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ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company

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91
outstanding

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | 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 goindownsouth
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

goindownsouth, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%

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 icehawk
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%

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 jpmclaug
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.

jpmclaug, May 12, 2010
Photo of jfstilling
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jfstilling, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Fitze
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Fitze, May 08, 2014
Photo of mrandypandy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

mrandypandy, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of james582
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

james582, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of markasparov
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

markasparov, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Daktah
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Daktah, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of welldigger888
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

welldigger888, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of rjknyy
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

rjknyy, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +19.9%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of MarkSCCOT
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.

MarkSCCOT, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of ckk527
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

ckk527, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of UncleWesticles
5/5  rDev +19.9%

UncleWesticles, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CopperTopBrews
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.

CopperTopBrews, May 26, 2010
Photo of mmckay41
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

mmckay41, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of DryHoppedPiano
4/5  rDev -4.1%

DryHoppedPiano, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of BLove
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BLove, Nov 01, 2012
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ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.