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ALTerior Motive - COAST Brewing Company

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91
outstanding

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
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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Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of kkipple
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of herrburgess
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jpro
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of goindownsouth
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Fitze
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of icehawk
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of jfstilling
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mrandypandy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of heystevec
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of james582
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of markasparov
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Daktah
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of welldigger888
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of rjknyy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +21.1%

ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.