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)

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

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.

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Reviews by udubdawg:
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4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

aroma is noticeably mineral, earthy. I am guessing hop for the former, not water, but I am not sure. Bit of spiciness, very faint lemon, like a faux noble hop like Liberty. Faint esters, well in background. Definite hint of caramel, more as it warms, but mostly toasty bread crust-type malt notes. more hop and a hint of yeast than malt here. nothing off, if you don't consider the strength of the mineral character to be so. It's not quite Spalt, but I could see the comparison.

pours a sorta brown and sorta copper/bronze color. excellent clarity, topped with 1" of dense tan foam. very good looking beer.

initial (cold) sip is balanced heavily towards hops, but it moved significantly in the direction of evenly balanced by the time it warmed. more caramel than in aroma. esters are noted but well in background, adding only faint complexity and barely out of "clean lager" territory. seems fresh. medium-high hop flavor, spicy, and quite mineral. finish is somewhat dry, with a slightly lingering sweet malt flavor and sharp, long-lingering bitterness. very faint alcohol.

gotta be upper 40's to upper 50's IBUs here. seems a bit much, not necessarily for the style, but for the beer underneath it. Very enjoyable though. if I could get the balance it's got at room temperature, but 20 degrees colder, it'd be amazing to me. no warming alcohol or hop-based astringency, though the sharpness is distracting at times. Fairly crisp. Would drink again any time.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours into a becker a deep bronze with a half finger white head that's gone pretty quickly.Sweeter aromas than my for the style with caramel and brown sugar with some roasted nuts present as well,some spicy hop becoming more present as it warms.Caramel and mild cookie dough flavors at the onset along with brown sugar, a nice drying more spicy than citrusy hop finish lingers nicely.I thought at first this was a little sweet but the spicy hops really cut thru the sweetness nicely in the finish,solid.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was a garnet color with a tiny tan head.

Aroma muted. Sweet malt and citrus.

Taste also muted. Caramel up front, some grapefruit late.

Sweet mouthfeel.

Not enough malt character in this beer, and too much hops. So far my least favorite Beer Camp.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big meringue head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - grainy leathery malts.

The flavor is grainy nutty malts with a fairly bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, kind of bland grainy nutty malts with an odd bitter finish.

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Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beerswag
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance is dark brown with hues of dark chocolate, copper, and clear at the bottom. Smell is raisin, grain, plum, pine, and bitter chocolate. Head is memorable, with it sticking around and lending a nice creaminess throughout. The taste is light fruit, slightly sweet, malt and hops on the finish. Getting a little roast, but not much, more hops and carmel Balance, in malt, hops, sweetness, and crisp-dry finish, with some decent carbonation present. mouthfeel is light, and sweet fruit taste, with some hop presence throughout on this beer. Overall, would like to see more examples, since the balance of flavors, and a decent amount of hops, lends to a versatile beer. Pairs good with most German, BBQ, pot-roast. blue cheese, gorgonzola, muenster.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JC333
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Brownish-orange with good sized tan head.

Smell: Cherry, toast, spicy & citrus notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet cherry and other fruity malts. Some toastiness. Finish is spicy, tingly and citrusy. The balance initially seems really great, but the bitterness slowly becomes a little out of balance for the style. Not really all that bitter, but not quite right for an Altbier.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied that is quite smooth, dry finish.

Overall: Very nice Altbier overall, or more accurately, Sticke. While I like hoppy and bitter beers, it may have been a titch too much here. Otherwise, a much better beer than I expected.

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

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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