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ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Anthony1, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

weeare138, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of icehawk
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

icehawk, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

PDXHops, May 20, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Ryan011235, Nov 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Bung, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

markasparov, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

james582, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

rjknyy, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

MacQ32, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

mmckay41, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of CopperTopBrews
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

CopperTopBrews, May 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Daktah, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mbbransc, Tuesday at 01:13 PM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DryHoppedPiano, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

egrace84, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Bottled On: 09 10 14

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Toasty, bready malt with some light hop fume.

T- Nice balanced flavor of toasty malt and just enough hop bitterness. So drinkable and clean yet flavorful. Makes me want to keep taking sips.

M- Slight bite from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Someone once told me that an altbier is intended to be somewhere between an ale and lager. If that's true, this one hits the nail on the head. Has the crispness and easygoing nature of a lager while maintaining the solid flavor of an ale. I'm confused though. This beer has a current score of 79, yet the majority of full reviews are above a 4.25 rating. I feel this is a prime example of those who know their shit giving a full review of a lesser-known style a good rating vs. those who just tick for the sake of ticking giving a bad score because they don't know what an altbier is supposed to be like.

Immortale25, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of kkipple
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

kkipple, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of zac16125
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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

zac16125, Jul 12, 2013
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ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.