Very good looker. I’m always seeking that correct, mid to deep, copper clarity in an Alt, and that is found here. The head (and especially the lace) are really very good. Sticky, white and persistent, the lace is a particular feature of the pour.
Nose has a ton of bready malts – good.
This seems just a tad too bitter. It’s really, really close, but I want just a little more malt to support the bitterness in the style. Altbiers are hard – very hard! At least good Altbiers are hard, specifically for the reason that I identify above. There should be a battle between the bitter and rich malt, that is both constant and is tricky to pull off, and we find that here.
The more I drink this beer, the more it comes around, and my initial criticism becomes less relevant. Paradoxically, the bitterness tends to build a little over time, and that’s not the direction I need the beer to go. It’s contradictory in that regard.
Despite the fight, the beer remains mostly delicious, and easy to drink. It’s simple in the mouth and smooth, and there’s little to quarrel with here in the end. A classic style, well done. In fact, well done Threes Brewing!
Very, very good, close to being even better than that. I am so happy to find nicely crafted, classic styles. Perhaps all hope is not lost in contemporary, American brewing.