Alt-eration Ale | Hops and Grain Brewery

very good
26 Reviews
Read the review
Alt-eration AleAlt-eration Ale

Brewed by:
Hops and Grain Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 12-02-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 200
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ALTeration pours to a slightly darker color than other German altbiers, with a deep copper/brown hue. The nose on this beer reveals scents of caramel malts, yeast, and bread. The foam level isn’t anything incredible, but it is acceptable.

This beer has a flavor that follows its nose. Tastes like toasted malts and bread are obvious, but there are also some nutty flavors, caramel, and toffee. The beer has an earthy hop taste and a nice but not overdone level of spicy bitterness to finish things off.

ALTeration utilizes a German Alt base, but it makes a few changes along the way to give this beer a taste all its own. One change you will notice immediately is the color. This beer has a somewhat deeper color than other beers of its style and it is due to the addition of a small amount of black malt. The brewery makes a few other slight changes as well, resulting in a beer with Alt character, but something a little different, hence the beer’s name.

This is a tasty beer overall and it’s the type of beer that most everyone will like who tries it. It already has one major award under its belt and will likely win more in due time. It’s a nice beer in most every way and I recommend a tasting, if you can find it.

 1,232 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wonderous JenRay sent me some CANs in support of The CANQuest (TM) and I have fallen terribly behind, but I am getting caught up! Many thanks for these inclusions to the ongoing madness and I promise to do better.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "Malty, Crisp, Dry Hopped"; "glass ALT temp 45 [deg.]"; "At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "A few steps in the RIGHT DIRECTION: old wisdom applied TO NEW IDEALS; change is good, especially when it EVENS OUT A DOLLAR".

Once more, the Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and I feel as though I have gained something extra in the bargain. The inverted Glug revealed a darker beer than I had been expecting (dummy, me) and this produced a very noticeable pseudo-cascade which settled into three fingers of dense, puffy, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Brown – Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with coppery highlights. Nose had a rich, caramel and syrup-like sweetness underlain by a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. It was as though the fermentation had really dried the malts, allowing the grassy bitterness of the hops an opportunity to shine through. The sweetness was more towards molasses, which has an inherent bittersweetness. Finish was semi-dry, more bitter than sweet, but not by much. At this juncture, I feel like invoking The Most Interesting Man in the World and saying, “I don’t often drink Altbiers, but when I do, it should be ones like this.”

 1,675 characters

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Clonies720
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Not bad at all. With a lot of bells and whistles, it could be a bit cleaner for the style ... a tad too sweet as well. Still quite drinkable, with some complexities that open up after a few sips. It is enough of an Altbier for a novice to give it a go to see what the style is all about.  

STYLE: Altbier
ABV: 5.0%

LOOK: Muddled brown, thin sticky lace

SMELL: Sweet, sugary, malty, toasted piecrust, faintly herbal, cherry skin

TASTE: Very malty, smooth, slightly slick, medium bodied, light brown sugar, hint of coffee, herbal hop, bread crust, modest hop bitterness, faint fruitiness, yeast, dried grass, walnut skin, semidry finish

 708 characters

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In during the RateBeer Winter Gathering. This is my first beer from this brewery.

The beer pours a brownish color with a beige head. The aroma is very malty with a lot of caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar, caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of nuttyness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

 411 characters

Photo of awalsh
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big biscuity light tan head just sits above a clear reddish-copper-amber colored beer that seems to be well carbonated.

Lightly roasted caramel malts give the aroma a nice toasted appeal with some lighter hops presence giving this beer a nice balance in the nose.

The roasted malts give this a caramel toffee to light coffee taste with just a slight bit of the hops lending a very slight bitterness edge to this slight burnt tasting Alt.

A very light aftertaste that isn't really wet or dry on this medium bodied beer.

It seemed that the more I drank the more the light burnt taste came through, not really sure if it was in a good way or not. I wish I had brought more of this back from Austin. I could run some more taste tests, seriously.

 745 characters

Photo of MiamiRedSkins13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jALEson
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MitchellMyhre17
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bwood06
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a small pint glass

A - Ultra thin head, which seems to be the going rate for beers on tap at this brewery. Beer is clear and dark brown bordering on mahogany. Light to moderate carbonation is visible. 4/5

S - The aroma leans heavily toward the sweet side of things with notes of toffee, molasses and a sweet toasted malt that is backed up by a complete lack of a hop profile. Somewhat muted. 3.75/5

T - Sweet caramelization and a light breadiness are the initial notes to hit my tongue which is followed by dates, dark chocolate, and finished off with a floral hoppiness. Lingering bitterness makes it hard to forget that you've just taken a drink of this beer. 3.75/5

M - Very light with only a slight carbonation tickle. No real drying astringency allows this beer to remain somewhat creamy despite its light profile. 4/5

O - Muted aroma was disappointing despite the notes that were present (I really had to search for those notes). However, this is somewhat made up for with a nice complex taste profile that balances out on the sweeter side of life. The lightness of this beer allows the drinker to have several without feeling weighed down. 3.75/5

 1,182 characters

Photo of imasloth
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with thin light head. No lacing. Amber when held to light.

S- Light malt notes, some hop bitterness.

T- Sweet and bitter up front, mineral water-like flavor.

M- Good carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied, slight bitter afterfeel.

O- Good. I think I actually preferred this one out of a can versus the pint glass. Can seemed to better harness the aroma ...

 370 characters

Photo of Bubbydubby
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Alt-eration Ale from Hops and Grain Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.