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ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company

ALTerior MotiveALTerior Motive

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%


Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our altbier is crafted after the authentic, or sticke, style that originated in Germany. It is extremely malty, aggressively hoppy and cold conditioned for a clean, smooth finish.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-19-2008)
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glid02

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 17:09:00 | More by glid02
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 21:58:56 | More by MarkSCCOT
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice deep golden hue with a dash of garnet, awesome slightly off white head and exceptional lacing down glass.

Bready malty nuttiness goodness with what I must believe to be noble german hop aromas of floral spicy and a touch of citrus goodness.

Very balanced bready malty nutty goodness again with maybe a touch of caramel sweetness for balance. The hops seem to impart a wonderful earthy herbal quality that screams noble for me.

So balanced so tastey so spot on. Carbonation is fantastic and the mouthfeel is crisp refreshing and on the fuller side of medium.

I could quaff this elixer all week and never want for anything, well except maybe any of their IPA type brews being a lover of that style.

COAST Rocks, thank you guys for sticking it out in the SC. We need you more then ya'll need us, Prost! Always outstanding, thanks again BIG Joe.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 00:55:41 | More by welldigger888
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 10:08:13 | More by mikesgroove
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed from a well-cared for growler, thanks to BA mikesgroove.

Gorgeous and copper in color with a head that was lucious and long lasting. Great lace along the sides of the glass. Aromas of bready goodness, hints of fruity goodness, and still some hop twinge. All in good balance. Smooth on the palate, this Altbier slid right down. Great biscuity goodness with the hop balance make this brew an absolute winner.

Floored. A very simple yet rarely attempted style, done well. Very well. True to style wit a slight twist, but still amazing. Jamie and David absolutely nailed this one in terms of flavor, balance, and drinkability. I cannot wait for this one to come back around!

Zum wohl!

Serving type: growler

09-07-2008 13:08:25 | More by goindownsouth
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jpro

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been meaning to try this for a while...

Poured from the CBX growler a nice dark copper, with a creamy light almond head that showed pretty good retention and left some nice lace. Aroma is of caramel malts with notes of floral hops - maybe a hint of toast in there, too. Taste is superb - malt breadiness up front, followed by a perfectly balanced, citrusy hop finish - seriously, the balance of this beer is awesome! There's also some very slight estery-ness going on and some ever-so-subtle touches of spice. Mouthfeel is pretty close to perfect - medium bodied, smooth and creamy - yet very crisp; carbonation is just right. Drinkability is up there - its such a clean, crisp, refreshing brew its damn near impossible not to have a few!

Serving type: growler

08-09-2009 04:44:30 | More by jpro
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2010 00:01:31 | More by jpmclaug
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at Growlers, Hilton Head.

A - Pours a nice toasted brown with orange highlights. Clear, medium white head, decent lacing.
S - Faint malty breadiness, with a touch of noble hops. Good, and not overpowering.
T/M - Smooth, crisp and clean. The assertive hops (for an Alt) balance well with the malty backbone. This is easy drinking and delicious.
O - I almost passed this up based on style alone, and I'm glad I didn't. A pleasant surprise, and it goes to show that you can't judge a beer by it's style. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2013 16:00:06 | More by mrandypandy
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2011 12:34:49 | More by thagr81us
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Sesame's in No. Charleston.

Pours dark brown-copper, with a dense, foamy on-finger head on top that settles into a nice cap and leaves lots of delicate lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is toasty, bit of caramel, nice noble hop presence.

Taste is stellar - toasty, bready, with a deep toasted caramel sweetness leading into a beautiful, firm noble hop bitterness on the finish that's just a bit sharp. Just a bit of breadcrust, and just a little fruity in there, but the stars are toasty caramel and noble hops. Everything just fits so perfectly together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation that lets the flavors shine perfectly, big flavorful finish that leads perfectly into the next sip. Hugely drinkable, delicious, fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 22:34:09 | More by JohnQVegas
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2010 13:50:24 | More by avalon07
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is what a brown ale should look like! The color is... oddly enough brown. Like hazy brown unlike most brown ales which seem to either be very dark bordering on black or too light, and have too much of golden tinge. This bad boy has a whispy head that is minimal when poured but does dissipate.

