Headless Man Amber Alt | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Headless Man Amber AltHeadless Man Amber Alt

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Amberish colour and a small head. Neutral aroma. Lots of caramel, little bitterness. Low carbonation. Not so drinkable. A tad of complexity, caramel,coffee grounds, chocolate, and some spice, but need more complexity. Good ideas not well executed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper body, thin cap of foam. Very bready aroma. A citrusy orange zest surfaces too.

Dense malt, nutty, bready again with mild astringency. Lightly spicy from the hops, which compliments with an almost rye like flavor. Medium carbonation and body. Easy to drink, i'd have a couple, no problem.

Paired this up with Jasper Hill bandage-wrapped cheddar.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a bit of an off white head and some mild lacing. The nose brings forward some mild sweetness with a bit of caramel and bread. The taste doesn't bring much more--a bit of dough, caramel, and toffee. The body is light to medium with decent depth. Drinks okay, but not a terribly eventful beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Headless Man pours a clear copper body with deep orange highlights beneath a creamy head of tan that holds well and leaves some very nice walls of tiny lace about the glass.

Sweetish caramelish malt is found in the nose along with a hint of leafy and grassy hops. It's very clean and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle crispness due to a very fine, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is just a touch richer than the nose suggests, but it's basically the same. The sweetness of the malt appears at the tip of the tongue, and then it warms to reveal it's caramelish, lightly toasty, and even somewhat honeyish side. A brisk bitterness rises across the middle, and grassy and leafy hops become apparent, lingering into a long-lasting, very dry finish. It's not overly sweet up-front, and not overly bitter at the back - in fact it's balanced perfectly to reveal all of its components.

Quite enjoyable! A very clean, well-brewed ale that exemplifies the altbier style nicely. Well done!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a couple thick foamy fingers of shiny off-white head. There's a rich and frothy look to the retention here, leaving back robust soapy lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy, with some green citric hops. Notes of caramel and bread mix in with the fruitier character here to add an earthy tanginess to the nose.

The taste is similar, being sweet and tangy up front with caramel and bread. Earthy hops initially balance this out well but then come off a bit too strong in the finish, leaving back a dry gritty bitterness that sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp crispness that mostly stays easy and smooth on the palate. The overall feel definitely helps here.

I liked the mellow blend fruit and sweetness here and the body helped keep this approachable but the hop profile just seemed to come get in the way a bit too much, leaving this with an unbalanced feel overall. This is an interesting Alt for sure. I'd be willing to give it another look sometime.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic at first, but it contains caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with a little bit of smokiness and flavors of caramel, nuts and spices. There's a mild hops presence that brings in a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while but it's not the first one that I would choose in the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Bready, even toasty aroma of caramel, flowers, and spice.

Taste: Toasted grains tasting of burnt breadcrusts with a more distinct, sweet caramel maltiness. Pinch of woody sawdust. Floral, spicy hop character. Slight hop bite to counter the sweetness. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, well-balanced beer and a real quaff sensation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebtije, cheers Seb! Review based on notes

Pours amber/caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bicuitty malt & that's it

T: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops up front. A bit of toffee & mmore leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with more biscuitty maly, leafy hops & some citrus hops, almost pulled a 4.0

Light/medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, a pretty good Alt, but I expected more from these guys

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

The pour was standard fare, light amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation, this one could go down like water.

Overall not bad. I am not really sure one would look for this one in any way, but you really cannot complain too much about it

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another beer thanks to my brother's random buying habits. (Lovin' it.) It pours a sunrise russet-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild toffee, very light buttery biscuits, light greens, and a hint of orange peel. It's all meek and ineffective. The taste holds notes of grass, wheat, light orange peel, very light buttery biscuits, and greens. With all the meekness, this beer must be inheriting a larger portion of the Earth than others. Not only is it mild, though, but it's overly grassy and leafy, with nothing else going on. Kinda odd, if you ask me. The body is a straight medium, with a just-under-moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a sad beer, one that just doesn't seem to accomplish anything but disappointing.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Headless Amber Alt from Tyranena. The beer is v ery interesting....at least for me. The beer is clear rich amber in color and the decent carbonation forms a nice thin head which seems to be lacing nicely. The smell is sweet belgium malt/sugar. The taste includes an earthy zest, almost comes across with a coffee bean zest. There is definite malt and hint of sweetness. The mouthfeel is good, at 5% ABV, it has a huge flavor, and would be a good session beer if you like malty/earthy/peat/coffee tones.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange:

Pours orange to light copper with a creamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of brown sugar, some musty notes and a restrained fruitiness.

The taste is of light steely caramel, a coppery bitterness, some mustiness (not quite skunky - but approaching it). There is a mild general fruitiness mixed in. Tastes better than described.
Seems a bit imbalanced towards the hops, but malt does grow as it progresses.

