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

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

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.
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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Brewers are notorious for refusing to take the easy path. Alt Route is a tribute to this stubborn spirit that drove us to dodge the status quo and build breweries of our own. Together we chased the siren song of beer with this revamped take on an antique beer style." Brewed in the style of a German Altbier, available in single 12 oz bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2015 Variety Pack and available on limited draft. Brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream head of a foamy frothed consistency over a caramel syrup body with ample lively carbonation bubbles and high clarity. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Malt aromas of biscuity and bready malts with a soft caramel graininess, some earthy and nutty aromas, a soft dried fruit profile of raisin and date and a mild hop aroma of earthy, spicy hops. Potency is mild/medium. 3.5

(Taste) Dry malt flavors of German biscuit and grain malt, notes of unsweetened caramel and delicate fruit syrups, some faint molasses. The sweetness is very subdued in the flavor profile making a beer light in malt flavor but much bolder in hop flavors, with notes of earthy, spicy and fruity hops and a moderate bitterness. Somewhat imbalanced, but nonetheless drinkable. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, lightly slick, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is mildly earthy bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A promising ale but the lack of sweetness drags down the drinkability, generating a beer that comes off as imbalanced and irritably dry. While I've had a few Altbiers before, I haven't had any of them come off quite as mild in body and taste before. Despite the lack of sweetness, the remaining flavors are enjoyable if not per the style guidelines, it is fairly hoppy for a traditional German ale. Drinkable, but curiously mild on the malt profile, especially for a traditional German style that is usually brimming with depth of flavor. 3.25

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Alt Route Altbier (With Victory Brewing Company)
3.36/5.00

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany brown with reddish hues that makes it seem cloudy and a thick 1 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing, rings as it went down and it left a layer on top.

Smelled bready and like caramel and toffee up front, with grains, metallic yeast, light cracker, nutty and then some more wet wheat bread that has a slight sweetness. Light hops round out the German profile that almost begs you to throw this back outdoors on a chilly afternoon as the sun is setting.

Tastes sweeter with some brown sugar and leafy floral hops that have a peat moss flavor mixed with toffee and caramel. The characteristics of the nose follow suit with wheat bread, toasted grains, metallic yeast, light cracker, nuts, some dark fruit like a red grape or cherry, and peppery spices and tea leaf similar to dry floral hops. The brew is more malty, but the hops and spices add just enough balance to keep it complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with mild carbonation, a sweet bready driver, and a slightly bitter finish that trails off bready with notes of caramel and syrup.

After the beer is finished the display of rings along the glass is very impressive, and since this is a style I don’t have often so I will appreciate it for what it is and deem this a pretty tasty altbier. It reminded me of October drinking outside and made the German in me proud.

Photo of Mitchster
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Pilsner, Munich, Caramel, Carafa III, bittered with Summit, finished with Liberty, Mt. Hood
OG=14.0P, 50 IBU, FG=2.2P, 6.6% ABV.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep chestnut, forming a large whipped mousse-like yellow head with beautifully retention and solid sticky sheets of lace. Moderately carbonated. The nose is really nice, nutty, with a touch of brown roast, caramel, slightly bready, clean...Reminds a touch of Eliot Ness, A vienna lager, closely related to Alts. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium dense body and a dry finish. The taste is wonderful. Complex, crisp, clean, with a beautiful balance between nuts, wood, a clean herbal bitterness, malt body, toast in the finish and a pleasing dryness. Wonderfully balanced. No off flavors or aromas.

This is a great beer. It's a touch more bitter than most alts, but thats part of the appeal. I would gladly purchase this again. Well worth a try.

Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This take on a German Altbier is anchored by a layered, slightly sweet malt body supported by citrusy hop flavor and aroma."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Victory Brewing Company"; "Brewers are notorious for refusing to take the easy path. Alt Route is a tribute to this stubborn spirit that drove us to dodge the status quo and build breweries of our own. Together we chased the siren song of beer with this revamped take on an antique beer style."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

Once again, with (unintentionally) aged beers, a light hand is probably best, following the Pop!ping of the cap. The bartender's trick netted me a finger of dense, light-brown head with reasonable retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced caramel malty sweetness along with a pleasant earthiness. Noble hops, perhaps? Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, more dense than the last one, but without the prickly carbonation. The taste had a molasses-like bittersweetness along with that earthy quality that I noted on the nose. I was getting some lacing along the sides of my glass as I drank, but no evidence of lees. Had they filtered this one? Finish was semi-dry, more earthy than bitter and a nice addition to the day.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown color. Good malty flavor with good hop balance. I enjoy Alts and this one was quite good.

Photo of jgeddis
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks good deep shade of chestnut brown, clear, with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Good lacing.
S - Mostly smells good not very sugary with some sweet malts, mild hops, and a lingering bit of caramel.
T - Hops and malts are pretty balanced rather sweet caramel notes with a touch of dry hopping. Not sure why some are saying "super hoppy" it's pretty good.
M - Smooth medium bodied brew easy to quaff. Good.

Overall its a decent take on the style and a decent idea by Victory. Enjoyable.

Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jarheadduk
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Working off old notes. Will update with more details if/when I have another.

Photo of TheSSG
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a soapy, tan head that collapses into a nice, half finger. Caramel, toasted malt, and floral hops. Copper, burnt-umber color. Starts with a surprising hop bitterness; citrus and toasted malt. Bitterness quickly builds into a citrus rind flavor which lingers. Finish is lingering citrus rind bitterness and a touch of toasted malt.

This isn't too bad. I'm not a huge fan of Alts, but this one is super hoppy. I don't think I'm a fan of the citrus rind lingering bitterness on top of toasted malt.

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/12/15

A: Pours darker than expected, a dark amber with burnt copper, shades of light brown at its core - lightly hazy - medium-sized, off-white head, fades to a few wisps and small collar, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Chewy malts and some hoppiness strongly reminiscent of a beer from Victory (not surprising) - caramel and amber grains, bread, bread crust, toasty biscuits, and maybe some crackers - caramel and hints of molasses - lightly nutty - leafy hops with some light fruitiness - earthy

T: Earthy bread with a hoppy flair - caramel and amber malts, multigrain bread, bread crust, and cooked biscuits - caramelized malts, caramel, toffee - light sweetness is balanced by an undertone of earthiness - lightly fruity - some citrus zest and pine, leafy hops - low bitterness, finishes clean

M: Medium body, smooth, low carbonation

O: Malt Route

This is definitely worth trying. The malt profile is quite nice, as it's kind of like a light barleywine. It's true to the style, except for the hops, which feel a little out of place. A little too leafy and earthy for my taste.

Photo of ttylicki
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet brown body with a small, soapy, off-white head of broken bubbles. Aromas of dark malts, grain, brown bread, fruity esters, yeast. Similar flavor, with the addition of a mild hop character. Bready with a hint of bitterness. Sweet brown breads. Decent.

Photo of misternebbie
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djbrown13
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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