Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zero Gravity Alt

Zero Gravity (American Flatbread) Alt Bier is a Dusseldorf-style/ classic German hybrid beer. The Alt is reminiscent of a highly popularized old style of Ale that is conditioned or stored at cooler temperatures for longer periods of time. This beer is crafted with all German malts and hops, although none are specified.

Alcohol Content: 4.7%
IBU: ?
Malts: German ?
Hops: German ?

Price: 5$ for a pint
Medium: Served in a standard pint glass, although a stange glass would be appropriate

Aroma: At first a subtle earthy and noble hop character with some peppery notes. The backbone is a pleasantly strong, toasty malt aroma. A bit sulfury as well - I'm not sure as to whether this is from the yeast or the water used.
Appearance: Bartender poured for a 1/4 inch thick creamy white-ish head. Color is of deep copper to amber with great clarity. A bit bubbly but not overly or out of style. Good head retention throughout the session.
Flavor: Initially very toasted with some nutty malt character. Perhaps a slight degree of chocolate malt complexities in both the body and flavor. Bitterness is slightly earthy and peppery - complements the strong munich-like toasty malts very well. It represents more of a german lager over an ale and is balanced more towards the malts. Residual sweetness in the finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a very clean and crisp finish. Small amount of creaminess. Some lingering dryness/ astringency from malts - a grainy/ husky malt flavor coats the mouth (lingers). Moderately high carbonation. Despite all this its still pleasantly smooth.
Overall Impression: I thought this to be a good example of a Dusseldorf-style Alt; However, I feel that the malty/ toasty aroma and flavor could be toned down a bit. The bittering qualities are quite pleasant. I'm not sure what to think of the sulfury notes as well.

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