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This review of Athletic Brewing Company's Pilot House Northern Altbier comes from our awesome listener Ryan Burg. Thanks Ryan!
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"I am not a beer snob; I'll try anything once. So far, the NA beers I've been the most drawn to are of the NEIPA variety - The Sam Adams Just The Haze is excellent.
However, my review is going to be of a beer that is out of my usual beer wheelhouse; Athletic Brewing Company's Pilot House Northern Altbier.
Altbiers are a pretty rare beer type where I live. A check of my Untappd tells me that this is the very first one of this variety I've had, and I've tried A LOT of beer. 2,033 unique ones from 2013 on to be specific. So, I was pretty excited to try this!
The first whiff of this beer gives a good hint of malt; a harbinger of what's to come, I hope. The pour shows a medium brown, watered down syrup color, caramel malt is definitely in the grain bill. Head is strong, and lasts for a while in the glass. The malt is confirmed by a fruity and sweet hit; but with a spicy finish which becomes more pronounced after it warms up. Rye!
A quick look at Athletic's site confirms this: A pinch of rye adds a dry and earthy finish (although I wouldn't say I got the earthy finish, that was more in the beginning).
All in all, this was an excellent beer; I hope I can find more like this on my journey.
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