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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
The name of this beer style comes from the German word “alt” meaning “old”. This refers to the aging that alts undergo since they ferment more slowly and at colder temperatures than most ales. Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Thanks to Buck Dich for this. Alts tend to be "middle-of-the-road", but this one has pizzazz. Pours deep copper with medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, cognac, slight brown sugar. Tastes malty, with caramel, toffee, slight honey and brown sugar, and some finishing hops. Extremely smooth palate. Fabulous. A top notch altbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Nice amber color.... the head is gone fairly fast. This beer is very sweet... light hops. This is a overall good beer. Especially if you like it a bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Hops and malt come together in a harmonious blend in the nose. A bit on the maltier side up front, quite creamy smooth for an amber. Medium/heavy mouthfeel was a pleasant surprise. Quite nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Had this on tap at Pap. The 7 for aroma is the malts. Reminded me of as a kid ridding past the malt house in the back of the Brady wagon. Otherwise not a beer for me.

9/15/05 Had one at the BOB in Phoenix. Missed something in this beer first time arround. More balance in the flavor that gave me a better impression of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Has a dark amber, iced tea color. Light malt aroma. Very clean on the palate. Smooth malt character, nice and refreshing. Some mild hop bitterness, ends with a clean dry aftertaste. From a 22oz bomber but I bet it would be great from the tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and hint of fruit. Malty base flavor with caramel and some cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber color, nice white head. Aroma is clean and malty, hints of caramel. Flavor is nice and clean, good balance between restrained hops and good malt backbone, very little evidence of yeast character. Good clean German Alt style amber ale, but relatively mainsteram. Well-made, but not terribly interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
If grandma could make grapfruit bread, it would be this color. Grandma aside, this beer has a sexy pour. It makes both the glass and myself wet. Caramelly, extremely well balanced sweetness with some biting hops. I first had this at the Alaska State Fair while biking through the state with my dad, so my rating may be skewed toward the positive due to my associations with it. On draft, this is in my top 10, but it’s also great from the bottle, cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Orange-red hazy Amber. Sweet carmel malty aroma. Nicely balanced beer. Pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Light cherry wood color with a full stone/khaki head and very good lacing. Floral, spicy and malty aroma. Rich and balanced flavor with a solid malty backbone and a bit of fruity sweetness. Some hoppy bitterness in the extremely dry finish. This beer was very hard to get but the search was well worth it. Too bad I don’t have easy access to a lot more of it!

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