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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
Ranking:
#5,131
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
78
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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22
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7
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of herrburgess
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is what a brown ale should look like! The color is... oddly enough brown. Like hazy brown unlike most brown ales which seem to either be very dark bordering on black or too light, and have too much of golden tinge. This bad boy has a whispy head that is minimal when poured but does dissipate.

S: Mostly malty but has a bit of chocolate too it. Earthy hop note rather than floral. Maybe a little oak note as well.

T: Very unique and well balanced. A good amount of hop bitterness that is sharp like an IPA but not floral like an IPA. Very earthy with the oak note and a bit of dark chocolate flavor. Indeed, the chocolate flavor doesn't bring a sweetness which is very nice. Bitterness seems to overpower slightly.

M: Good body and carbonation isn't bad but a bit aggressive.

Overall this is a great beer. Big earthy flavors without being overpowering. I approve.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Hazy amber-brown color with a 1-finger foamy cream-colored head. Nice retention and some good lacing. I wish it was a little clearer.

S – Caramel, toffee, molasses, and toasted malts along with herbal hops and citrus esters/hops.

T – Sweet most of the way through with caramel, toffee, molasses, and some citrus esters, developing to nutty and toasted malt. Finishes up with a bitter spicy, herbal, and possibly citrus hop finish.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Noble hop spicy and herbal hop bitterness lingers with a touch of the sweet citrus esters/hops.

O – This is my first altbier experience, and it was a tasty one. From what I’ve read, this fits the style terrifically. There’s a big and sweet malt presence that is adequately balanced by spicy and herbal noble hops. The mouthfeel is fantastic. Really the only thing I would improve is the clarity of the beer. Overall, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. Another solid, solid beer from COAST.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into a Pint Glass.

Poured a hazy dark copper-brown with a creamy ivory head that settles to a fluffy cap and leaves sheets of lacing. Sweet, malty aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate, and just a touch of citrus. Taste follows the nose closely, nice flavors of chocolate, nuts, caramel malt, and wheat with a fairly long-lasting, bitter finish. There's a touch of spiciness in here that adds a nice layer of complexity. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good, crisp carbonation. Very drinkable, this would be easily sessionable if the ABV was a touch lower. Overall another solidly delicious from COAST, glad to knock this one off the list finally!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/22/11; reviewed blind

Thanks to PDXHops

Sunburnt amber color; mostly clear. Sharp looking beer. Two finger head is porous and is slow to thin out. A drippy running of lace clings to 1/3rd of the glass and leads to thicker lace whilst sipping. Thin layer of retention overall. 4.0

The aroma is very malty - an abundance of bread notes, grains, toffee, faint caramel notion, molasses and pecan. A sugary sweetness upfront is tempered my a dry spice; it's an enjoyable back and forth. Earthiness as it warms. Overtones of fruit esters. 4.0

The flavor has a sugary aspect upfront; however, it isn't painfully sweet and it tapers off soon enough. A modest hop presence is had early on, too - earthy with a kick of bitterness toward the end. The middle is rounded out by toasted bread that is dry and grainy. Nice progression; I like that it finishes more grainy than sugary. The second pour has a slight tanginess. 3.5

I'm going with medium body, though at times it seems thinner on account of watery edges and carbonation that is higher than I prefer. Lots of lingering residuals that keep luster all the while. There's a coating feel on the finish. 3.5

Not sure of the style here; perhaps some manner of brown ale? In any case, it's an easy drinker that seems to have a fully manageable abv. I like is quite a bit; some good things going on here. 4.0

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of welldigger888
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice deep golden hue with a dash of garnet, awesome slightly off white head and exceptional lacing down glass.

Bready malty nuttiness goodness with what I must believe to be noble german hop aromas of floral spicy and a touch of citrus goodness.

Very balanced bready malty nutty goodness again with maybe a touch of caramel sweetness for balance. The hops seem to impart a wonderful earthy herbal quality that screams noble for me.

So balanced so tastey so spot on. Carbonation is fantastic and the mouthfeel is crisp refreshing and on the fuller side of medium.

I could quaff this elixer all week and never want for anything, well except maybe any of their IPA type brews being a lover of that style.

COAST Rocks, thank you guys for sticking it out in the SC. We need you more then ya'll need us, Prost! Always outstanding, thanks again BIG Joe.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours: A deep red with very little head

Smell: Some grapefruit in the beginning then leading into a good amount of ester. Lightly toasted malts round it out.

Taste: They did a really good job of balancing the flavors of the hops and malts. I get a good amount of ester from the hops losing the grapefruit I got in the nose. The malt is just strong enough to give you a little sweetness and then it finishes with a little bit of pine.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A rich see-thru brownish amber body is capped with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Decent retention, with a bit of lacing here and there.

