Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Altbier
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Crooked Coast is inspired by the original Alt-style beer of Dusseldorf; “Alt” is German for old and the style a vestige of the days before lager yeast was discovered, when ales were what German Brewers produced. A marriage of the aromas of both German noble hops and caramel Munich malt, this quintessential session beer is defined by its delicate malt-hop balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
segir52 (1) - - APR 13, 2012 does not count
A real summer beer! A nice crisp and citrus aroma that makes you think of a fresh beer. We have a very copper colour with a head that last when it is well served. The sparkling could be somewhat higher giving more life to the appearance, however, at serving temperature, the effect of the CO2 on the taste is well balanced. The taste is very harmonious and refreshing. There is a good mix of sweetness, bitterness and it is a bit salty at the end. Despite the colour, this is a light and thin beer that is highly refreshing. This is the kind of beer that respect the style and that I would hardly get tired of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours a beautiful ruby red. Head lasts, a good sign of a good brewer. I don’t know if it’s absolutely to style but it does taste like an ale version of the German lagers, so I guess that’s the Hallertau and German malts. I don’t care if it’s to style really. If it’s not then it’s a hybrid. Or its own substyle. This is an exquisite beer and I’ve think they’ve perfected that ale profile, which call me crazy but is mushroom shaped. Is Driftwood the best brewer west of the Ottawa River?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarryBeast (611) - - JUN 11, 2012
Big roast aroma accented by green hops. Long-lasting white foamy head and consistent lacing follows this crimson brew down to the final drop. Medium-bodied, full-flavoured, lots of strong, tasty toasted malt with a long, satisfyingly crisp and bitter finish. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamflower (712) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
It tasted bitter to me, but it was a pleasant bitterness, with a nice sweet aftertaste. I love the beautiful colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours a fairly clear copper with a fair white head that leaves good lace. Aroma is Munich malt, floral, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, biscuits, earthy, grassy, and a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1002) - CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with two fingers of rocky tan head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: caramel, bready malt, grass, earth. (7/10) Taste: medium-light sweet, medium bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, short duration finish. (4/5) Not malt-forward on the nose as such, but certainly malt-emphatic. The maltiness and the hops play off each other well, with neither clearly dominating the profile. However, the taste has much less sweetness than the nose would suggest, and the overall feel is surprisingly dry. Very well done, if ultimately somewhat light for my tastes. (16/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2010
Golden-amber with a thin head. Somewhat flowery with earthy, caramelly character. Smooth malty character, light caramel and toast with some floral notes. Not altbier at all, no matter what they say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2571) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
On tap. Pours amber with nice persistent head. Aromas of fruit, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum. Flavors of malt and ripe stoned fruit with piney notes and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a BC Liqour Store in Revelstoke, BC on 09/05/2010. Colour: Light red with medium-low lacing. Quite clear. Nose: Lightly baked malt makes up the base, additionally some forest like hops (post a fresh rainfall) play a very nice second fiddle. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium-light bitter, light sour. Suttle caramel is foward. Some hidden fruits...like over-ripe red delicious apple and nectarine. Medium malt and light cocoa late. Lightly bittered finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
Pours a clear copper with a nice frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malts, caramel, sweet brown sugar and some floral hops. Taste is bready malts, biscuit, grass, earthy hops and a nice bitterness on the finish. Well balanced altbier that has a clean and crisp finish.

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