ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +18.2%
Got this on-tap at Charleston Beer Works in Charleston, SC.
Pours a nice copper/amber color with a one-finger white head that dissipates slowly into a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very sticky. A very god looking beer.
Smells great. Lots of light hop aromas - floral and citrus. There's also a little bit of a malt aroma, mildly bready but mostly sweet.
Tastes as good as it smells. A very nice citrus taste that's not too strong, along with a nice sweet malt backbone. There's also a little bit of spiciness at the end followed by a mild bitter flavor. Great tasting beer.
Mouthfeel is good. It goes down very, very smoothly, and the thickness and carbonation are just right.
Drinkability is great. I really can't say anything that I haven't already. I could drink a ton of these.
Overall I was very impressed. It tasted and smelled very similar to Troegs's Nugget Nectar, but with a little more spiciness. A great beer, definitely worth seeking out.
08-31-2008 17:09:00 | More by glid02
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Served from growler into a Mother Earth strange. Poured amber with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, dark chocolate, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the aroma alone on this one I really wasn't expecting too much if I am completely honest. Yes, the notes there were very nice, but I was hoping for some more complexity. I was definitely surprised when I took my first sip of this one though. The flavor profile was quite excellent and very well balanced. I could have drank a ton of this over a long session. The citrus really mixed quite well with the roastiness/bitterness of the dark chocolate. A solid offering from COAST and an absolute must try for anyone out there.
11-08-2011 12:34:49 | More by thagr81us
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
64oz growler poured into a Pint Glass.
Poured a hazy dark copper-brown with a creamy ivory head that settles to a fluffy cap and leaves sheets of lacing. Sweet, malty aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate, and just a touch of citrus. Taste follows the nose closely, nice flavors of chocolate, nuts, caramel malt, and wheat with a fairly long-lasting, bitter finish. There's a touch of spiciness in here that adds a nice layer of complexity. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good, crisp carbonation. Very drinkable, this would be easily sessionable if the ABV was a touch lower. Overall another solidly delicious from COAST, glad to knock this one off the list finally!
12-10-2011 01:18:28 | More by jsanford
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
I had the distinct pleasure of trying this one at the source. One of the last two kegs available from this batch, I luckily made it down just in time. This review is based off trying it down there and the growler I brought home, so a good few pints have been consumed by me over the last few days to say the least! Served in a pint glass and consumed on 08/17/2008.
What a wonderful pour. Bordering on light caramel brown, and deep dark amber, very full looking. Lots of carbonation in this one leading to a towering head of around three inches which faded down slowly, leaving behind tons of side glass lace and a rich broken crown.
The aroma was very malty, lots of earthy tones in here. Hints of banana and light fruit, some really faint floral citrus notes and a good bit of bready malts. The flavor was even more complex. Lots of caramel evident in here from the start. Biscuit and bread like middle here with lots of banana and peach like notes finding there way in from the yeast. Very clean taste here, with no obvious faults at all. Very nice carbonation and a medium, almost slightly chewy feel to it. So sessionable it was scary, seriously this was almost too good to drink at times.
Overall I was seriously blown away by this one. One of the best of the style, and one of the best fromn the brewer I have ever had. Jamie and David are really turning it up a notch down there and this only goes to prove it. One of the most solid sessionales I have had in a long time, go get this one if you can find it!
08-19-2008 10:08:13 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass(Growler from Greens in Piney Grove)
A - Nice Brown-orange hue with a slightly off white head.
S - Clean smelling with hints of toasted malts, fruity flavors and bready aromas. Nice smelling brew especially for the style.
T - Complex beer with fruity, caramel, bready flavors with a little good bit of hoppy bitterness blended in. Maybe a hint of sourness in their. This is a really clean beer with lots of flavor.
M - Fair amount of carbonation with a medium body. This beer goes down real smooth.
D - Real easy drinker with plenty of flavor. This is another solid offering from an awesome brewery. While this isn't something I could see anyone going nuts over I definitely think it is a great beer that is worth picking up when available. I'd drink this one again for sure.
