Sunday, January 3, 2016

Summit Unchained Batch 20 - Sticke Alt

The Summit Brewing Company is in St. Paul, Minnesota and has been making craft beer since 1986.  This is part of their Unchained Series of limited release special batch beers. Number 20 is a Dusseldorf German style alt or "old" ale.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of orange-tinted garnet. There is nearly an inch of thick, off-white to very light tan foam. The head leaves thick layers of sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is well roasted malts, sweetness, but dry and nutty. The taste follows the aromas, very well roasted and toasted malts, nutty, with an edge of dark caramel. However, the finish is really quite dry, and with a moderate grassy bitterness. The beer drinks easy, smooth, but with refreshing carbonation. This was a style I suspected Summit could nail, and they did.

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