Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber color with an off white head. Aroma is mostly munich malts with just a very hint of some herbal hops. Flavor is nice and malty, moderately sweet, bready, and very clean. Some good hop bitterness in the end, but overall this one is skewed towards munich malt. Very nice. Probably the best example of an alt that is somewhat available here in the states.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber copper with a thick frothy and well-lacing off-white head. Aroma has a nice toffee and dark caramel sweetness with a hint of noble hoppiness, Body starts sweet and malty, with some chocolate cookie cookie dough flavor tending toward a lightly sticky bittersweet finish. A very smooth, yet mildly complex and very enjoyable brew that epitomizes the style.
PhillyBeer2112 (2778) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. A new experience for me, my first true alt compared to some US interpretations aka copper ales, and maybe a sweetish commercial example from Germany. They call Uerige a homebrew pub and this does remind me of homebrew with its twangy flavors. Nice earthy caramelized aromas, slightly less present in the palate. Mild herbal, slightly spicy hop aromas. But as I’ve read about alts and their long bitter finish, nothing could be truer - and that’s the real story here. A long, hoppy bitter finish - and it took some getting used to! Much more phenomenally bitter than most double IPAs. While this was novel to me and required some acquisition, I’d have to say its a masterpiece in terms of integrating that finish and getting that clean hop bitterness to linger so well for so long. Oh, and it surely was an attractive copperish amber color, fairly glowing in the glass.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2005 Visibly thin, light hazy amber-brown body with a gray, fast-fading head. Open, fruity malt aroma with grape notes and cinnamon, earthy hops. Stale, spicy, iced tea quality flavor. Lightly astringent finish that reminds me of artificial sweeteners. Fairly dry, relatively light body.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bitter hoppy aroma with hints of bitter spruce and herbs. Pours amber brown with a slight haze and minimal head. Medium bitter flavor that is neither overwhelming or distinct. However there is a slight carmel sweetness that gives the beer something extra. Lively carbonation with a medium body that finishes medium to long with bitter hints that linger on the tongue. I solid German Alt.
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy reddish copper pour supporting a fairly large off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with a distinct nutty, English Ale-like componant. Flavor was somewhat complex with an earthy, yeasty center surrounded by light citrus and raisin and supported by a solid hop presence. Finish was fairly dry and refreshingly bitter.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out a tan laced gold, somewhat hazy, with a slow white head that dissolves to a kind of minimal lace. nose is very complex, with some oxidized sherry notes mixed with an almost winey charecter. flavor is malty and toasty up front, with that fruity/winey note again, but is followed by a big hopp/bitter finish. really nice, and it left me wishing I had more.
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown. Thick lacing. Good brown lage. Dry with a nice bitterness. A trace of yeast in the flavour.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with a big head that settles down to about a quarter inch and laces the glass well. Aroma is nutty, dough and a little toffee and bavarian hops. Flavor is mostly the same. Some caramel sweetness, hazelnut, yeast and a nice somewhat dry finish. Carbonated well feels good in the mouth. A very crisp and clean brew that is worthy of the fancy bottle that it comes in.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Reading Beer Festival. Very average beer that tasted like a poor quality pasteurised bottled bitter. Very boiled malt flavour with tuck shop sweets. Suprised to see it rated this high.