Crooked Coast Altbier - Driftwood Brewery
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3.81/5 rDev -3.3%
Enjoyed a few pints on tap at the Irish Times pub in Victoria, BC. A clear red-bronze amber beer with an inch or so of white head. Nose is quite fruity, almost evokes some banana along with mealy apples or pears, light molasses, vanilla, soap, and a characteristic noble hop floral note. The aroma was a tad estery for the style but pleasing enough. The style guidelines do translate quite well on the palate. This is a crisp, dry, bitter ale with some citrus, toasted caramel, and mineral notes. Very quenching and tart, with rather minimal sweetness (although I do get a hint of molasses kiss candy or perhaps saltwater taffy). Sourish crab apple, bitter orange peel, herbal bitters, and gooseberry flit in and out, is that some American hop in the form of faint grapefruit and pine? Fairly high carbonation and thin, well-attenuated body that reminds one of a lager. Finishes quite clean, with a refined bitterness and echoes of citrus and chalk. Really quite a wonderful alt even if the nose threw me off for a moment. Classic session brew that drinks well but manages to hold one's attention over the course of several pints.
04-26-2014 18:25:27 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.59/5 rDev -34.3%
Bottle at Luxalune in Winnipeg. From notes.
A - Copper our with good carbonation. One finger of off white head gone fast leaving no lace and no retention.
S - Toffee, toasty. Mild.
T - Dr Pepper, toffee, no real hops. Really mild.
M - Strong carbonation, light body, mildly dry finish.
O/D - Huh? Such a weak beer for what I expected. Flavour wasn't great and the feel was thinner than it should've been. Tame best describes this one. You'd expect more hops for a West Coast take on the style.
10-23-2013 15:15:36 | More by tbeckett
British Columbia (Canada)
3.23/5 rDev -18%
poured from a 650ml bottle.
A: slightly cloudy golden brown with less than a finger of head and visible carbonation.
S: Yum! Fruity hops and some sweetness.
T: Not bad, but I mostly just taste bitterness. Some grassy hops. I was expecting more complexity.
F: Decent. Nothing to complain about here.
Would I buy it again? Nope. I'm surprised, I expected to like this more.
09-07-2013 01:08:02 | More by souvenirs
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance- Pours a cloudy copper with half a finger of bubbly beige head.
Smell- Caramalts, toasted grains, hint of leafy hops.
Taste- Caramalts followed by a nice punch from the leafy hops and some toasted grains.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall- An enjoyable altbier by Driftwood. There was a nice balance between the hops and malts, however, if there were something else that would give this brew a little more depth it would be even better.
07-20-2013 03:31:00 | More by leaddog
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!
Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.
Appearance: A murky brown with a ruddy complexion, very creamy head that leaves a mark.
Smell: Nutty, caramel malt, crisp, refreshing, earthy, sharp fruit (apricot).
Taste: Face full of malt, slight mineral edge, earthen hops, nuts galore.
Mouthfeel: Full, little sweet & bitter kick.
Overall: Straightforward and good but not as good as Parallel 49's.
05-04-2013 02:25:20 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured from 22oz/650ml bomber into beer mug
Appearance (What's Inside): Pours a nice deep amber with a fairly generous head and little lacing. Nice looking brew. Unfiltered, but not extremely cloudy. some foam relaxes on the sides of the glass.
Smell: floral, slightly sour. Not too much going on here.
Taste: an initial and lingering bitterness, with the wheat and malts also present. Initially bracing, an almost grapefruitlike flavour develops. the flavours come to the surface more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant, medium carbonation, a bit gassy.. Wheat and bitter hops camp out for quite awhile, also leaving some acidity.
I think this was a good effort by Driftwood. They're local and stayed pretty true to the style, while adding their own twist. This is an easy drinking brew, a little light for some tastes, but it's well-made. That said, the criteria is- is it the world's finest microbrew Amber Ale? No. Still above average? Yes. I could see sharing this with some of my friends.
03-28-2013 02:32:56 | More by RooferOnFire
Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.