Copper ALT.
Zipline Brewing Co

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3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Zipline Brewing Co
Nebraska, United States
Copper ALT.Copper ALT.
Notes: Zipline Brewing Co.’s Copper Alt. is an altbier, which is a unique German hybrid between an ale and a lager. This bronzed brew is designed to be extremely drinkable, with subtle nuances of chocolate and hazelnut. A late gift of Sterling hops in this brew leaves a little hoppiness for your palate to ponder before the next sip.

Hops: Magnum, Hallertau & Sterling
Malts: Pilsner, Carahell, Special B, Caramel, & Carafa
5.2% ABV
26 IBU

Gold medal for German-Style Altbier at the GABF 2015.
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic.

Pours dark copper and translucent but not clear. A nice foamy tan head with outstanding lacing. Nice-looking brew.

Aromas of bready malt, modest coffee, and a touch of nuts. A bit of grassy hopping.

The flavor follows the nose. Some bready malt on the tip of the tongue, followed by toasty chocolate/nutty flavors in midstream, where the hops slowly arrive to balance things.

The brew has a solid medium feel but good carbonation too.

Zipline delivers consistently solid or better than that brews. This isn't their best effort, but it's still a solid well-balanced alt.

Feb 28, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, but mostly darkened deep amber to copper brown color. A strong off-white head. SRM of 19. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of earthy caramel with hints of cocoa. Lots of smooth, but earthy caramel. Not overly sweet on the aroma.

Flavor: Mild to moderate flavors of earthy caramel, but with some smoky hints of dark malt. Pensive smoke, peat, and some possible leather and licorice. A mild smoky bitterness on the finish. Finishes balanced and rather clean. Not a whole lot of hazelnut.

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Lower carbonation. This allows it to finish smooth, rather clean, and dry.

Compared to Alaskan Amber 2/9/21: Pours a darker brown color. More earthy caramel aromas. Less red fruit and licorice, and cherry. Less sweet and bitter hops.

Overall: A pretty decent altbier here. It is described on the site as have chocolate and hazelnut flavors. I get mostly earthy caramel flavors, like a brown ale, but with some light hints of cocoa. Not as bitter as the Alaskan Amber, but has a darker, more smokier profile which has a nice addition to the caramel backbone. Not a whole lot of hazelnut either. A pretty good altbier here. (Final Rating: 3.82)

Feb 10, 2021
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DrMullet from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper/amber with minimal head.
Smell is toasted caramel, sweet malt and a dash of dark chocolate.
Taste is grainy roasted malt with some chocolate and nut.
No real hop presence.

Mar 22, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with small head,
The aroma is toasted malt and fruity esters,
The flavor follows the aroma, lots of toasted malts, some caramel and nutty notes with some fruity esters. There is a pronounced herbal hop bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, fairly full for a 5% beer.
Overall, it’s good. Not my favorite style but it’s a great example

Feb 26, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - nice brownish amber color with good amount of foam

Nose - nutty and caramel

Taste - malty, nutty, some hops and a bit sweet, but not as much as an marzen style. Very well balanced and unique.

Feel - on the lighter side, which is part of what makes this unique and in my opinion, very pleasant.

Overall, one of the most unique but easily drinkable beers around.

Dec 25, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zipline Copper Alt, 5.2% ABV. Pours dark brown with a one finger white head. Nose is rye bread and hazelnut. Taste is bread, hazelnut, roast malt, slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Dec 08, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/8/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread dough/crust; with lighter notes of toffee, raisin, plum, peach, pear, red apple, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread dough/crust; with lighter notes of toffee, raisin, plum, peach, pear, red apple, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, brown bread dough/crust, light toffee/dark fruit, wood, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a delicious altbier. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great clean and nicely rich dark/bready malt showcase; with balancing earthy hops, and restrained yeast fruitiness. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

May 10, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is of bready malts, brown sugar, a touch of hops. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Oct 24, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a semi-deep brown color with some amber hues along the edges. Creamy colored finger’s worth of white foamy head. Dissipates slow. Slight messy lace. The aroma had some toast, nuts, sweet meat. Then roast and a touch of chocolate. The flavor blends the sweet to the roast fairly nice. Some earthiness and then a touch of spice. Crisp sweet to roasty aftertaste. Touch of sweet meat in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine for what it projected. Overall, good as a beer. Altbier-wise, well, I want to say that "sweet meat" I was getting was supposed to emulate German lager yeastiness. Me, I’m not sure, but I would have this one again for me. Altbier lovers, you might like this, but I almost want to say that the brewery didn’t use a German alt yeast in this.

