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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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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
"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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and grassy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a somewhat harsh hop bitterness in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:54:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-05-2013 18:27:43 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-05-2013 18:50:05 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-16-2012 02:52:50 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a medium-small, wispy, ivory-hued head.

Smell: The nose leans a bit malty, with a note of toasted biscuit tops and suggestion of homemade caramel. Low hint of esters. Moderate degree of spicy-minded Continental hops.

Taste: Biscuity, toasty German malts with a little, sweetish nibble of burnt sugar. Slight fruitiness with a bit of green raisin showing. Spicy Noble hop bitterness gives a slight bite and a steady-as-she-goes dryness until the finish with a final zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A notch on the dial just above medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, well-built alt.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:59:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-12-2012 04:00:38 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2013 03:59:40 | More by Knapp85
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-02-2012 07:54:24 | More by SocalKicks
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fluffy 1/2 finger head with lots of sticky lacing, quite clear cranberry auburn reddish color.

Nose has some light reddish malts, little caramel and red candy, little toasty even, hint toffee. Hops bring a bit earthy hop, little grassy and slight herbal hops, slight ester like earthiness with some fruity aromas, little cherry apple like.

Taste starts with caramel reddish malts again, chewy reddish Munich like malts, some caramel and toffee, little sweetness. Then hops, little spicy, earthy, and quite herbal, and chewy hops. Bitterness is fairly strong but not overly. Slight phenols come through with a bit of fruit again. Finish is dry and quite bitter, long earthy spicy and slightly herbal lingering finish, little sticky sweet malts but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall OK, not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:20:49 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee malt, with a hint of grass and some earth thrown in. The flavor similar. I get a lot of toffee notes, as well as some grass and ice-tea character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am not a huge fan of altbiers, but this one was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:53:58 | More by Mora2000
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-02-2014 05:08:42 | More by zestar
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mactrail

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a modest foam. Lots of lacing along the glass. A pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

Dark and bitterish flavors lurking. Tangy with hints of caramel. Seems more interesting with a few sips, but it ends up as a lightweight oddity. The Altbier style seems to be a tricky one. This is light, with a hint of butter, and a bitter aftertaste. In between it's a grainy brew that tastes like a Pale Ale with some rye. Some odd spoiled fruit and that bitterness without any hint of hops.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo, Texas. The "enjoy by" date is missing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 04:57:09 | More by mactrail
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2012 05:20:38 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a really solid, slightly hazed bronze-brown colour, with a fine, if somewhat filmy head of white. The light-coloured head works well off the moderately dark body, highlighting it somewhat. Very little lace, but a solid enough weight to the body. Looks decent.

Nose is, yep, solidly in style: some light Munich malt characters coming through above a solid basis, with a touch of copper or dark herbs lingering over the top creating some structure. There's the hint of some estery by-products as well, with a little bubblegum, vanilla and banana notes. Interesting. And solid.

Taste is similar, although what was only a suggestion of copper on the nose is stronger here on the palate, giving a drying, slightly cloying character. Otherwise, it's still good: there's solid malt, a tingle of roast just on the back of the palate and more lashes of smooth vanilla and banana. Pleasant enough.

Feel is smooth and long, and relatively clear, with some heft to express the flavours.

Pretty decent brew. Stylistically competent, without being overwhelming or virtuosic.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:41:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 20:49:46 | More by ppoitras
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-24-2014 00:40:54 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gives this beer a medium sized tan head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear reddish copper colored beer.

A light sweet malt aroma with some bread like qualities.

A lightly sweet yet darker roasted caramel malts taste blended together very well with a lighter floral hops but on the lighter side.

This medium bodied beer has a nice light dry roasted caramel malt aftertaste that stays with you.

This beer is has a easy drinking quality with some good tastes going on, I prefer more hops but I'm not everyone, if you like malty beers and Oktoberfest style beers, you like this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:17:16 | More by LXIXME
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP for about $4ish... Poured into my thin tulip... okay white head with surprisingly good lacing and cap.. the brew is deep amber... very clear.

Grainy and malty... hints of some PNW hops.. pretty clean.

Nice bitter bite up front helps balance all the coming malts... The grains are dry as expected... dark toast and caramel... biscuit presence.... hops come back on the finish lingering with some good bitterness. Again, very clean... pretty much spot-on.

Body seems a touch heavy for the style.. lighter than expected carbonation weighs things to the heavy side.

Nice... A forgotten style... I would buy it again... done well.

4/3/3.5/3/4

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:32:07 | More by JohnGalt1
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afsdan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-23-2014 22:49:24 | More by afsdan
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nutty amber-brown hue with a crystal-clear body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: malty aroma with some caramel notes; it's heavier on the biscuit/bread than on the caramel/sweet side. There is also a dash of earthy/noble hop character. Overall, it's nice, but it's a bit biscuity for me.

Taste: creamy concoction of bread and caramel, with a little bit of biscuit at the end and a balanced bitterness. More tilted to the caramel side than the aroma, I rather like the flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a pretty decent altbier, though I think I would prefer it a bit less biscuity.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:49:44 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aromatic aroma of slightly toasty caramel malt and a hint of wheat and hops. Medium bodied. Flavor dominated by bisquit malt and very toasty with a dry, pleasant moderate hop finish. I liked the toasiness in the middle on this one, a pleasant altbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:02:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 03:27:00 | More by DrDemento456
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:23:02 | More by twiggamortis420
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-29-2014 03:18:22 | More by wrightst
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Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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