S: Mostly malty but has a bit of chocolate too it. Earthy hop note rather than floral. Maybe a little oak note as well.

T: Very unique and well balanced. A good amount of hop bitterness that is sharp like an IPA but not floral like an IPA. Very earthy with the oak note and a bit of dark chocolate flavor. Indeed, the chocolate flavor doesn't bring a sweetness which is very nice. Bitterness seems to overpower slightly.

M: Good body and carbonation isn't bad but a bit aggressive.

Overall this is a great beer. Big earthy flavors without being overpowering. I approve.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2012 23:12:04 | More by Jamesthebrit
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Hazy amber-brown color with a 1-finger foamy cream-colored head. Nice retention and some good lacing. I wish it was a little clearer.

S – Caramel, toffee, molasses, and toasted malts along with herbal hops and citrus esters/hops.

T – Sweet most of the way through with caramel, toffee, molasses, and some citrus esters, developing to nutty and toasted malt. Finishes up with a bitter spicy, herbal, and possibly citrus hop finish.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Noble hop spicy and herbal hop bitterness lingers with a touch of the sweet citrus esters/hops.

O – This is my first altbier experience, and it was a tasty one. From what I’ve read, this fits the style terrifically. There’s a big and sweet malt presence that is adequately balanced by spicy and herbal noble hops. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Really the only thing I would improve is the clarity of the beer. Overall, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. Another solid, solid beer from COAST.

Serving type: growler

10-21-2012 01:39:06 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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jsanford

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

12-10-2011 01:18:28 | More by jsanford
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 17:34:38 | More by zac16125
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled from the wondrous CBX. Filled 7/29, drank right the heck up on 9/11. Still perfectly carbonated. Split with 2 other BA buds in cooling-off Columbia, SC.

A. Clear and rusty, fine 2 inch white head that falls to just cover the top. Spotty, low lace. Some active carbonation. A very pretty beer.

S. Mellow and toasty malts, some fruityness, slightly sour and acidic malts, lemon?, maybe some dates, very clean. Good malt presence here, restrained, yet inviting.

T. Smooth and tender malt profile blends through a subtle hop btterness and fruity, rich sweetness. This is good. Simple, decent, unsurprising, clean, and good. A friend said nutty and is right, and there's a little dank earthiness to keep things interesting.

M. Crisp, malty-nutful, medium carbonation, lightly bitter and malty sweet finish, pleasing, massively quaffable.

D. Oh yes. I had no trouble killing the growler in short order with friends. I want more.

ALTerior Motive is a great American take on an Alt, with a character that belies the sum of its parts. I like this one, and (like all COAST brews), it's super clean and tasty. Go get some Alt beer.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2009 01:16:04 | More by kkipple
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CopperTopBrews

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2010 20:01:59 | More by CopperTopBrews
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 22:53:05 | More by Ryan011235
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2010 16:02:05 | More by PDXHops
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Appearance: Beautiful clear orange amber with short lasting white head Aroma: Green apples, bread Taste: Fruity and floral undertones. Finish with a bready bitterness Palate: Light body. Flat with spicy undertones. Overall: Very drinkable, although the bitter finish sticks with you long after the drink. Interesting, subtle fruit undertones makes this more complex than the body might make you believe.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:15:46 | More by icehawk
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler from charleston beer exchange.

poured a copper color, pretty clear with a fluffy head and ok lace.

smelled sweet and bready, but unimpressed. taste was similar. light body with good carbonation. well balanced, but lacked any lasting definition. unimpressed and this is the one i expected to like the most. definately my least favorite coast beer.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2009 17:11:24 | More by Anthony1
ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.