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Alt-Bier Ale | Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good
35 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
163
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
30.25%
 
 
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Alt-Bier AleAlt-Bier Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 11-06-2008

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 163
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm medium white head with good retention and solid lace.

S: Sweet malt overtones, with a hint of bacon fat, and light chocolate.

T: Very toasty, roasty with a heavy dark bread component. Some bitter baker's chocolate in there with heavy toast. A robust amber beer, really not minerally and light as altbier should be, but an enjoyable effort. Really a brown ale/stout hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thick in parts, light carbonation that crisps up on the back end.

O: Altbier can be a catch all, and I think this beer comes in to that definition of alt. The roast is overt and much more than you'd expect from something coming out of Germany. Still at the end of the day, it's a good beer, worth a pick up, just don't expect Uerige.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands
1/24/11

A - Dark coppery brown caramel/watery coffee in appearance - not much head off the tap

S - Sweet, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate

T - Slight sweet start goes quickly to a bitter coffee with roasty malt and lingers with sweet finish and lingering roast flavor.

M - Light, low carbonation and sticky coating to the throat with a light alcohol warmth present

D -Thought this was a nice malty session style beer being at 6.0% just a little over the "5% official session". It's not too sweet and has a nice light bitter balance with the roast.
I actually ordered this after trying it here - having it at the Underground in Redlands on tap and my craft beer friends enjoyed the tastes they had off my pint.

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Photo of Lesbrad
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer and was very surprised to see just a B as the overall score.

Chocolaty, caramely, malty, rich and delicious this is one hell of a great beer. Smooth enough to be sessionable and flavorful enough to be nursed, I could drink this beer daily.

Pours reddish brown with a dense white head.

Smells like chocolate malts.

Tastes rich with choco-caramel all the way.

Big rich mouth.

Highly quaffable.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head/crust. Leaves a little bit of thin lacing as well.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee, with traces of yeast and bread.

Tastes of malt and chocolate with a bit of biscuit-ness as well. Kinda nutty undertones too with a slightly bitter finish.

I wasn't too thrilled with the mouthfeel, it felt a bit thin and not much carbonation either. Though it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a thin layer of off-white/khaki colored foam.

S: A fair amount of sweetness with a hint of fruits at moments. Mostly malty, however, with notes of toffee, caramel, and a mild roast.

T: The maltiness is front and center, giving off some light caramel sweetness, toffee, toasted malt, and a kiss of dark chocolate. Not all that complex or interesting.

M: The body is light-to-medium with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: Perhaps I'm just not a fan of Alts, but this was not particularly interesting to me. Sort of bland all around, but I suppose it works for some.

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Photo of fartist71
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I went with my uncle to the Hangar 24 brewery today because he needed to get another barrel of beer. This was my first trip to the site!

A: Out of the tap it poured deep brandy with translucent reds and browns. The head was A disapointing Quarter of an inche. Out of the keg on site I wanted there to be more foam maybe this is the style.

N: Toffe,chocolate and coffe are all present heavey on the malt on the nose there are A slight offset of hop aroma in the back ground.

T: On par with the nose. Heavy malt hits you right from the start. Chocolate is in the front for the malts light toffe followed by the noble German hops. As the beer starts to warm the hops begin to come to the top,I like this being that I am A hop head. This rising of the hop flavor along with the temp of the beer helps to balence the beer.

M: mouth is A bit week for this style,this makes A good beer just good.

D: This could be A session beer if you like heavey malt flavor but,for me I need more than just malt so one is enough.

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Photo of wknight167
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a a clear mohagany with a one finger off white head that doesn't stay around too long, but does leave some lacing.

Nose- Chocolate, caramel, toffee, malt dominated. Aromas blend well.

Palate- Just a touch or roastiness is evident among the light caramel, toffee and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel- Light body, slightly below medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I would not mind having a few of these in succesion.

Overall- This beer makes me want to visit this style more often.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, CA. On to the beer:

It is amber in color, but mixed with the colors of brown and orange. The beer has good head retention, and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Its aroma is a thing of sweetness. Initially there is some dry, dark bread, but after that it is a rush toffee, caramel, unsweetened chocolate, fudge. It's almost like a candy shop.

Nice flavor as well. Toffee, fudge, nouget, nuts, nutty. The most surprising aspect for me was the amount of hops in this beer. Not a shitload of hops, but it is very noticable in this usually low-hopped style. The hops add a dimension of citrus and orange (plus bitterenss), especially towards the end of the sip. Soft bubbles in the mouth.

Altbier is a rare style to find among US microbrewers, so it is nice to see one done by one of my local ones. More important is it tastes good. Recommended.

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Photo of deruiz10
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One-inch whitish head fades fairly quickly but leaves a light floating layer. Pour is a reddish copper, great deep color yet great clarity.

S - Earthy malts and slight hop bitterness. Hints of yeast and biscuits. Also a mild sweet note that interweaves with the hops.

T - A mildly spicy, dry hopsiness predominates the body with some slighty sweet & grassy malt foundation. Distant molasses notes, but the sweetness is so integrated that it's hard to really tease apart the flavors. The finish is where this brew really leaves you wanting more: a lingering oaty, biscuit flavor makes you feel like you can see the mash. Some brown sugar sweetness also lingers with that light hop bite.

M - Lightly carbonated, it keeps the beer lively while feeling substantial. Not too slick, but not heavy either. Well balanced.

D - A great brew, goes great with almost any food and has enough character to stand well on its own. The unique balance of maltiness and sweet hop bite will bring you back for another pint.

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Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands for five dollars on 11/2/08, reviewed from notes

A-Color is a deep red that is almost brown, one inch creamy as can be off white head that stays around for close to ten minutes, good retention, very nice lacing
S-Sweetness, heavy malt, various dark and tropical fruits, caramel, toasted bread, hint of spice, light hoppiness, toffee, and mild brown sugar
T-Starts off slightly dry, some toasted malt in the middle providing some chewy aspects, finish is sweet with both fruit and caramel malt, maintains its flavor as it warms and never changes much, enjoyed the balance in this one even though it was on the maltier side of the spectrum, really liked how the caramel bounced off the light hop character, went well with the unique honey mustard chicken pizza I was eating
M-Low level of carbonation that made this fuller but not syrupy, still a medium body, sweet, malty, and creamy mouthfeel, taste lingers for a few minutes
D-Could drink a few more pints of this no problem, sweetness might get to me after a few though, big reliance on malt, still not heavy on the stomach, ABV seems low around five percent but I am not sure exactly

I have never been a big fan of altbiers before but I had to give this new beer a try from the local brewery, I am glad I did because it was the best beer I had of this style, Ben Cook is a great brewer and we are starting to see this more and more, I will be drinking this each time I go out to visit friends in Redlands now, recommended

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Alt-Bier Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
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