Crooked Coast Altbier
Driftwood Brewery

Crooked Coast AltbierCrooked Coast Altbier
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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,178
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
110
From:
Driftwood Brewery
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  13
SCORE
86
Very Good
Crooked Coast AltbierCrooked Coast Altbier
Notes: 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.
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Jascha from Canada

4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Medium carbonation, very streaky lacing on the side of the glass but very small amount of head. Hazy, unfiltered amber colour. Smells of citrus, caramel and bready dough malt. There's a nice hop bitterness to back up the malty sweetness. Another great offering from driftwood brewery.

Apr 02, 2019
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staubot from Canada

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One finger head but it holds well and laces. Not as dark as I expected an Alter to be but I liked the unfiltered look dancing in the light copper brew. Scent of bread and fruity grapes. The taste fakes you with some malt and then hits you with hops. More hops than expected from the scent (as advertised it surprises) yeasty fruit cake there too. Very enjoyable and as advertised on the label description along with a nice presentation.

Nov 14, 2017
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada

2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Big fan of Driftwood, but not this. A prime example of why I dislike Altbiers. I got a really strange, grainy texture on the tongue that made it almost impossible to drink. Grassy, earthy hops, some sweet malt and a strange tartness. Not for me.

Aug 12, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color Alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light cereal notes is quite enticing. Taste is also a mix of dry caramel malt notes with some clean cereal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Not bad for the style but missing some of the yeast signature associated to the style.

Mar 25, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with puffy pocked off white head. 4
Light sourdough toast/pretzel crust. 3.75
Light toffee, a bit of white pan crust, red pear, bready sweetness, and a touch of grass. 3.75
Barley sweets end and spicy linger.
Light, crisp, slight tin. 3.75

Right shapes but missing the depth. Thin, short on bitterness, and no real melanoidins. Easy, if not especially to style. 3.75

Feb 04, 2016
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Altbier holds a fond place in my memory - images of wooden casks in Dusseldorf always come to mind, so I was thrilled to find this on the shelf of my local bottle shop. Crooked Coast looks a bit lighter than I expected, but it maintains the light head and overall substance of an Alt. The flavor holds plenty of caramel, bread, and citrus, which help make it incredibly easy to drink. The gentle hopping rounds out another superb beer from one of BC's best breweries.

Dec 06, 2015
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Trosevear from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Amber golden brown with a solid white head.

S: Sweet malty with a light hop smell to it.

T: Almost a little sweet bitter combo with a strong malt presence.

F: Full body mouth feel but light in carbination and it holds its bitterness.

O: Such a good beer from Driftwood.

Nov 06, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - awesome to see the various Driftwood brews getting some face time in Alberta, besides 'just' Fat Tug!

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky layered cloud lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, fairly sweet biscuity toffee, zingy pome and citrus fruit, with maybe a suggestion of banana peel, a twinge of earthy tobacco, and leafy, weedy, and faintly grassy hops. The taste is very malty up front, the biscuity caramel and plain graininess representing, along with a still sturdy apple/pear/dried apricot fruitiness, some understated musty smoke, and more leafy, herbal, and grassy noble hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite light and fluffy in its low-key frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, a mild pithiness seemingly borne of fruit trying to ruin the day here. It finishes well off-dry, but not for any lack of bitter hop engagement.

A generally agreeable version of the style (compared to the few that I've yet encountered), with a prominent and complex malt base, and some subtle, but well-supportive bitterness. Tasty, and worthy of checking out, if you'd like a balanced, and easy to quaff old-school brew.

Oct 20, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewery 'Crooked Coast Altbier' @ 5.0% , served on tap at 'Stein & Dine' & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50
A-pour is a light opaque from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein/stange
S-sweetened with floral notes, a malty base and a distinct German hop
T-starts off crisp with citrus notes of grapefruit and orange building into a well-bodied caramel centre. This fruit flavour settles into a lightly bittered hop finish along side the distinct slightly burnt, caramel flavours which carry on from the midsection
MF-decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-good beer & altbier
prost LampertLand

Oct 17, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome shade of dark amber brew with a pile of creamy foam and lots of lacing in the tall Timmermans goblet. Such a nice sudsy mouthfeel.

This has that interesting musty and walnut taste that makes me think of the Old World. A bitterish aftertaste takes this out of the flabby Marzen realm. Sort of a watery body but modestly malty. An herbal hop flavor, I wouldn't call it Noble.

A decent gulp with a mellow taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner.

Mar 29, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a few pints on tap at the Irish Times pub in Victoria, BC. A clear red-bronze amber beer with an inch or so of white head. Nose is quite fruity, almost evokes some banana along with mealy apples or pears, light molasses, vanilla, soap, and a characteristic noble hop floral note. The aroma was a tad estery for the style but pleasing enough. The style guidelines do translate quite well on the palate. This is a crisp, dry, bitter ale with some citrus, toasted caramel, and mineral notes. Very quenching and tart, with rather minimal sweetness (although I do get a hint of molasses kiss candy or perhaps saltwater taffy). Sourish crab apple, bitter orange peel, herbal bitters, and gooseberry flit in and out, is that some American hop in the form of faint grapefruit and pine? Fairly high carbonation and thin, well-attenuated body that reminds one of a lager. Finishes quite clean, with a refined bitterness and echoes of citrus and chalk. Really quite a wonderful alt even if the nose threw me off for a moment. Classic session brew that drinks well but manages to hold one's attention over the course of several pints.

