Sticke Alt - Heater Allen Brewing
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.16/5 rDev +8.1%
Growler from Belmont Station. I have been waiting to try this.
A brilliantly clear deep mahogany with red highlights and a dense, long-lasting, light brown head, this looks great. Nice lacing too. The nose is great, with a lot of malty complexity - raisins, dark wheat bread, burnt sugar, dark caramel, a little toffee, - along with a modest hop character. As is appropriate for the style, there's a fresh, earthy hop character with a nice balance between oily bitterness and earthy, minty aromatics. As it warms up, the dark fruit character really grows, bringing to mind dates as well.
The palate opens with a quaffable blend of malty sweetness and hop bitterness carried on a relatively dry beer. Dark fruits (raisins, dates, some dried sweet cherries) and a blend of dark wheat, brown sugar, burnt sugar and toffee make for a delightful flavor profile. The hops assert themselves on the mid-palate, with a blend of herbal (pine, mint, earth) flavor and bitterness. The finish has lingering burnt sugar and hop bitterness. Medium light in body with a beautiful, creamy carbonation, the way the flavors come together on the palate in this beer is just astounding. Highly recommended.
11-18-2013 05:09:22 | More by DefenCorps
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -2.3%
on-tap @ Belmont Station.
Deep coppery, brown-orange with a dense, foamy off white head.
Big, rich malt notes for the most part. Faint herbal, spicy, floral hop accents in the finish.
Creamy, medium+ body with mild, foamy carbonation.
A very nice Sticke Alt. Malt forward with just enough hops to keep it balanced.
11-17-2013 21:47:47 | More by vkv822
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has okay retention. The head is a creamy and very light beige while the body is a maroonish brown which appears as mix of maroon and dark amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Lacks complexity and is dominated mostly by the malt bill. Slightly sweet malt that recalls brown bread, perhaps a little bit of caramel. Some roasted notes. A slight sweetness but nothing that I would define as fruity.
Taste- Very similar to the aroma- lots of malt but not many notes which really stand out. Some brown bread, some cereal. A slight sweetness that has a faint hint of raisins (this is very vague). Slight woody bitterness on the finish gives it a little more character. Seems to be a fair representation of the Sticke variant of the Dusseldorf altbier style. Some hint of chocolate (minute) and cocoa. Slight coffee and other roasted malts. Milder hops than BJCP guidelines suggest. Some pine and resin to the woody bitterness of the finish. The somewhat dry finish does cut the hops a bit. There is a bit of chalk or mineral on the finish as well. The hops do tend to build as I drink it. They also begin to linger longer. No flaws but also nothing that excites the palate.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium body with low carbonation. Some grittiness. Some dryness to the finish.
Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but is a little boring for my palate. 4.50 is reasonable for a pint.
Overall- Above average beer that I feel needs a stronger malt bill. Worth a try but I can't strongly endorse it. My reason for trying this beer (other than ticking) was to educate myself further on variations in the style.
11-18-2013 02:52:16 | More by artoolemomo
Sticke Alt from Heater Allen Brewing
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.