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2012 Top Ten German Alts in the United States

This Top Ten List of  German Alts is from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Samuel Adams Boston Ale - Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
2. Little Red Cap - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO
3. TAPS Alt - TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Brea, CA), Brea, CA
4. Chuckanut Alt - Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA
5. Alt-eration - Hops & Grain Brewing, Austin, TX
6. Rhine Heights - Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI
7. Real McCoy Amber - Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA
8. Schmaltz's Alt - August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN
9. Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, AK
10. Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewaters Corners, VT

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German Altbier
Copper to brown in color, this German ale may be highly hopped and intensely bitter (although the 25 to 35 IBU range is more normal for the majority of Altbiers from Düsseldorf) and has a medium body and malty flavor. A variety of malts, including wheat, may be used. Hop character may be medium to high in the flavor and arom The overall impression is clean, crisp, and flavorful often with a dry finish. Fruity esters can be low to medium-low. No diacetyl or chill haze should be perceived.
OG: 1.044-1.052
FG: 1.008-1.014
Alcohol by Weight: 3.6-4.4%
IBU: 25-52
Color SRM: 11-19

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