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Gravel Road - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%


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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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 20:38:57 | More by womencantsail
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:23:32 | More by Mora2000
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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 :)

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 17:08:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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champ103

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 03:39:32 | More by champ103
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allengarvin

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:40:43 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:46:37 | More by Pegasus
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 02:10:40 | More by SkeeterHawk
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JMad

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is dark copper with a thick tan head that faded and left a filmy layer and lacing. It smells strangely of mint with some spicy hops and fruit, it's a very different smell for a beer but it does smell quite good. It tastes bitter with lemon and pine, there is a lot of sweet caramel malt and dark fruit. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a sticky lingering finish. This is the best altbier I've had so far, it is very balanced between sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:38:03 | More by JMad
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GregSVT

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a khaki head that fades to a thick ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has big notes of caramel, toffee, slight dark fruits, and bready malts. Very malty and it almost smells belgian.

T: The taste is a nice balance of caramel and bready malts with piney and bitter hops. It's sweet at first and then the bitter hops take over the finish.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy from the carbonation.

O: This is tasty although I have no basis as to the style. Reading about some of the other beers in the style it seems pretty close. Well done, Rahr.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:29:24 | More by GregSVT
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gtermi

Texas

3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:42:47 | More by gtermi
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mjurney

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep copper color, touch of haze. Mild carbonation. A little head.

Aroma:
Good amount of malty aroma... Bready, toasted, some hint of sweet chocolate.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front along with bitterness at the end. Malt character is almost like a Doppelbock style, I'm getting lots of sweet malts, caramel-toffee, maple, just a touch of milk chocolate. Floral-citrus hop character towards the end.

Body:
Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

Finish:
Bitter finish, yet very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:17:57 | More by mjurney
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zdk9

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours pretty dark brown, like a piece of black maple wood. Not really a head which seems somewhat surprising. Maybe I shouldn't be?

S- This smells kind of porterish, with smoke notes, and roasty toasty malt notes. And a good deal of spiciness like there's some wheat or rye in there.

T- Light smokiness. Bready. A woodfire. Maple syrup sweetness. Some hops, especially coming out in the aftertaste.

M- As I anticipated because of the head, this could use a bit more carbonation. Perhaps the style doesn't need a ton, but I think a little more liven up the beer a bit.

O- Smoky, interesting, decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:22:24 | More by zdk9
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roblowther

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy Scott stumbled across this, cheers. It is dark, translucent brown with very little head. The smell gets things going, though, with caramel, wood, and a biscuit smell. The taste is slightly sharp and almost smoky with a kind of earthy aftertaste. Very easy to drink. See? I just did it. The mouthfeel is thin and a little slippery. Overall, definitely a refreshing beer with a noticeable but not overpowering character. I'd like it with BBQ, I imagine and I like it in me, I'm sure. Somewhere between "buy another sixer" and "buy a keg" I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:43:17 | More by roblowther
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber hue with a big fluffy head. Nice lacing throughout the drink as well.

The aroma is of caramel, smoke, roast, and some hops. I see where the alt comes in. There is a hint of staleness in there and a slight hint of bile.

The taste is mostly sweet malt with some roast and a bit of hoppy bitterness to balance. Not bad at all. Very wasy drinking.

The feel is a bit light, yet maintains a creaminess.

Overall, pretty good. This would pair better with food than it stands alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:06:47 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My first experience w/ Rahr and Sons

Poured into a pint glass..

Appearance-Dark red, mahogany. About a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left no laces. Very unapealing.

Smell-Very subtle aroma. Light dark fruits and some bitterness. Really not much here.

Taste-Follows the nose. The primary flavor is bready with some slightly sweet fruits. Towards the end a pretty big floral hop bitterness cuts through. Not horrible I guess.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, easy to drink. Watery.

Overall-Altbier's are not a style I prefer, but have enjoyed the others I've had(Spoetzl, Long Trail) but this one didn't really bring much flavor or anything to really savor or enjoy. Not for me, and probably won't be for you either.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:14:00 | More by SWMeyer4141
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark copper with only the slightest hint of a head. However, a constant rise of carbonation bubbles keeps plenty of small foamy islands floating across the top of this beer.

The aroma is bready and toasty. There are plenty of sweet malty smells with hints of chocolate and caramel.

A smooth and thick medium body, but on the heavy side of medium with just enough carbonation to let you know that the beer is alive. The flavors are all sweet and malty. There is caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, and a hint of maple. All of this smoothly transitions to a slightly bitter finish that's just dry enough to make you really want that next sip. I'm really enjoying this beer and wishing that altbier was a more readily available style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:53:39 | More by SuperSpy
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Pint on tap

Look- Brown/ruby brown, crystal clear. Burnished mahogany- Nice red tint. Served without head, sparse lacing.

Smell- Nutty, raisin, rye toast, maple.

