Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Altbier
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
[Had this on tap as Rogue Anniversary Alt at The Brickskeller prior to the RBSG 2006 - and since others visiting the Brickskeller around that time have placed their ratings here - I do the same] A hazy nut brown beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet and somewhat nutty. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and nuts - and it is quite carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13235) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2006
(Draught at the Brickskeller) Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light fruitness, and honey. Flavor of toasted malt, light hops, fruit, and nuts with a somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Beer engine (Brickskeller)... Cloudy amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention and thick, uniform lacework. Sweaty, fruity nose with hints of toffee and honey. Malty, fruity flavor. Sweet up front; medium bitter on the backside. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Astringent, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2006
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Hazy amber beer, thin-tan head. Aroma is lightly smoky, some woody/mushroomy aroma. Poor soapy flavour though. Thin and watery. Meh, take a pass on this and grab a Ruination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
On draught at Barleys, Knoxville on 8 July 2006 (as Locker Stock Alt). Darkish copper colour. Biscuity malt prominent throughout. Seemed to have a little residual sweetness at first but finished quite dry. Had no idea this was 8.0% as it wasn’t at all boozy and drunk very easily. A decent example, even if way stronger than a typical German version.

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