Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 11/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light amount herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good altbier style. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is hoppy for an altbier, but the flavors were very much what I expected for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.
A- Copper colored. It is slightly hazy. Has a bright white 2 finger head. It dies to some good looking lacing. When the glass is swirled around, the head reforms with no problem whatsoever.
S- It's very reminiscent to a Newcastle, but with some added hoppy character as well. Hops are on the floral side. It's got a nice caramel malty quality to it. It's also lightly bready smelling from the yeast, like brown bread crust.
T- It's very similar to what Newcastle would taste like with a hoppier profile. It has a prominently caramel malt taste. I am picking up the light bready, almost biscuty, yeasty flavor as well. The hops are on the floral side. The hop profile almost gives the beer a pale ale-eque quality. It's not quite has hop forward as that, but it's got that thing going on. The finish has a coffee like note to it. You start to taste the coffee note when you exhale out your mouth after swallowing the beer. When this beer warms up, there is a orange type citrus note as well.
M- Mouthfeel is medium. It's very crisp and refreshing. It's does have a good clean water feeling in the mouth. It's not sticky sweet at all. Finish is dry.
Overall this is a great offering from Buzzards Bay Brewing. I like that it isn't one of their more hop forward, less malty, beers. It does have a great caramel malty taste, and it is very clean and easy drinking. Bring this beer to your next fall gathering and pair it with some sausages!