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401. Tuckerman Brewing Headwall Alt

Tuckerman Headwall AltAltbier is a style not many breweries offer. Long Trail has a couple and of course this one from Tuckerman Brewing in Conway, NH but I really cannot think of too many others. The style is not all that different than your typical brown ale but the beer is conditioned longer than normal which helps to mellow out the flavors.

Color is a deep red almost brown with a light tan head. Smell is very sweet with plenty of caramel malts, no hops here. This beer is quite tasty and a good example of the style with plenty of malt character and some dark fruits. Beer is a bit more complex as it warms and is very easy to drink.

Overall this is a quality beer from a style that is often overlooked. This beer goes well with meals and is readily available in 6-packs.
Pros:
Easy drinking
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.75% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Tuckerman Brewing
Brewers Description: In 2005, the Headwall Alt was introduced. This is traditional style of altbeir from Düsseldorf, Germany. Alt literally means old in German. Staying as true to the recipe as possible, the Headwall Alt is brewed using German malts, plus German and American hops. Like the Pale Ale, the Headwall Alt is cold conditioned, dry-hopped and krausened in the bottle or keg. Similar to the Pale Ale, the process takes about 30 days.

127. Rising Tide Ishmael

This is the first of three from Rising Tide that I will review this week. I enjoyed this beer but it took me close to 10 minutes to pour my first glass. You can see in this picture the extra large head and this was after 4-5 pours and sipping the foam away. Not sure if the combination of the glass and beer style or something else was causing this but it is the first time I have had an issue pouring a beer. After the first glass was done and I refilled it actually over flowed the glass causing quite a mess. Other than the excessive foam this is a quality beer; great color, minimal aroma and taste that is very well balanced. Easy to drink with low alcohol content. Looking forward to the next two from Rising Tide.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons: Excessive foam
Alcohol Content: 5.1 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.

74. Long Trail Double Bag

This is an interesting ale – pours a great amber color with a nice head and lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet with some caramel/toffee in there. Beer is very smooth for a strong ale but still has a bit of bite at the end. Like most other strong ales this should not be served ice cold. This is different than most ales and something you should try. Looking forward to trying more from Long Trail in the near future.
Pros: Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Long Trail
Brewers Description: This malty, full-bodies double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is very proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories; “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

64. Tuckerman Headwall Alt

Two very good beers in one night. This is an excellent example of a German Brown Ale and is very easy to drink. Pours a nice dark brown with a solid hear that lasted throughout leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation was just right and overall just a quality beer. Don’t let the color fool you this is an easy to drink beer with a relatively low alcohol content.
Pros: Smooth drinking and great color
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.75% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Tuckerman Brewing Co
Brewers Description: In 2005, the Headwall Alt was introduced. This is traditional style of altbeir from Düsseldorf, Germany. Alt literally means old in German. Staying as true to the recipe as possible, the Headwall Alt is brewed using German malts, plus German and American hops. Like the Pale Ale, the Headwall Alt is cold conditioned, dry-hopped and krausened in the bottle or keg. Similar to the Pale Ale, the process takes about 30 days. The Headwall Alt was rated in the Top 6 brews in New England in the Boston Globe Magazine in 2009. It also made Beer Advocate’s list of top altbiers.