices and some tartness/wildness. The flavor is alcohol with the same mix of fruit that was in the aroma. There is a little brett funk in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - medium orange with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S - tutti-frutti bubblegum, soft caramel malt and slightly vegetal

T - ambiguously fruity flavor with some tropical/citrus. Low/medium bitterness with a short sustain. Hint of acidic tartness. Aged about 1.5 years.

M - medium body, decent carbonation, pleasant and easy bitter finish

O - Not a funky wild ale. Zero barnyard and a hint of lacto, perhaps from Acid Malt. Fruity from hops and Brett. An enjoyable Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Fair price at $13 per 750ml. Would drink again! Mikeller and De Proef usually impress me. This is no exception.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. Hazy orange, nice frothy head. Great retention and lace.

Earthy, slightly funky. Some zest and orange peel. Stone fruit as well in the nose.

Orange zest and stone fruit flavors up front. A drying, funky, earthy feel. Dries out at the finish.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is non-factor. Nice, funky, slightly leathery feel. Nice beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with off-white three inch head, looks great. Hop aromas are terrific, medium mouthfeel, very lacey. Citra hop taste, orange. A full bitterness, lots of hops. A tad of sourness-astringency. Ken's bottle from the private order.More of an American strong.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pretty dark orange, mostly clear, offwhite creamy head, great retention and lacing

S - Fairly clean at this point, but there is a hint of earthy dankness. Hops are not pungent, but have a sweet grapefruit presence.

T - fair bit of maltiness, plays nicely with hops and light funk, some carmel, firm bitterness lingers and brings out more funk in the dry biscuity finish

M - somewhat boozy, but does not take away from enjoyment, about a medium carbonation at this point, lively, but not agressive, nice and dry in the finish, probably the best part

D - there is a lot going on in this beer, nothing over the top at this point, plays nice, the future looks bright

This beer is extremely well balanced at this point - there are hops, a complex malt character, and a bit of earthy funk. I was surprised at how much this beer looks like a darker pale ale, or an amber ale, but it works. Reminds me a little of a fresh Boulevard Saison with the mix of earthy dryness and american hops. Good stuff, I've got another bottle put away, and I dumped the dregs into a carboy of Flanders Red.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color with a large off-white head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent initially hoppy, then some funkiness takes over from the Brett. A bit grassy as well. Some citrus. Taste initially some Brett flavor, followed by citrus hops and some grapefruit. Then I get some pleasant yeast flavors, followed by more tasty hops. Finishes fairly dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied and crisp finish. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is dangerously well-hidden. Overall, this is a great beer that I would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with a simple Stars and, well, stars label, reminiscent of something out of Patton, the movie.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber colour, with two chubby fingers of foamy, rocky, and vaguely creamy beige head, which maintains pretty decent retention, eventually leaving some sudsy curtains of lace around the glass. Not too shabby.

It smells of moderately bitter grapefruit and orange flesh, bready caramel malt, brown sugar, white wine must, soft, almost indistinct clove spice, and some mildly funky yeast. The taste is gritty caramel malt, candy sugar, earthy, weakly funky yeast, steady blended citrus rind, a hint of wet pine needles, acidic white wine, some muted Belgian spice, and a further leafy, quite understatedly perfumed hoppiness, as that 16-proof booze is well masked.

The carbonation is moderate, just a dwindling tight frothiness, the body a more or less medium weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast and hop astringency cutting - none too deeply, but cutting nonetheless. It finishes mostly dry, the citrusy hops and dusty funk presiding.

Just what it purports to be - a funky strong Belgian ale, with prominent American west coast hop stylings. Overall, while a tad distracting in its various goings-on, it does work, the numerous influences generally playing nicely together. This would have been awesome to have had during Olympic hockey a few months ago, when the USA was indeed alive, at least until the Canadians finished them off in the final, in OT.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Reddish copper color. Clear appearance. Creamy, rocky, white in color, froth. Caramel malt, herbs & wild yeast aromas with bready notes. Mildy toasted sweet malt, fruity touch & spiced flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Resins, wood & citric bitterness in the middle lingers into long finish. ABV well hidden by a solid malty backbone. Flavorful.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a thick, pillowy beige head.

S: Aromas of brettanomyces funk, pineapple, lemon, lime, and bitter orange are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lactic, oaky tartness from the brettanomyces dominate the entry and are followed by notes of lemon, lime zest, kumquat, bitter orange, tangerine, unripened pineapple, minerals, and caramel. The finish is tart and funky with a pleasant, if rather offbeat, combination of brettanomyces, pineapple, bitter orange, and lemon.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and satisfying. Carbonation is rather crisp. Alcohol presence is very restrained. This one could easily creep up on you.

O: After being disappointed by It's Alright!, I was a little hesitant to give USAlive! or It's Alive! a shot. Obviously I've finally gotten around to trying at least one, and can say that I'm quite impressed. The citrusy hop flavors really merge well with the brettanomyces. Recommended.

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Photo of randomn8
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kraftworks.

US Alive pours into the glass a amberish/orange color with a small tint of red although that could of been the setting. A small off white cap that eventually bounces leaving little squiggles. smell is a mix of floral hops and some brett scent, going into some pepper and some citrus scents including tropics orange, grapefruit. Taste is pretty decent. Not as hoppy as the nose would lead one to believe. I do get some grapefruit and orange mixing in with some floral taste. The brett is understated but there. I do get more spice, black pepper, yet it does not intrude. A nice pale ale from Belgium with a kick of brett. I dug this but wonder if a fresh bottle might be a different experience, as I was expecting more brett.

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Photo of citizen428
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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