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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of oldp0rt
2.06/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into Lawsons stemware.

Removed the cage carefully to have the cork fly out at the ceiling and the beer to follow.

Slow pour gives you a thick off white soapy head.

Smell is of Brett. Nothing else to list here.

I enjoy brett very much but this is all I can pick up from this beer.

Overall, I wouldn't grab this unless you really really love brett and nothing else.

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Photo of rudzud
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
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 jlindros
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
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 Alieniloquium
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly clear with a big off white head. Retains very well.

Smell - Bretty. I keep focusing on the brett. A little bit of sweetness. Some citrusy hops.

Taste - Earthy brett. Sweet malt pushes through but then gets covered up by hops. The brett and hops give it a soapy flavor. The finish is excessively bitter.

Mouthfeel - The lingering flavor is bitterness. Overpowering. Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Very unpleasant to drink. Drainpour.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired at Sunset Beer Co. in Los Angeles a couple weeks back. "Alaskan Wild Ale." Okay, Mikkel. Brewed & Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. "Fermented in Alaska." 8.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with print-on fun label art and hood-and-wire cap (i.e. cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewer (who is my favourite) and the style - which I'm in the mood for.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards. Carbonation seems good so far.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice beige colour. Nice cream. Appears soft and inviting. Nice thickness. Good retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a glowing orange-gold. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. Not vibrant.

Messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Overall, it's decent for the style but not much to look at. I'm looking forward to trying it, though.

Sm: A light pleasant subtle aroma. Clean though yeasty. I get some subtle funky twang from the yeast with a dash of lemon zest. Clean crystal malt and light pale malts. A biteen soapy; maybe it spent too long in primary. Hopping is clean and floral, but not very prominent - nor should it be. A bit of musty earthiness from the biscuity yeast. Yeast is dominant here, actually. It's a dry champagney aroma indicative of liberal use of crystal malt. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: A subtly executed crystal and pale malt backbone provides the bulk of the body here - but make no mistake, this is a light, delicate, and fleeting beer. Very low flavour intensity. Also on the lower end of flavour duration, with no aftertaste and seamless transitions between acts. Clean floral hops provide the entirety of the hop character. Not at all too bitter or too sweet. Flowery. A light hint of vague berry. Definitely champagney. Good yeast character, with a subtle brett-y twang. Lemon zest is there, but buried. I'm shocked at how high the ABV is; the flavour is so delicate.

Unfortunately, frankly there just isn't much flavour here - not much depth of flavour and very limited diversity as well. It's not horribly complex, but the subtlety is notable. I do like it; there's just not much too it. Comes off a bit empty.

This is not in any way a sour or tart beer. If you're looking for a sour wild ale, look elsewhere. All you'll find here is a bit of funkiness - less so even than in most saisons.

Mf: Nice subtle dryness and coarseness helps coax out the flavour. Overall though, I'd largely consider it smooth and wet. Refreshing. Fizzy. Not at all oily, harsh, or gushed. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Light delicate presence on the palate.

Dr: Here's the high point of this beer: it's so damn drinkable. This may hide its ABV better than any beer I've had this year. You'd never guess it clocks in at 8%. It drinks like it's about 3%. I could quaff this in a few minutes if I was so-inclined. The fleeting light nature of the beer lends itself naturally to incredibly easy drinking. This would be a fantastic beer to use to lure a white wine drinker into beer. It's definitely a unique beer, but I don't know that I'd call it a great one. There's a lot to like here, but I think it can be used in much better ways. It's by no means a great wild ale, but I'm content to treat it outside of style conventions. As an experiment in how light in character you can make a strong beer, it's a smashing success. But I doubt I'll be buying it again. Recommended for all beer fanatics just to experience the artful craft behind the beer.

I won't say I'm disappointed, but I did hope for a sour or tart wild ale - not this. I can't deny the obvious talent here, but I'm confident Mikkeller and Anchorage can do better. More flavour, please!

High B-

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange hazy color, with an off-white 3 finger of head. Head stayed around for a while. The aroma was mainy Brett, with a bit of orange and murkiness. Taste followed pretty similarly, focusing mainly on a big Brett note. There was hints of spices and light fruitiness, but definitely second to the Brett, making it a bit one note. Body was creamy, not as crisp and I'd have imagined given the head and retention. Al in all, nice Brett notes, but as mentioned, a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of draheim
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 pkalix
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange with some good carbonation. fluffy, but not thick (or creamy) head, and kind of sticky at the top where it originally water-marked and receded...
typical brett aroma, gonna be a little sour; nothing standout-ish.... oh yeah, the other guy said 'musty basement' smell... hit that right on the head.
also said 'champagne feel' .... another right-on-the-head description. it is very well carbonated. it does taste 'dirty brett' as another pointed out. I did pull these descriptions from others' reviews.... they were right on and I did not know how to describe this stuff. i'd been saving this for awhile, especially after reading the ho-hum reviews on BA after purchasing it. some stuff just isn't worth the price ya pay for it, ya know? lucky for me, since I am now going in the 'wild ale' direction, I've got my 2009 and 2013 Temptations to compare... wish I had a supplication to do after those and really try to save this afternoon, but that's just too much running around, especially since i'm supposed to be resting the surgically repaired . . . . . blah blah blah.
so by now it's obvious i'm not terribly thrilled with this one. why not start a blog of crummy beers that cost a boatload of money... Monk's Ales from some monastery in New Mexico tops my list- that stuff is worse than urine-tainted bathwater- but I suppose this ought to stay on the review or they'll 'silence' my review.
I like sours, though. really. gotta be in the mood and cant mix 'em with the 'regulars'; but I like 'em. this aint one of them. it's not totally sour. but then it doesn't seem to fit any category, even 'wild ale'. it DOES taste dirty, if you can derive anything from that. I realize my taste buds might be off after having an ENJOY BY or even a just a rough day. but I DID get sex this morning, I AM off work nursing myself back to health, and I AM enjoying a couple of pain killers with this (yeah, I know...); so EVERYTHING in my life is going WELL. except this beer.
it tastes a little rich, a little like a Belgian, a little musty, a little dirty. probably shouldn't have done it after such a hoppy brew, but here I am. it's just okay. I suppose the biggest point to this rant is- WHY DID IT COST ALMOST $15 IF IT ISNT JUST ABOVE STANDARD/ORDINARY/BARELY PAR/OKAY ? ? ? ? ? okay, maybe the pain killers are kicking in. but that's my story and i'm stickin' to it! when life gives you lemons . . . . .

