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GestAlt - The Tap Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 11-24-2009)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the afternoon of Night of the Funk 2010.

Pours a nice brown color with a decent head, though it doesn't have much in the way of retention. The nose is okay. In reality, there are some nice notes there but you have to dig really deep to find them. There's a bit of light malt plus some earthy hops.

The taste is much better with some dry bready malt and a nice earthy hop presence. An ever slight floral character as well. Pretty light beer with a nice bitterness. Drinks well enough and is a solid representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 05:55:34 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:03:34 | More by brentk56
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 01:48:29 | More by Knapp85
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:27:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice reddish brown color with little head and carbonation.

s - Smells of toasted malts, as well as sweet fruits and maybe a little hops.

t - Tastes of both toasted and sweet malts. Also maybe a little fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonatioin. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was a decent brown ale. I liked the toasted malt taste and the mouth feel and would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:10:33 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent coating lace. Good initial head that settles into a single layer of bubbles. Dark amber color, light brown.

Mild crystal malt aroma.

Chocolate and crystal malt flavors. Reasonably dry, but there's caramel tone to the swallow. Modest hop in the aftertaste, but the tale of the flavor is the complexity of the grain. The body is light, but creamy. Proper carbonation. Interestingly, there's a touch of coffee in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:57:31 | More by smcolw
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 08:22:30 | More by corby112
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is nutty, roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt chocolate finish. Bottled 11/2009; $4.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:27:44 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head. Head quickly fell to a skim of small bubbles, with slow-falling lace. Aroma was sweet with a touch of earthy hops. Taste starts sweet as well, some fruitiness in the middle, and more sweeteness to close, with a wisp of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth but thinnish, and drinkability was alright. Sweet from beginning to end was not quite was I was looking for/expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:13:25 | More by ppoitras
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut with a tight beige cap. The head thinned quickly to a collar, leaving some transient, spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of brown malts, a bit earthy, slight caramel, faint hops - mild but nice. Sturdy bitterness with herbal hop character that lingered. Clean maltiness with some caramel, cereal, toast. Subtle chocolate and bready malts, a bit of roast, as it warmed. A hint of fruit. Lowish carbonation, smooth and refined texture. Medium bodied with some dryness. I quite enjoyed it. I liked the malt character - it had some depth, but wasn't overwhelming. If anything, the bitterness was a little on the high side, but that's a minor gripe.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:12:19 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 20:36:47 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-19-2011 19:05:15 | More by PEIhop
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle acquired at The Tap Brewery in Haverhill. Bottled Nov 09 and sampled December 30, 2009. The pour is an attractive brown with a thin head but excellent clarity. The aroma is an inviting sweet and nutty combination with something toasted in the background and a hint of caramel. Complex but pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth and of medium texture. The taste has a sweet bitterness to it with a vague background of hops. Overall a very mild beer with a slight punch at 6.6% ABV. A very nicely done beer. I wish I bought another.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:47:10 | More by puboflyons
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tpd975

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with a small creamy colored head. No retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Aromas of light roast, nuts, and caramel.

T: Thin and mild. The roast is there along with hints of caramel. Hints of pure grain and a dash of hops.

M: On thinner side of body.

D: Light and drinkable, light on taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:24:25 | More by tpd975
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 05:25:06 | More by mynie
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pilsner glass. A medium brown color, a little hazed, with a small tan head. A bit of lacing.
Caramel malt aroma, some fruit.
Pretty malty taste, sweet. Fruity, apple and cherry. A kiss of hops at the end.
Nice enough beer. Not overly exciting, but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 21:35:02 | More by lordofthewiens
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-14-2011 21:11:30 | More by UncleJimbo
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Haverhill on 2/27/10. This version was dry hopped with Tettenang hops.

A - Hazy reddish copper-colored body with a one-finger frothy beige head of tightly compacted bubbles that reduced to a foamy retention, leaving spotty web-like lace around the glass.

S - Subtle aroma with traces of dried fruits, dry leafy hops and spicy herbs. I was anticipating something a little more potent and aromatic for a dry hopped cask offering.

T - Initial flavor combines dark malts with an herbal hop character, giving this Altbier a very dry bitterness and leafy, tea-like quality. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't really capture the best aspects of either a brown or pale ale.

M - Light to medium bodied with a thin, slightly syrupy texture and some residual hop oiliness. Finish is quite dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - While this beer benefitted from dry hopping, it was still a little bland overall. The aroma was surprisingly quite average for a dry hopped cask ale, and the bitterness was a bit heavy.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2010 23:29:24 | More by ffejherb
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky, thin brown with a ring and wisp of head. No lacing or retention. Could double for iced tea in dirty glass.

Some light caramel and fruit notes, with some toasted malt. I get a little booze, which is surprising at 5.2%

Nice flavors here. Caramel and toasted malt, but not over-sweet. Some sweet/sour malt notes, a touch of cocoa, nice sour/bitter edge as the palate clears. Great distinct flavors here.

I get a little carbonation on the tongue, but essentially flat brew. A little zip and a bit more body would go a long way here.

Liked the flavor in this one, but needs a bit more structure. A little watery and flat, and it really takes away from this one. Nice balance and complexity in the flavors can't help this one. I want to recommend but just can't. Borderline.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:07:31 | More by OtherShoe2
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:14:33 | More by morebeergood
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-01-2012 03:27:43 | More by ms11781
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-16-2011 01:24:34 | More by Gregwa
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 01:44:12 | More by Lawnboy33
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark brown and chestnut in color with little clarity. The head is dish soap like and only about a half inch in depth.

Aroma - lots of toasty notes, yeasty, grainy, malty, molasses with a dose of cream. A couple more whiffs and some of those noble hops show up to join the aroma party.

Taste - big dose of toasty, biscuity, bread crusty maltiness. It finishes crisp and tidy with plenty of noble hop bitterness (almost metallic or mineral-like) to balance out the maltiness upfront. Rather light bodied and very flavorful.

Overall - solid drinkability, well-balanced between sweet and bitter and quite tasty. Not an easy style to reproduce and this one was very well done.

Would I buy more of it? - not sure. I'd like to try a few others that they put out first.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 15:00:23 | More by indiapaleale
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear deep reddish/brown with some nice light brown head and some slight laving

The smell is a bit grainy with some sweet malt flavor. There is a slight floral hop and fruit flavor.

The taste is again grainy with some coffee flavor that also has a sugar flavor as well. Some slight hop flavor that comes out and leaves a bit of a bitter flavor on the palette.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and feel pretty dry. It goes down pretty well with a nice crisp feel and is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 04:29:07 | More by Duhast500
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