Jun 08, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color with an inch of creamy brown head resting on top. I think there was some yeast in the bottle that I ended up pouring in as it is a bit cloudy in complexion. The aroma is a very enticing zesty caramel to hazelnut note. I'm tasting a hazelnut to caramel malt that is straightforward and simple and yet packed with plenty of flavor. The mouth is very smooth and crisp.

Nov 19, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No apparent code dating. Appearance: Deep brown with a touch of amber, with a slight haze, and a moderate light tan head that lingers quit well with nice lacing. Aroma: Toasted bread, nutty, with a light chocolate roast. Very nice. Taste: Moderate toasty malt sweetness, with a nutty crust malt flavor that dominates, with a touch of roast and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate mouthfeel. Finish: Dry toasted bread, with a touch of light roast. Overall: Very tasty beer here, but if you blindfolded me I’d qualify this more towards a Nut Brown/English Brown/Porter than a German Alt. Doesn’t have the high bitterness to match that style. Still, I love the nutty, toasted malt character here

Sep 17, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden color with a hint of orange. Had a white, pillowy, two-finger head. Left good lacing. Smelled of wheat, grains and caramel. It tasted of sweet caramel and some mild yeast spiciness. It was very crisp and sharp.

Aug 13, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

creative little beer here, i was terrified it would be too sweet, but thats not the case at all. it is pleasantly dry, more nutty and toasty than caramelized or sugary, and the hop profile on the back end, while being quite traditionally european in varietals it seems, is rather heavily dosed, certainly more than you would likely find in any german interpretation of the style, and the extra hop kick really sets this off. i love the yeast, i love the body, and i love how drinkable it is. a unique beer for sure, with a nicely layered grain bill, probably still malt driven like it should be for what it is, but all kinds of bold balance here with the classic yeast strain and the grassy and bitter hops. not enough beers like this out there. i was impressed by pretty much everything on my recent visit to zipline, and while this may have been one of their most traditional styles, its still incredibly original and also as well done as any of their more new wave sexy kind of stuff. an ale drinkers ale, one of my highest compliments...

Jul 12, 2016
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Todd from California

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Toasty, Bready, Chocolatey, Nutty

Pours a rich copper with dark ruby hues and an off-white creamy head. Fruity on the nose with plenty of toasted grains, this beer’s mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Malty sweet, a bit bready and toasty, with hints of dark grapes and a chocolatey and nutty edge. A mild lime-y bitterness appears later in the sip. The finish is dry with a soft herbal linger. Maybe a bit too sweet and chocolatey for the style, Copper ALT. is still a delicious take on Altbier.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #112 (May 2016).

Jun 17, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Varied layers of amber and copper in a brilliantly clear body. Minor white head that thins out quickly. Aroma is similar to an un-fermented malty wort - lots of sweet toffee and caramel smells with a nice lightly roasty finish. Smooth on the palate, a tinge of lingering malty sweetness and some smokey notes. Quite a nice beer!

May 22, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark burgundy-brown (reminds of dark tea). Beige medium-thick head with good retention and a little lacing. Musty, malty aroma. A little hazelnut in the aroma as well. A little bit of hazelnut, chocolate, and musty malt make up an easy-going flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with good drinkability. Overall, it's an easy going brew that is a pleasure to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

May 12, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper Alt pours a honey-copper color, 40% opaque, and a 1 finger head. Lace is left beautifully on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of roast malt, chocolate shavings, banana peel, and squirts of ripe tomato. Could stand to be louder.

The flavor is a wrestling match of hop and malt, and ends up being hop forward with a nice smooth bottom of malt. Lots of grain, some fruity esters - banana, strawberry, orange peel, and a finish of smooth caramel and faint cocoa.