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The collaborative efforts of Mikkeller and Anchorage brewing operations yields a MIkkeller-heavy ale with a lot of earth, spice, and overall Euro-grit.

Upon the pour, the murky golden ale sheds a billowing ivory head that nearly topples the snifter. Racy with its carbonation, the ale takes on champagne proportions. As the foam settles, the ale laces with well defined rings at each sip.

Pungent aromatics of straw and hay are piled upon with a crisp whiff of sea air, saddle leather, and strong earthen spice. Peppercorn, cumin, peat and a medicinal note upholds the ales phenolic compounds. A background of citrus, white wine and aged woods keep the complex scents coming as the beer warms.

Tartness overshadows sweetness even on the earliest of palate. Limes, sour grapes, under-ripened oranges and berries start the show- just ahead of a middle palate of earth and spice. Leather, cork wood, oaked chardonnay, pepper and peat create a spiciness that pulls away from the fruit. A finish of medicine, sweat, brine and saw dust ensures a dry and dirty taste.

The first sip erupts on the tongue and completely engulfs the mouth. As the champagne-like effervesence yanks the beer from the tonuge it forces a quick finish well before the opportunity for taste is fully explored. A slight blockade in the throat allows the flavors of the ale to be more appreciated in aftertaste than in initial taste. Dry peppery warmth and an echo of attic must are lasting memories that quickly wisp away.

After having several of the It's Alive! varietals, its all those taste that are well represented here. Unfortunately any Anchorage attributes are lost on the palate. It would have been fun to see how their "funky-fresh" complements would have assisted the taste here. Those would have been much needed to overcome the strong band-aid taste and rather dull earthiness.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is hazy. There is a mountain of off-white head on top of it.

S - I smell brett. I definitely get a musty scent. I get a lemon smell, too.

T - That musty basement smell is in the taste, as well. I get a little alcohol as it warms. There is a slight bitterness. It finishes dry.

M - It had a champagne feel to it. Moderate body.

O - It is a decent musty flavored beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A yellow-gold color, both bright and opaque, this wild ale displays a lot of carbonation and foaminess as it grows a tight cleanly white head over the beer itself. It takes a slow pour to control the foaming, which in turn serves as the foundation for a solid head that sits strongly between one and two fingers and could have something weighty placed on it without sinking. Lacing is left in heavy spotting.
The smell is wild, pretty straightforward with the funk and tartness. Lemony zest adds an additional tartness to it. Grass, wood, and green apple skins round it out.
It's what i'd expect and pretty much benchmark for the style. Straight up sour and tart flavors never overtake the funk from the yeast, and the depth from fruity notes and supporting malts makes it all come together well.
The foaming, as expected from the pour, is a bit much, being filling without adding the depth that it could. It makes for crispness, but even that just leads into more foaming. The medium body is semi-dry.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 paganpaulwhiskey
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured this in a standard pint glass since that's all I have. The beer is pricey at $14 but I've never come across and Alaskan Wild Ale so I had to buy it.

The beer looks fantastic - bright burnt orange color and appropriately hazy with a fluffy head.

Pleasant inviting floral aroma. I'm not a master of picking out scent components but I liked it.

Taste was a little underwhelming unfortunately. Very dry and not very funky with definite notes of chalk and earthy grassy kind of flavor. I expected more of a wow factor.

Pleasant mouthfeel - light bubbly champagne like feel which seemed right given the flavor of the beer.

Overall - not bad and certainly worth a try, however I'm not sure it's worth the price. I'd get it again if it were cheaper.

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Photo of t420o
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller/Anchorage AK Alive

A- pour produces a big 3 finger head that is white in color. Good retention. Beer is a deep gold in color. 4

S- good amount of funk, pineapple, some other tropical notes, pine, pale malt, resiny. Smells excellent. 4

T- similar to the smell, just a bit muted to me, and was a let down from the promising smell. The flavors don't pop like I'd hoped. Light funk and pale malt are on the forefront with some light tropical flavors (mainly guava, which really came out as it warmed as was really enjoyable) and biscuit as well. There was a tad of spicy character similar to rye on the background. Just a smooth drinking beer but leaves you wanting more. Really gets a lot better as it warms 3.75

M- nice effervescent body and carbonation. 4

O- A good beer, and quite drinkable. 4


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Photo of scottfrie
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, AK Alive! is clear gold with a huge, thick white head leaving massive chunks of rocky foam.

Smell is zesty minerals and tropical fruits, pineapple, saisonish, with just a hint of funk.

Taste is dirtier, concerning the brett. Fruity esters before an abruptly slate-like, acrid finish. Bitter, the appearance of aggressive hops are here, earthy

Mouthfeel is dry, foamy, light, oily.

Drinkability is pretty good, strait forward bretty blonde, but a little over-primed, and with too abrupt a finish. Much thanks J!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Nostrajonus
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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 BradtheGreat7
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.82 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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