Apr 26, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada

2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Oct 23, 2013
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souvenirs from Canada

3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 650ml bottle.

A: slightly cloudy golden brown with less than a finger of head and visible carbonation.
S: Yum! Fruity hops and some sweetness.
T: Not bad, but I mostly just taste bitterness. Some grassy hops. I was expecting more complexity.
F: Decent. Nothing to complain about here.

Would I buy it again? Nope. I'm surprised, I expected to like this more.

Sep 07, 2013
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leaddog from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a cloudy copper with half a finger of bubbly beige head.

Smell- Caramalts, toasted grains, hint of leafy hops.

Taste- Caramalts followed by a nice punch from the leafy hops and some toasted grains.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable altbier by Driftwood. There was a nice balance between the hops and malts, however, if there were something else that would give this brew a little more depth it would be even better.

Jul 20, 2013
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papat444 from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

May 04, 2013
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RooferOnFire from Canada

3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz/650ml bomber into beer mug

Appearance (What's Inside): Pours a nice deep amber with a fairly generous head and little lacing. Nice looking brew. Unfiltered, but not extremely cloudy. some foam relaxes on the sides of the glass.

Smell: floral, slightly sour. Not too much going on here.

Taste: an initial and lingering bitterness, with the wheat and malts also present. Initially bracing, an almost grapefruitlike flavour develops. the flavours come to the surface more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, medium carbonation, a bit gassy.. Wheat and bitter hops camp out for quite awhile, also leaving some acidity.

I think this was a good effort by Driftwood. They're local and stayed pretty true to the style, while adding their own twist. This is an easy drinking brew, a little light for some tastes, but it's well-made. That said, the criteria is- is it the world's finest microbrew Amber Ale? No. Still above average? Yes. I could see sharing this with some of my friends.

Mar 28, 2013
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JFL from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very well crafted beer.

Poured from bomber into 13 oz. glass

1 1/2 fingers of head on first pour, lots of bubbles. Great lacing. Full two fingers on second. Beautiful colour. Head stayed around until I drank, and even then it still hasn't zeroed, 4 mins and half a glass later.

Smell is light citrus, with a bit of malt

taste is a lot of malt, with a mildly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel is maybe the biggest drawback, a little thin.

Definately would buy again

Feb 13, 2013
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy white head that sticks around. Great lacing. The smell is tettnanger hops with some toasty malt. Starts with some hop bitterness, then moves right into the herbal and citrus hops with a very well balanced toasty/sweet malt with notes of molasses and candied apple. Nice carbonation bite and smooth finish.

Overall, a very tasty brew. As far as session beers go, this is absolutely fantastic.

Jan 04, 2013
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kjyost from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Sep 19, 2012
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FondueVoodoo from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear amber brown with 2 fingers of beige head, full cap of retention. Tiny active bubbles stream up suggestive of the level of carbonation.

S: Mingling of hops and malts. Sweet burnt sugars something like if someone tried frying candied orange peels. Hints of fresh salt water, and notes of a mellow woody bark, if you've ever tasted woody rosemary, it smells like taht.

T: This taste is complex and wonderfully interesting. It's as if the malts and hops were in a race, each nudging the other out for first place. The results seems to be a mellowed woodsy herbaceous hops flavour, I imagine it tastes like the bark of a grapefruit tree, or woody rosemary. The lingering hops are absent of the fresh florals notes found in some IPAs, but highlight that earthy bitter note instead.

M: Tiny bubbles barely prick the tongue and mellow to a mildly creamy finish. A little thin, & a little creamy on the finish.

O: Interesting play of hops and malts, bitter and smooth. This brew is a delicate well managed balance. Try it with a a hard goat cheese and some dried figs, or a stewed red meat.

May 18, 2012
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BashOnABike from Canada

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into Collins glass

A: Reddish-amber hue, fully transluscent, small off-white head, moderatly quck to dissipate. A nice clean profile.

S: Amber-esq malt, bit of vinegar?? (might've been the countertop though!), almost savoury, with a little hop. Pretty faint and bland though.

T: Very much a brown ale, right, nutty flavour with some burnished, smoky tones. A little citrus and hop after. Nice

M: Typical of brown ales, a little week with moderate carb and a long mouthfeel. This would make a nice on-tap beer at a college/pool-oriented pub.

O: A bit of a typical Brown Ale, with some german hints in the hop. Certainly a full flavour profile, but a little lacking in malt and mouthfeel.

Mar 29, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jan 28, 2012
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beerayrton from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Nov 20, 2011
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DaftCaskBC from Canada

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Aug 27, 2011
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Sammy from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Jul 31, 2011
Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 110 ratings