Beer Review: Sierra Nevada/Victory’s Alt Route Altbier

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Next up is the collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Victory, Alt Route, their take on the German style Altbier featuring a hybrid ale/lager yeast. This is the closest brewery in the pack to my hometown in NJ (Victory is about a 2 hour car ride from my house). Although when the styles of the collabs were announced I was hoping for maybe a Double IPA (since Victory has been killing the IIPA game lately, ie. Dirt Wolf) the Altbier wasn’t the biggest letdown as far as styles some breweries chose. I knew the style left them quite a bit of room to make an interesting beer. Alt Route comes in at 6.6% ABV and 50 IBUs. 

Appearance: Pours a really nice plum, deep ruby color with a 1 finger head. The beer produced some really nice lacing as well. This beer just like the Yonder Bock had such a nice color, a nice change of pace from all the golden and copper colored beers. 

Nose: Nice malty lager nose on this beer, some caramel, grassy and toffee scents coming out. Get some earthy and floral hop aromas as well. Nose is not spectacular but you wouldn’t expect that from the style, it is certainly suitable for the style.

Taste/Mouth: Medium carbonation gives it a nice bite. Dark fruit, caramel, roasty malt are all very present in the flavor. Very drinkable beer, could easily session a few of these and not get bored. Slightly dry finish and bit woody and earthy as well. Extremely well done beer.

Availability/Price: As with all of the Beer Camp Collabs this is a one time only deal. Price of 12 pack was around $28.

Overall: Very enjoyable and really drinkable but at the same time nothing spectacular or extremely groundbreaking here but I would definitely drink it again if I saw it. Still wish they made a super dank Double IPA.

Grade: B+

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