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Crooked Coast Altbier - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 19:34:53 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:21:48 | More by wordemupg
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.59/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 15:15:36 | More by tbeckett
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 13:53:40 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:26:55 | More by andrenaline
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-10-2012 22:04:38 | More by Molson2000
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-06-2011 18:24:20 | More by schopenhauerale
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-29-2014 02:19:40 | More by jrenihan
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-09-2012 03:11:38 | More by bumchilly25
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-23-2012 00:22:19 | More by 2beerdogs
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 04:20:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:25:20 | More by papat444
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:28:27 | More by BDTyre
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-07-2013 01:42:51 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:53:28 | More by kjyost
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 06:04:00 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-24-2014 14:58:53 | More by KStark
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 05:16:52 | More by ericj551
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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.