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Crooked Coast Altbier - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ritzkiss on 05-23-2009)
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy white head that sticks around. Great lacing. The smell is tettnanger hops with some toasty malt. Starts with some hop bitterness, then moves right into the herbal and citrus hops with a very well balanced toasty/sweet malt with notes of molasses and candied apple. Nice carbonation bite and smooth finish.

Overall, a very tasty brew. As far as session beers go, this is absolutely fantastic.

01-04-2013 06:46:24 | More by Siriusfisherman
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trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-06-2012 03:46:07 | More by trail77
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BashOnABike

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

03-29-2012 04:54:50 | More by BashOnABike
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

07-08-2010 01:57:24 | More by chickenm
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-11-2013 19:32:50 | More by JonnyBeers
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

07-31-2011 14:42:56 | More by Sammy
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-10-2014 20:51:27 | More by CWVegas
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1%

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

01-30-2011 04:20:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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souvenirs

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
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

01-28-2012 04:10:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-27-2011 19:21:12 | More by pudoo
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-05-2013 06:10:46 | More by Hoptron_3000
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

05-23-2009 22:27:07 | More by ritzkiss
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

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
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JFL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%

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

02-13-2013 07:39:09 | More by JFL
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

05-17-2012 23:28:07 | More by FondueVoodoo
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-17-2012 21:43:02 | More by LampertLand
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cartwar

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-08-2012 14:42:46 | More by cartwar
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-26-2014 21:33:49 | More by Kurmaraja
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-09-2012 03:11:38 | More by bumchilly25
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beerayrton

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

A very good beer to enjoy on this saturday night. I love amber ales in general and this is a very good representation of the style.

Appearance - about a finger's worth of head, settling into minimal lacing, a deep and dark beautiful amber colour.

Smell - Caramel notes, grassy malt smell as well right up there in the nose. An upfront malty pine is right there as well.

Taste - Malty caramel and hoppy upfront, throughout you get a strong caramel flavour that lingers until it desolves to a grassy/citrus-y hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and full body, a very delicious amber ale.

Overall - A VERY drinkable ale. I litove amber ales, as I said, so this was awesome. it has a little bitterness, but a surprising sweetness.

In all, an awesome ale. I'm glad I grabbed this one.

11-20-2011 05:09:41 | More by beerayrton
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%

A: Copper with a light tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Floral & spicy hops, roasted nuts, slight earthyness with a hint of fruit.

T: Roasted nut & a hint of burnt caramel, floral, slight spice, hint of fruit, earthy bitterness that really lingers.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: Interesting, but a little rough around the edges. I wonder if it would mellow with a little more cellaring.

07-26-2009 18:49:19 | More by Derek
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Ericbeech_87

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-07-2014 01:22:23 | More by Ericbeech_87
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avaldivia

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2012 23:49:11 | More by avaldivia
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

A very clear copper with a thin off white head. Not alot on the nose other than a mild nuttyness and some grainy/herbal scents. Some sweet malty flavours and again a little nut and grass on the finish. Light body with a dry aftertaste and some good lacing. Driftwood is making better and better beer all the time. Their seasonals are fantastic, but this is just good, not great.

06-14-2011 01:14:53 | More by LazyL
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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
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