My last review of a Driftwood product came across as a bit overly complimentary. Let me try to begin this beer in a different vein. This beer, the Crooked Coast Altbier, is my least favorite Driftwood beer. It may sound harsh, but that’s like saying its the lowest gpa on the honor roll. It was still a tasty beer.
So, what is an altbier? Altbier literally means “Old Beer”. The style originates in Düsseldorf and other parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Altbier style refers to the pre-lager brewing method of using a warm top-fermenting yeast. Over time the Alt yeast adjusted to lower temperatures, and the Alt brewers would store or lager the beer after fermentation, leading to a cleaner, crisper beer than is the norm for some other top-fermented beers such as British pale ale. (via Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altbier)
So how does this Altbier stack up? I’ve already stated it is my least favorite Driftwood beer, but where does it stand. Well it pours to a lovely amber colour with a creamy coloured head. It has a lovely sweet malty aroma to it. The taste of this beer is quite different. The Tettanger hops in it give a very distinct flavour to it. You can see how these hops contributed to the cross-breed that is Citra hops. I realize I’ve been going on about hops varieties lately. I do plan to do a post all about hops, with a great list of varieties and characteristics., but that’s another time.
Back to this beer, it has a lovely bitterness to it. There’s almost a woody bitterness to it. It tends to cling inside the mouth.
It is strong yet sessionable. Regardless of where this sits on my report card for Driftwood it is still delicious.
Leapbeer #169 is Crooked Coast Altbier by Driftwood Brewery
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