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Southampton Altbier - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
81
good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-22-2008)
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nomad

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep glow of auburn like darjeeling tea, its sudsy head neither stays nor is well supported. Aroma is nutty in full with earthy hop twigs and herbal accent. Some fruity and caramel quality to it when concentrated by cold.

Flavor is tight and bitter, almost piney and salty when concentrated by the cold, with strong toasty and nutty backing. A smidge of caramel underneath, but the smooth lagered out medium body is mostly a Munich-type core creating a crisp, wound up of crackling nutty, toasty, herbal, and bitter root dryness.

Thirst-quenching in the least and a nice six pack choice if you're so lucky.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 16:16:11 | More by nomad
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The short white head of fine bubbles reduces to a smattering of dust and a brief collar. Caramel and copper colored with a few carbonation streams. The smell is sweet with some graham notes and modest hops. The taste is of crisp hops up front with a malt highlighted middle that finishes clean and with gentle hops. Light bodied and light mouthfeel, it is almost as if it is not there, but yet still leaves a strong impression. Well balanced and drinkable, this is well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 03:29:11 | More by hopsaplenty
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BillyB

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice recreation of the Dusseldorf Sticke Alt style.

Pours a deep, rich burnt amber/orange. Modest foamy head.

Aromas are of rich sweet malt, nutty, caramel, chocolate.

Taste is similar malt with a nice surprising balance with a very slight citrus hop tang.

Very good session beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 20:59:22 | More by BillyB
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a nice looking beer: a rich, burnt-amber (honey-copper?) color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma has a distinctive toasted-malt quality…bread-crust and caramel, a little nut and just a bit of herbal hops. Despite a sweetish-aroma, the beer is semi-dry, with a slight astringency. There’s a little bitterness, and the nutty, toasted character is present through the finish. Medium body. This is a smooth, fine-tasting brew. Not exactly complex or transcendent, but it’s very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 17:16:00 | More by Suds
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep copper color with tannish puffy head that fell to a thin coating, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell is truly delightful with nice toasty malt, dark fruitiness (prunes, dates, figs) wiht maybe a note of red wine. Taste is also great with a nice creamy maltiness and dark fruitiness, cobing with a bit of dry hops. Finish is more dry than malty and leads to the disre for another taste. An excellent beer. My first beer from Southampton, and I deifintely will be looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:19:31 | More by tgbljb
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: caramel amber brown color off white cream head forms thick layers of lacing. Aroma: Toasted caramel malts some evident german herbal hop character along with a roasted nut presence. Taste: Malt has a toasted nut edge with caramel drizzled on to the mix with hints of chocolate and German noble hops working nicely in cohesion to form a leafy flavor that blends well. Mouthfeel: Med to lighter body sturdy carbonation smooth texture silky in fact. Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing alt definitely a nod to the other sticke altbiers out there and does it quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 16:07:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an amber tinged light tan colored head that is frothy and almost a finger thick. The beer is a brilliantly clear deep amber color, and seems to be lightly carbonated. The aroma is quite malty with notes of toasted bread, a hint of toffee, a dry almost roasted note in the finish, a sweet fruitiness that reminds me a bit of cherries and a note that reminds me of fresh bread from the oven.

The beer is quite light on the palate up front, but begins to pick up a bit of fullness before it passes through & down my throat. In a similar vein it is pretty dry up front but picks up a sweet malty note that accentuates a light fruitiness. The beer finishes with an herbal hoppiness which lingers on as a light bitter hop bite. This beer is not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting from a Sticke Alt, but it does have a nice level of hop character, which nicely balances the malt character.

The more I sample this beer, the more I become to like it. I was a bit disappointed at first, because it was not nearly as vibrant as the better Alts I have had in Düsseldorf, but this beer is really nicely balanced between the malt and hop notes. The hops have just enough flavor contributions to keep you guessing, and the bitterness balances the malt notes with out overtaking it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 22:41:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle purchased in a 6-pack from the awesome Julio's in Westboro, MA. Not bottle conditioned and no date :(

Very clear auburn with a small beige head that settles after a minute to a thin cap and lacing. Toffe, rum, and hops that are a little cheesy. Thin, crisp, and clean with that toffee coming through but not annoying at all because this is not a sweet or thick beer. Hops provide a little skunky, minty bitterness that fades in as the toffee flavor fades out.

