Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive!

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Mikkeller / Anchorage Brewing Company AK Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
3.82 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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