FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz draft from La Cumbre; November 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a clear amber color that shows golden tinges around the edges. It is topped by a pale, amber tinged, tan colored head. Lots of toasted, toasty even, whole grain notes, along with dried straw character, and brown bread malt notes are packed into the nose of this beer. A touch of herbal hop character helps to round things out. This gets quite nutty smelling, especially as the beer warms up.
Sweet caramelized malt flavors are offset by a prickly carbonation. The finish has a nice toasted character and lots of crystal malt flavors; whole grain notes, a toasted malt bite, not quite astringent, but straw / hay like. Touches of herbal hops and some firm, but light, biting hop bite is also here; just enough to balance the dominant malt character. This has a medium full body to it, definitely chewy without being overly heavy though.
This is nice and malt focused, it is perfect for those that like a malt dominated beer; it has enough malt complexity to be interesting in and of itself. I definitely appreciate and can enjoy a malt focused beer from time to time, but in the end it is the hop and the yeast (or bacteria), that really captures my heart when it comes to beer.