Skunkworth's Barleyslime: Coors Altitude
Coors Altitude is described as: a contemporary lager brewed to 6.4% with a clean, smooth taste one has come to expect from Coors. The easy-drinking lager represents a strong expression of the other side of Coors, while maintaining the brewer's exceptional standard of quality. It's the perfect balance of strength & simplicity - primed for unforgettable nights.
To me, this is all jibberish. How I read the description: this is a beer for you and your bros to get drunk to on a Friday night. At 6.4%, if you guys like Bud Light Platinum, you're going to be in for a treat!
When I think of breweries coming out with higher-than-average ABV beers for the sake of just being higher alcohol content, to me it seems like they are brewing it for the 18-25 year old male partying crowd who wants a light tasting lager, but at the same time.. realllllly wants to get a buzz. This is exactly what Bud Light Platinum ended up being.
I didn't want to spend my hard earned money on Coors Altitude, but being a good beer geek, I believe I have to give every beer a fair shot, but also being me - it's time for Skunksworth's Barleyslime!
Coors Altitude costs $2.88 per 473mL aluminum can-bottle. Kind of a ripoff considering I can buy Red Racer IPA cans for 30¢/can cheaper and it's actual quality beverage.
Pouring the Altitude, I'm glad they didn't call this Coors Light Altitude because I frankly don't know how Labatt & AB-InBev got away with a 6.0% "Light" beer in first place. It's a pale yellow golden beer, typical of a classic higher ABV malt liquor beverage. There's notes of corn, way too much low grade malt and even more corn to give it more of a presence of booze.
The taste is reminiscent to Lucky Extra and Great Western Brewhouse Prime - it's all about the mullet, man! Business in front, party in the back! It tries to come off as an actual sophisticated beer, but in the end, it's just a beer that wants to be partied with. It really tastes like corn water and way too much malt to it. This beer reminds me of BAD hangovers caused by my roommates when they would feed me Lucky Extra or Brewhouse Prime, way too much sugar, corn water and low grade barley that would make even Norm from Cheers weep. There's a very tinny aftertaste followed by the aftertaste of mashed corn.
This is on par with as I said - Lucky Extra or Brewhouse Prime, but better tasting than Fort Garry's Stone Cold Draft. I want my $2.88 back.