Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)
BA SCORE
3.65/5
130 Ratings
Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"According to Phil [Roche, brewer and beer developer], a generous amount of Munich and Vienna malts give this beer its copper color and toasty-caramel aroma. German noble hops provide complimentary bitterness and a clean, dry finish. The beer has been cold-conditioned for six weeks and goes down smooth."

43 IBU

Originally a pub-only beer, Re-released in April 2012 as part of the Brewer's Share series.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
130
pDev:
11.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 50
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid only 6 bucks for the bomber. Poured into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A - A deep chestnut brow with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring. Slow bubble patterns on this one.
S - Wow this beer smells wonderful! Toasted grains, hazelnuts and caramel malts highlight. Smell is very authentic and doesn't smell boozy.
T - Pretty much what I expected all the toasted grains and hazelnuts showed up but my palate kind of wanted more sweet malts.
M - Still it is quite balanced and easy to drink. Sort of chewy and medium bodied also.

Overall a very tasty authentic to German tasting Altbier. A home run for the price as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"This certifies that you are the rightful owner of one (1) Brewer's Share of the Initial Pub Offering of Full Sail Brewing Company's release: ALT a.k.a. Phil's Existential Alt, a copper=colored, cold-conditioned small batch beer concocted by our own Phil Roche, generously imbued with Munich and Vienna malts and German Noble hops." Brewed in the style of an Altbier, this one time brew is likely long gone from stores.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a becker pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-caramel had of a frothy cream consistency over a medium hazy caramel body. Retention is above average. Appearance is overall nice for the style. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of sweet Munich and Vienna malts, yeast and grain esters and some mild buttery notes. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Lots of harsh grain, yeast funk and pure ethanol up front, light bready german malt sweetness in the back, faded and thin. A very dry, harsh finish without much bitterness flavor to account for it. This is not a very easy beer to drink, likely a decent recipe muddied with time. 3

(Mouthfeel) Medium-thick with a slick oiliness. Carbonation doesn't do much to remedy this beer, it's overall too flat for the style, and with the flavors coming off as strong and distorted as they currently are, a lack of carbonation could only be a bad thing. Body is medium for an Altbier, medium overall. 3

(Overall) This beer is far gone, always check your dates prior to purchasing. Drinkable, but barely so, time has given the yeast too much power over this style of usual simple and elegant balance, and what is left is a dry, grainy and boozy beverage that lacks flavor and balance. Probably fine at one time, be sure to pass this beer up if you see it in any bottle shop like I have. 3.25

Full Sail Brewery's
Brewer's Share: Phil's Existential Alt

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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange-like glass.
Enjoy-by date is 06-16-12. Yikes, picked this up only a few weeks ago, didn't noticed the date in the store.

Anyhow, on to the review:

A: Pours a dark copper-brown color with a one fingered of light tan head that dissipates to a fine lacing around the glass and on top of the beer.

S: Aroma is very muted, there's a slight amount of earthiness, a little nuttiness, but not a whole lot else.

T: There's some flavor! Toasted caramel notes abound with a light hoppiness and some nut- flavors on the finish with some hints of toffee and malt. Not much else that I can pick up on.

M: Light on the tongue with a mild amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent beer, I think the aging of this particular one may not have been a good thing for it, but either way, still worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by date: 08 2013 108

Dark copper body with a thick, creamy head riding atop; sticky rings of lacing. Very pleasant roasted malt aroma with hints of hazelnuts and dark caramel. Good grainy sweetness with a touch of esters in the background; fine hop bitterness, especially at the finish. Thin bodied; crisp and dry finish.

The beer starts out with promise, including the taste, but it soon loses much of its appeal. Overall, the malt flavors seem weaker with each mouthful and the body comes across more watery. One is left with a slightly over-bitter ale flavor. I hoped for better, and it's drinkable, but falls flat in the long run.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Phil's Existential Alt (Brewer's Share) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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