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

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

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%

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:
"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.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-24-2008)
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Reviews by Bookseeb:
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dirty brown color supporting thin head and nil lace. Aroma has a clean sense of sweet malt and hop. Taste is grainy having a dark fruit note with the lightly sweet malt fallowed by the noble hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Nothing complex, just a good brew that seems to fallow the style fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 03:35:13 | More by Bookseeb
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Enjoy by 07/2014, stamped on the side.

Into a stange.

A: slightly transparent yet has a hazy brown/amber coloring. Nice one finger frothy creamy white head

S: sweet German malts delicately balanced into a decent smoky meaty quality

T: sweet and slightly meaty and adds a decent breadiness as it warms, and has exactly the same aftertaste, but the finish is a bit drier

M: light to medium, good carbonation for the Altbier style and good for me as there's a decent harshness that typically felt in altbiers, also there's a decent sessionable quality to this as well

O: whoah, Full Sail, where did this come from, as I think I just found my favorite altbier by an American brewer as I would definitely love to come back to this and also have a good enough feel for this brew to think it could go pretty well with some beef stew and possibly go in the beef stew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 04:39:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"This certifies that you are the rightful owner of one (1) Brewer's Share of the Initial Pub Offering of Full Sail Brewing Company's release: ALT a.k.a. Phil's Existential Alt, a copper=colored, cold-conditioned small batch beer concocted by our own Phil Roche, generously imbued with Munich and Vienna malts and German Noble hops." Brewed in the style of an Altbier, this one time brew is likely long gone from stores.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a becker pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-caramel had of a frothy cream consistency over a medium hazy caramel body. Retention is above average. Appearance is overall nice for the style. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of sweet Munich and Vienna malts, yeast and grain esters and some mild buttery notes. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Lots of harsh grain, yeast funk and pure ethanol up front, light bready german malt sweetness in the back, faded and thin. A very dry, harsh finish without much bitterness flavor to account for it. This is not a very easy beer to drink, likely a decent recipe muddied with time. 3

(Mouthfeel) Medium-thick with a slick oiliness. Carbonation doesn't do much to remedy this beer, it's overall too flat for the style, and with the flavors coming off as strong and distorted as they currently are, a lack of carbonation could only be a bad thing. Body is medium for an Altbier, medium overall. 3

(Overall) This beer is far gone, always check your dates prior to purchasing. Drinkable, but barely so, time has given the yeast too much power over this style of usual simple and elegant balance, and what is left is a dry, grainy and boozy beverage that lacks flavor and balance. Probably fine at one time, be sure to pass this beer up if you see it in any bottle shop like I have. 3.25

Full Sail Brewery's
Brewer's Share: Phil's Existential Alt

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:53:03 | More by Jadjunk
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange-like glass.
Enjoy-by date is 06-16-12. Yikes, picked this up only a few weeks ago, didn't noticed the date in the store.

Anyhow, on to the review:

A: Pours a dark copper-brown color with a one fingered of light tan head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the glass and on top of the beer.

S: Aroma is very muted, there's a slight amount of earthiness, a little nuttiness, but not a whole lot else.

T: There's some flavor! Toasted caramel notes abound with a light hoppiness and some nut- flavors on the finish with some hints of toffee and malt. Not much else that I can pick up on.

M: Light on the tongue with a mild amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent beer, I think the aging of this particular one may not have been a good thing for it, but either way, still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by date: 08 2013 108

Dark copper body with a thick, creamy head riding atop; sticky rings of lacing. Very pleasant roasted malt aroma with hints of hazelnuts and dark caramel. Good grainy sweetness with a touch of esters in the background; fine hop bitterness, especially at the finish. Thin bodied; crisp and dry finish.

The beer starts out with promise, including the taste, but it soon loses much of its appeal. Overall, the malt flavors seem weaker with each mouthful and the body comes across more watery. One is left with a slightly over-bitter ale flavor. I hoped for better, and it's drinkable, but falls flat in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Transcribed from notes dtd Su, 14 July 2013

I had problems with my wireless internet, really with my home land line which I use for wireless internet and so the day became old-school pen-and-ink time as I really did not want to try and write my review through my phone. Needless to say, when my carrier tells me that they only have a skeleton staff on weekends and the problem will be fixed by 1900 h. on Monday, they are getting 86'd!

I am dubious about this being a retired limited release as Full Sail only recently arrived in PA and I bought this shortly thereafter.

From the bottle: "Independent Employee-Owned"; "Number 47-C 5143"; "Brewer's Share"; "This certifies that YOU are the rightful owner of ONE (1) Brewer's Share of the INITIAL PUB OFFERING of Full Sail Brewing Company's release: ALT a.k.a. PHIL'S EXISTENTIAL ALT, a copper-colored cold-conditioned small batch beer concocted by our own Phil Roche, generously imbued with Munich and Vienna malts and German Noble hops."; "Featured Brewer: Phil Roche Four times a year we hand the keys to our massively talented brewers and let them throw down. Whoever comes up with the most insanely delicious new brew gets to share it with the entire brew-geekosphere. It's something we call Brewer's Share. Now you're probably wondering what is so darn existential about Phil's Alt. According to Phil, 'Altbier is German and the only thing ancient Germans thought more about than their existence was brew. Early myths contain some 200 verses about the creation of the world, but twice that many about making brew!'"; "Phil's Charity: Phil has chosen to support Friends of the Children, a non-profit that provides Portland's most-at-risk children with intensive and long-term mentors. Visit www.friendsofthechildren.org".

My pour created two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lightly molasses-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a molasses-like flavor on the tongue. Definitely not malty, but not bitter, either. It landed somewhere in the middle ground of the two flavors. Finish definitely had the grassiness of "German Noble hops", which I read as Hallertau. Once more, I was glad that Full Sail has come to PA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 19:36:58 | More by woodychandler
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-15-2013 01:38:56 | More by pathman
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Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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