Dip Sticke Altbier
Bullfrog Brewery

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German Altbier
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3.48 | pDev: 17.24%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

plunked down for a growler fill after sampling at the brewery

a: served in a thin walled lager cylinder via Mother Earth, the pour gives a healthy off-white head which quickly reduces to only a trace ring, the beer itself a deep pecan brown in color, dig the color depth

s: lots of toasted nuts, earth, smoothed iced-coffee style roast, and graininess on a clean malt body, grassy noble style hops

m: carbonation around moderate with a body ranging on the low side of medium, crisp mouthfeel

t: toasted nuts and grain and iced coffee flavors layer complexity over a crisp, clean base structure, dry grassy hops and a building dry nutshell roast make for a refreshing finish, delicious

o: a great take on the style, loads of character and easy drinkability...well brewed, well brewed

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3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the source appears a clouded amber to brown color. A white fluffy topping sits atop leaving a full wall of lace as it fades.

The aroma is fresh with a grainy sweetness. Some toffee and caramel mostly. A little almost burnt with a fruity quality from a blend of hops and/or alcohol, not sure but not bad smelling either.

The flavor is toasted, almost too far to the point of being like burnt grain. Some toffee caramel and dry chocolate notes. A hint of fruit like hops/alcohol are present in the flavor just like the aroma suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent brew that i would probably drink again if there was not much else to pick from. Not saying anything is wrong with the beer, just a bit lackluster and forgettable.

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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Very brown and some head, very lacey. Citrus hop and chocolate malt. Tingling carbonation. Very good beer, very nice alt, recommended.Satisfying as a refreshment and also as a traditional style made by these experimental guys.

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4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dip Sticke Altbier has a clear brown body with a small, soapy-looking tan head. A few scraps of lacing stay behind.

The aroma is refreshingly malty. Bread, toasty flavors, a hint of cocoa and just a bit of sweetness. Floral hops linger in the background.

I don't come across many good altbiers; most just taste like watered-down brown ales. All it took was one sip of Dip Sticke for me to decide I wanted a growler of it, so it appears that this beer might be the exception. Dip Sticke packs plenty of malt, with toasted malt, a little bit of bread, a bit of dry, powdery cocoa and just a hint of caramel sweetness. Despite the big malt profile, this beer is well-attenuated and never becomes too sweet. It's pretty dry actually. After the malt a little bit of generic fruit flavors come from the yeast. The finish has a good bit of grassy and floral hops, which add a little more dryness, but only bring a minimal amount of bitterness. There might be a hint of lemon zest in there also. Pretty crisp.

The head was a bit anemic looking and slow rising, but the mouthfeel had plenty of heft and carbonation to it.

This is one of the best American-brewed alts that I have come across. Well-done Bullfrog!

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Dip Sticke Altbier from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 9 ratings