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Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-24-2008

"According to Phil [Roche, brewer and beer developer], a generous amount of Munich and Vienna malts give this beer its copper color and toasty-caramel aroma. German noble hops provide complimentary bitterness and a clean, dry finish. The beer has been cold-conditioned for six weeks and goes down smooth."

43 IBU

Originally a pub-only beer, Re-released in April 2012 as part of the Brewer's Share series.
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive, slightly coarse cream-colored head adorns a modestly hazy orange-brown body. The retention is fairly good. The lacing is complex, resembling an archipelago encircling the glass wall. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Rich aroma of scorched caramel and roasted nuts. Grassy hops are prominent in the aroma.

Taste: The taste beings with abundant and distinct Munich and Vienna malts, with darkly roasted grains and burnt caramel quite prominent. Roasted nut flavors soon appear, as with the aroma. Later in the taste, grassy and earthy hops appear, and vie with the malts for dominance. Finishes with a lingering earthy hop note.

Mouth feel: Full, smooth, soft, pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, a decent example of the style, a slightly higher ABV, say of 6 to 6.5 percent would be welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.15/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Garcia
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bomber on a spigelau glass.

A - looks beautiful. Nice copper color.
S- slightly nutty, but extremely weak. Had to really look for it.
T - slightly nutty flavor. I was hoping for a lot more taste. 43 IBU? Where are they?
M - it's okay. Nothing to write home about. Lacking a litte.

O- expected a tad more.

Edit: had to run an errand and came back to this beer considerably warmer. I can now taste the Munich malt (might be caramunich) and it improved incredibly. Tastes grainy malty. Improved considerably.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid only 6 bucks for the bomber. Poured into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A - A deep chestnut brow with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring. Slow bubble patterns on this one.
S - Wow this beer smells wonderful! Toasted grains, hazelnuts and caramel malts highlight. Smell is very authentic and doesn't smell boozy.
T - Pretty much what I expected all the toasted grains and hazelnuts showed up but my palate kind of wanted more sweet malts.
M - Still it is quite balanced and easy to drink. Sort of chewy and medium bodied also.

Overall a very tasty authentic to German tasting Altbier. A home run for the price as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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