Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!
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American Wild Ale
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3.75 | pDev: 15.2%
Mikkeller ApS
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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!
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Photo of Vidblain
1.76/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This one made me nervous... it was on the two for one rack at a liquor store in River Falls - I believe I grabbed one because I was hoping to start building a little more depth to my sour collection. I've since learned that I should stay away from heavily brett'd beers like this one.

The cork practically shot out of the neck as soon as I touched it - the beer didn't gush, but on pouring, the carb is so strong that I barely poured a finger of beer before the head was streaming over the edges of my glass. All I could smell was brett. There is no distinguishable fruit, tartness, or sourness to this beer. It's all brett, with a slight bit of cardboard.

I think it was on that discount shelf for a reason.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow and chunky brett appearance going on, head swells up to 1/3" but quickly recedes. Lots of white wine barrel funk notes, enjoyable .

Taste imparted more white wine funk, lots of brett. Not acidic. Definitely came off as Anchorage stuff moreso than Mikkeller. Damn if they aren't two of the most expensive breweries around though. Pale malts, hardly any bitterness or hop character. Carbonation on point, even though as soon as I loosened the cage, the cork blew right out the top of it. Far more funky than sour.

Would bang again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange appearance with a thick, soapy head. Floral, grassy, earthy hop aroma with lots off pleasant brett funk. Flavor is much like the aroma. Assertive yeast funk well matched against spicy, floral hop and pale malt backbone. Well balanced. Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Well carbonated. Dry finish. At first the funkiness was too much but it grew on me. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Thanks to rudzud.

Huge fizzy head hits multiple fingers and fades fairly quickly, messy lacing, mostly clear orange honey color.

Nose brings lots of funk, horse hair, mild barnyard and some tangy sour fruit, phenols, mostly just Brett, earthy must, little dankness, just Brett B all over.

Taste brings a weird bitterness, so much funky Brett B, horse blanket city, just straight horse blanket barnyard funk, almost undrinkable, phenolic mess, chemical bandaids as plastic, bleh, totally undrinkable.

Mouth is med bod, little slimy, way too much carb.

Overall horrible.

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Photo of rudzud
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared with JLindros. This bottle popped loudly when I barely touched the cork.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear amber hue with an enormous four finger fluffy head that fades to leave sticky lacing and sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of acidic funk, floral, earthy, little musty. Lots of brett galore.

T - Taste is absolutely opposite of the nose. Gone is the floral and earthy notes. Rather phenolic, lots of bandaid. Borders on undrinkable.

M - Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated, way too much.

O - Overall this beer was horrific. Plain and simple.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a patchy layer of sea foam.

Aroma is tart and floral. Jasmine, hibiscus, and other tea-like notes blend with a sour lactic acidity.

Taste is likewise a mix of herbal/floral and a subtle sourness. Seems somehow a little watered down, muted. Pronounced hoppy bitterness contrasts, and almost clashes, with the sour.

Mouthfeel is sharply prickly from the high carbonation. In most cases high carbonation levels don't bother me but here, I find it detracts from the beer, masks the taste.

Overall a less than stellar wild ale. Not bad, just not all that great either.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a very active bottle a hazy apricot color with a billowing three fingers of off-white head. Fairly good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Very earthy and yeasty aroma upfront with hints of lemon, wine grapes and cracker.

The taste was white wine, lemon and yeasty notes along with fresh earth and caramel malts. Finished with notes of cracker and a bitter hop bite.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

An interesting and enjoyable American Wild Ale from the collaboration of Mikkeller and Anchorage Brewing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a peach color with a white, well retaining froth and lace. Aroma is herbal and musty. In the taste, tip of the tongue tartness and more herb, floral and tea notes. Brett seems to be afoot here with the musty, damp basement element. Belgian, earthy, spicy, grassy, and mildly tart. Black pepper and coriander like flavor. Dry and clean. Overall, this is an interesting brew, very good.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I removed the wire cage on top of the cork and intended to let the beer warm up just a touch after spending some time in my ice-cold beer fridge ... Lo and behold, the cork popped right off of its own accord, ricocheting off my 10-foot tall bookshelf and sending the cat running for cover. Its alive indeed. (Quickly) poured the beer into a tulip glass. A cloudy yellow-orange brew with a tremendous white head that settles out but maintains its form rather well. Mikkel always nails this aspect of the presentation. Aroma is huge Brettanomyces initially, with some fruit, candy, and floral elements revealing themselves if you go looking. The aroma is much appreciated by this intrepid drinker, tons of horse blanket/barnyard character that is well-complimented by sweet orchard and citrus fruits, herbs, and corn flakes. The bottle will still smell great the next morning (and afternoon). Palate reminds me of Rayon Vert, albeit more complex and perhaps less bitter. Then again, this is a DRY beer despite the array of flavors present. I catalog lavender, lemon rind, soap, wine gums, green banana, faint orange, almost salty seaweed or iodine, lime, peaches, shortbread ... Stays quite bitter and soapy throughout but manages to captivate via a whole array of fruit and flower flavors riding atop the omnipresent brett. Bone dry but aromatic finish. Moderately thick body a lot like an IPA, and indeed, this beer recalls this style to some extent: Dry hopped with leather rather than hop cones alone. This is a clear cut win from Mikkeller and Anchorage, a potent sour that recalls Orval and family but with a decidedly American twist. Worth the lofty price point.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with a resounding POP! Cork hit the 11 foot high ceiling, luckily I lost no beer! Pours an effervescent honey color with 4+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Crazy lacing & great head retention

