I really enjoy German Alts as a favorite purchase brew, and as I live in Florida with the lowest ambient temp 72 deg F under Air cond., I can't possibly lager without inconvenence. I have a question for you serious brewers about style and your experience with hops for this brew.
I have on order some Alsacian hops striesspalt, sp? that I think would fit the bill nicely with a Kolsch yeast and 1 lb or so caramunich plus belgian aromatic malt. I would typically blend German hops for this ale but have found them lacking in consistency of quality in the past, plus the spicy versus green funky for lack of a better description of aroma , varies so much per year and vendor. Is there a better measure of hop suitibility for the style and do you have some succes stories related per your experience that could help.