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+

Beer Review: Off Color Scurry Dark Honey Ale

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Off Color Brewing based out of Chicago has been slowly gaining a fan base and has begun to expand distribution as we now get it in the tri state area. They brew mostly German style beers, pretty uncommon ones at that, and stray far from the norm of other American craft brewers. Hence the name Off Color I guess? They have done some pretty cool collaborations in the past with some big names like Three Floyds and Mikkeller. Today I have my review of their beer Scurry. Beer Advocate has it classified as an Altbier while Off Color lists it as a Dark Honey Ale on their site. Scurry comes in at 5.3% ABV and 18 IBUs.

Appearance: Very dark brown, good clarity. Pours a 1 finger head which produces some lacing down the side. Some leftover oats perhaps gathered at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: Roasted malt, some honey and smells of fresh and spent grain. Nothing mind-blowing about the nose, was hoping to get more honey but it’s pretty minimal.

Taste/Mouth: A lot thinner than I expected but pretty smooth nonetheless. Definitely a malt forward beer, you get some oat notes in the flavor as well as a small amount of honey. This is a pretty drinkable beer for sure.

Price/Availability: This is a year round release from the brewery and is now pretty available in NY. Bought a single bottle for around $2.

Overall: Whether you wanna call this an Altbier or a Dark Honey Ale I would say it is a nice interpretation of a style not normally brewed by American craft brewers. It’s drinkable but nothing to write home about, could probably see some improvement if some of the special ingredients were made more noticeable and this didn’t drink like just a malty ale.

Grade: B-