Left Coast The Wedge - Left Coast Brewing Company
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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
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Had on draft at Lures on 4/14/14
A-Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light brown head on it.
S-Nose is very roasty, with just some hints of some floral hops coming through underneath.
T-Taste is roastier than it is bitter, but there is a little bit of hoppy bitterness.
M-Medium body with light creamy mouthfeel
O-Overall a decent black ale would get again
04-25-2014 00:24:45 | More by reebtaerG
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
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Deep, dark, nearly opaque mahogany body with a thick, sticky head. Roasted grains, coffee, mild chocolate scents. Rich and dry flavors and body.
Another one of those beers that seems to be better than the sum of its parts. For sure, this beer already has some top-notch qualities with appearance, smell, taste, and feel, yet the combination of these transcends an already excellent brew. Robust and balanced throughout, with a nice malt and hop bitterness combination, this beer delivers a very satisfying drinking experience.
09-27-2013 23:52:07 | More by beergoot
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
Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.