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Main St. Virginia Ale - Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Main St. Virginia AleMain St. Virginia Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

30 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Center of the Universe Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KomodoDragon on 02-19-2013)
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Reviews by KomodoDragon:
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3.61/5  rDev +7.1%

A - The deep cranberry colors shocked the spouse. This was lively and crystal clean - with a 1 inch sandy head and wonderful lacing.

S - Bread, grains, flowers. Bottle says Virginia Ale, website says altbier, smell says pilsner.

T - Follows the nose - adding a sour malt flavor. Crisp, bitter, and quite dry on the finish stealing away any caramel sweetness.

M - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Well crafted.

Would have preferred some more caramel malt presence, something to take it away from a pilsner. But this is well built, smooth, clean and refreshing. Maybe something for a warm summer day in central VA.

02-19-2013 03:26:44 | More by KomodoDragon
More User Reviews:
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Deep amber, bubbly, clear with a good looking lace on top. Dried grass, digestive biscuits, lemon pith, faint taffy and yeast in the nose. Very smooth, moderate sized body with just enough crispness. Good malt backbone, biscuity, grassy, and grainy from the malt with peppery and herbal notes from the hops. Ample bitterness. Nutty yeast and a mild warmth from the alcohol.

Without a doubt a good go at the style, a tough one to brew as the the flavor profile is so damn narrow. COTU hits all of the bells and whistles, a bit cleaner and honed in it would rival some of the best in Germany.

04-03-2013 00:31:23 | More by Jason
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dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2014 21:40:19 | More by dmk91
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-01-2013 22:27:23 | More by stereosforgeeks
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brewerburgundy

California

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

01-30-2014 15:06:49 | More by brewerburgundy
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

06-30-2013 23:02:59 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-25-2014 01:46:50 | More by VeganUndead
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janna890

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

08-04-2013 14:46:59 | More by janna890
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-25-2013 02:33:15 | More by Rhettroactive
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thenapster7

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -40.7%

07-27-2014 18:37:40 | More by thenapster7
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Aidan_Stewart

Virginia

1/5  rDev -70.3%

08-05-2014 03:45:00 | More by Aidan_Stewart
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 05:32:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-24-2013 23:11:27 | More by Rifugium
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-03-2014 14:23:42 | More by kristougher
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Hanzo

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11%

07-20-2013 19:55:22 | More by Hanzo
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

07-07-2013 04:16:48 | More by ZachKelly
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2013 19:40:34 | More by nmann08
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Fast-N-Loud

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

07-14-2013 13:12:47 | More by Fast-N-Loud
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MaltBiggins1

Virginia

5/5  rDev +48.4%

08-01-2014 23:17:43 | More by MaltBiggins1
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +21.4%

Big thanks to ZachKelly for sending this can down as an extra in our trade. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Deep copper-amber in color, nearly completely clear, with a thin white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Rich bready malts, and just a slight lager yeastiness - a clean, lager low amount of aroma.

T: Bready malts, with mild toasting but no real caramel character, and a significant grassy and floral hop bitter punch in the middle that I'm completely missing in the nose. Clean lager flavors, no sulfur or fruity esters at all. Malty sweetness fades into the hop bitterness after the swallow with just enough citrus rind character to make me think it's not just noble hops.

M: Medium to full-bodied for the style, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: I've only had a few other altbiers, but this one was particularly enjoyable. The hoppiness seems likely to be out of the strictest style guidelines, but definitely added some nice character to the beer. Really digging this - would love to have this in cans hanging around shelves.

05-05-2014 00:12:02 | More by macrosmatic
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LambicKing

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 18:20:07 | More by LambicKing
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-03-2013 01:15:20 | More by TechTriumph
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-26-2013 01:19:51 | More by ncaudle
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +18.7%

06-22-2014 01:40:48 | More by wrightst
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stonewall2

Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -36.2%

Appearance - cloudy amber. Uninviting.

Smell - none detectable. I kept trying. Nothing. I had my nose literally in the glass at one point.

Taste - Bitter brown beer. A bit of grass and perhaps lemony tartness. Bitter. No floral character at all. Malt nearly undetectable.

Overall - The only reason I didnt send this back was out of respect for the person at the table who recommended it. Waitress told me it was a local IPA. Will definitely not recommend or repeat.

I wonder seriously if its a bad batch, or just not my style. I have had a lot of local stinkers lately.

02-02-2014 01:47:50 | More by stonewall2
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Main St. Virginia Ale from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.