Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
I can't say I'm an experienced alt drinker, but this was a welcome introduction to the style. Dark amber color with a consistent thin head. Smooth lager mouthfeel, with a substantial flavor of toasted malt, well balanced against modest hop bitterness. The flavor carried a stronger punch than I expected, but in the best of ways. It's still a very smooth, drinkable brew with a 5% abv that won't make you worry about getting drunk after a bomber.
05-08-2012 01:27:25 | More by dtreindl
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Poured into a standard pint mug, this is a dark amber beer with a dense head on top. The nose offers some solid malt character with a touch of caramel, proper for the style. The taste is excellent, mainly providing a wonderful malt profile with just right toasted malt notes, a little nutty, with light caramel. Hops are about right for an alt, giving a strong sweetness-offsetting bitterness but not much hop flavor. Moderate mouthfeel, neither creamy nor thin.
Very well done amber beer from Full Sail's quite decent IPO line.
07-05-2012 01:26:42 | More by allengarvin
4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
22 oz bottle pours a nicely clear copper color with a frothy tan head. Retention is average but the lacing is lovely. Good lookin brew.
Nose is toast and toffee with a leafy, herbal hop presence. Nice and fresh smelling brew with just a touch of nutty yeast. Smells 'Old World' with the hop varietal and malts used.
Taste is nice and smooth with some rich malty flavor...toast and maybe a light molasses sweetness. The hops are just about perfect and add a nice flavor and bittering balance. This is actually the second bottle of this I have bought. Good price point for a bomber and I think it is a damn fine altbier. The nutty yeast makes more of an impact as it warms and the mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. However, there is enough going on to make this a nice, sessionable brew to share or drink alone. Versatile...thats the word Im looking for!
07-15-2012 21:23:02 | More by twiggamortis420
4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
22oz bottle purchased at Yoke’s on Foothills Drive in Spokane for $3.99. According to the label, this is best by June 16, 2012. Oops. Guess that’s why it was on sale.
Poured a very dark copper color, with a good-sized, bubbly beige head. When held up to light, the beer takes on a slightly reddish hue. Lots of lace left on the sides of nonic-style pint glass.
Nutty in the nose, along with a mild, floral hop scent. There’s some bready malts as well. Smells not unlike Alt’s I’ve had in Germany, which is not a bad thing at all.
At first it definitely seems like a more malty than hoppy tasting beer, which is what an Alt is supposed to taste like. It begins with a complimentary blend of sweet maltiness and mildly bitter hop flavor. The hop bitterness, although restrained enough to be in harmony with the malts, is greater than a typical German example of the style. In the fadeout the hops become a little more dominant, providing a subtly dry ending.
Medium bodied, with a very slightly oily yet prickly mouthfeel.
This tastes like a really great blend of Germany and America – a beer that is mainy German, stylistically, but brewed with a little bit more hoppiness on account of it being brewed by a brewery from the hop crazy Pacific Northwest. I hope to see this one brewed again, for although the age didn’t seem to harm this beer, I’d still like to try a fresh one.
09-23-2012 20:15:15 | More by woemad
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured a finger of head on a dark amber colored body. Looks great.
It smells old (it is an altbier after all). Seriously, it has a good barnyard/hay and earth smell to it.
It's fairly complex for an alt with some mild maltiness to start, then some hop spice and finishes with a bit of burnt wood.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
I haven't tasted many, but this is the best altbier I've had.
05-10-2013 04:33:02 | More by Fatehunter
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
A: A very nice dark copper color! nice white 2 finger head!
S: A very good Malt aroma, very bready taste with some hints of caramel
T: Super malty with a nice bready character, balanced with nice bitterness on the back
M: Medium body, some carbonation!
O: A very traditional alt! very nice example of the original style!
07-19-2012 02:52:25 | More by joecalderoni
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Dark copper color. Sweet malty aroma. The Taste is a very good, complex maltiness with a great balance of spicy hops. The carbonation is moderate and goes down smooth. It all comes together very well. A very good beer by Full Sail in a less popular style. Would recommend it to anyone who likes a full flavor beer, or just wants to know what the 'alt' style is all about.
05-06-2012 02:35:42 | More by baldben
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.
Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with built-to-last lacing. Aroma is worty with a bit of fruity tartness.
Taste follows the nose, sweet upfront, touch of tart in the middle, with a sedate bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy. Nice representation of the style.
08-01-2012 20:49:46 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Deep amber color, looks clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick eggshell color head.
Ripe black cherries, caramel, toasted, spicy hops.
Hop forward, mainly spicy and herbal, a little leafy. Deep caramel malts, toasted, bread crust. Some dark fruit note. Finish is bitter, dry and crisp. Medium bodied, smooth, dry.
It's very good beer.
07-07-2013 05:09:39 | More by mjurney
4/5 rDev +10.8%
A - Pours a fairly clear orange-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet bready and caramel malts with grains, lager yeast, light floral hops, and some light fruity esters.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet bready and caramel malts with some fruity esters and grains. Through the middle, some light floral hops come through with some biscuity malts and some lager yeast. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some floral hops, fruity esters, and lager yeast.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice Altbier with good yeast character and smoothness.
12-03-2012 02:31:20 | More by ngeunit1
Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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