Fool's Gold Alt | Relic Brewing Co

BA SCORE
3.46/5
17 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States
relicbeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by nebula1999 on 09-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,844
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
17
pDev:
8.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
Trade:
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of grahuba
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Max Burger's CT Tap Takeover in West Hartford, Conn.

A: Poured a dark, rich amber color beneath a one-finger head of beige foam that settles into a creamy cap of carbonation that left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Carbonation seems ample through the slight chilled haze.

S: A fine, herbal and earthy aroma rises from the brew along with mild, fruity esters and some slightly nutty aromas as well. Bitter, herbal hops peak through the slight whiff of alcohol.

T: Bold, fruity and complex with inherent, earthy and dry bitterness from the get-go. Fruitier notes blend with nutty malts and sweet, caramel flavors before washing back a tad boozy with a chewy yeast flavor in the mix. The finish is spicy and bittersweet with a dry, balanced flavor.

M: Full-bodied double altbier with a smooth, spicy and fruity palate that cloys a bit on the tongue but a generous amount of hops take the feel far away from syrupy and restore balance to the palate.

O: At 7% ABV, Fools Gold is certainly a unique take on the classic altbiers of Germany. The generous hop additions serve the brew well, however, by balancing the large quantities of malt used and avoiding a syrupy, slick feel. Complex and full-bodied with an easy-drinking balance of hops and malts in spite of its higher ABV.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of slim2043
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of xtonytx
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of psweendogg
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of von_kaiser
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MikeRusso
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nebula1999
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewer also calls this a "German Double Alt". Possibly a Sticke Bier?

Pours dark copper reddish brown from the growler. Thin, fleeting head.

Aroma is very mild. Struggling to pull notes from this one. But I do pick up some nice soft hops and some distant malt aromas.

Taste is also subdued for me. Bittersweet--and a mild sweetness at that. However, the biggest thing I pick up on is a sharp bitterness, but unlike a pleasant IPA hop bitterness. It is almost abrasive in a way that detracts from the overall experience. Top and sides of the mouth are prickly after about a minute. Some may like this. But I prefer a smoother dryness in the mouthfeel. I'd hate to think this fresh beer is oxidized.

I like this beer. Just seems to have some flaws. Very much looking forward to further incarnations on this particular brew from this fantastic brewery.

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Photo of lic217
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Fool's Gold Alt from Relic Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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