Left Coast IPA - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast IPALeft Coast IPA

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 36
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-01-2004

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 36
Photo of PolarBear3
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with frothy off white head that laces well

S - Nice hoppy, floral aromas, pine, citrus with some sweet malts

T - Citrus, pineapple, tangy orange/lemon very prominent but then get pleasant sweet malts together a slight bitter and metallic finish

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Just an average IPA. Has some good pronounced citrus hoppiness as expected but lacks that wow factor to be a really good beer (452 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can someone please tell me why there's a Torrey Pines IPA as the picture for this beer?

Pours a very nice dark straw colour with off-white head and above-average retention. The smell is quite remarkable, dominated by pine and citrus hops. Taste is more of the same, but needs a little more to become a truly remarkable beer. Light-bodied, dry finish. Good beer. I'll definitely drink it again. (394 characters)

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- appearance was a dark golden color with a about a centimeter of off white head on it and decent lacing down the glass

S- smell was sweet malty right off the bat which was weird for an IPA but we'll go with it, followed up by some hops in the back ground

T- very nice! Sweet and the hops bite well followed by malt goodness. taste is like a double IPA to me but overall pretty good i would recommend this to a friend

M- good carbonation, smooth for an IPA

D- very drinkable, went down faster than i would have liked, should have enjoyed it more (550 characters)

Photo of noel2977
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle
A - coppery, somewhat opaque, nice lacing
S - Initially - i smell a skunky aroma as well. After some time, it settled down to a more earthy/nutty smell, much more pleasant.
T - Fruit blending into a hop profile that is subdued/somewhat thin, has a little spike within the finish and carries throughout the last. As the beer warms, hop bitterness becomes much more present...getting better.
M - Good carbonation, about where i'd expect an IPA...
D - seems fine at 6.9%... not sure i'd want to put down two bombers in a row. (548 characters)

Photo of crvcac
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color, little to no head, little lace
Smell: nice floral hop characters
Taste: Smooth but lingering hop bitterness, mild malt character
Mouthfeel: Smooth with bitter aftertaste
Drinkability: Nice beer, like the screening on the bottle (259 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very subdued - a little fruit and some skunk and cola and some dank hops.

The flavor is metallic malts and cola with a little fruit and has a lot of resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, it has good hop bitterness but lots of weird off notes (skunk, cola, metal). This is the first time I've seen Left Coast for sale here. I wonder if I got a bad bottle. It's not awful...I finished it. Just not really good. (620 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm thinking this might be kinda old as the hops are slight dead - but I still think its worth reviewing. Keep in mind this place had 6 3L bottles of Double Bastard - from 2006!!!

A - Darker IPA colour, not as clear as some. Slightly week head off the pour and little lacing.

S - Malty hops. Bottle says english malt imported - I'd believe. Not as much hops as I expected given the 5 types used??

T - Very malty with booze coming thru quickly. Its got hops but more of an English style. Not biting at all. Malty flavour stays with you thru the finish with a slighty syrupy aftertaste.

M - Malts hold up the booziness well here. Again it might be old (Keg N Bottle in Clariemont).

D - I'd get this again because the malt flavour is a welcome addition to the IPA. West Coasts IPA's are great but often suffer from a lack of malt base. This is a good alt. (857 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a nice sized white head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit rind with a bit of earthiness as well.
Hops are what the taste is all about, citrusy sweet and pretty darn good.
Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.
Easy to drink. (361 characters)

Photo of mjl21
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade with kenhutchinson...thanks Dan! 22 ounce bottled poured into the new SA glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 6.9%.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger off white head that dissolves to a nice foamy film that sticks around. It is quite clear and has a nice stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S-Not a ton going on for a WC IPA. After cracking it and smelling the inside of the bottle, I pick up on some citrus (mango and grapefruit) as well as some pine. Once it is in the glass the citrus flavors are taken over by earthy/grassy hops and some sweet malt. Not the citrusy WC IPA nose.

T-Quite bitter, but like the nose, not citrusy. Taste is very vegetal. The bitterness is quite large for a single IPA.

