bellco33 (639) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into sample glass: Pours copper with no head. Aroma of cracker malts and caramel. Slightly bitter taste, a little sweet, light to medium body. It’s ok.
VastActiv (5325) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland. Originally rated 20160221. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Caramel, sweetness and malts.
fombe89 (1771) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo.. 17/01/2016. Bottled:03/15
Color ambar, aroma caramelo, sabor caramelo, dulce, cuerpo medio.
melush (2462) - SPAIN - NOV 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl.
@ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España
A: Amber / Ambar.
T/S: Malt, caramel, cereal / Malta, caramelo, cereal.
kaser (5219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour as part of a flight at Rising Tide Brewery. Copper and white head. Kind of boring but easy drinking. Malts and earthy
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
LSAT Freedom Trip #70. Keg at the brewery. Clear copper, large creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of raisin, caramel, grain. The taste is grainy malts, nuts, caramel, herbal hops. Medium bodied.
lownote (462) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper to dark red with a healthy head from Bottle. Taste is a richer more bready malt with a pretty piny hop profile. Well done. Light ish body.
SG111 (1013) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at source. Golden copper color, white head. Aroma is rich malts, caramel, sweet toffee. Flavor is malt, Carmel. Toasted flavor. Solid. Very sweet.
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured copper in color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel malts, hops, slightly metallic. Light, easy to drink, but forgettable.
ClarkVV (5232) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught and bottles, since debut, most recently April 2015.
Clear copper-goldenrod body is topped by a small, off-white head that is mostly well-retained.
Toasty malt with flowers, light spices and some earthiness in the nose proclaim a pretty honorable rendition of the "traditional alt". Yes, there’s acidity and citrus here as well, but it’s light and helps take some of the intensity from the toasted malt sourness. No alcohol or flaws, very clean and fruity.
The munic malt does its usual thing, adding tons of sourdough flavor, but there’s enough residual sugar to balance, leaving a malty caramel flavor lingering, while floral hoppiness and citrus bitterness also coalesce on the finish. Vanilla and brown bread notes are subdued and the carbonation is strong and helps clear all of this malt (both the sour and sweet) and hop bitterness.
I don’t love beers with a high proportion of munich malt. It just exacerbates any hop acidity with the heavy sourdough/toasted flavors and really fatigues the palate, requiring, in turn, more fatiguing sweetness to balance. That being said, they do a good job here and it’s still quite drinkable, especially if youre looking for a more substantial beer to go with a meal or whatnot. Again, very clean and not much to complain about.