ALTerior Motive | COAST Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our altbier is crafted after the authentic, or sticke, style that originated in Germany. It is extremely malty, aggressively hoppy and cold conditioned for a clean, smooth finish.

Added by mikesgroove on 08-19-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; good stickage and lacing patterns

Smell: Caramel and earthy hop

Taste: Caramel forward, with the earthy hops building in the middle; fairly clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit too hoppy for the style, in my opinion, but it is a nice drinker nevertheless

Thanks, stevensond, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/24/14, placeholder review Malty mess, some herbal hops. will rate if can find a semi fresh bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the distinct pleasure of trying this one at the source. One of the last two kegs available from this batch, I luckily made it down just in time. This review is based off trying it down there and the growler I brought home, so a good few pints have been consumed by me over the last few days to say the least! Served in a pint glass and consumed on 08/17/2008.

What a wonderful pour. Bordering on light caramel brown, and deep dark amber, very full looking. Lots of carbonation in this one leading to a towering head of around three inches which faded down slowly, leaving behind tons of side glass lace and a rich broken crown.

The aroma was very malty, lots of earthy tones in here. Hints of banana and light fruit, some really faint floral citrus notes and a good bit of bready malts. The flavor was even more complex. Lots of caramel evident in here from the start. Biscuit and bread like middle here with lots of banana and peach like notes finding there way in from the yeast. Very clean taste here, with no obvious faults at all. Very nice carbonation and a medium, almost slightly chewy feel to it. So sessionable it was scary, seriously this was almost too good to drink at times.

Overall I was seriously blown away by this one. One of the best of the style, and one of the best fromn the brewer I have ever had. Jamie and David are really turning it up a notch down there and this only goes to prove it. One of the most solid sessionales I have had in a long time, go get this one if you can find it!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says Bottled On: 09 10 14

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Toasty, bready malt with some light hop fume.

T- Nice balanced flavor of toasty malt and just enough hop bitterness. So drinkable and clean yet flavorful. Makes me want to keep taking sips.

M- Slight bite from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Someone once told me that an altbier is intended to be somewhere between an ale and lager. If that's true, this one hits the nail on the head. Has the crispness and easygoing nature of a lager while maintaining the solid flavor of an ale. I'm confused though. This beer has a current score of 79, yet the majority of full reviews are above a 4.25 rating. I feel this is a prime example of those who know their shit giving a full review of a lesser-known style a good rating vs. those who just tick for the sake of ticking giving a bad score because they don't know what an altbier is supposed to be like.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured to a pint glass from draught. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, malty, sweet, almost nutty aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, some hops and a nutty quality. Very well-balanced and easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a pretty dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another solidly drinkable beer from COAST.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of glid02
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this on-tap at Charleston Beer Works in Charleston, SC.

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a one-finger white head that dissipates slowly into a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very sticky. A very god looking beer.

Smells great. Lots of light hop aromas - floral and citrus. There's also a little bit of a malt aroma, mildly bready but mostly sweet.

Tastes as good as it smells. A very nice citrus taste that's not too strong, along with a nice sweet malt backbone. There's also a little bit of spiciness at the end followed by a mild bitter flavor. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is good. It goes down very, very smoothly, and the thickness and carbonation are just right.

Drinkability is great. I really can't say anything that I haven't already. I could drink a ton of these.

Overall I was very impressed. It tasted and smelled very similar to Troegs's Nugget Nectar, but with a little more spiciness. A great beer, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into a Mother Earth strange. Poured amber with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, dark chocolate, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the aroma alone on this one I really wasn't expecting too much if I am completely honest. Yes, the notes there were very nice, but I was hoping for some more complexity. I was definitely surprised when I took my first sip of this one though. The flavor profile was quite excellent and very well balanced. I could have drank a ton of this over a long session. The citrus really mixed quite well with the roastiness/bitterness of the dark chocolate. A solid offering from COAST and an absolute must try for anyone out there.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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