Reid (1888) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wandering around the grocery store today came across this Fall Seasonal ..so of course had to have it.
Comes in a 22oz brown bomber..bright "new style" Full Sail label..orange and red logo
Poured in to my British Imperial pint mug..looks really nice and to style as far as i can tell dark amber almost brown beer with a small off white frothy head..that goes fast but leaves nice lacing.
Nice fresh aroma..mostly malts..some subdued hop.
LOve the taste ,,Alts are not everyones "cup of tea" but I like them..nice malty but not too sweet profiles..a little bitterness at the end..and some faint alcohol in the throat..little spicy
Very smooth and well made for my palate.
A nice Altbier..not great but good and its good to see more of this style from American breweries
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good alt aroma. Taste is quite bitter, but it's nice, and the hop presence is perfect thoughout the finish. Full Sail won't let you down.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with some red-orange hues. Crisp and refreshing; light and aromatic. Sweet, lightly roasted malts complemented by a flowery, slightly bitter hop profile. Some fruity highlights (grapefruit, orange, lemon). I agree with ecrvich in that this doesn't seem to qualify as an altbier at all. Definitely more like an amber or a pale. Nevertheless, whatever you want to call it, I found it enjoyable and pleasant to drink. It's flavorful, but it doesn't punch in the nose to let you know it. Easy to drink and relaxing.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
vibrant copper body, thin tan head. Spicy, fruity and full of hops, bitter pnw hops. smooth body, malty and full. spicy, bitter hops and a dry caamely malt finish
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, mdoerately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. I personally don't think this is even remotely an altbier, but frankly I don't really care anymore. Full Sail always dumps a ton of piney or grapefruity hops in some formulaic ale recipe and calls it something besides an APA. This is an APA.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ McCormick & Schmicks: Nice carmel malt nose. Clear orange copper color. Good hop & malt mix. Nice roasty malt finish. Enjoyable.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
creamy malt aroma, orange/ruby with a loosely packed head, big and malty sweet with subtle spicy hop finish
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The newest 22 0unce reserve beer from Full Sail, at least at the time of this review...Brown end of amber, slight foam, roasted notes in the nose with some piney, floral smell too, with a "hospital" undercurrent, though slight and not unpleasant. Fresh juicy flavor, with a great interplay of grilled malt and sweet hop on top of a medium body. More balanced than some alts, though definitely to style, pretty enjoyable.