Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
A decent altbier I couldn’t really get into this. At the same time I could not find anything particularly wrong with it. Ultimately, as with most alts, it just kind of is. The ideal session beer for when you just don’t want something heavy it does a competent job.
Aroma and appearance - The plush head was large and billowing. Underneath formed a red coppery base the color of light trickling through a red panel of stained glass at high noon. Chocolate malt balls, gentle hops, and a touch of Lipton iced tea waft across the table.
Flavor and palate - Malt, tea leaves, and slightly bittered hops are soft and gentle on the palate. Easy to drink and quick to finish this has a remarkably light aftertaste. It is hard to get truly excited about an alt and this is no exception. I could drink it again but I think for day to day consumption saisons or IPAs work better.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a brown-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor of very sweet fruits, honey, pale malts, apple. Sweet and easy drinking.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper brown with a talk white head. Malty aroma dominated by wet grains with a touch of herbs. Light Malty flavors somewhat bitter and earthy. There’s a toasty almost roasty note to the malts. Drying finish. Not bad but nothing too great here. 7/3/7/3/14
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a ruby color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, nuts, and some citrus. Definitely smells earthy. Taste is very malty with a sweet caramel taste. It also tastes fairly nutty. Very grassy, with a nice toasted malt taste. Lingering sugary taste. Very light, but very drinkable. I’m not big on this style, but I really enjoyed this beer. It tasted good, and was easy to drink.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours a handsome red-tinged amber with a creamy light tan head. It says it’s assertively hoppy, but I don’t get that on the nose. Instead there’s a creamy, buttery maltiness, reminiscent of lightly boozy raisins and fruit. The taste is covered with a metallic sheen for the first couple sips, and that never fully goes away, but thankfully it recedes to the far background. Lots of sweet lightly bready/yeasty malt with a lot of doughiness and a light herbal hop finish. Just a small bite, but again, I wouldn’t call this assertively hoppy. Definitely loses points for the metal, but I suppose with a name like Iron Works, I should have known.
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Hopleaf, Chicago pours a hazy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing white head. Nose is malty, wet bread, crackers, a little citrus, lightly metallic. Nice malty flavor, caramel, a little cookie dough, bread. Medium bodied, sweet, lightly dry finish. Good malt flavor, very drinkable.
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a brownish copper color, with creamy, off white head foam, and good cling to the waves and spots of lacing. The aroma was some graininess, but smooth, light toast to the malt, and a touch of caramel. The flavor was lightly sweet, with a touch of astringency, and subtle, finishing dryness. On the lighter side of medium in body, but clean, and nicely drinkable.
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on 7/3/11 from a 12oz bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a very clear, very bright amber with a thick, pillowy off-white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace, leaving very thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is more bread and biscuit malt than anything else, but there are also some spicy hop aromas and doughy yeast as well. The flavor is a little bit spicier with lightly dusty hops taking a front seat, and the bread, biscuit, and dough all still present, but underlying. The body is medium with carbonation that is a little livelier than average, and a long dusty and spicy hops finish.
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Vas Foremost in Chicago, IL where my band played just around the corner; enjoyed that night and also on a cool Thursday night exhausted from weekly running. I’m not a big fan of the style, but I’m liking this one from a fantastic local brewery. Appearance is a very unique amber/orange/ruby with a rich off-white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is very nice, hop notes are subtle and earthy, also malts are present along with an aroma I get as peppery. Taste is rather buttery, a bit nutty, and maybe some other adjective that ends in -ery. At first the malt comes through and gives way to those earthy hops that are somewhat bitter. Carbonation is good, German yeast also prevalent in the mix. I like it, better in a glass than from the bottle (which is how I originally consumed this).
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a glowing rust color with off white head. Aroma has a nice healthy dose of grassy and earthy hop notes with a soft light nutty malt compliments underneath. Flavors have a slight tart grain upfront while that graininess develops into a crisp, smokey and nutty malt profile, rather assertive and grassy hop bitterness sits on the palate. Full body. Refreshing. I’m digging this alt, although even a good alt isn’t something I crave or would buy regularly but I’d never turn this beer down.