Crooked Coast Altbier | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
18.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 104
Photo of lumikuuro
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vincento
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of beerayrton
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JFL
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of papat444
4.06/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

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!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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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 Derek
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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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Crooked Coast Altbier from Driftwood Brewery
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