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ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ygtbsm94, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

weeare138, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

glid02, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

avalon07, May 29, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AlexFields, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

thatoneguymike, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Bung, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

jsanford, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

egrace84, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

twenty5, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

MacQ32, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnBender, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

jeff1973, Nov 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

pmarlowe, Nov 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JISurfer, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

RochefortChris, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

JohnQVegas, May 03, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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
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ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.