Frosty Knuckle Ale | Frosty Knuckle Brewing Company

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Frosty Knuckle AleFrosty Knuckle Ale

Brewed by:
Frosty Knuckle Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German Ale made from German Yeast and Hops, similar to an Alt.

Added by Todd on 05-01-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Soozy:
Photo of Soozy
2.52/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is a no-frills ale. Slights smell of grains, but really not too much to it at all. Pours yellow with a centimeter head that leaves no lacing. This beer has a hint of biscuit malts but other than that not too much to it. Leaves a little bit of a stinging bitter flavor. Really, nothing else to it.

Honestly, not too impressed with this one. I'd consider this to be an easy drinking pale ale at best, but as far as an alt goes, this is not to style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass, the beer was a cherry amber color with a thick tan head. A good amount of lace.
Aroma of toast and sweet fruit.
Fairly malty taste, fruit, with some herbal hops late.
Not as full-bodied as I was expecting, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft version.

Pours a little copper colored with a touch of white foam. Light malty smell, not distinctive. Same comment on the taste - smooth, malty, little hop backing it up. Just so, so. Easy to drink, and not that it is a bad beer, just nothing terribly memorable - wonder if the bottled version would have little more bite to it?

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with an active head then quickly settles. Lacing is thin bubbled and slightly sticky. Copper in color and transparent. Visible upward carbonation.
S) Grainy. Light citrus notes - orange. Mellow caramel sweetness.
T) Malty sweet in the nose: light cinnamon, toffee. Finishes with a mild hop bite. Lingering in the aftertaste is a combination of malt and hop - well balanced.
M) Crisp CO2 up front. Light to medium bodied. Refreshing and clean.
D) A decent brew. I would drink another, but it's not a standout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not even sure where this one came from, but I looked in the fridge when I got home last night and there it was. Far be it from me to argue about it! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/19/2009.
The pour was standard fare, light amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation, this one could go down like water.
Overall not bad. I am not really sure one would look for this one in any way, but you really cannot complain too much about it. Your standard craft ale here, nothing really stand out, but I have to admit it was fairly solid overall.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of bob3701
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Hazy light amber color with a foamy head that quickly dispersses into a wispy film. Nice grainy/citrus aroma. Really mellow taste with just slight bitterness and a citrus finish. Went down nice and easy. A good beer to have more than one of. Also love a beer that comes with a story.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.57/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Frosty Knuckle sounds like a fun, winter time sexual innuendo.

Clear, light amber color with a large white head. Thick retention and sticky lace. Could only look better t'were it redder.

Smells like sparkling cider, toast with orange marmalade, and some swampy hops. Taste is similar drying cider with an ornery menthol bitter. Pond water at times.

Has a few nice elements but just doesn't mesh as a whole.

I think this is contract brewed by Mercury but their website isn't very informative. It seems to predominately feature the Blackburn story and a feller in a toga. Their marketing department needs some work.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is a little sweet with flavors of caramel, tea, nuts & citrus up front. Then a grainy and hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in next. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance, however overall it seems kind of bland. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet but there's a little bit of a metallic bite in the end.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are many other beers in the style that are better and this particular beer is mediocre at best.

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Photo of jlindros
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was going through a beer store and noticed this strange looking beer. Since I was making a mixed 6-pack, I decided to give it a go and see what it really was.

A: A light 1 finger head forms with lots of big bubbles and slowly pop to a smaller head. The semi clear semi hazy golden wheat orange color distorts the light quite a bit.

N: Hmmmm, it starts with some light almost lager like crisp aromas with light malts. Deeper nosing reveals some strange almost very light fruit like aromas and extract kinda smells. Some other strange aroma that brings to mind cleaning products. I can't put a finger on what it is, but that's just what comes to mind.

T: Meh!!!! Super meh! It starts with a very light watered down pale ale, with a slight citrus hop flavor. Some very light crystal malt flavors also come out. A touch of toast and bready qualities. A slight juicy fruit hop flavor also comes through. Mostly its pretty light on taste and watery ;-(

M: Very light on the mouth, some carbonation.

F: At least it finishes very crisp and light. Its light but refreshing flavors quell down quick, but it quenches my thirst pretty well. A slight bitterness finishes the... ummm... finish. Slightly dry as well. This would be a great "just came in from mowing the lawn in the middle of the hot humid summer day" kinda of beer, not end of fall, almost winter, freezing cold outside kinda of beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive egg shell white head. Leaves abundant, chunky lace. The color is light amber with a light haze.

Mild smell of vanilla and light hops. Notes of Fresh cream as well.

