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Rogue AltBier
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Style: Altbier
Newport, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ales have been brewed in Germany for 3000 years and Alt is the ale that has long defined Dusseldorf. AltBier means "old beer" and describes an ale fermented cold with an ale yeast, then aged near the freezing point. This Alt is brownish-amber in color, medium bodies with a firm malt character and backed with high hop bitterness. AltBier measures in at: OG = 12.7 degrees plato, TG = 3.1 degrees plato, IBU are around 55. Fermentation temperature = 55 degrees using Pacman Yeast. German Pilsner, Vienna Caramunich and Carafoam Special malts; German Spalt and Oregon Crystal hops. Unfiltered, Unfined, and Uncompromised ~ prost!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton. Poured a dark brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, light chocolate, nutty and citurs. Tastes of caramel, oranges, light chocolate and some light pine. Typical Rogue hoppiness. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Draft at the Drafting Room. Pours dark brownish with ruby tinged edges. Aroma of caramel malt, some nuts, brown sugar, slight hopcitrus. The flavor is caramel malty, with some nutty and brown sugar mid-palate notes, with the hopcitrus and some tannic British bittery notes at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Draught pint at Redbones on 7/3/06. Ruddy, strawberry-copper colored beer with some light chocolate brown tones and a medium clarity. Light beige head is small, but well-retained, eventually fading to cover and leaving little lacing. Not a shabby draught appearance at all, but for Rogue, it’s actually subpar. Soily, nutty, dirty (in an earthy sense, not unclean) and hoppy, it certainly smells the part. No PNW high Alpha hop stench is encouraging, while a subtle toastiness just slightly cuts through the leafy, mossy, herbal hops. Some buttercream-like malt sugariness and very clean yeast (due to the use of pacman) round out the finish, while hops linger on. Medium-high strength of aroma, no alcohol noted. Taking a sip, the mouthfeel actually seems a little on the light side for Rogue. A touch watery on the end, though it is just a low/mid gravity alt. But the flavor is packed with hops, bitter, quite so, but yet no grapefruit and pine here (I had not read the hop profile when having the beer). A touch of breadiness softly builds up, keeping things lightly dry, as the bitterness pushes things towards a very lean, nearly too much so, level. But as the liquid washes down the throat, some light caramel malt sugars and soft pils malt honey notes soften the ever oppressive dryness and things come out quite balanced (though tending quite hoppy and rather bitter). Well-made, (obviously, being from Rogue). Dosent do it for me personally, as I can’t stand spalt or crystal hops, but it certainly is packed with malts, well attenuated and not overdone (I don’t see a boatload of fresh, to-style hops as overdoing it). It just appeals to those who enjoy a hoppy alt. Tightening up the mouthfeel would prove very advantageous here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Tap @ Cole’s. Deep brown, some ruby. Thin off-white head. Nose is herbal/grassy hops, light hay. Flavor is orange, earthy hops, slight caramel. Very bitter. An earthy slightly tea finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2006
(draft, called Anniversary Alt) Hazy mahogany body, off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some earthy, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, earthy, some caramel, orange. Creamy medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Draught pint @ Redbones 7/3/06 under Rogue Anniversary Alt. Pours a clear light coppery brown color with a small white foamy head. Nose is faint, but lightly caramel and sweet malt. Palate is thin and dirty, quite dry. Flavors of dirty malt, some light caramel, a very dry dirty feeling in the mouth. Im pretty sure I just dont like Altbiers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Cloudy Copper, thin beige head. Spicy, toasty, mildly sweet aroma. Bitter and dry, with a nearthy finish. Notes of black pepper and pine, with a dusty, ashy finiah. Very clean palate. On tap at Barley’s Knoxville.


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