Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2003
creamy malt aroma, orange/ruby with a loosely packed head, big and malty sweet with subtle spicy hop finish Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Amber with some red-orange hues. Crisp and refreshing; light and aromatic. Sweet, lightly roasted malts complemented by a flowery, slightly bitter hop profile. Some fruity highlights (grapefruit, orange, lemon). I agree with ecrvich in that this doesn't seem to qualify as an altbier at all. Definitely more like an amber or a pale. Nevertheless, whatever you want to call it, I found it enjoyable and pleasant to drink. It's flavorful, but it doesn't punch in the nose to let you know it. Easy to drink and relaxing. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2008
2003 - This was a very interesting take on the style, I actually found this to be quite enjoyable. Assertive fruit notes in the nose, with some yeasty qualities on the palate, that intermingle nicely with the rich caramel maltiness, leaving a lingering honey sweetness. Not as full-bodied as I would like, this still has a great texture and drinkability. Very interesting and very well balanced. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
vibrant copper body, thin tan head. Spicy, fruity and full of hops, bitter pnw hops. smooth body, malty and full. spicy, bitter hops and a dry caamely malt finish leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Pours a light amber color with a small off-white head. A mild aroma that includes raisins, malt, licorice, and caramel. Medium bodied with a sort of silky texture. The flavors are a fine mix of licorice, raisons, malt, caramel, and a simple touch of hops in the finish. Pretty good.
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Draft @ McCormick & Schmicks: Nice carmel malt nose. Clear orange copper color. Good hop & malt mix. Nice roasty malt finish. Enjoyable. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Full noble hop aroma. Some light sulfury notes. Shows similar yeast character to the Uerige Sticke rated previously. Underlying appley sweetness comes on strong as it warms. Sweetish and kind of muddled. Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, mdoerately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. I personally don't think this is even remotely an altbier, but frankly I don't really care anymore. Full Sail always dumps a ton of piney or grapefruity hops in some formulaic ale recipe and calls it something besides an APA. This is an APA.