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Left Coast The Wedge - Left Coast Brewing Company

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88
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 12-16-2010)
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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

mactrail, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +0.5%

durlta, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mcdsports
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

mcdsports, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

facundoCNB, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of BTHU
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BTHU, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of TaylorRB817
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

TaylorRB817, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of gregoryhersh
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

gregoryhersh, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of rhino54
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rhino54, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ltnzslock
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with 1" medium tan head; nice lacing

S - smells chocolate and coffee with a hint of citrus

T - great tasting black ipa with chocolate and coffee with only a bit of bitterness

M - mouthfeel is lighter than a stout or porter

O - overall this is a great tasting black ipa but if I drank it without knowing I would have thought it was a stout

ltnzslock, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Tolann
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Tolann, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.5%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tbeq00, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

bluckbeyes, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

likeemdark, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

stampfler07, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.5%

GRG1313, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Hack72
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Hack72, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

buckyp, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ineva, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of SDDanC
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

SDDanC, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of d4114
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4-27-11

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.

d4114, May 12, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date. Poured into perfect pint glass

A- Dark brown with ruby hues. One finger fluffy tan head that fades to nothing and leaves soapy lacing, but doesn't stick

S- Initial pour is a huge slam of Simcoe. Very piney and earthy. As the beer settles and warms up, a nice roasted chocolate takes over, with a slight smokey smell. Slight citrus hops hide in the back

T- Very different than other black IPA's I've had as the roasty malt and hop bitterness both attack at the same time, but instead of staying muddled, the pine hops pop thru in the middle, and then a citrusy roasted chocolate malt finishes.

M- medium body with carbonation that is very close to being too low, but is enough for the flavors

D- Very easy drinking for style. I could down a few pints easily. The bitterness and roastiness are both balanced enough to keep this beer smooth.

My favorite beer for this style is Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous. This beer has more of a porter maltiness, where SSR has a stout feel.

imagese, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

srandycarter, Feb 25, 2011
Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.