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Alt-eration Ale - Hops and Grain Brewery

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Alt-eration AleAlt-eration Ale

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-02-2011)
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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear ice tea brown with a three-fingered head that squats on the liquid, leaving a goodly amount of lacing behind

Smell: Slightly burnt toast, nuts and coffee grinds

Taste: Very malty, with a depth of slightly burnt toast laying the foundation; nutty and slightly fruity, in the middle, with a hint of coffee creeping into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite like the German alts I have encountered but still a tremendously enjoyable beer

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kylehay2004, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

JAHMUR, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More auburn than amber with a nice head and plenty of lacing to start. Still spritzy at the end of the pint.

Maltiness is the defining character. An edge of bitterness, some dark roasted barley, and just a hint of butter. Dark flavors and some blackened malt up front on the tongue. Aromatic in the nose, perfumey flavor. Grainy with just a touchof sweetness. Turns dry and bitterish in the aftertaste.

A really rich and tasty version of the Altbier style. On tap at the Westside Alehouse, somewhere behind a motel on I-35 in Nowheresville, Texas.

mactrail, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In during the RateBeer Winter Gathering. This is my first beer from this brewery.

The beer pours a brownish color with a beige head. The aroma is very malty with a lot of caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar, caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of nuttyness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

Mora2000, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

The wonderous JenRay sent me some CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM) and I have fallen terribly behind, but I am getting caught up! Many thanks for these inclusions to the ongoing madness and I promise to do better.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "Malty, Crisp, Dry Hopped"; "glass ALT temp 45 [deg.]"; "At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Afew steps in the RIGHT DIRECTION: old wisdom applied TO NEW IDEALS; change is good, especially when it EVENS OUT A DOLLAR".

Once more, the Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and I feel as though I have gained something extra in the bargain. The inverted Glug revealed a darker beer than I had been expecting (dummy, me) and this produced a very noticeable pseudo-cascade which settled into three fingers of dense, puffy, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Brown – Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with coppery highlights. Nose had a rich, caramel and syrup-like sweetness underlain by a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. It was as though the fermentation had really dried the malts, allowing the grassy bitterness of the hops an opportunity to shine through. The sweetness was more towards molasses, which has an inherent bittersweetness. Finish was semi-dry, more bitter than sweet, but not by much. At this juncture, I feel like invoking The Most Interesting Man in the World and saying, “I don’t often drink Altbiers, but when I do, it should be ones like this.”

woodychandler, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big biscuity light tan head just sits above a clear reddish-copper-amber colored beer that seems to be well carbonated.

Lightly roasted caramel malts give the aroma a nice toasted appeal with some lighter hops presence giving this beer a nice balance in the nose.

The roasted malts give this a caramel toffee to light coffee taste with just a slight bit of the hops lending a very slight bitterness edge to this slight burnt tasting Alt.

A very light aftertaste that isn't really wet or dry on this medium bodied beer.

It seemed that the more I drank the more the light burnt taste came through, not really sure if it was in a good way or not. I wish I had brought more of this back from Austin. I could run some more taste tests, seriously.

LXIXME, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28%

sendbeer, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a gorgeous brown color with good clarity and a thick froth of tan head. Decent retention and great lacing...swiss cheese-esque even.

Malts are nutty and roasty, maybe a kiss of grassy hops. It almost has even a smoky component to it that is nice. Pretty mild aroma overall.

Taste has some nice nut and coffee flavors and the mouthfeel is rich for an alt with barely a touch of sweetness. It is a tad on the astringent side though and just needs a bit more caramel and sugary malt to even things out. Not too shabby, I'll probably pick this up every once and a while, but I dont see it making it into the regular rotation.

twiggamortis420, May 01, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Banger's in Austin.

A: Pours a clear brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Spotty lace is left down the glass as well.
S: Lager like yeast. Earthy, spicy, peppery. Toasted grains, baked bread. I like the nose.
T: Follows the nose with toasted malt, grains, baked bread. Very dry, lager like yeast with that peppery spice. This reminds me of a schwarzbier. Which I like.
M/D: A light to medium body. Maybe a bit to thin. Though I do like the crisp dryness. Very easy to drink. Enough character to satisfy, and something I can drink all day.

I don't think I have had a true Altbier before, and this one seems pretty legit. Similar to a dark lager or Schwarzbier, and ultra drinkable. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gagnonsux, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

cdwil, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

st9647v3, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Dicers, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draughthouse, came with a free Hops & Grain pint!

Alt-eration pours with a deep, chestnut brow body beneath a well-retained light khaki head. Great nose on this altbier. It's a malt-bomb with brown and nutty malts leading the way, but balanced nicely by a delicate, herbal hoppiness. Slight fruit note reminiscent of banana bread. Very mild fragrance, overall, but perfectly to style.

The flavor has a straightforward bitterness about it that's earthy and green on the tongue. Caramel-toffee maltiness is clean and somewhat spicy on the finish. The spritzy body is nicely carbonated, but feels a bit too thin on the back end. A minor nit-pick for an all-around excellent altbier. Perfect for the cool Austin weather this time of year.

wagenvolks, Dec 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

jheezee, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +4.7%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

markgugs, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, all but opaque, darker than any other example of the style that I have tried. The head is small and tan, and soon collapses. The lacing is fine and unbroken, entirely coating the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malts, a moderate coffee presence, and a bit of wood.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of toasted malts, and a distinct charcoal note. As the taste progresses, the toasted malts roll on. Very late in the taste, there is a moderate, crisp herbal hop note, which carries on past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft, low carbonation, feels a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Perhaps a bit off style, but certainly not terrible, and is pleasant and drinkable. How about a "sticke" version.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. Purchased at Spec's today.

Pegasus, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Satchboogie, Sep 07, 2014
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Alt-eration Ale from Hops and Grain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.