Initial fizz quickly settles, though some water mixes in in the middle. Still, it is smooth enough to be satisfactory.

I liked it more what I scored it than described it. A hoppier version of the style. All in all, a good brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, dark amber/caramel color, big'n'bubbly off-white head. Aroma: creamy and nutty, spicy, with coppery tinges.
Taste: sweet, warm, tingly with hops, that mellow right-quick. Medium body. Light and refreshing, but tasty all the way down. Big, delicious malt.
A fine session ale, refreshing, and generous with flavor.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, citrus, smoke, maybe caramel, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, earthy malt, and hints of smoke in the background. Overall, a pretty solid Altbier with good body and decent complexity.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally, my first Altbier! This one pours a cloudy dark amber in color with a white lacing around the glass. The aromas are very sweet. I'm picking up a lot of malt with light yeast. There is also some dark fruit apparent. The taste too is of sweet maltiness. It has a little fruityness to it but they're hard to define. It's kind of like a potpourri. It drinks medium in body and isn't too bad. It isn't too good either. This seems like a wannabe Belgian. It definitely doesn't seem German. This one is average at best. I'll have to try the Uerige Sticke next.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice little creamy tannish head, nice carbonation, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, glad to get to try it out. Thanks Daniel.

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Photo of tempest
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove for about $2. The beer has a tall light tan head with a hazy amber-red body. The flavor is akin to a typical, dry red ale with a fair share of hops. The malt provide a mild toffee and dried date. The hops quickly kick in after the malt with grapefruit and orange rind flavor that offers a nice balance to the barley. Oddly enough, the aroma remind me of a sugar cookie with dark bread notes, no hint of hops. All in all, a decent and dry amber that about as hoppy as your average pale ale, but with richer malt character. The overall feel is almost astringent with the combination of hop bitterness and dry malts, but it's otherwise very drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a good white colored head that left clumps of lacing here & there.

(S)- Caramel-like corn meal & hay.

(T)- Lightly nutty, with corn husk, honey-like malts, and a brief dryness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. The dry finish tastes grassy at the end that is a little weird.

(D)- A decent beer with some basic flavors. Easy enough to drink & enjoy.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a 2” cream colored head. There is bread and a little light fruit on the nose and palate. A little bit of the alt character. Medium carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a dense clear aged copper with a gentle carbonation and a thick deep beige head that turns bubble.

S- The dry woody malt has hints of woody green hops in the finish but the smell is pretty clean.

T- The watery flavor has some clean lightly toasted malt flavor with some cardboard oxidation note to follow. There is a green pine hint that lingers a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that covers some of the flavors.

O- This beer is a bit watery with some nice malt hints but also taste like it is a bit old.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: amber in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big toasted malt, toffee, and light roasted malt--smells wonderful

Taste: Biggest taste is toasted malt with some roasted malt and earthy bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a sweet end

Overall: A solid sessionable amber. Not a beer I would go for every day, but certainly once a month. It has a wonderful combination of toasted malt and earthiness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of light beige head over the orangey-honey hued brew. A little light in color for what I would expect from an alt, but the lacing is okay. Aroma is minimal, and what is present is reasonably neutral, with some apple or fruit notes. Taste is caramel malt, tempered with some crisp fruity flavors, similar to the nose. Not sure if it's what I think an alt should be, but standing on its own merits, it's not bad. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is even better.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from December 2007, thanks to either Faro or eyncognito, I can't quite remember.

A: In my Unibroue tulip, this beer sits a gorgeous deep amber, mildly hazy, with a large, off-white head with excellent retention. A little lacework is left as the head recedes.

S: Rich, malty, bready, with caramel, honey, toffee and a little cream. Pretty awesome, really

T: Opens surprisingly bitter, with a husky, grainy astringency before a moderate sweetness kicks in. Nowhere close to as balanced or complex as the nose, this is actually a little disappointing. Mildly chalky mid palate. Finishes dry and astringent

M: Thin, watery and overcarbonated. This just might have been aged too long.

D: I'm not really enjoying this very much, though I'd love to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper and amber hue. Very quick head and no foam, bu some nice sporadic bubbling. Sweet toastd malts give off a strong caramel aroma with some light lemon hop aromas. Starts with crisp gypsum hopsand hard water flavors. The sweet toasted alt malt slowly comes through to the end. Very crisp, sweet, and very smooth beer. Great session alt, but he overall flavor is a bit thin.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a perfect copper shade with a thin tan head. A hugely sweet caramel maltiness is dominant on the nose. Pretty nice. Taste is predominantly malt. (This is definitely not on the high side of the spectrum for hop rates in an alt.) It has a really nice clean malty taste. Different from a malty bock taste though. This is more toasty and non complex. Very mellow tasting, as it should be from the extended cold lagering that this ale undergoes. And if anything, the hops that are used add a touch of dryness to the finish.

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Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing Company
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