05-12-2010 00:01:31 | More by jpmclaug
4.11/5 rDev -1.4%
On draft at Coleman Public House
5oz sampler as part of a flight
A: amber, crystal clear, not much head or lacing
S: very malty, smokey, a touch fruity
T: follows the nose; malty and smokey, burnt grass, roasty.
M: full body, crisp and clean for a heavier beer
O: I'm not huge into German styles but this one is quite tasty and well worth the drink
07-12-2013 17:34:38 | More by zac16125
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
Growler, poured into a nonic pint glass.
A rich see-thru brownish amber body is capped with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Decent retention, with a bit of lacing here and there.
The nose has perhaps a bit too much apple fruitiness, but is pleasant, with appropriately plentiful bready and toasty malts. An easy drinker with a leafy bitterness complementing the malt sweetness. Good toasted/roasted flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. The ample fruity flavors seem a bit out of place for the style and it's maybe a touch too sweet; nevertheless, it's a tasty beer that goes down with ease.
05-20-2010 16:02:05 | More by PDXHops
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Growler poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/22/11; reviewed blind
Thanks to PDXHops
Sunburnt amber color; mostly clear. Sharp looking beer. Two finger head is porous and is slow to thin out. A drippy running of lace clings to 1/3rd of the glass and leads to thicker lace whilst sipping. Thin layer of retention overall. 4.0
The aroma is very malty - an abundance of bread notes, grains, toffee, faint caramel notion, molasses and pecan. A sugary sweetness upfront is tempered my a dry spice; it's an enjoyable back and forth. Earthiness as it warms. Overtones of fruit esters. 4.0
The flavor has a sugary aspect upfront; however, it isn't painfully sweet and it tapers off soon enough. A modest hop presence is had early on, too - earthy with a kick of bitterness toward the end. The middle is rounded out by toasted bread that is dry and grainy. Nice progression; I like that it finishes more grainy than sugary. The second pour has a slight tanginess. 3.5
I'm going with medium body, though at times it seems thinner on account of watery edges and carbonation that is higher than I prefer. Lots of lingering residuals that keep luster all the while. There's a coating feel on the finish. 3.5
Not sure of the style here; perhaps some manner of brown ale? In any case, it's an easy drinker that seems to have a fully manageable abv. I like is quite a bit; some good things going on here. 4.0
11-23-2011 22:53:05 | More by Ryan011235
4.93/5 rDev +18.2%
I have finally gotten around to reviewing this beer since I found the notes I took in my coat pocket....
This is a style that I have tried numerous times and have been sorely disappointed. I tried all the Uerige Alts I could get and they always tasted too thin and stale. I have tried this beer in Germany also and even there the styles were too tame and malty.
Finally...David and Jaime have hit this one on the head!!
A. Copper penny brown with a finger head that settles to a ring. Very nice brew.
S. The hops are in the forefront. A mixture of floral and citrus. BUT the malts are there in the finish. Nice biscuity aroma.
T. Perfectly balanced. I eschew many beers since they are so macho hops and yet neglect the malt. This smells much as it tastes. Hops first then a spicy biscuity finish.
M. Very smooth and perfectly carbonated. Very clean finish.
D. This is a perfect session beer. Now that it will be available seasonally at the Charleston Beer Exchange I will be keeping growlers at home.
Another solid beer from Coast. It seems as they get more time under their belt they continue to blow people away. This beer is easily on par with anything put out by the top craft brewers in the US.
11-12-2008 21:58:56 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Poured to a pint glass from draught. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A nice, malty, sweet, almost nutty aroma.
T: Tasted of malt, caramel, some hops and a nutty quality. Very well-balanced and easy to drink.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a pretty dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Another solidly drinkable beer from COAST.
05-29-2010 13:50:24 | More by avalon07
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours: A deep red with very little head
Smell: Some grapefruit in the beginning then leading into a good amount of ester. Lightly toasted malts round it out.
Taste: They did a really good job of balancing the flavors of the hops and malts. I get a good amount of ester from the hops losing the grapefruit I got in the nose. The malt is just strong enough to give you a little sweetness and then it finishes with a little bit of pine.
05-26-2010 20:01:59 | More by CopperTopBrews
ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.