Alt-Eration

Texas
United States
alteration hops and grain beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

ALT-ERATION, the 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning Altbier, is brewed using old world techniques, high quality German malts and noble hop varieties. The brewery blends a base of German Pilsner malt with hefty portions of Munich, Vienna and a touch of de-bittered black malt. Alt-eration undergoes a multiple temperature mashing program to produce a classic upfront maltiness with a clean and crisp finish.  Das Alt is hopped with Mt. Hood, Hallertauer Hersbrucker and Czech Saaz to provide a bitterness and level of earthy hop spice that plays a fancy partner to the classic German malt backbone.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Mt. Hood, Hallertau, Hersbrucker, Czech Saaz
Malts: 
German Pilsner, Munich, Vienna, De-Bittered Black
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This is a crisp, clean example of an aged ale. The first impression is a malt-forward aroma, with elements of bread crust, nutty grain, dark chocolate, and light toastiness. A hint of caramel or toffee adds complexity and fruity esters are subdued, indicating a clean fermentation. Hops make a forceful appearance in the flavor. Toasty grainy malt gives way to a spicy, herbal, rustic flavor leading to an intense bitterness, lasting well into the finish and dominating the aftertaste. The overall impression is a malty start that quickly dries out to a firm, lingering bitterness that has a slight harsh edge. This is a seriously bitter beer that implies malt from the aroma but delivers a sharp hop presence.