Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
REVIEW #500. On tap at Mahars. Poured a very nice reddish brown with a small head. Aroma was nicely hopped with some sweetness. Flavor had a great bitter bite, but very smooth included a sweet sugary aftertaste, very good.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Rerate 6/1/2007: Aroma was pretty dull but there was a nice balance between euro hops and biscuity malts in the flavor. Went down super easy for 8% and was very refreshing for the style, and not at all syrupy like an Uerige Sticke Alt (also around 8%).
8/3/2006: On tap at Hop Devil Grill. Strong on the german hops, pretty wild tasting, coming off mostly as a German IPA. There was an underlying caramel maltiness too tame the bitterness. Pretty unexciting. 6/4/6/3/14/3.3
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Mellow Mushroom. Clear amber color with white head. Aroma is both sweet malt and some earthy-grassy hops. Wow, an alt beer with substantial hop character. Pretty good. The little bit of sweeter hop flavors and caramel malts are over shadowed by the pure hop bitterness. Seems like an Alt ESB. I like it.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Cock and Bull, Sarasota, FL. Brown with a frothy tan head. Floral and fruity hops and light caramel bicuit malt. Hoppy brown beer, not an alt. Medium, balanced body. Easy drinking.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Coles. Pours a deep hazy copper deep red with an ok head and some lace. Aroma is a bit yeasty and dirty and not as clean and hoppy as some great alts. Has a sweet caramel aroma though. Flavor is a bit sweet, has a typical rogue character to it, sugary, raisin, caramel malts, and a decent hoppy finish. Ok overall, but could have been cleaner, or lagered longer or fermented cooler. Not great especially compared to Uerige.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco. Clear copper color with off white head that laced the glass. Smelled of malty brown sugar and caramel. Slightly sweet with light caramel and molasses flavors. There was also a touch of dired fruit, especially at the end.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma’s were all on the mild side,malts didnt come through, hops were mostly bittering,taste was an initial grainey malt taste followed by a big wave of German hop bitterness,definitely in the Dusseldorf style, and if you have had an Uriege, you can see this malt profile is a little thin, but the hops are chewy and pleasing at the end and the bitterness was extremely thirst quenching, not a ruminating beer , but a high quality after the softball game brew
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Max’s in Baltimore. Has a clear, semi-dark copper hue. First taste is toast, roasted peanuts and crackers. Very raw minerally malt flavor, with some raw, husky barley and rye flavors noticed. Almost like smelling wort, if you can get beyond the overpowering Pacman yeast. Has a big hop bill, no doubt, which works well with the altbier style, but the Pacman yeast just destroys this one, it does not work well, leaving a milky, muddy, almost thick texture on the tongue, when proper altbier should be crisp, slightly sweet and refreshing. Overall I would say it’s good for a Rogue effort, certainly drinkable, but again, as an altibier it’s not to style, and these days, while you don’t expect the "to style" quality so much with most styles, altbier basically demands such.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Cloudy brown color with a mildly fruity aroma. Nice hop flavor that is obvious, but somewhat understated. A very smooth brew.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint @ Summit’s Sandy Springs. rusty iron color, great lacing. Amazing hop bitterness that flirts with your palate. It had a very unusal hop sweetness to the finish. AWESOME!!!