3fourths (8555) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly murky amber and orange appearance. Spiced apple and bread aroma. Caramel maltsz and maple. Spiced apple and a sour chemical aroma as it warms. Spiced vegetables in the flavor as it warms as well. Did I mention spiced?
Ernest (6699) - 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.
Aubrey (3482) - 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.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, 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.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off-white cottony head and nice apricot color body with some very fine particles. Powerful nose of toasted, buttery malts, fresh wort, and spicy hops. Flavor is malty, herbal, and resinous. Big flavor for a 6.0% beer. Considerable bitterness for such a malty brew, a little astringent even. Still, fresh and unique.
Reid (2067) - 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
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper color with a fluffy tan head. Big sweet malt aroma, light hops. Has a malty flavor with hints of smoke and maybe a little chocolate. Finishes bitter. A tasty, well-rounded, full-bodied beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gloomy peach amber in color. Big dense head laced very well.
Dry hop aroma, sweet malts with some fruitness in the nose.
Very unique flavor. Somewhat spicy with ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin but I doubt they use spices. Sweet malts and a lingering dry bitterness on the finish.
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.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full noble hop aroma. Some light sulfury notes. Shows similar yeast character to the Uerige Sticke rated previously. Underlying appley sweetness comes on strong as it warms. Sweetish and kind of muddled.