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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cartwar, Feb 08, 2012
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 pudoo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

pudoo, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

schopenhauerale, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Mages64, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of beerayrton
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.

beerayrton, Nov 20, 2011
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
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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 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
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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.

LazyL, Jun 14, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

ericj551, Jun 05, 2011
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
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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
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

vincento, Jan 01, 2011
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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
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4.85/5  rDev +23.1%

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with big biege head that has excellent retention and leaves good lace. The head is still a centimetre thick at the last sip.

Aroma: A strong presence of Munich malt and peppery, spicy, slightly grapefruity hops without being aggressive. Slight wheat aroma as well (wheat malts are also used).

Taste: A very malty backbone, with all of the hop flavours noticed in the aroma. The slight wheatiness exists only to start with and then quickly disappears. Lasting bitter and malty finish. As the beer warms, a woodiness emerges from the hops and starts to take over the previous hop nuances. The malts also develop into some chocolate and a hint of coffee as it continues to warm, and becomes satisyingly chewy. As the beer warms further, rich but not sweet caramel flavour emerges from the malts near the bottom of the glass. The finish is now not as bitter. The beer has a smoothness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Initially medium bodied, becoming a little more full bodied as the beer develops, and returning to medium bodied at the end. Very unusual but interesting; always nice to experience new sensations.

Drinkability: A very exciting beer that offers a multitude of flavours and undergoes an extraordinary metamorphosis of nuances from first sip to last. Way, way better than the only other altbier (or beer inspired by the altbier style) that I've had before - an organic altbier by Pinkus. My only (and relatively trivial) dissatisfaction is that the very last mouthful is only really caramel as most of the other flavours have passed.

Very easy and rewarding to drink, just gulp the last 50ml or so.
Definitely will be having this again.

lumikuuro, Mar 03, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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

Grunewald, Dec 10, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

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!

Graham5161986, Sep 13, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.