hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 GABF Gold Medal winner. Sampled from Growler courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, citrus, nuts and yeast. Thinner body.
Dogbrick (8809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Pittsburgh location. Clear amber color with a medium thin off-white head that lasts pretty well. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Medium-bodied, borderline thin at times, with roasted malt and nut flavors. Just a bit of hops are present too. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter and ultimately short-lived. This one is fairly average in all respects.
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured hazy dark brown with aromas of caramel malt, some nuts. Tastes malty, with some walnutty finish.
egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 GABF Gold Medal... Poured an amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, light earth, caramel malt, some rauch, and a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more caramel malt, earthy yeast, nuts, and low bitterness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 Sampled on draft at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a cloudy light brown color with only a trace of a white head. The aroma was of light malts and moderate yet undefined hops. The flavor was lightly malty with a hint of spice and a dry finish. A drinkable but rather unremarkable brew.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at manchester, ct location. Pours a slightly hazy medium to deep amber, light tan head. Aroma is a bit dirty- modest amounts of yeast in the way, bready, very sweet toffee and some maple syrup character. Definitely not as clean as it could have been. Flavor was very sweet- almost too sweet, sugary, not like the toasted and nutty sweet balance you get from uerige. Ok finish, but still a bit dirty, and not really hoppy in the finish. Too sweet.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Wayne, PA: Almost no aroma. Just a bit of malt scent. Nice medium brown color. Medium white head. Good lacing. Flavor was malty, nutty, and a bit yeasty, like horseblanket. An easy drink. Not bad, but not the best Alt.
Aurelius (4445) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich, red-bronze. Very clear. Sweetish cereal aroma. Grainy, medium tartness. Cereal, medium-light bittering. Medium-light body. Goes watery. A rather flaccid interpretation of a style that I’m usually inclined to be charitable towards. Nutty sweetness in the finish.
cheap (4278) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Pittsburgh JH in Monroeville. Dark brown with a slight haze. Nice dark beer palate. Without any rudeness. Enjoyable yet has enough personality to claim itself a craft. Good example of an accepatable beer, fun to be with. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Alts in general, are a pretty fine style.
Nate (3792) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught in Monroeville. Mild sweet aroma and a bit malty. Light dusty papery hop bitterness. Dry with some nuttiness. Medium amber hazy with thin off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with mild nuttiness and good malt character. Carbonic acidity. Medium hops bitter at the finish with light astringency. Decent tasting ale but not up to par with true German alts - though most U.S. knock-offs aren’t, so that’s not really a detraction of the overall rating.