I don't know if this beer is a little old or not, since they were not courteous enough to give me a freshness dating. It comes off as kind of typical of microbreweries' flagship "Amber Ales," but a bit better than most. The malt profile provides a great flavor, and the beer is very crisp and sessionable. I am not against buying this again, but I would be much more likely to if I could be assured of its freshness. As it stands, I am not quite sure if I am tasting the beer at its full potential.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 19:12:56 | More by waughbrew
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery last week with my girlfriend at lunch and wrote notes on a napkin and she made fun of me, which is fair I suppose. This is Southampton's flagship beer, or at least the only one I see in six packs.
I recieved a pint glass full of very dark copper colored beer and minimal head and lacing. The smell was obviously fresh and had a sharp hoppy tone to it.
The taste is also blanketed in German style hops and has a great finishing bitterness and some fruity textures as well. A tasy and smooth Alt. I can definitely see this during the bowl season and winter playoff football.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2005 07:25:18 | More by daliandragon
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carln26

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was freshly tapped at the Gingerman. It was deep copper to amber color, clear, with a thin tan head. Toffee malt aroma with
just a hint of citrus hop. Not much carbonation. Flavor has the toffee, mild bitterness along with some dark berry in the finish. Slick mouth feel good drinkability. Seems like a nice take on an alt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 15:34:13 | More by carln26
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled at the source (and purchased)

big rocky head descends over copper-amber body, leaving sticky lace. well-carbonated: an army of bubbles climbs to the frothy heavens

floral hop aroma (tettnang, pretty sure) with a grainy caramel sweetness

soft, smooth minerally finish with little bitterness. spritzy, sharp sweetness

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 02:47:33 | More by bruachan
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz'er contract brewed via Mendocino. Pours a dark clear amber with scattered tiny bubbles rising to an even spread light khaki head.

Bready dough and maple syrup scents.

First swigs:Sugar sweet maple and refined grain. Slightly toasted malt.

Crisp feel with a medium bodied prescence. Glad to finally try thisone, but not sure that I'd seek it out anytime soon by the case.

Last swigs: A sweet sugar meets wheat cracker.

Beer is good. Happy alt-beering.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 15:26:14 | More by blitheringidiot
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first alt. Brown in colour with some orange hints. Somewhat low carbonation. Caramel and roasted malty aromas, with just a hint of leafy hops. There are quite a few interesting flavors going on there. More caramel notes, with some chocolate malt as well (maybe?), a sour note, and some good bracing hop bitterness. I didn’t really know what to expect from this, as I had never sampled an alt before, but I quite liked it. It was surprisingly refreshing and filling at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 15:37:48 | More by fisherman34
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with nice streams of carbonation. A pillowy off-white head sits on top, and dies down to a thin collar.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of clean malts and crisp hops. Caramel is quite noticable. A tiny bit weak though.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smooth caramel malts greet the toungue, with a kind of grassyness following. It finishes with a nice, crisp hop bitterness that lingers for a while. Very smooth and well rounded. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: While it's no Uerige classic (which brought me to tears), this is a very tasty altbier. This is a style I'm just getting into, but I really appreciate it. The drinkability on this one is high, considering the wonderful taste and low ABV. Quite nice, and definitly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 02:24:58 | More by santoslhalper
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/25/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Bayern Trout Slayer pint glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a smaller 1/4 inch head. Decent lacing here.

Smell- Smells of fairly hefty sweet malt. Maybe a touch of hops as well.

Taste- Sweet, but not overly sweetend malt flavor. Nice caramel backing. Light hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- Prefectly decent, maybe a bit better than average, altbier. Very drinkable. Almost sessionable for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 20:01:51 | More by GClarkage
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Avalon Liquors in SNJ. Couldn't find any born on or freshness dating. However, there were loads of information about the beer both on the labeling and on the six pack itself.
Pours a chestnut brown with a fluffy head of white foam. Okay retention and excellent lacing. Loads of bubbles around the glass feeding the brews head. The aroma reminds me of the classic German style, full of various spiciness (cloves being the main driver here) a little bit of German hops, and bready/doughy malt
All the aromas come back with the flavor, one that comes through in waves. You initially pick up the spice, overriden then by hops, then lovely finished by the doughy goodness. It came off as being highly drinkable and refreshing on a hot evening this weekend. A medium mouthfeel that finishes clean.
Overall, this was a great brew. I picked it up only because I saw "Southhampton Publick House," and I heard so much about the brewery prior. Appears that they've so far lived up to that hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 12:50:58 | More by Dithyramb
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really disappointed in this beer. I have read so much about what a wonderful brewery this was, I’ll be hard pressed to try another one of their beers. They call it Secret Ale mainly because they probably don’t want anyone to know that they brew this crap. Stall pour and uncharismatic color, blah. Taste reminds me of middle of the road breweries (insert yours here). Did not like this at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 23:31:50 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rust color w/ a full finger and a half of off-white head....disappears too quickly, but has some impressive lace.
Nice roasted malt aroma w/ just a hint of spice.
Taste is decent...surprisingly a tad sour in the aftertaste.
As in the scent, the flavor has a nice amount of malt w/ some hops but could be more balanced IMO. No alcohol detected w/ very little spice thrown in.
Mouthfeel is quite thin and the carbation is higher than where I'd like it to be.
I could enjoy this one pint, but would gladly move on to something else...just average for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 20:39:04 | More by warriorsoul
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with brown tints. Looks pretty highly carbonated. A one finger head of beige colored foam forms on top. This eventually drops to a coating and a ring. Uneven splotches of lacing.

