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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 sandman3479
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on 9/1/13. Poured into an unbranded tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange with a nice light tan foam head with good head retention.

S: Apples, pear, brett. Some horse blanket going on. Really funky.

T: Brett. Citrusy fruits and funk. Apple

M: Pretty highly carbed, which I thought kinda worked in it's favor. Some people mentioned that this was a gusher, but I didnlt have that experience. Nice, medium body.

O: Overall, I thought it was a pretty nice beer for the price ($13 for a Mikkeller beer from Alaska, purchased in VT). It's certainly not overly sour, but it has a nice funk to it.

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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 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 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.27.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange-brown with a huge light tan foamy head with good retention.

S - Brett, woody, apples, fruity.

T - Bretty, oak-wood, dry apple fruit, pear.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - Lots of Brett and fruit flavors, dry and tasty, but could develop a bit more.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750ml bottle (corked and caged) at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach for $10. I was surprised at the cost, especially for a wild ale, so I couldn't pass up a funky Mkkeler beer at such a fair price.

Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass. Pours a hazed apricot hue with a ridiculously fat white head that sticks around for most of the beer with lacing that coats my glass from start to finish. The smell is funky up front with some noticeable grassy hops, lemon zest and more barrel funk. Taste is similar to the nose but less hop in the flavor and more sour funk - musty leather and wet straw, a ton of citrus and just a hint of booze on the finish. Champagne like mouthfeel - very effervescent and alive...just as the name states, the finish is dry and very refreshing.

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Photo of yuichituba
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and Brewed by Anchorage Brewing Company, despite it being under "Mikkeller"

Looks hazy and orangey (my favorite kind)

Smells like prickly pear and dragon fruit smushed together in horse blanket and made a juice out of it. This one smells sour and funkaaaay.

Taste was startling in a good way. Initially I really like the flavor because BAM!!!! you are hit with sourness with the carbonation stinging your tongue. Then you start tasting the bright citrus tropical fruit flavors along with the funkiness (which is very characteristic of ABC). By the time I'm half-way through the bottle, although still tasty, plateaus in a slightly banal way.

I give it an A- still. I really enjoyed it. I kinda like how it's more sour than most of ABC's beers. Worth the try!

Video Review: http://youtu.be/heCue9yyL8k

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy peach color with a rocky white head that leaves patches of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops with a lemon accent followed by a little fruit. and some funk.

Tastes of the funky fruitiness with some of the grassy overtones. Fruits lead off with some pineapple and other tropical notes. Bready malts come through and support the fruit sweetness. This leads to some hoppiness lead by grass and floral notes with some citrus coming through as well. Ends with a little yeast notes along with some more funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a frothy amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find myself enjoying this quite a bit. Don't expect a sour bomb, but do expect a fruity and funky beer balanced out with a nice hop presence.

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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 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 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 DucksFan16
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration between Mikkeller and Anchorage Brewing Co. This beer was brewed, fermented, and bottled by Anchorage Brewing here in Alaska.

Pours a beautiful dark orange, perhaps a little bit darker than typical for this style. A nice finger of white head takes it's time before settling down.

Slight funky smell, nice and fruity taste with a very dry finish.

The wild Alaska yeast imparts a truly unique flavor profile to this beer, something that I am having a hard time describing in words. Certainly worth seeking out to experience yourself.

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