Feel is proper with plenty of carbonation to help the medium bodied feel glide down easy. A semi-dry finish completes this beer.

Overall it's a pretty decent altbier and something I'd be open to trying again. I didn't get the chocolate and hazelnut described on the label, but the rest of the flavors almost make up for it.

Jan 06, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 14.06.03 on label. Received from little sister Tami as part of a surprise birthday package.

A: Clear copper with 1/2 finger of off-white head with average retention and a few spots of lace. (3.25)

S: Bready and filled with cereal grain maltiness and a light herbal hoppiness. Malt is by far the dominant note. There is a littel dash of fruity yeast esters but no alcohol. (4)

T: Great alt flavor, a little grainier than I like but nonetheless delicious with cereal grain maltiness and breadiness, mild herbal, earthy hoppiness and a clean malty finish. (3.75)

M: Excellent mouthfeel, very coating and smooth with relatively low carbonation but leaving a fairly dry finish. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this altbier -- very silky smooth feel with solid malty base and just enough bitterness to keep good balance. Great job Zipline.

Sep 24, 2014
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Jimbob006 from Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I grew up during the perfect beer time... high school in San Diego in the late 90's during the rise of Stone, Alesmith, Pizza Port, and of course Ballast Point. I have yet to find a Nebraska brewery with constantly good beers. Thus far, Zipline has fullfilled my request! The copper alt is right on for the style. Just a great drinking beer for a cold (or warm) Friday evening after a long day of work. I've purchased at least four different six-packs over the past 6 months and each batch (different bottling times) has been perfectly carbonated with a robust and long-lasting head. The color is near perfect for the style - something I hope to reproduce in an upcoming homebrew. The hop presence is also true to the style and the only boring thing I find with this ale. Coupled with a fair price, relative to the high cost of sub-par local Neb & Iowa craftbrews, this copper alt will be common in my fridge.

Dec 13, 2013
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TSJ4000 from Iowa

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's nice to see someone brewing an Alt in the US, especially locally. This beer is incorrectly categorized as an American Brown Ale. It is not. It says Alt on the bottle so that's what I'll score it as.

Appearance is a perfect amber hue. The only thing I want more of on the appearance is a little more head and head retention.

Carmel malt and biscuity malt in the nose. The taste is very smooth and balanced with subtle hops. Alts were never hoppy and this beer isn't overly hoppy. Still true to its German roots.

The mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. Crisp yet still an ale. Overall a nice Alt beer.

Oct 15, 2013
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 10/1/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper brown color like ice tea, that has a super small tan head. leaves good lacing when sipped though. The aroma is like a typical brown ale which is sweet malts and spice. The taste was very pleasant with hints of caramel with a very light hint of chocolate. Perfect carbonation.

This is the 2nd brew from this new local (1 hours drive) brewery that was really good.

Oct 05, 2013
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a 12oz bottle

pours a nice deep copper color with a smallish creamy head

very light nose suggesting sweet malts and hints of spice, drying

clean classic taste, nice level of gentle astringency, with lager yeast and ale malts this is an alt done right, a very tasty brown

pleasant carbonation, light on the tongue, goes down easy

overall a nicely balanced clean and tasty American Brown, this is not one of my favorite styles but this example is quite enjoyable, not much complexity but I like it that way

full disclosure - reviewed as impartially as possible from a sample given to me by the brewers

Sep 17, 2013
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear, medium brown / dark ruby color with minimal lacing appearance. I was surprised by the name "Alt", as this is pretty much a traditional brown ale with little hop presence. Perhaps Alt yeast was used, but this is not a traditional German Alt. Nice malt flavor with big caramel taste, bready smell, and slight lingering sweetness (just short of cloying). Well made, malt forward beer.

Aug 10, 2013
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To start with its listed on the bottle as a hybrid style between an Ale and a Lager, looks and drinks like a tasty Brown Ale. Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass showed a wonderful dark tea color with a small head, some lace clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma was rich and sweet which went with the taste...adding a hint of chocolate on the backside. Mouthfeel was medium and very nice, clean but with just enough lingering bitter sweet to remind you what you're drinking. Overall a very good brew, the bottled date was 7-17-13 so a fresh one to test had me wanting another.

Aug 04, 2013
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