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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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

Viggo, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

wordemupg, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

andrenaline, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

Nice amber pour with a finger of creamy off-white head. Bready, fruity aroma, with a touch of nut. Fruity malts and caramel dominate the flavour, but I'm not picking up the earthiness I tend to look for in an alt. There's some good breadiness and a nice floral hopping, but it still feels like its missing something to make it stand out from the crowd. Smooth, medium-light mouthfeel and restrained carbonation make this an easy drinker.

While this is still a decent beer, I can't help but be disappointed. Driftwood is an amazing brewery, but this is my first miss from them. It seems to be missing the earthiness from an alt that helps balance out the fruit and bread, and I also feel like it needed a touch more hopping. Well worth a try, though. Cheers Eric for the bottle!

bobsy, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.5%

schopenhauerale, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jrenihan, May 29, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kurmaraja, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +1.5%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, May 04, 2013
Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

BDTyre, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of chickenm
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.

chickenm, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

660 mL bottle purchased at Luxe Lune, Winnipeg, MB. Shared and poured into sleeves.

In the dark environment, the beer pours a deep brownish hue that seems clear with a nice tan head. Toasty munich malts with a spicy aroma come across the nose and the body delivers a wonderfully light malt body with slight hop notes. Well put together and subtle beer. Worth having again, so I ordered a second bottle to share.

kjyost, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

avaldivia, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

A: 1 1/2" tan coloured head over rust coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Pine hops, citrus hops and malt.

T: Bitter pine hops upfront with a nutty finish.

M: Thin viscosity with low carbonation.

O: Hopheads would enjoy the bitter pine hops in this amber ale.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
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.

ritzkiss, May 23, 2009
Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

KStark, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

yancot, Feb 27, 2013
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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.