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

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1,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 105 | 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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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD 060314 in Mills River.

Appearance: Pours a classic Altbier dark ruby brown body with a thick toffee colored head. Nice carbonation.

Smell: Dark caramel malts give this more of a nutty brown ale smell than the crisp classic Altbier aroma I am used to. Slightly sweet bread cereals.

Taste: Oh yeah, the taste is spot on. Obviously heavier and more malty than a standard Altbier due to the 6.6 % ABV. The IBU count is 50, but the hops do no more than offset the heavy sweet malt flavors and provide a little balance. Definitely hits the mark for classic crisp Altbier flavor - slight caramel, but nothing overpowering. Soft, subtle and smooth.

Mouthfeel: A heavier Altbier mouthfeel than usual - but I guess you could put this in the Sticke category. Still refreshing.

Overall: The taste is absolutely correct, although by pushing up the ABV and IBUs, this might be a little overdone. No complaints, however.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours into a becker a deep bronze with a half finger white head that's gone pretty quickly.Sweeter aromas than my for the style with caramel and brown sugar with some roasted nuts present as well,some spicy hop becoming more present as it warms.Caramel and mild cookie dough flavors at the onset along with brown sugar, a nice drying more spicy than citrusy hop finish lingers nicely.I thought at first this was a little sweet but the spicy hops really cut thru the sweetness nicely in the finish,solid.

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was a garnet color with a tiny tan head.

Aroma muted. Sweet malt and citrus.

Taste also muted. Caramel up front, some grapefruit late.

Sweet mouthfeel.

Not enough malt character in this beer, and too much hops. So far my least favorite Beer Camp.

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big meringue head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - grainy leathery malts.

The flavor is grainy nutty malts with a fairly bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of bland grainy nutty malts with an odd bitter finish.

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beerswag
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance is dark brown with hues of dark chocolate, copper, and clear at the bottom. Smell is raisin, grain, plum, pine, and bitter chocolate. Head is memorable, with it sticking around and lending a nice creaminess throughout. The taste is light fruit, slightly sweet, malt and hops on the finish. Getting a little roast, but not much, more hops and carmel Balance, in malt, hops, sweetness, and crisp-dry finish, with some decent carbonation present. mouthfeel is light, and sweet fruit taste, with some hop presence throughout on this beer. Overall, would like to see more examples, since the balance of flavors, and a decent amount of hops, lends to a versatile beer. Pairs good with most German, BBQ, pot-roast. blue cheese, gorgonzola, muenster.

Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JC333
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Brownish-orange with good sized tan head.

Smell: Cherry, toast, spicy & citrus notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet cherry and other fruity malts. Some toastiness. Finish is spicy, tingly and citrusy. The balance initially seems really great, but the bitterness slowly becomes a little out of balance for the style. Not really all that bitter, but not quite right for an Altbier.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied that is quite smooth, dry finish.

Overall: Very nice Altbier overall, or more accurately, Sticke. While I like hoppy and bitter beers, it may have been a titch too much here. Otherwise, a much better beer than I expected.

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

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Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.