Saturday, June 8, 2013

Berkshire Mountain Brewers Alt

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (901) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Its best before month was notched August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark, hazy shady of copper with barely visible sediment floating in suspension. Forms a large, off-white, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Reminiscent of an English-style brew with a fruity notes plus overt maltiness.

Taste: I’ve always been surprised that the altbier style is inherently German since it drinks like a British pub style ale. Berkshire Mountain Brewers Alt is a good example of this as its quite close to being an ESB with its pure malty flavors and under attenuated sweetness. It’s quite tasty for such a light bodied brew and satisfying for sure.

Right away I get a flavor of wet grain and toasted malt. If you’ve ever homebrewed, it’s akin to tasting the vapor of wort boiling in the brew pot. There’s some tasty fruit flavors to be found in here as well, especially red apple and a hint of cherry. Very mild caramel/toffee or other confectionery sweetness on the backend with some dry, biscuity bitterness as it finishes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, and actually found the palette became more enjoyable the more I drank.

Drinkability: It’s small beers like this that show how much can be done with less. Berkshire Mountain Brewers Alt is only 4.5% ABV and while it’s palette is fairly complex, its robustness is mild but strong enough not to bore you. The mouthfeel itself is quite comfortable with calm carbonation, but is not a thin or watery beer at all. I was able to drink the entire bomber myself quickly and easily. 
Grade: 8/10