Alter Ego - Smartmouth Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz can, no date, served in a pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Thin white foam with lots of persistent fine lacing.
Smell: Musty, earthy, grains, chalky yeast.
Taste: Earthy herbal/leafy hop flavors dominate. Some wheat and bready malt underneath it all.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, good thickness. A little bit sticky on the teeth.
Overall / drinkability: I've been spoiled by Saison Dupont, and with this I view it as having some of the flavors of a saison, but not capturing that light refreshing feeling. Still, tasty enough, just not a great beer. An above average one though.
Serving type: can
07-01-2014 23:45:10 | More by damndirtyape
3.49/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Cloudy, light golden-aber hue, with a thin, quickly-fading, off-white head.
S: Fruity esters dominate, with faint vinegar notes. Sweet, yeasty bread also present.
T: Not much malt - it goes straight to tart, dry fruit, and even that is short lived. The dry, bitter finish arrives early and stays late, albeit with some yeasty and earthy notes as well.
M: Moist and nicely carbonated, transitioning to quite dry in the finish.
O: Less complex than I was expecting for the style, and even based on the smell. Drinkable, but I've had better saisons for sure.
Serving type: can
05-26-2014 20:14:23 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.94/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Orangish and a bit hazy. Poured a two finger head. Left a nice ring around the glass.
S - Low amount of citrus hop aroma. Fairly sweet nose with a bit of honey.
T - Belgian yeast apparent. Slight malty sweetness on the front end, but more dry and spicy at the finish. A bit of pear coming through.
M - Light to medium.
O - Solid and drinkable beer overall.
Type: on-tap and then from growler 2 days later.
Note: As of 7/13/13 when I visited the brewery, this beer has an ABV of 6.2%, not 5.3%. They must have changed/improved their recipe since they opened in Nov. 2012. (Also, I showed up 10 minutes after they closed and they still gave me free samples as well as a private tour of the brewery. Nice!)
Serving type: growler
07-16-2013 00:47:13 | More by Xandrose
Alter Ego from Smartmouth Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.