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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

Brewers are notorious for refusing to take the easy path. Instead, we lead with our hearts and pursue our passions no matter how difficult the road ahead. Alt Route is a tribute to this stubborn spirit that drove us to dodge the status quo and found breweries. Together we chased the siren song of beer with this revamped take on an antique beer style.

Like us, Victory is one of the few brewers with an allegiance to whole-cone hops. They do extensive work with hop flavor, especially focusing on clever and delicious single-hop beers highlighting the same hop grown in different regions. They too share our roots in home brewing and never lost their passion for working with new beers and styles solely for the joy of making something new.

Alt Route is our take on the old school German Altbier style featuring an ale-lager hybrid yeast, which is top fermenting and fruity like an ale, but matured at cool temperatures for a clean, lager-like flavor. This deep amber beer has a slight emphasis on the richly layered, slightly sweet malt body with enough citrusy hop flavor and aroma to produce a balanced, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (918) - Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2016
Nice reddish brown appearance. Smells like malty swill... decent taste, slight malt, goes down somewhat bitter and abrasive. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle from 2014 Beer Camp series. Pours a burnt Amber color and topped by a small head of off white foam that fades quickly into the body below. The aroma shows notes of toasted bread malts, caramel, toffee, and light citrus fruit with some citrus hop bitterness on the back. The flavor follows and is mostly sweet from the caramel and toasted bread malts with some balancing citrus hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation that leads to a crisp, bitter lager finish. Decent enough but not my favorite style or of the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1247) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2016
12 oz bottle, served in a shaker pint. Pours clear dark caramel with a reddish tint, creamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet toasty caramel malt, pleasant oakiness on the back. Taste is very similar - somewhat thin bodied, but tons of lighter caramel malt. Really rich flavor relative to the light body. Clean dry finish, lager-like as they note, light hops set nicely against the sweet malt. Honestly not my favorite style, but this is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6372) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a huge creamy-fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet, tangy and malty with notes or molasses, caramel, cherry and fig. The flavor was bitter, astringent and medicinal with notes of tobacco, toasted caramel an a bit of dark fruit. Long bitter, astringent and medicinal finish. Medium body. Quite disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle 0.355l at home, Vantaa. Enjoyed straight from the bottle. Aromas and flavours: Grain, bread, nuts, hints of caramel and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewMstr (168) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Beer Camp while camping! Bottle. Mild and malty with sweetness. Sloth l slight bitter, hops aftertaste. Very similar to Alaskan amber in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2015
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel and earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of caramel, light earthiness and a hint of fruitiness with a crisp lingering caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 12, 2015
Amber with a white head - Malty aroma - Malt body with hints of bitterness - Good malt finish - This was nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (810) - - MAR 12, 2015
Not my favorite from Beer Camp, but still good for the style. Pours a rich mahogany with quickly diminishing white head. Has crisp notes of lager but malty sweetness of a scotch style ale. Hops balance it nicely and keep it from being cloying. Caramel and toast up front and grapefruit at the end. Finish is fairly bitter for style. Decent. Don’t need another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3384) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours chestnut brown with creamy white head. Aroma of toasted malt, bread, and fruit. Toasted malt, bread, fruit, flavor with nuts. Cream body. Very nice.

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