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Crooked Coast Altbier - Driftwood Brewery

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88
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of BashOnABike
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of souvenirs
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of JFL
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of beerayrton
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LazyL
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear ruddy amber. The head is off-white laces well before settling to form a ring.

S - estery malty and floral/ citric hops

T - butterscotch malt (similar to an ESB) that transitions very slowly into herbal hops and then into a light citrus/spice finish. The butterscotch flavor is maintained throughout.

M - medium carbonation, medium body, smooth and a waxy/oily finish

D - very drinkable with an interesting mouthfeel

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome shade of dark amber brew with a pile of creamy foam and lots of lacing in the tall Timmermans goblet. Such a nice sudsy mouthfeel.

This has that interesting musty and walnut taste that makes me think of the Old World. A bitterish aftertaste takes this out of the flabby Marzen realm. Sort of a watery body but modestly malty. An herbal hop flavor, I wouldn't call it Noble.

A decent gulp with a mellow taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for sharing!

Pours a clear orange/amber, thick light tan head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer, some nice chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, some toast, apricots, orange, nice and floral, some light fruit, caramel, lightly sugary, tea like hops, real nice. Taste is nice too, tea and lemons, orange, toast, caramel, apricots, touch of iron, quite fruity, dry and toasty in the finish, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable stuff. A real nice amber ale, thanks Eric!

Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really stoked to share this one with my fellow BA, and a solid find!

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a reddish hue, two fingers of head with decent retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Grassy and leafy hops off the top, followed by bready malts with a touch of caramel and toffee.

T - Much like the scent with the grassy hops of the top, some earthy undertones and a bit of caramel on the finish.

M - A lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth, but comes across a tad thin. By no means a severe drawback, but a little more body carbonation would bump this up a notch.

D - A very tasty offering from Driftwood. These guys produce some solid beers and this is another quality example. Highly recommended to any fan of Amber ales offering some unique flavours.

Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crooked Coast Amber Ale pours a deep orange copper with a fluffy offwhite head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty, warm toasted bread with some herbal hops. The beer has a great malty flavor, without being too sweet. More bready, lightly toasted malt, with a bit of caramel and a solid but light to moderate hop bitterness. Some nice light spicy hop flavor balances the malt really nicely. As a hop head, I'd looked past this beer a lot previously, but I'm really glad I picked it up!

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 3/7/11

A hazy brownish orange with a tight two finger that falls to a thin film after a few minuets leaving lots of unorganized lace down the glass

S earthy herbal hops, with some nutty caramel and floral tea

T as it smells but a little toned down, a little malty but the hops do have plenty influence with the earthy tones

M enters silky and ends up very creamy from the bubbles just barely the good side of turning to foam

O I've had a couple Alt's now to make a comparison and this one's holding it's own against the only other Canadian versions I've had

something I could session but I only have a single bottle and I need to thank Trevor for bringing me a box of BC goodies

Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I`m really excited about this brewery - so far they have come out with some really impressive brews.

This beer pours a very nice looking copper orangey-red with a bubbly, two-finger head that leaves some very pretty lacing on my glass. Some really nice piney, citrusy hop aromas emanate from the foamy head with good hits of caramel, cinnamon, clove, and even light touch of orange-chocolate. Taste is buttery and bready up front with the citrusy hops coming in mid-sip resulting in a buttery and incredibly nutty, dry finish with slight hints of apricot too. Fantastically balanced, complex and smooth. Mouthfeel, again, is silky smooth with a good amount of creaminess and displays a crisp, dry, spicy finish from the hops. Wow, having tried the other offerings from this brewery, I was expecting to like this beer - I had no idea it would be so complex and well-balanced. This is an outstanding ale from an outstanding brewery. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hands on it. I know I`ll be buying it again. What a treat!

Photo of vincento
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First beer of NYE 2010 and best drink of beer I've had all year. Pours with a honeycombed" head like the interior of a crunchie bar. A malty driver with hops in the backseat. Caramel interior, smooth on the corners, full bodied after burner. A real treat.

Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good take on an alt from one of Victoria's rising stars.

Amber-red-copper appearance with a thick, sticky head. Mellow smell of sweet malts and mild hops. Malty taste with a bit of caramel in the background. Fairly dry, somewhat bitter finish to the taste.

Mild cabonation and a smooth feel - a nice beer to enjoy with a meal.

Photo of tbeckett
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.