Taste- Roasty-toasty, caramel maple. Brandylike, lightly sweet, caraway seed, sarsaparilla, marshmallow, chocolate covered raisins. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, slick, rish, chewy. Mild booze on the back end. Rich feel, medium carb.

Overall- More of a stickebeer than what I would consider an alt, I almost passed, but I'm glad I didn't. Rich, malty, substantial, almost Scotch ale-like. I'll keep an eye out for this one. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 01:57:57 | More by Lawl3ss
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crusian

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from local shop...
pours a nice amber color with a tiny ring of head, not much at all...
the nose is bready, very wheat forward. Definitely strong on the munich malt, or at least what I think is munich... no hops...
Taste is pretty empty.... nothing on the front, nothing in the middle and ends with a toffee maltiness with a bitter finish and aftertaste. I dont think I have actually had such a tastless beer. Never has there been such a hole in a beer for me. There is a nice creaminess on the front, with a sweetness, but honestly, i taste nothing there... I may have to revisit this, may be something wrong with me? Going to ask the girlfriend... no help there, she is drinking a lil sumpthin wild, and just tastes brown sugar...
Mouthfeel is great, nice and creamy... carbonation is medium, on par with the style.
overall, this was disappointing. I am going to revisit this if i find any difference when i come back to it, but ultimately a strangely flavorless brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 22:36:12 | More by crusian
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at DFW airport.

Pours a ruby brown with no head. Full fruity-malt flavor: prunes and caramel. Despite other reviews on BA, I found the hop presence to be very much in the background. That said, it's entirely possible my airport pint wasn't at its freshest.

All told I enjoyed the beer finding it tremendously drinkable though not overly exceptional. Certainly a good accompaniment to pizza while waiting for my flight.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 00:12:45 | More by rinhaak
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brurevu

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my tasting notes: The Gravel Road was a deep reddish amber color that’s not too heavy despite its 7% alcohol content. I tasted a malty sweetness and slight caramel as well. It went down fast and easy and was a good introduction to Rahr & Sons. Not a great Alt but not bad either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 19:10:09 | More by brurevu
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coldriver

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours dark for an altbier, with a one finger head with medium dissapation.

Aroma is darker as well with coffee, caramel, and bready malt scents.

Taste is biscuit and toffee as well as a little fruity - maybe pears. Light hops come through for a nice finish.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. A nice bit of experimentation - sort of a Altbier/Light Porter. Nothing earth shattering but I'd happily have another or six.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:38:32 | More by coldriver
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Premo88

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)
[no dating on bottle; drank on 12/4/13]

L: dull murky brown that turns orange-amber up to light; minimal head of caramel foam that dissipates quickly; lots of floaties that turn it opaque

S: caramel; sweet sugary malt ... vanilla

T: caramel ... perhaps an older malty mess, very sweet but you can taste the alcohol

F: solid all around, good carbonation

O: if somebody told me this was an American imperial IPA, I'd have believed them. it seems to follow none of the altbier's textbook characteristics other than it's definitely a malt-forward beer -- but here the malt seems very mangled up and messy. it's possible I had this particular bottle well past it's prime

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:18:46 | More by Premo88
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Sweasty

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravel Road pours a nice crystal clear mahogany brown. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Fair amount of lace is left down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Initial whiff of flowers hit the nose. A slight backing note of spice present as well. Beneath the floral qualities, a strong malt shines. Dark toasty malts dominate. Sweet toffee plays a shining role. Some light caramel backs things up. A hint of roasted coffee rounds things out.

Gravel Road is soft on the palate. The floral notes in the nose strike first on the palate. A smooth bitterness takes hold mid palate. The malt in the nose plays a much stronger role on the palate. Sweet caramel and toffee notes hits first. Beneath the sweet notes some light roasted coffee comes into the play. A bit of earthiness rounds out the malt. The finish is fairly quick, with a short lingering floral note.

Gravel Road is a nice medium bodied brew. The carbonation is adequate, helping to lighten up the body a touch.

This is a nice new brew from Rahr. Its dangerously quaffable. The alcohol never gets in the way. Its practically unnoticed. Not necessarily the best altbier I have had. It does, though, hit all the right notes. Props to Rahr for creating another tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:30:17 | More by Sweasty
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ranger7

Texas

3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought in a pick 6 from Central Market.
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Dark red/brown, thin white head, good retention.

S - Sweet and roasty smell.

T - Roasted hops is the dominate flavor, but it's not overly hoppy.

M - Smooth and thin, hoppy.

Summary - Very nice Altbier. This is becoming one of my favorite beer types.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:11:43 | More by ranger7
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark caramel colored amber. Thin light yellowish head that disappears fairly quickly.
Smell - Not too much aroma, slight fruity notes.
Taste - Mellow and smooth. Lots of fruit tastes, apricots, dark fruits, peachy, dash of raisins. A slight hoppy bitterness lingers after.
Mouthfeel - Body feels good.

Overall - An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:18:15 | More by zander4dawin
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Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.