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Alt-eration Ale - Hops and Grain Brewery

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Alt-eration AleAlt-eration Ale

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-02-2011

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ALTeration pours to a slightly darker color than other German altbiers, with a deep copper/brown hue. The nose on this beer reveals scents of caramel malts, yeast, and bread. The foam level isn’t anything incredible, but it is acceptable.

This beer has a flavor that follows its nose. Tastes like toasted malts and bread are obvious, but there are also some nutty flavors, caramel, and toffee. The beer has an earthy hop taste and a nice but not overdone level of spicy bitterness to finish things off.

ALTeration utilizes a German Alt base, but it makes a few changes along the way to give this beer a taste all its own. One change you will notice immediately is the color. This beer has a somewhat deeper color than other beers of its style and it is due to the addition of a small amount of black malt. The brewery makes a few other slight changes as well, resulting in a beer with Alt character, but something a little different, hence the beer’s name.

This is a tasty beer overall and it’s the type of beer that most everyone will like who tries it. It already has one major award under its belt and will likely win more in due time. It’s a nice beer in most every way and I recommend a tasting, if you can find it.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JMad
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dark copper brown color with a solid off white head. I detected a nutty aroma with a bit of a caramel sweetness and a hint of tobacco. Some earthy hop flavor up front followed by a malty sweetness, slightly roasty with just a hint of chocolate. It's light/ medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish. Solid beer all around, for $6.99 a six-pack I would go back to this one regularly.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of katan
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours a brown color with a few amber highlights. Head formation is fairly strong, well retained. Brown in color. A little bit of lacing.

S - A light to near non-existant nose. A bit of nuttiness.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly malty. Mid-stream gets more nuttiness and a hint of hops, and even a bit of chocolate. Finishes with a hint of retained sweetness. Smooth all the way.

M - Moderate body, moderate to strong carbonation. A bit sticky. Clean finish.

O/D - A good albeit a bit heavy altbier. ABV is manageable, and a bit filling. A good fall beer I would reckon.

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of goochpunch
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance is typical brown ale-ish. Smells a lot like a mix of Shiner Bock and a brown. Taste just does not hit altbier on the head enough. I'm not too stuck on "style," but when you say this is an altbier, and I get my tastebuds ready for an altbier, it better be an altbier. This tastes like a Shiner Bock with hints of brown ale, which is cool and all, but I want a real altbier, dammit. Too toasty. Oh, TX brewers, this tastes like the "old ale" from Southern Star. I'm starting to think US brewers just like the NAMES of STYLES and like to tag them to their random half-assed homebrew concoctions. Mouthfeel is so-so. Can't really describe it, just kind of there. Not crazy about this.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Alt-eration Ale from Hops and Grain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.