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Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

MrBeige, Today at 02:25 AM
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

sonofliberty2, Today at 01:34 AM
Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours a gorgeous deep ruby red with a light tan head that laces quite nicely.

S: Caramel malt sweetness, a touch of coffee, citrus hops, a touch of orange.

T: Citrus hops, orange with grapefruit bitterness that can take over, but countered with sweet caramel toffee malt .

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Perhaps a bit too hoppy for this style in my opinion, but was quite tasty on a cool fall day.

RyanK252, Yesterday at 08:59 PM
Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Clear dark amber almost brown in color. Modest head.
Smell is dank hops with some caramel malts.
Taste is dank hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Very well balanced and the hops and malts are very bold.
Mouthfeel is medium and good carbonation.
Finish is balanced bitter / sweet long lasting semi dry character. Hop bitterness lingers for a long time.
Overall an excellent beer.

Spikester, Yesterday at 06:58 AM
Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, packaged 6/04/14

Reddish dark amber in color, nice thick off-white head that has very good retention. Mild malt aroma, slightly sweet. Smooth flavor, easy drinking. Medium body and carbonation level.

jmdrpi, Yesterday at 03:08 AM
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3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Packaged on date read 6/3/14. Poured into my Prima Pils cylindrical glass. Dark copper to light amber. Crystal clear with very nice carbonation and rocky foamy head that lingers. Some sweet toasted malts. Some spicy hops and maybe some faint citrus. Malty upfront with toast and some light caramel. Breadiness from the malts lingers with just a touch of bitterness to lend the proper balance. Feels slightly chewy giving it a medium to full body. Malt is dominant, and proves to be a well made beer. Appreciated this beer much more the second time around. Would go great with some German fare like brats & sauerkraut.

jwhancher, Yesterday at 01:24 AM
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

brywhite, Monday at 11:11 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

fossage78, Monday at 04:50 PM
Photo of Onenote81
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onenote81, Monday at 01:24 PM
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

joe_hurd, Monday at 05:37 AM
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3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

SoCalSuds, Monday at 02:28 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lare453, Sunday at 09:10 PM
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Big malt with some earthy hops, light grain and hints of spice greet the nose. It pours brilliant light brown with a bone white 1” head. A very creamy palate starts with an initial fleeting hint of butter that quickly fades, replaced by biscuit with hints of caramel. The treatment of the bitterness in this beer is outstanding. It is assertive, present from start to finish but so well balanced by the malt. This is fresher than anything you will get imported from Germany. The imported stuff is often a year or more old and the hops are muted and some of the rich malt and grain flavors are hidden behind wet cardboard oxidation flavors. Here, the hops are in full bloom and a joy in perfect balance with the malt.

pat61, Sunday at 07:55 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

tscanlon51, Sunday at 02:11 PM
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

beb86, Sunday at 06:50 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dshansen1184, Sunday at 12:00 AM
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

swimfire, Saturday at 03:45 AM
Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Very rich color of brown barley grain with a light fizzy weak head. Nose of fennel, cola nut, piney floral hops, fruity citrus notes and a bit of alcohol.

The flavor is more hops than malt with a prominent floral and herbal hop tone. The hop profile is not as distinguishable as I might like but the flavors are flowery. The malt is tucked to the backdrop but an evident barley and grain malt is there.

This "take" on an Altbier is simple....add a lot of hops. Though it is tasty I prefer my Altbier very malty.

KYGunner, Friday at 11:34 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

hurshybear, Friday at 09:41 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

strongaf, Friday at 07:11 PM
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up in the mixed collaboration case, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is dark bronze with great clarity and thick 2 finger light tan cream head with fine bead and thick lace stickage. The smell is very lightly spiced with moderate caramel and slight fruity yeast scent with mix of herbal hop aroma and mild toasted grain odor.The feel is crisp and spicy wiht moderately high carbonation andmild sweetness mid palate with subtle bitterness balancing w/ dry finish and low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with nice malt flavors and mild yeast with balance of spice and noble type hop flavor with mild caramel in the malt and light nutty woody taste from the hops with yeast support. Overall A very nice alt, I consider this balanced and drinkable

Slatetank, Sep 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Dag48, Sep 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

churchillps, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Mikexw, Sep 24, 2014
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Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.