Aroma is clean and fruity, with hints of caramel and spicy hops.

Tastes like crispy dark caramel candy , with a surprising dose of hop bittering. A good bit of spicy hops are there for your enjoyment as well. The fruitiness and sweetness are subdued, but they are present nonetheless. Aftertaste is rich caramel malts and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is semi-sweet, with a pretty strong carbonation bite. Hop bitterness grabs at your throat on the way down. Finish is tingly dry/sweet.

Wow. This used to be a "secret"! A very good alt. No wonder it's a medal winner. Very poundable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 18:24:44 | More by jakester
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Southampton Secret Ale pours from the bottle a deep reddish caramel color with a small tightly bubbly off white head atop. Aromas of sweet, vibrant caramel malts touched with a hint of brown sugar, fruits and nuts. A slighty spicy herbal hoppiness fills in the background of this finely nuanced ale.

First sip brings a well layered maltiness comprised of sweet caramel, toasted grains, hints of fruit and mixed nuts. Flows down the back of the throat with a mellow herbal spicy hop...nice and clean. A tasty altbier that goes down smooth and does a good job of mixing sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tight carbonation that creates a creamy sensation as the brew flows down the throat. I could see myself taking care of a sixer or more of this no problem. Definetly a good session brew and I can see why it's so popular. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 04:10:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fiery deep copper colored sporting a well-retained off white head that leaves a few trails of lace.

Aroma is primarily malty, with some nutty, spicey, and floral notes.

Flavor is same, rather malty with nice floral tones, a distince nutty taste, and some spice. I'm not at all familiar with this style so i'm not really sure how to rate it.

Body is light to medium eith a soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Thanks to Warriorsoul for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 15:28:05 | More by AlexJ
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aggressive side of carbonation, as all southamptons I’ve had. Best of what I have had for this style, amber red. Medium body, moderately bitter. Spicy hop, nutty, cloves, orange peel, pepper, which all comes through in aroma and in taste. Tad fruit and herbs.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 03:13:17 | More by Sammy
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark amber into my tulip glass at just under fridge temperature. Head is average, with minimal lacing.

Smell- Roasted and caramel malt up front, with a sweet and sour character lurking behind. Must be why they call it "secret"- I can't identify exactly what these notes are.

Taste- Full bodied caramel malt backbone that finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. Long lasting finish that makes you look forward to the next swig.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth, creamy effervescence that makes way for a pleasant trip down the gullet. At 5.1%, this could be sessioned when the mood strikes you right. Overall, a nice altbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 03:07:28 | More by yelterdow
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber coated copper, frothy bubbly head that quickly fades to wispy lace around the glass. Caramel malt and a spicy hop bitterness make up the nose. Malt profile is rich, yet remains medium bodied on the palate; nutty undertones give way to a chewy malt profile, with just the slightest hop bitterness. Just a bit of carbonation finds the back of the tongue. Not as balanced as I'd hoped, but nonetheless a very nice American interpretation of the style. I'm sure this is delightful when hand-pumped from the cask.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 03:01:27 | More by IrishRedRock
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watermelonman

California

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very nice and deep amber color with hints of brown and a small head. Lacing is minimal.

The smell is the first hint that this beer has fantastic flavor. It brings spice and caramel on top of lightly roasted malts. The taste follows through with more of the same up front, and a nice amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is very pleasing, and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 17:15:05 | More by watermelonman
Southampton Altbier from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.