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Trestles - Left Coast Brewing Company

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: imagese on 02-22-2011

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Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No code or date. Why are there so many with no code or date?

Pours moderately hazy, amber-copper, medium head, medium amount of fine carbonation. Sediment left a layer in the bottle; swirling would probably have left it very cloudy, and leaving some in the bottle would probably have left it pretty clear. Smell is malty, a little medicinal.

Taste is malty and somewhat medicinal. This isn't the right word, but I haven't found a good way to describe it.

A lot of the aroma and taste characteristic I'm starting to mentally associate with old IPAs, but without a bottle date, it's hard to tell. I may go seek out a bunch of old IPAs to see if this is a common characteristic. Maybe I'll age a Maximus and try it next to a fresh one.

Mouthfeel is thick. Overall, I'm underwhelmed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Popping the cap releases an herbal nose blended with light nutty grain. Pours hazy gold with a quickly dissipating 1” white foam cap that is easily roused and leaves delicate lace. Up front nuts to biscuit, light fruit that lead to a biscuit, hoppy lingering aftertaste. Above average carbonation, medium body, dries on the finish.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp hop forward aroma with some nice hints of fruit and grass. Citrus hop esters up front with hints of pulpy orange peel, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy and herbal hops aroma with hints of grass and a little pine resin. Malts in background with hints of bready biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. A little hint of candy like sugar. A solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and juicy taste of citrus and grassy hops with some grainy malt. Juicy taste of citrus upfront with notes of orange pulp, grapefruit, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy and herbal hop taste with notes of grass and pine spice. Solid bready background with notes of grains, biscuit, caramel, and yeast along with a slight hint of candy sugar. A pretty good West Coast taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid West Coast style IPA. A little lighter on the body but still good hop flavor.

Photo of aero13
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a big fan of the other Left Coast Ipa's, but this new addition to the L.C. line is really enjoyable and easy to drink. Perfect for the person who enjoys a clean, piney, fruit IPA with a low malt content.

No smoke, no caramel, no butterscotch, just pine needle goodness, high hops and low aftertaste. This beer isn't really complicated, and I say that in a good way.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild orange appearance, good soapy head to it. Aroma was minimally citrus. Not the biggest, if any degree of dry hopping on this one.

Easy drinking ipa, average bitterness, hopping, caramel. Standard recipe and delivery. Carbonation was fine. Citrus cedes to pine flavor. Not really a whole lot to speak of, a run of the mill ipa at a decent price. Probably wouldn't buy it again since there are so many options out there. Definitely wouldn't turn down one of 'em either though.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is somewhere between dark yellow and pale orange with a wispy whitish head that hold up a creamy island that drops more than adequate spotting and a bit of patching as well.
Aromatics are nice but a little tough to pull out. There's a sturdy happiness with malts to balance going fairly sweet, lots of caramel and leaf to the bitterness.
The flavor follows suit though a little more strongly, particularly as the hops impart some herbal notes and a touch of mint along with orange peel and even a bit of evergreen sap, while malts put in a hint of sugar and breads with the caramel.
The body is medium, a consistent carbonation lending itself to a crispness that never fades alongside a nice smoothness.

Photo of hophugger
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a great deep golden color with about an inch of foamy off white head and out of this world lacing. Aroma is fairly light with a watery? hop smell. Taste is ok with a bitter hop feel but does not seem to have the complexity and balance that a top shelf IPA should have. Feels ok on the palate but slightly watered down and a terrible bitter, tinnish aftertaste that overstays its welcome. Little disappointed in this one, especially for the price paid...Bottle reads in part "Clean finish on the palate". Missed it by a little there, Left Coast. I see no date, maybe an old bottle. I have seen it sitting on the store shelf for awhile........

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is hoppy up front, some fruits, a solid malt backbone, easy drinking. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a rather clear straw yellow to very light copper color. Foamy fingers of white fluffy head settle quickly to a thin pillow with foamy lace about the glass. Certainly a solid looking IPA.

