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Left Coast The Wedge - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
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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durlta

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-31-2013 00:30:26 | More by durlta
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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-13-2013 01:20:06 | More by mcdsports
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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
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BTHU

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-14-2013 01:26:52 | More by BTHU
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TaylorRB817

California

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
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gregoryhersh

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-05-2013 20:31:49 | More by gregoryhersh
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rhino54

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-25-2012 04:46:19 | More by rhino54
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ltnzslock


4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

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

11-30-2012 23:32:28 | More by ltnzslock
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Tolann

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-23-2012 00:46:49 | More by Tolann
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-20-2012 03:30:29 | More by t0rin0
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-05-2012 04:59:27 | More by duff247
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-29-2012 03:05:53 | More by tbeq00
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-11-2012 22:48:22 | More by bluckbeyes
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likeemdark

California

4.75/5  rDev +19%

08-25-2012 22:36:13 | More by likeemdark
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stampfler07

Colorado

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
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-22-2012 06:36:22 | More by GRG1313
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Hack72

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

04-23-2012 20:22:17 | More by Hack72
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buckyp

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-23-2012 00:26:05 | More by buckyp
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ineva

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-26-2012 20:51:25 | More by ineva
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SDDanC

California

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
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d4114

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

05-12-2011 01:07:36 | More by d4114
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imagese

California

4.47/5  rDev +12%

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.

03-09-2011 06:03:34 | More by imagese
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srandycarter

California

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
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jdense

Oregon

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
Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.