Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America)Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewers are notorious for refusing to take the easy path. Instead, we lead with our hearts and pursue our passions no matter how difficult the road ahead. Alt Route is a tribute to this stubborn spirit that drove us to dodge the status quo and found breweries. Together we chased the siren song of beer with this revamped take on an antique beer style.

Like us, Victory is one of the few brewers with an allegiance to whole-cone hops. They do extensive work with hop flavor, especially focusing on clever and delicious single-hop beers highlighting the same hop grown in different regions. They too share our roots in home brewing and never lost their passion for working with new beers and styles solely for the joy of making something new.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,199
Reviews:
173
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
107
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing speaks to brewery stubbornness and unwillingness to follow the beaten path than making an altbier in this day and age. It, like the brown ale category, falls into the "kind of boring/mundane" descriptors from many craft beer enthusiasts.

Pours a darker SRM than I was expecting for an alt, this one comes in firmly dark brown and red. Good 3/4" off white head on the top, nice retention. Aroma like most alts is fairly quiet. Some toasted toffee like malt notes with very mild dark fruit.

Taste is a malty, lightly sweet, brown malt, toffee, unsweetened and very restrained caramel impressions. Bready. Bitterness is higher than expected (and probably therefore for style as well). It was kind of a weird beer to pick off the breweries known for whole cone hops, like you think it would be something like a pale ale used to show off said hops. Either way, decent beer that might bring some hopheads of yesteryear to consider trying an alt.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber, and nearly clear. Forms a finger's worth of off-white head with good retention. Low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Rich maltiness with a light toasty character. A bit of noble hops, and a mild tinny character.

T: Toasted malts with slight toffee character up front, then a significant hop bitterness - resinous and grassy with lesser floral notes. There's still a touch of the tinniness on the palate, but it isn't obnoxious. After the swallow, there's a lingering bitterness and a dry, highly attenuated finish.

M: A lighter body than the appearance suggested, but not watery. Good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: An enjoyable enough beer, and easy to drink. Nothing that I'd seek out again, but a decent example of an underrepresented style.

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3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/3/14; drank 7/11/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear purple/brown hue.

HUGE egg shell head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Candy sugar, mild citrus & leather nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Malt sweetness, oak, smoke & leather; pickle as it warms. Not a bad session brew.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hazen
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JulianBaughman
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one almost tasted like a marzen to me.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dug53
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a chestnut to brown color with a khaki head. Smells of bready malt, toffee, biscuits and bread. Slight herbal note also thrown in to the nose. The taste is dry bready malt, slightly buttery and has a lasting herbal bitterness. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A decent brew with more clingy bitterness than I was expecting.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Warren2621
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Prospero
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msumike89
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ricoslim
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmac093
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear orange-copper with an off-white/super light khaki head. Retention is minimal leaving a small creamy cap. Minimal to non-existent lacing.

Smell: Caramelized malts and then some. Deeply bready. Cooked malt. Brown bread. A touch of generic dark fruit as well. Mild hoppiness with some leafy and mild citrus notes. Ever so slightly toasted with some roasted sweetness. A bit of grain and husk. A touch of dirt. Mostly a clean bready sweetness.

Taste: A bit more bitterness. Some solid earth and leafy herbal notes. A touch of grass. Sweet toasted brown bread. Solidly roasted. Cooked and caramelized malt. A touch of pine. Some cereal grain coupled with almost raw malt. A hint of spiciness that almost says rye but not quite. Herbal and earthy hop element. Small hint of alcohol in the back. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Ever so slightly astringent with a touch of slick creaminess upfront.

Overall: You could take this road from time to time.

Let those whole cone hops sing. Seriously, it's an ode to the whole cone and it shows. Tons of hop flavor without the overbearing bitterness. Perhaps a bit too hoppy to style, but that's not a bad thing nowadays.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Alt Route: Altbier (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,199 ratings.
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