Very dry malt start. Within a second, it's all hop bitterness from this point forward. Long lasting aftertaste. Almost lip puckering. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frosty Knuckle pours a clear copper color with a small, 1 finger creamy white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving behind some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with notes of pale malt and a touch fruit (apple). Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate and gives a moderate carbonated fizz on the surface of the tongue. The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma. Well balanced between pale and caramel malt flavors followed by mild hop bitterness and grassy notes. At the end some mild fruit flavors emerge. Once gone the grassy hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. Something that would go well with practically any meal.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are some small floaties present. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale and Munich malt scent along with a moderate hop bitterness and some fruity yeast esters. It has almost a sour edge to it. I'm wondering if this is a sat beer. The taste is average. It has a grapefruit flavor that seems to spell infection as well as a mild hop character and an uninspired malt bill. There is little complexity here; just some pale malts and a bit of Munich malts for color and balance. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average beer at best. I'm sure it tastes better fresh, but this sample isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger of foamy white head that leaves slowly and has no lacing.

The smell is malty at first with some interesting character. Some noble hop aroma is present as well.

The taste is a sweet with some slight citrus flavor and is also a bit grainy flavor with some caramel and a touch of grassy flavor.

The feel of this beer is light but has a slight crisp feel that is like a larger. There is a smooth feel going down and is drinkable but is a beer is few notables.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I light hazy goldish body with a nice white chunky head.

smells evenly hopped and malty, a little sweetness as well.

Very refreshing taste in this one. Nice and malty, sweet and crisp, and a small bite of bitterness from the hops. Reminds me of a toned down oktoberfest.

Very light and drinkable, very smooth and pretty affordable. A decent pick up if your lookin to knock a few back!

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber capped by a big, rocky head; both the retention and lacing were impressive

Smell: Grainy, with an unusual lemon grass/herbal aspect; smells a little musty

Taste: Slightly sweet, like an apple cake, up front, with a growing lemongrass herbal character that dominates, after the swallow, though there is a bit of the sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of an enigma that has grown on me, this beer forges its own territory; I can see how it might become the "go-to" beer for a certain type of beer drinker and that is not in anyway intended to be a condescending remark

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a decent white head and a little lacing. Bunch of carbonation bubbles in this one.

Lightly scented with hops, light dry grain, some fruit elements.

Some lightly toasted malt, good bready notes, some sweet-to-dry fruit, moderate hop bitterness, and a little grassy edge. Overall, not too bad.

Medium bodied but decently carbonated.

Overall, this went down ok. Not the greatest in strength or characteristics, but a very decent beer.

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Photo of EtOHMD
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at sunset grill. Clear orange color with small white head . Slightly sweet smell but very faint. Similar taste with mild caramel. Watery feel. Easy drinking but was hoping for more out of this alt. Not surprising that it was on special at sunset.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown with a thick light tan head. Head is very creamy and leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. Excellent retention as well.

S - Bready malts dominate the nose, but not a very strong aroma. Hints of fruit as the beer warms, maybe a little berry jam? Very malty aroma though overall with little to no hop nose.

T - Strong taste of fresh baked yeast bread with a touch of sweetness. Light hop spiciness provides a little balance to the sweetness. Somewhat earthy in the finish.

M/D - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Easy drinking. Very standard for what I have come to expect from altbiers.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*It's listed on the site as an altbier, but their website calls it a "German Ale [...] similar to a light Marzen." I guess a light Marzen that is an ale instead of a lager... I think I'll rate it on their definition, since it does not look like an altbier.*

Pours a straw/bronze color from 12 oz. bottle. Not cloudy, but a little hazy. Small white head quickly disappears.

Smells like pale malt and German hops. Just a little bit of sweetness, like applejuice.

That apple flavor definitely comes through in the taste. It almost reminds me of a very dry cider, balanced out just a little with the malt. Not getting anything noticable or distinct from the hops, at least not that I can identify as being from the hops.

Good body, bit of carbonation but not harsh. Definitely wouldn't be my first choice of beer, but isn't terrible and goes down easy enough. Might be alright if you're in the mood for a cider but would rather have a beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden color with a slight brush of amber. It poured with a thin whispy head.

s: I got some mild apricots, grapes, and a little cereal.

t: Slightly sweet grainy cereal up front and a fairly strong, biting apricot finish.

m: The carbonation was gentle and long lived.

d: Thanks to joepais for the extra. The beer was pretty good, but the label and the story that goes along with it are great.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to try something new and local. Poured in to a Sam Adams Lager glass. Color is a darker orange, with about a finger of white heading. Smells of brown bread and grains are the most prevalent in the aroma. More taste of husky grain, a little bit of brown toast with honey. Malt and hops are balanced well, with more of an emphasis on the malt. All around this beer shines in drinkability. Nothing too complicated with with beer; just a good drinkable German beer. Cheers

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Frosty Knuckle Ale from Frosty Knuckle Brewing Company
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