The nose has perhaps a bit too much apple fruitiness, but is pleasant, with appropriately plentiful bready and toasty malts. An easy drinker with a leafy bitterness complementing the malt sweetness. Good toasted/roasted flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation. The ample fruity flavors seem a bit out of place for the style and it's maybe a touch too sweet; nevertheless, it's a tasty beer that goes down with ease.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass(Growler from Greens in Piney Grove)

A - Nice Brown-orange hue with a slightly off white head.

S - Clean smelling with hints of toasted malts, fruity flavors and bready aromas. Nice smelling brew especially for the style.

T - Complex beer with fruity, caramel, bready flavors with a little good bit of hoppy bitterness blended in. Maybe a hint of sourness in their. This is a really clean beer with lots of flavor.

M - Fair amount of carbonation with a medium body. This beer goes down real smooth.

D - Real easy drinker with plenty of flavor. This is another solid offering from an awesome brewery. While this isn't something I could see anyone going nuts over I definitely think it is a great beer that is worth picking up when available. I'd drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Sesame's in No. Charleston.

Pours dark brown-copper, with a dense, foamy on-finger head on top that settles into a nice cap and leaves lots of delicate lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is toasty, bit of caramel, nice noble hop presence.

Taste is stellar - toasty, bready, with a deep toasted caramel sweetness leading into a beautiful, firm noble hop bitterness on the finish that's just a bit sharp. Just a bit of breadcrust, and just a little fruity in there, but the stars are toasty caramel and noble hops. Everything just fits so perfectly together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation that lets the flavors shine perfectly, big flavorful finish that leads perfectly into the next sip. Hugely drinkable, delicious, fantastic beer.

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Photo of kkipple
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled from the wondrous CBX. Filled 7/29, drank right the heck up on 9/11. Still perfectly carbonated. Split with 2 other BA buds in cooling-off Columbia, SC.

A. Clear and rusty, fine 2 inch white head that falls to just cover the top. Spotty, low lace. Some active carbonation. A very pretty beer.

S. Mellow and toasty malts, some fruityness, slightly sour and acidic malts, lemon?, maybe some dates, very clean. Good malt presence here, restrained, yet inviting.

T. Smooth and tender malt profile blends through a subtle hop btterness and fruity, rich sweetness. This is good. Simple, decent, unsurprising, clean, and good. A friend said nutty and is right, and there's a little dank earthiness to keep things interesting.

M. Crisp, malty-nutful, medium carbonation, lightly bitter and malty sweet finish, pleasing, massively quaffable.

D. Oh yes. I had no trouble killing the growler in short order with friends. I want more.

ALTerior Motive is a great American take on an Alt, with a character that belies the sum of its parts. I like this one, and (like all COAST brews), it's super clean and tasty. Go get some Alt beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler from charleston beer exchange.

poured a copper color, pretty clear with a fluffy head and ok lace.

smelled sweet and bready, but unimpressed. taste was similar. light body with good carbonation. well balanced, but lacked any lasting definition. unimpressed and this is the one i expected to like the most. definately my least favorite coast beer.

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Photo of jpro
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been meaning to try this for a while...

Poured from the CBX growler a nice dark copper, with a creamy light almond head that showed pretty good retention and left some nice lace. Aroma is of caramel malts with notes of floral hops - maybe a hint of toast in there, too. Taste is superb - malt breadiness up front, followed by a perfectly balanced, citrusy hop finish - seriously, the balance of this beer is awesome! There's also some very slight estery-ness going on and some ever-so-subtle touches of spice. Mouthfeel is pretty close to perfect - medium bodied, smooth and creamy - yet very crisp; carbonation is just right. Drinkability is up there - its such a clean, crisp, refreshing brew its damn near impossible not to have a few!

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have finally gotten around to reviewing this beer since I found the notes I took in my coat pocket....
This is a style that I have tried numerous times and have been sorely disappointed. I tried all the Uerige Alts I could get and they always tasted too thin and stale. I have tried this beer in Germany also and even there the styles were too tame and malty.
Finally...David and Jaime have hit this one on the head!!
A. Copper penny brown with a finger head that settles to a ring. Very nice brew.
S. The hops are in the forefront. A mixture of floral and citrus. BUT the malts are there in the finish. Nice biscuity aroma.
T. Perfectly balanced. I eschew many beers since they are so macho hops and yet neglect the malt. This smells much as it tastes. Hops first then a spicy biscuity finish.
M. Very smooth and perfectly carbonated. Very clean finish.
D. This is a perfect session beer. Now that it will be available seasonally at the Charleston Beer Exchange I will be keeping growlers at home.
Another solid beer from Coast. It seems as they get more time under their belt they continue to blow people away. This beer is easily on par with anything put out by the top craft brewers in the US.

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ALTerior Motive from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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