Left Coast The Wedge - Left Coast Brewing Company
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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
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Another tick generously shared by Bobby.
A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention.
S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. There's quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall it's quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA.
T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. It's very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. There's a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes.
M: The body and carbonation are both medium.
D: I've never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.
01-21-2011 01:32:26 | More by womencantsail
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
3.6/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Bomber shared by torino
A: poured a dark brown in color with maroon highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: upfront the hops were popping out with citrusy, pine, and sweet malts notes but had roasty character and faint booze.
T: the hops were also pretty much dominating the overall taste but had caramel, chocolate, pine accents and a touch of roastiness with sweetness added from the malts.
M: the brew was light ti medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a piney, hoppy, sweet, and mild roasty finish.
D: I thought it drank good and was a solid black IPA. Oh.... excuse me, american black ale.
01-20-2011 18:03:40 | More by Gobzilla
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
3.74/5 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
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
22 oz. bottle scored at Jubilation Wine and Spirits, Albuquerque, NM (!), poured into Delirium Tremens tulip shared with neighborhood beer buddy 2.16.11.
One finger light brown head, medium-slow dissipation with above average lacing over dark brown almost black opaque body, needed to hold up to bright light to see multiple trails of small bubbles rising to surface. Quite a bit of roasted malts in the nose, a faint bit of chocolate, good dose of caramel malts, with some citrus hops subsumed by the significant malt bill. Taste mirrors the nose, much more malty than hoppy but well in balance. Viscous mouthfeel, slick, average effervescence, not sticky. My buddy really liked the roasted malt character of this, though my taste runs more to the hop-centric Barley Brown's Turmoil proflie. In either case quite tasty and pretty drinkable, one of the better CDAs I've had.
02-17-2011 15:44:19 | More by jdense
4.15/5 rDev +4%
A- Pours a very dark brown/black with a creamy two fingers of light brown head that lingers
S- Dark, syrupy malt aromas, caramel, light woody hop
T- Dark roasted malt, moderate pine and woody hop throughout, bitterness builds in the middle and lingers a bit in the finish
M- Moderate carbonation, light-moderate body, smooth mouthfeel, somewhat thinner than I expected but not in a bad way
O- Reminds me of a very hoppy porter, easy drinking, nice roasty and hoppy bitterness combination
08-13-2012 02:50:03 | More by stampfler07
Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.