Copper ALT. - Zipline Brewing Co

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zipline Brewing Co visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bear1964 on 08-04-2013

Zipline Brewing Co.’s Copper Alt. is an altbier, which is a unique German hybrid between an ale and a lager. This bronzed brew is designed to be extremely drinkable, with subtle nuances of chocolate and hazelnut. A late gift of Sterling hops in this brew leaves a little hoppiness for your palate to ponder before the next sip.

Hops: Magnum, Hallertau & Sterling
Malts: Pilsner, Carahell, Special B, Caramel, & Carafa
5.2% ABV
26 IBU
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of TSJ4000
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's nice to see someone brewing an Alt in the US, especially locally. This beer is incorrectly categorized as an American Brown Ale. It is not. It says Alt on the bottle so that's what I'll score it as.

Appearance is a perfect amber hue. The only thing I want more of on the appearance is a little more head and head retention.

Carmel malt and biscuity malt in the nose. The taste is very smooth and balanced with subtle hops. Alts were never hoppy and this beer isn't overly hoppy. Still true to its German roots.

The mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. Crisp yet still an ale. Overall a nice Alt beer.

Photo of siskiyoucellar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 12oz bottle

pours a nice deep copper color with a smallish creamy head

very light nose suggesting sweet malts and hints of spice, drying

clean classic taste, nice level of gentle astringency, with lager yeast and ale malts this is an alt done right, a very tasty brown

pleasant carbonation, light on the tongue, goes down easy

overall a nicely balanced clean and tasty American Brown, this is not one of my favorite styles but this example is quite enjoyable, not much complexity but I like it that way

full disclosure - reviewed as impartially as possible from a sample given to me by the brewers

Photo of rkj9999
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very true to the Alt style, original to Duesseldorf, DE. Well done!!!

Photo of BrettHead
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably their best beer, but I would go with other alt's

Photo of Bear1964
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To start with its listed on the bottle as a hybrid style between an Ale and a Lager, looks and drinks like a tasty Brown Ale. Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass showed a wonderful dark tea color with a small head, some lace clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma was rich and sweet which went with the taste...adding a hint of chocolate on the backside. Mouthfeel was medium and very nice, clean but with just enough lingering bitter sweet to remind you what you're drinking. Overall a very good brew, the bottled date was 7-17-13 so a fresh one to test had me wanting another.

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 14.06.03 on label. Received from little sister Tami as part of a surprise birthday package.

A: Clear copper with 1/2 finger of off-white head with average retention and a few spots of lace. (3.25)

S: Bready and filled with cereal grain maltiness and a light herbal hoppiness. Malt is by far the dominant note. There is a littel dash of fruity yeast esters but no alcohol. (4)

T: Great alt flavor, a little grainier than I like but nonetheless delicious with cereal grain maltiness and breadiness, mild herbal, earthy hoppiness and a clean malty finish. (3.75)

M: Excellent mouthfeel, very coating and smooth with relatively low carbonation but leaving a fairly dry finish. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this altbier -- very silky smooth feel with solid malty base and just enough bitterness to keep good balance. Great job Zipline.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 10/1/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper brown color like ice tea, that has a super small tan head. leaves good lacing when sipped though. The aroma is like a typical brown ale which is sweet malts and spice. The taste was very pleasant with hints of caramel with a very light hint of chocolate. Perfect carbonation.

This is the 2nd brew from this new local (1 hours drive) brewery that was really good.

Photo of omahawk
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear, medium brown / dark ruby color with minimal lacing appearance. I was surprised by the name "Alt", as this is pretty much a traditional brown ale with little hop presence. Perhaps Alt yeast was used, but this is not a traditional German Alt. Nice malt flavor with big caramel taste, bready smell, and slight lingering sweetness (just short of cloying). Well made, malt forward beer.

Photo of Jimbob006
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I grew up during the perfect beer time... high school in San Diego in the late 90's during the rise of Stone, Alesmith, Pizza Port, and of course Ballast Point. I have yet to find a Nebraska brewery with constantly good beers. Thus far, Zipline has fullfilled my request! The copper alt is right on for the style. Just a great drinking beer for a cold (or warm) Friday evening after a long day of work. I've purchased at least four different six-packs over the past 6 months and each batch (different bottling times) has been perfectly carbonated with a robust and long-lasting head. The color is near perfect for the style - something I hope to reproduce in an upcoming homebrew. The hop presence is also true to the style and the only boring thing I find with this ale. Coupled with a fair price, relative to the high cost of sub-par local Neb & Iowa craftbrews, this copper alt will be common in my fridge.

Copper ALT. from Zipline Brewing Co
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.