HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Well, this is not an Altbier. I grew up in Duesseldorf and hence know what an Altbier is supposed to taste like.
This one is not it: it is overhopped and way too harsh in the finish remining me of cough syrup at that point.
It pours with the right color, has aromas of malt, bread and dough. But it finishes with a harsh bitterness and lacks any of the malty sweetness.
Even if I forget that it is supposed to be an Alt I did not enjoy it much due to its harsh lingering finish.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - JUN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle - Beer of the Month. Drank 5/25/06. Krausened - now that I know what that means. Semi cloudy. Mostly dark amber. Some brown in there, but really nice and red when held to the light. Nice, creamy ~1cm. off-white / light tan head. Nice, thick layer of foam. Very nice malty, spicy aroma. Little bit of burnt / roasted character. Mostly the spicy yeast German thing. Smells very similar to the one other alt Iíve had. I like it. Not terribly strong though, which Iím thinking is characteristic of this style. Flavor - bitter as it hits your mouth. Some malty character - bready, some spiciness near the end and a little bit of that "celery" character that I find in some beers (warm, draft fat tire). Kind of a fizzy type flavor. Some complexity, but not a lot of flavors I like. Nothing very strong. Palate - light to medium. Feels lighter than it is b/c of a high level of carb. Really light and fizzy on the tongue. I was really excited about this beer and ended up pretty disappointed. I was intrigued by the small brewery, cool ski-related label, and authentic and not-so-common style. I really enjoyed the other Alt I had and looked forward to exploring Alts more. This one is different, and a little interesting, but just not great. Could be sweeter. And I just donít know about this whole celery thing I get. Donít know if itís yeast or what, but Iíve had it in a few beers and donít like it.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy dark amber with white lingering head. Aroma is sweet malt with pepper in the background. Taste starts with the malt but ends with sour hops. Smooth swallow. Would like a more pronounced roasted malt taste before the sour hops.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bodyís a deep chestnut color and the head is beige and creamy. Nice aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and a dash of juicy fruits. It delivers a spicy, peppery feeling on the tongue. The flavor is toast and caramel with a solid balance of herbal hop tastes. This would be a regular session brew for me if it was available in the Chicago area.
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Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a nice white frothy head. Smells nutty with some cherries and roses. Taste is peppery and spicy with dough, lots of fruit, and cocoa present.
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 2006 bottle consumed on 4/13/06 and numerous festival draught samples in the past two years
Mostly clear amber-bronze body with some lighter beige and hay tinges, settling out darker in the middle with a highlight of chestnut. Off-white head is small, but retained at cover well, with light lacing. Beer is bottle conditioned.
Fruit and nuts in the nose, like a moist trail-mix bar, some piquant orange, cranberry, cherry and apple notes are slowly driven off by sugary brown base malts finishing dry on a lightly toasted, somewhat bready note. Hops are marginal, contributing some minor fruitiness and plenty of hay and dry brush-like notes. Some lightly sour toasted sourdough notes can be felt on the end. Sticky caramel and pale malt sugars dull the end.
In the flavor, the roast is a little heavy, adding oily astringency and too much dryness on the end. Not terribly off to-style, but just bullies the rather highly attenuated malts. Not that the malts are overly attenuated, leading to some fairly substantial caramel and dry toffee sweetness, bit of brown breadiness to give it a full feeling on the palate and then an almost soapy, acidic finish with the dry, soily hops and bittersweet malts. Sugars build up at first, leading to too sweet a beginning, without much depth (simple caramel and pale sugars as mentioned), and then the spritzy carbonation clears the malt as the melanoidins and breadiness build up. It never regains a balance, ending lightly sour, astringent and peachy-fruity (over-ripe, spoiled peaches). Expansive, albeit natural, carbonation creates a very spacious mouthfeel. No alcohol apparent.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head with alot of life. Scents of fruit and roasted coffee on the nose. Flavors continue to match the nose along with a dash of sweetness/caramel. Fairly thin and the roasted flavors are not really my favorites.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, best by 3/06, thanks PeterA) Small tan head with dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, light earthy, cherry. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, nutty, some earthy, light cherry. Light-medium body.
jimhilt (2549) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear deep amber color. Malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, some sweetness, finish is clean. $4.50 for a 20z on tap at The Barley House Concord, NH. Also in bottle, no real difference with on tap. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper clear body with thin white ringing head. Aroma is fruity malt. Flavor is toffee, sweet malt, fruit. medium palate.