S: Much sourness, wet hay, pepper & funk

T: Pears, honeycrisp apples, grassiness, tartness & sourness up front. Slight acidic notes as this warms, Fuji apples, & sourness with a little pink grapefruit. Finishes tart, grassy, & sour with some pears & a little bit of plum

MF: Super lively carbonation, dryness, light body, especially for the ABV, reminds me of sparkling cider or Champagne. I love the way the sweet balances the tart & sourness

Wow! This is easy to drink. Not the best sour I've ever had, but right up there with them. Pricey, but worth it IMO. I usually don't say that about most Mikkeller beers. Approach with caution though seems to be very much alive

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Photo of Nostrajonus
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy golden pour with a super bubbly white head that diminishes rather quickly leaving virtually no lacing.

S- This smells pretty funky..you pick up on the wild yeast as soon as your nose gets close to the glass. This is very floral, with faint bready malts and hints of citrus.

T- Taste follows the nose for the most part. Initially my palate was overwhelmed by the brettnomyces funk....almost musty. The taste became more floral with every sip, grapefruit is there as well with those bready malts.

M- This thang is carbonated! Light crisp and refreshing, and bubbly as can be.

O-I enjoyed this, but this will probably a one and done for me. A fun, funky, intriguing drink for an occasion.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bottle served in a Prairie Teku

A - Glowing burnt orange with a big bubbles on top creating a wet head.

S - Bright funky Brett, tropical fruits galore, juicy fruit gum, bananas, stone fruit, peppery, old basement funk, antique furniture, funky cheese, lemons, pears, peaches, apricots, honeydew melon, bready pale malts come out when swirled.

T - Citrus pith bitterness, lemons, astringent grapefruit, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, oranges, grassy pine, funky wet hay, the bitterness is chalky but turns peppery as it warms. Bready pale malts lie underneath the onslaught of funky fruit. The finish is very dry and peppery.

M - Aggressive carbonation, light wet body but finishes super dry.

Bright and funky with Brett dominating the aroma and flavor spectrum. Funky tropical fruit with peppery bitterness. The aroma is amazing ! I could smell this beer all day. Gets better as it warms. If you're a fan of funk this beer is for you.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous white head that continuous to grow for a while and eventually leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of brett - earthy, tropical fruit, and funk.

The flavor is lots of earthy acidic brett with some tropical fruits and a decent bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a great brett beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thick, billowing white head. The amount of lacing left behind as the head recedes is considerable.

S: Scents of must, minerals, pineapple, papaya, guava, carambola, lemon, lime, chalk, biscuit, and caramel are present on the nose with slight herbal undertones becoming more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Flavors of lemon, lime, papaya, pineapple, guava, carambola, grass, and herbs are balanced by notes of chalk, minerals, must, caramel, biscuit, crackers, and woody spices. The finish is fruity, musty, and very dry with a complex of oaky, lactic flavors underscored by a mélange of tropical fruits and faint herbs.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very, very dry. Carbonation is intense and forceful.

O: A nice, complex strong ale. There is a lot going on here and a lot to like. It seems that Mikkel refines his approach to wild ales every year with impressive results. I cannot wait to see where he goes with this style in years to come.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale amber haze under a tan foam head as big as you want it; lacing left behind

S: rich fields of grain and musky barnyard funk; earthy herbs and faint faded pine

T: pale washed out orchard fruits, slightly spiced, and heart barley malts with dry cracker notations support that wet barnyard blanket of brettanomyces dankness

M: slight chew and body, maybe medium weight; smooth and soft, some carbonated fuzz

O: a well-crafted ale, bring together barnyard and wild styles into a nicely balanced brew, represented in equal parts by its malt, hops, and yeast bill. Hearty and robust, rustic and complex, well-balanced and funky. Recommended.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of weltywm
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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).

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Photo of biboergosum
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).

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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,

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip. Purchased bottle for $14 at Steins Deli in NOLA. Almost took my eye out when the cage was un-screwed...its Aaaaliiiive!!!
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a puffy fluffy white head....huuge head,....again, its alive and erupting out the glass. Just billowing creamy fluffy head.
Awesome massive barnyard funk aromas...some sweet sugary notes and an almost wheat or rye aroma. Flavor is wheaty funky barnyard, with a slight residual sweetness. Its juicy but dry, fluffy and creamy, and so easy to drink. Just an al around fantastic brew. A true Wild Ale... being from Alaska... :)
I really hope this is made again and easier to come by in the NYC area!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white frothy head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like brett, cherries, candied oranges, apples, pears, and some medicinal herbalness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like brett, apples, pears, lemon peel, tropical fruit, and some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this easy to drink. I think it's a good brew. $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Nose is quite funky and fruity. Green grapes, peach, pear. The funk is quite musty. Quite a nice mix between the two aspects of the aroma.

Flavour is significantly less fruity, with the funky aspects of the Brett taking over. Dry, musty and powdery, with a bit of a tart, medicinal cherry flavour. Finish is rather bitter. Some of the peach and pear can be detected, but are somewhat drowned out. Not bad, but the nose is much nicer.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated, with small bubbles. Astringent.

Overall, some nice qualities, but the flavour is titled too heavily towards a musty funk.

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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 181 ratings