Crooked Coast Altbier | Driftwood Brewery

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105 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by ritzkiss on 05-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of GlendonTT
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of jcubz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Jotora
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndrewC
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgwami
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dryan86
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of imfinished
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trosevear
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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