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Gravel Road - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sweasty on 07-09-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +14.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or so of khaki head.

S: Like a lot of altbiers, this one smells like grapes to me. There is some toast and bread, along with some yeast. There is a mild fruit note, and that's about it. This beer really doesn't smell like much.

T: The flavor isn't all that intense either, but it does have some sweetness to it. A bit of toffee along with the bread and toasted malts. There are very light hop notes as well as some hints of fruit (mostly grape).

M: The body is what I would consider medium, as is the carbonation.

O: I found this to just be "okay". It wasn't all that aromatic or flavorful.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee with some dark fruit added. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and hazelnut notes, with some dark fruit thrown in. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't have much to say about the beer because there is not a whole lot going on. A decent, easy drinker but nothing too exciting.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

dmorgan310, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rockwell Tavern without knowing the style. Pint glass served a dark crimson color with a dense, tight off-white head. Good looker, pretty clear.

Nose is malty, lightly earthy. Some dark fruits showing through with a burnt caramel aspect. Very little hops…my first guess was a Scottish-style ale.

Taste leans heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum with a nutty yeast flavor and bold, near-burnt toffee…almost like licking a coffee bean….roasted and husky even. Sweetness is low and shows barely a light dusting of cocoa powder. Alcohol is up there, feels around 7% or so. Not bad, not bad…an interesting bockish-scottish ale that drinks pretty decent. I see this is an Altbier here on BA...I can see that, maybe like an Imperial ALtbier of sorts :)

twiggamortis420, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Rockwells in Cypress, TX.

A: Pours a dark brown color. A tiny tan head forms and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Toasted malt, light chocolate, and some hop bitterness. Pretty standard.
T: Toasted malt, bread, biscuit, chocolate, and some hops. Not bad.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairy creamy and smooth. Easy enough to drink, but not something I would come back to.

Like most everything from Rahr, just ho hum. Nothing particularly wrong, but boring. Nothing I would recommend, but nothing bad either. Once again, I am still trying to find out what an Altbeir acutally is. I don't thing this is one.

champ103, Aug 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Gagnonsux, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: I poured the beer from a 12 oz bottle into a glass and it has a a dark brown color with not much head

smell: I am getting a lot of chocolate malt scents from this beer. Also have some caramel scents

taste: The taste was super unexpected. It hits your pallet with a toffee flavor with a slight chocolate flavor after taste.

M: The mouth feels is amazing. Super smooth and just as perfect as it gets for a beer.

Overall this beer is okay.

gtermi, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is very dark for an alt: dark brown, nearly opaque. The head fades quickly after the pour. Aroma is heavy on the malt, with a bit of roast character... a little chocolate. Very unusual for an altbier. The follows the nose, pretty much, though it offers some bitterness with no accompanying hop flavor. Very lightly fruity yeast character. Finish is malty. Body is a tad thin and watery.

While the Rahr brewery generally impresses me, this beer does not. I would probably have called it a strong porter rather than an alt. It doesn't fit alt characteristics at all. And, it's just not a very interesting beer.

allengarvin, Jul 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber in color, with a large, tan head, which persists quite well. The head is sticky, rather dense, and resembles a cloud top. The lacing is thick, sticky and Belgian in its appearance.

Aroma: Lots of toasted and dark burnt malts,with toast notes as well. There is a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt, or toasted dark bread note, soon followed by a mild current of sweet caramel. This segues into intensely roasted, almost burnt notes which carry to the end of the taste. Finishes with a lingering, sharp metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit off-style, the grains seem over-toasted.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

JohnBender, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Hopmodium, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BeerHunter76, Jan 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

bbadger, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the Central Market in Fort Worth. I have never seen this one in Houston. I don't see that it is 7.25% marked on the bottle, so I wonder if that was a mistake as that is pretty big for an Altbier. Let's give it a shot anyway. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours quite Alt-like being a very clear brown color with a small head of barely off-white bubbles that were small and compact. The head was only on the beer for about 30 seconds and ended as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There are a few bubbles rising and they stick for a second or two before bursting into oblivion. The color is based a little more on Brown than Red, like most commercial Altbiers, but it is still inviting for the style. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is also pretty good for the style. There is mostly malt in the nose and it gives the toasty notes like you would expect. There is a little bit of hops noticeable in the aroma, but it is reserved as it should be. I am getting a little bit of cherry as the beer sits a bit, which is a little odd. Overall the grain is in charge, but it isn't coming across as grainy, which is good.

Taste: The flavor also reminds me of an Altbier, but it is a little more out of line than the other attributes. The hops is still pretty noticeable in the finish indicating that this beer is a little bit young. It leaves a mild grassy impression on the back of the throat that lingers for quite some time after the sip. The carbonation is appropriate to a tad low, and the body is appropriately medium. The finish is definitely toward the hops, but it seems to be working with the water pretty well.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent representation of this style, and this is definitely one of my more favorite beers that I have tried from Rahr (Their Barrel Aged Winter Warmer is my favorite so far). This one is a little green, but this is a hard style to do well, and they did pretty well. If you are a big fan of Altbiers, like I am, I would give this one a "day in court".

SkeeterHawk, Sep 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

kew, Jan 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BlueMoon10, Aug 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.