GestAlt - The Tap Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, honey, nuts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by sweet flavors of maple, nuts, honey and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I would choose first.
10-02-2012 01:27:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Seems like a basic brown ale. Ok. Flavors were pretty basic ... nothing over the top, either positively or negatively. I would definitely enjoy drinking this beer with a meal, but not so much by itself.
I've been to the Tap several times (the pub associated w/ the Haverhill Brewery). Worth a stop should you find yourself in Haverhill Ma (north of Boston).
12-05-2011 01:44:59 | More by KarlosT
4/5 rDev +7.8%
On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.
Pours a clear amber-brownish color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of breadiness and good amounts of earthy hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel malts with hints of deeper toasted malts up front are joined quickly by moderately bitter earthy and leafy hops. The flavor dries out further midway through the sip as the hop influence grows, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.
Overall I thought this was a good beer for the style, though nothing really stood out. Worth a shot.
08-14-2011 20:36:47 | More by glid02
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Bomber received in a recent trade. Thanks again Alec! Bottled 4/11.
Pours a very dark copper/chestnut brown color that's almost completely opaque with dark golden ruby/mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.
Earthy, floral aroma with hints of piny, grassy hops countered by lots of sweet malt. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee and hazelnut counter the dank, oily hops.
Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a nice balance of grassy, earthy hops and sweet malt. The floral, piny hops provide a nice amount of dry bitterness that lingers throughout over the sweet malt profile into a crisp, spicy finish. As the beer warms the toasted malt backbone becomes more prominent with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, rye and biscuit.
Overall this beer isn't overly complex but it's excellently balanced, flavorful and very quaffable. I'm usually not a fan of American breweries attempting German styles but this one is pretty good. I would probably drink this often if it was local to me.
07-05-2011 08:22:30 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a rather thin head that leaves a few strands behind
Smell: Brown bread and caramel, with a hint of raisiny fruit
Taste: Opens with the brown bread and caramel flavors but adds the fruity character of an alt by mid-palate, with hints of raisin and coffee; the fruity elements persist, after the swallow, and are joined by a bit of grassy hop flavors, though this beer is more about the malt than the hops
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Not may domestic brewers tackle the style, but Haverill's attempt is rather impressive
06-27-2011 23:03:34 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a bottle purchased at a Whole Foods in Dedham, MA.
Appearance: Chestnut brown with copper highlights; pours with almost no head - just a slight film and a ring of bubbles. No lacing.
Smell: Malt-forward aroma with nutty notes. A hint of caramel, candy-like sweetness. Hop aroma is minimal.
Taste: Malty and slightly grassy with an earthy edge. Faint bitterness in the finish, with bready malt lingering.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium, and on the flat side.
Overall: Great as a thirst quencher, but nothing to rave about.
05-26-2011 03:04:19 | More by turnstile
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
22oz into cervoise. From notes
This beer pours a nice dark brown with decent 1.5 fingers off-whitish head. Good sticky lacing. Nose is mainly biscuity malts with some minor pine and sweet caramel mixed in. Taste focused on the toffee and caramel malts but wasn't as sweet as was suggested by the nose. The drying biscuit-ness is in there too and I picked up a nice hazelnut, maybe even some pecan, in there. Great! Mouthfeel was medium to upper thin, slightly tacky. This beer is quite refreshing and I would most definitely love to have this one again, great beer for an uncommon style (for me at least)
03-28-2011 19:06:11 | More by OakedCanuck
2.45/5 rDev -34%
One of my many samples at the ACBF 2010. This beer didn't really stand out too much for me. I've never been much a big fan of Altbeir styles. They classify this as a brown ale as well. The color was brown, the head was tiny and tan. Overall not much else was coming through for me on this. Not much of a hoppiness either.
03-23-2011 01:48:29 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
NOTE: Although they call this a "brown ale" by " I judged it more as a German altbier.
Appearance: Pours very nicely with a nice off-white head that lingers, especially round the edges of the glass. Bubbles present obvious evidence of carbonation. In spite of the name, the color is more like an amber or red ale with deep copper tones. It's actually on the darker side for an altbier. (Perhaps this is why they decided to refer to it as a brown ale?)
Aroma: Well-rounded and sweet with malt dominant. I picked up a very subtle suggestion of cloves. All in all a very nice aroma.
Taste: Nicely balanced with more bitterness than one might expect from the rather sweet aroma.
Mouthful: Somewhat over-carbonated but generally decent mouthfeel. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Recommended
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03-13-2011 16:39:06 | More by kamoore63
2.75/5 rDev -25.9%
A: copper brown with some amber hues. light kahki one finger head in perfect pint. a good swirl leaves spots of lacing that quickly slide down.
S: really just not alot going on here. if you pretty much jam your nose into the beer, you get a little bready malt, and a touch of carmel sweetness, but thats about it. i just dont find much definition here, sad because of the bomber format, where all the 12oz servings ive had so far have been quite good.
T: bready malts, stepped up just a bit from the nose, and just a touch of hops in the backend. otherwise fairly simple and unimpressive.
M: medium bodied with mild carbonation, and the carbonation is tue only thing that really brings any life to this beer. im left searching for something else and i just never find it.
D: its just pretty boring. i wont search it out again... but i wont say its bad, just overly unimpressive.
03-01-2011 23:53:43 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
3.03/5 rDev -18.3%
Poured a 1.5" head which dissipated to a trace. Color is like a dark brewed orange pekoe tea, clear and radiant yet brown with hints of amber. Not much smell. Tastes of mild malt, rye, and just a hint of hops. Inoffensive but all in all pretty boring. In a blind taste test I would have guessed this was some mass produced generic beer.
02-14-2011 09:55:30 | More by MoreThanWine
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Purchased a bomber at Whole Foods Dedham for $3.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Very light tan colored body, with a thin whispy white head. Smell had a bit of pine-cone and pumpernickel to it. Taste was not my favorite, but I give it extra points for uniqueness. It had the malt body of a brown ale with the hops of a pale ale. Well done in the flavor department. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it had a nice crispness to it like a fine lager. The aftertaste almost reminded me of a lambic's tartness. Easy beer to drink, but not sure if I'd make this a session one. An intriguing beer, and I can see why this beer has won awards.
02-13-2011 23:14:33 | More by morebeergood
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
Damn! That is a crisp and refreshing goddamn beer, right there. That's like--damn! Damn! Is that what these is supposed to have been tasting like all this goddamn time?
This is the best kind of malt-dominant beer, where everything is crisp and lightly sweet, floral and biscuity, and all around Germanic. Like, not in the linguistic sense, but it the sense that it tastes like the best kind of complex crystal malt, like you're having a piece of toast and some chocolate and some sunshine all at once.
This is a medium strength malty beer, so you can forgive the BA horde for their 3.7ishes. It's really an exceptionally well-done, amazingly crisp, outrageously drinkable alt. Buy it.
02-01-2011 05:25:06 | More by mynie
GestAlt from The Tap Brewing Company
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