Left Coast The Wedge - Left Coast Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
Bomber to a pint glass, no dates
Pours black with dark red hues and a half finger of foam that's dissipated pretty quickly. Mild carbonation from the sides, lacing isn't too great lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate and coffee malts followed by hints of citrus hop notes and caramel. The smell on this is really subdued, even after letting it warm up I really have to stick my nose in it to get anything
Taste is balanced a bit more towards the malts- strong chocolate and espresso, followed by some earthy citrus hops. Just a bit of alcohol on the finish
Feel is a medium body, dry finish with medium bitterness. Alcohol is concealed well, it's pretty drinkable
Overall not too impressed with this one. Really subdued aroma and taste, I wonder if this bottle's a bit old?
01-20-2014 01:35:43 | More by lordofstarside
3.53/5 rDev -11.5%
A- Solid black with 2 fingers of creamy tan head with small bubbles.
S- Really roasty only getting malt, no hops. I'm sure this was a old bottle wasn't expecting much on the smell.
T- Bitter and roasty; No common IPA taste except for the bitterness. Strange taste, starts harsh like IPA or imperial stout then smooths out to a lighter porter or dark lagger.
M- Light to medium; Smooth almost watery. Close to a Guiness, not enough carbonation.
O- Even though its not fresh it's not the worst beer I've ever had, it's refreshing for a darker roasty beer and the flavor is still full.
05-12-2011 01:07:36 | More by d4114
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
Dark mahogany color in the Ommegang chalice. A nice foam with each pour. Carbonation lasts quite nicely in the glass. Very nice sudsy mouthfeel with each pour from the bottle.
Tangy and fairly light bodied. A pleasant maltiness followed by the hops. Not too sweet, but plenty of brambly hop flavors. A taste of bitter chocolate with some grainy flavors. That malty sweetness is maybe a little more that the hop fiends would like. It is sort of a DIPA with a little less alcohol and something like rye and a dank hoppiness to confuse you. An interesting quaff with more complexity than a lot of IPA-like brews.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at Royal Liquor in Encinitas.
04-09-2013 07:11:50 | More by mactrail
3.74/5 rDev -6.3%
a black pour with 2 fingers of tan head and great lacing. smells of chocolate, roasted grains, and slight grassy hops. more like a stout than an ipa. tastes pretty much the same as the scent. lots of chocolate, tobacco, and coffee. slight grassy hops. creamy and low carbonation with a medium body.
i'd be ok if this weren't called a black ipa. it tasted like a milk stout, delicious but not really a black ipa!
01-18-2013 05:58:48 | More by facundoCNB
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
A: Pitch Black. Opaque. Nice dark brown head. Good lacing.
S: Stale coffee. A bit of chocolate. A little hops, but only if you're really looking for it.
T: Follows the nose, but sweeter. Noticeable but not overwhelming hops.
M: Thin with light carbonation. How I like my porters.
01-08-2013 01:19:42 | More by TaylorRB817
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Very roasty with burnt cocoa in the nose. Pours dark brown almost black, creamy brown head. A lot of sweet chocolate in the nose too. Good amount of chocolate in the taste then hops come out in the back. A little bit of licorice. Good balance. Liquory end. Overall, good
06-29-2011 23:13:36 | More by SDDanC
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Ok, weird beer. Think porter with the hops of an IPA.
A - Near BLACK. I can't get a light through the glass. Tan root beer head, pretty good retention. Frothy lace sticks well. Good lookin.
S - Is it a porter? Is it an IPA? Is it a porter? Is it an IPA? Nice roasted notes battering up against full on citrus hops. My brain is confused but not deterred.
T - More porter than IPA, but just by a hair. Definitely nice dark malt flavors, roasty and all, but summarily squashed by some pretty big gunned hops.
M - Strange but it works. Good carbonation, good balance. A nice creamy texture.
D - A curiosity. Good to try. I don't think I would want more than one a session.
02-25-2011 05:00:28 | More by srandycarter
3.95/5 rDev -1%
a real good black ipa here, with a very different rich dark grain take to it other than just the usual bitterness and chocolate roast malt. those are both there of course, but we have a third grain element here thats a little tough to place. its a candied sugar sort of flavor, but the beer isnt sweet in the slightest. it comes and goes in just a second, towards the finish, but its very distinct. toasted nuts to it too, very cool. the hops are simple, nothing too citrusy or experimental, its just straight forward robust resinous bitter hops that balance the grain well. slightly vegetal aroma to this dark brown brew. lacy head on it too, short but permanent, and it leaves big soapy rings as i drink it on down. not overly bitter, but the hops and barley do a little dance in the bitter department, that reminds me of other black india pales, particularly the bond street series one from deschutes. a little less fruity hops on this, and perhaps a bit more body and grain weight, but the two beers have some notable similarities. i may honestly prefer this one in some settings, but the label says winter seasonal, and to me this works well right now. it may have faded some too, giving it a more simplistic impression, but i like what i have here. better than other left coast beers ive consumed.
05-22-2014 19:35:36 | More by StonedTrippin
3.99/5 rDev 0%
On tap at Left Coast Brewing Comapny in San Clemente, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
03-05-2013 18:58:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.