M-Crisp carbonation and the mouthfeel is on the lower end of the medium scale. Dry like a WC IPA.

D-The vegetal taste limits this one for me.

As always, I am glad to try a new beer. This one is tough to recommend when there are so many great IPAs being produced from other breweries in the SD area. Would like to see some more citrus in here. (1,103 characters)

Photo of turboedtwo
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went to a local convenience store that I know sells Hop Juice but they were out, picked up this instead.

Appearance - Pretty standard for an IPA, gold and clear.

Smell - Smells like hops. I can't really smell much else other than that.

Taste - Has a sweet beginning with a nice hoppy finish. A little bit of a piney taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability - Pretty good, definitely could drink more of it. It goes down really easy. (446 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointed but still a very drinkable IPA. Poured light golden, yellow, some decent carbonation, dirty white head with good lacing. Hopped up nice but not enough. Had a floral taste and scent, malts were good, decently balanced with a slightly bitter finish. A good IPA but nothing I would buy again given the selection. (331 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Quotations in Media.

This is a quintessential West Coast IPA. A rich golden color with a thin white head.

Lots of hops in the nose, mostly grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Taste has lots of hops but also just enough malt to balance it out. Pleasantly biting throughout. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. I enjoyed two and could have had more. Very nice.

HV (370 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had been looking at the reviews for Torrey Pines IPA by Left Coast, and they were just terrible. I couldn't understand it. There's evidently some confusion here, as this bottle very clearly stated Torrey Pines on the label.

An attractive orange color, decent tan head of good creaminess and wonderful stick. Plenty of full blast citric and pine aromas, de rigeur for the SoCal brewer these days. There's a pleasant floral element as well. In the mouth it has nice heft, not too thin, with just enough of a caramel malt balance to keep the pine resin in check. Good spicy finish, nice lingering effect. I like it. (616 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Southbay Drugs. Nice hazy orange color that looks like there was no filtering involved, cool. Nice hoppy smell but then a the taste departs to a more balanced flavor than I expected. I thought this was going to be a hop bomb like their hop juice DIPA. I bet these Left Coast beers would be great growler candidates. (332 characters)

Photo of PuckLSHS
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of my favorite beers, but I did enjoy the glass that I had on the warm sunny CA day. Had this on tap at Hollingshead in Orange, CA.

Pours a dark golden color with a little bit of amber mixed in...very little. Has about 1 finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The taste is bitter and floral for me. Has a slight bit of malt to the finish and leaves a little bit of bitterness and hop to float around after the initial taste.

The mouthfeel is nice, but seems to have a bit more bubble than I want. The drinkability was average. Like I said, not one I would choose everyday, but don't mind drinking if it is available on-tap and it is just one of those days you feel like an IPA and you just can't find any other IPA available. (748 characters)

Photo of IceAce
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a bright gold body with simply outstanding clarity and is topped with a stark white 1½ finger of foam. The nose seems lightly hopped for a West Coast IPA and is mostly floral with a hint of malt hiding in the background.

Entry lights up the entire mouth with a burst of alpha-acids. Midtaste calms somewhat to reveal a nice malt backbone...but only for a brief moment.

Piney hops rise again to begin the finish...ultra sweet at first, then floral, and finally hints of citrus. The lingering malt fade leaves a decidant sweetness on the lips. (569 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer resides in my glass slightly hazy amber with a delightful light tan head that is creamy in consistency and the size moderate, with the resultant lace a fine coated to surround the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, sweet malt; crisp and clean, start is modestly sweet, the grain profile adequate and the top light to medium in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity with the hops personable in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking IPA. (507 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this on draft at the new Oggi's in Scottsdale. It was made in California and shipped to Arizona. Color was a nice dark gold. Hop aroma was predominately Cascade hops. The beer was extremely bitter which could be good if it had any flavor at all to go along with it. All I got was the bitterness. Flavor was absolutely non existant. Be sure and ask for a non-chilled glass. Oggi's is serving all their beers in iced glasses which I find hard to believe since they are a brewpub and should know better. (506 characters)

Left Coast IPA from Left Coast Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.