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Crooked Coast Altbier - Driftwood Brewery

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Crooked Coast AltbierCrooked Coast Altbier

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very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ritzkiss on 05-23-2009

Inspired by the original Alt-style beer of Dusseldorf, Crooked Coast brings together the aromas of German noble hops and Munich malt to produce a very refreshing and mellow ale that is the perfect companion on any shape of coast.
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Reviews by RooferOnFire:
Photo of RooferOnFire
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of trail77
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BashOnABike
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into Collins glass

A: Reddish-amber hue, fully transluscent, small off-white head, moderatly quck to dissipate. A nice clean profile.

S: Amber-esq malt, bit of vinegar?? (might've been the countertop though!), almost savoury, with a little hop. Pretty faint and bland though.

T: Very much a brown ale, right, nutty flavour with some burnished, smoky tones. A little citrus and hop after. Nice

M: Typical of brown ales, a little week with moderate carb and a long mouthfeel. This would make a nice on-tap beer at a college/pool-oriented pub.

O: A bit of a typical Brown Ale, with some german hints in the hop. Certainly a full flavour profile, but a little lacking in malt and mouthfeel.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bottle. Pours an amber color with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and floral hops. The taste is malty with some light bitterness. Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation, quite smooth. Very easy to drink; this is a solid, enjoyable amber ale.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - awesome to see the various Driftwood brews getting some face time in Alberta, besides 'just' Fat Tug!

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky layered cloud lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, fairly sweet biscuity toffee, zingy pome and citrus fruit, with maybe a suggestion of banana peel, a twinge of earthy tobacco, and leafy, weedy, and faintly grassy hops. The taste is very malty up front, the biscuity caramel and plain graininess representing, along with a still sturdy apple/pear/dried apricot fruitiness, some understated musty smoke, and more leafy, herbal, and grassy noble hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite light and fluffy in its low-key frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, a mild pithiness seemingly borne of fruit trying to ruin the day here. It finishes well off-dry, but not for any lack of bitter hop engagement.

A generally agreeable version of the style (compared to the few that I've yet encountered), with a prominent and complex malt base, and some subtle, but well-supportive bitterness. Tasty, and worthy of checking out, if you'd like a balanced, and easy to quaff old-school brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So-so Driftwood bottle. Perhaps too mellow for me. Cloudy amber colour with lots of white lace. Carbonation right there. Sourish and citrus. OK mouthfeel, passable drinkability.Fresh bottle from store that had a depth of Driftwood beers on display. Maybe without the acidicity.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes when I shared this bomber with andrenaline
A - golden syrup brown, generous tan head lasted very long with nice sticky lacing
S - grassy hops with a nuttiness and light fruitiness
T - strong grassy hops up front, roasted nutty malt, a solid balance
M - low carbonation, a little thin, slight hop bitter finish
D - please with the hop presence in this amber, well balanced and easy to enjoy

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Photo of souvenirs
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a nice coppery orange amber. Minimal head leaves a persistant ring around the glass with little lacing. Aroma of toasty, bready malt and grassy hops. Taste follows, with toasty bready malt and grassy, slightly pine hops and a bit of nuttiness. Finishes with a crisp hop bite. Light to medium bodied. Nicely made and refreshing. Good job.

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Photo of pudoo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is a truly authentic Alt but the label states: "Inspired by the original Alt-style beer of Dusseldorf. Crooked Coast brings together the aromas of German noble hops and Munich malt to produce a very refreshing and mellow ale that is the perfect companion on any shape of coast."

22oz pours a burnt/coppery orange, bordering on a brown. 2+ fingers of vigorous head that settles down to leave patchwork lacing down the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the yeasty biscuit side, hints of caramel.

Taste is an initial burst of slightly acrid, burnt malts (Munich?), followed by a buttery biscuit-ness, a good flourish of dry, bittering hops , a metallic twang, and a hint of biscuits again.

Fairly light body, goes down easy. Nothing really screams amazing to me (and I have grown to think that of some of Drifwood's brews) but it's quite drinkable and would make for a good summer switch-up. The flavors are quite unusual (to my palate) and a bit challenging but I feel that it is nice to see an unusual style and still have a quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JFL
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very well crafted beer.

Poured from bomber into 13 oz. glass

1 1/2 fingers of head on first pour, lots of bubbles. Great lacing. Full two fingers on second. Beautiful colour. Head stayed around until I drank, and even then it still hasn't zeroed, 4 mins and half a glass later.

Smell is light citrus, with a bit of malt

taste is a lot of malt, with a mildly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel is maybe the biggest drawback, a little thin.

Definately would buy again

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear amber brown with 2 fingers of beige head, full cap of retention. Tiny active bubbles stream up suggestive of the level of carbonation.

S: Mingling of hops and malts. Sweet burnt sugars something like if someone tried frying candied orange peels. Hints of fresh salt water, and notes of a mellow woody bark, if you've ever tasted woody rosemary, it smells like taht.

T: This taste is complex and wonderfully interesting. It's as if the malts and hops were in a race, each nudging the other out for first place. The results seems to be a mellowed woodsy herbaceous hops flavour, I imagine it tastes like the bark of a grapefruit tree, or woody rosemary. The lingering hops are absent of the fresh florals notes found in some IPAs, but highlight that earthy bitter note instead.

M: Tiny bubbles barely prick the tongue and mellow to a mildly creamy finish. A little thin, & a little creamy on the finish.

O: Interesting play of hops and malts, bitter and smooth. This brew is a delicate well managed balance. Try it with a a hard goat cheese and some dried figs, or a stewed red meat.

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewery 'Crooked Coast Altbier' @ 5.0% , served on tap at 'Stein & Dine' & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50
A-pour is a light opaque from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein/stange
S-sweetened with floral notes, a malty base and a distinct German hop
T-starts off crisp with citrus notes of grapefruit and orange building into a well-bodied caramel centre. This fruit flavour settles into a lightly bittered hop finish along side the distinct slightly burnt, caramel flavours which carry on from the midsection
MF-decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-good beer & altbier
prost LampertLand

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Photo of cartwar
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.