Fatehunter (970) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a finger of head on a dark amber colored body. Looks great.
It smells old (it is an altbier after all). Seriously, it has a good barnyard/hay and earth smell to it.
Itís fairly complex for an alt with some mild maltiness to start, then some hop spice and finishes with a bit of burnt wood.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
I havenít tasted many, but this is the best altbier Iíve had.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a semi-clear rich copper color with a very foamy but small off-white head that had little retention but great lacing and good cling. Its aroma was a rich blend of caramel malt with a slight floral scent, and an earthy and grainy hops aroma as well. It initially tastes fairly sweet with notes of caramel and fruit, but that gives way to a bitter grainy flavor as it sits in the mouth. The beer was a bit thin and somewhat dry with below-average carbonation and fizz, with a slightly more lively finish.
conway (907) - - JUN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit nutty. Taste adds some dark fruit and a strong pilsner malt finish. Mouthfeel is light with a crisp carb. Solid lagerish beer. Good intro to alt.
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tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light brown with pillowy tan head and decent lacing. Smells like a sticky bin with raisins and metal. Tastes sweet initially then a mild hop kicks in. Full mouth feel, mild hop finish with a hint of pithiness. Not bad.
oRos (840) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared Marcus. Color is dark brown. Aroma is coffee and toffee. Taste is similar to aroma with some more sweetness.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear caramel brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white pillowy head that was mostly lasting, finally receding to a large cap with excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was nice and enticing with a toasted sweet grain malt, light floral hops and a mild doughy yeast and had hints of caramel, honey and a slight fruity ester.
The taste was good and malty with a nice caramel sweetness in the beginning, and then took on a mild fruity hoppiness with a slight bitterness creeping in at the end. The flavor hung on for a good duration proceeding the swallow with a mild citrus peel bitterness lingering for a little while longer.
Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a smooth creamy texture and a somewhat mild carbonation.
Overall probably the best Altbier I have tasted to date, it was malty-sweet with a good hoppiness and a great drinkability. There is not much more one could ask for within this style...
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Full Sail Pilsener Room in Portland, OR on 5 June 2013.
Pours a clear copper colour with a sightly off-white head. Malty, slightly nutty aroma. Caramel flavours and some dried fruit, sweetness is pronounced, but offset by a grassy bitterness.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper. Drinks like a bock with hops. Caramel malts and hazelnut flavors on the palate. Firm bitterness on the finish. Well put together.
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler fill at the brewery in Hood River. Pours deep amber with a one inch head and modest lacings. Aroma is malty. The taste is tangy bitter hops with enough tasted malts to balance the flavor. Finish is bitter and smooth. Good session brew at 5.1% abv. Good job Phil!
camborne (594) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt bomb. Malt nose followed by strong malty palate. Just not my thing. Addition of decent hops helps save this one