Smell: (4.0)

- Wonderful grassy, citrus, and fruity hops with a wonderful pine resin aroma. A subtle and yet smooth smelling bready malt with light sweetness. Just what I like. Little bit of a grainy caramel backbone.

Taste: (4.0)

- Bready and biscuit-like malt with just a touch of caramel and light esters with a great fruity and grassy hop. Certainly some pine and earthy hops going on, and all very well balanced without being overly big on caramel malt.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)

- Great chewy attributes with a nice drying touch from the big bitterness. It's a medium bodied brew with almost the perfect consistency and carbonation. Certainly a winner.

Overall: (4.0)

- This IPA fits my taste almost to the "T". It's not one of those big grainy caramel bombs, but yet a well balanced, bready west-coast style IPA's that I love. The bitterness is high, and has just the right aroma hops to compliment. Go get it, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange colored ale with a tall off-white colored head. This is solidly in the middle of the color spectrum I call "IPA Orange."

Smell is mostly woody and spicy. Strong pine with a little citrus and not a lot more.

Starts out woody and bitter with some malt tasted. Basic West Coast IPA flavor, fairly high hops with a sharp bitter finish. Not all that much nuance here, it quickly becomes just another IPA in my glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an average IPA in all respects.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh. Better than average but not great

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed copper with a head that becomes wispy. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is resiny and citric - orange, lemon/lime, grapefruit. Plenty hoppy with carmelized malt backing it up.

The taste is of bitter hops (the chinook especially stands out)- pine and tobacco with citric fruits that soon becomes balanced by a sweet malt backing. Caramel and toffee from the malt stands out but allows the hops to be forward. Bitter, backed by sweet turning to a bitter bite in the finish. Alcohol is well-integrated.

A nice hoppy, but balanced, tasty IPA!

Photo of rmcnealy
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from an awesome west coast BA'er!

Poured a light amber gold that was very translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a froathy, densely packed lace that fled to an inconsistant layer that guarded the top of the beer. The smells are great with a floral, dish soap smell that is very hop forward and while the malts are thankfully non-existent. The hops aren't overly citrusy, but definitely clean and fresh. The tastes aren't as robust as the smells with that same hop forward presence but it's missing something at the end. It's too crisp, too clean! Not much of a bitter bite. The taste disappears immediately leaving much to be desired. Starts off great but finishes rather lackluster. I have another Left Coast IPA I'll try tomorrow. Glad I tried it but wouldn't seek this one out.

Cheers!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a slightly-hazy peach color with a good white head and some slight lacing on the way down. The nose brings some citrus and floral hops, as well as a bit of grain. The flavor is quite grainy and a bit tannic. Citrus hops make it in, but are a back seat to the grain. The mouthfeel is bitter and dry, though more of this comes from grain tannins than hops, which is unfortunate. Wouldn't have this one again.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer I have passed up on many times at the store however my bro brought over a bomber to share this past Sunday for brew day.

*Split into 2 Stone pint glasses

A: Trestles pours a light and hazy golden straw color with a soapy white 2 finger head and some super clingy lace.

S: Aroma's were definitely on the lower side for a West Coast IPA. Fruity yeast ester come through more than the hops and cedes to some bready caramel malts.

T: Nice bitterness overall. Hops are heavy Chinooks and are more of a spice and pine combo. in flavor. Some light floral citrus and a distinctive breadiness to it. Dry finish. Overall caramel sweetness. Decent flavors.

M: A light bodied IPA with a sleek sticky mouthfeel and overall creamy texture. Nice dry crispness on the finish.

D: Not a bad drinking IPA and surprisingly much better than I had anticipated based on other Left Coast/Oggi's brews I have had. But definitely not a brew that is going to grab you by the pooper either. A step in the right direction but otherwise forgettable.

My bro mentioned Oggi's did acquire a new head brewer so maybe better things are to come. Much more in line with the style but still a bit middle of the road for me with all the other fantastic SD brews available.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into Nonic

A: nice fluffy white head and clear golden hue. somewhat lazy looking carbonation but the lacing and the head speak otherwise.

S: biscuit malt and grassy hops, slight honey and fresh mint

T: honey, peach, grapefruit rind with lingering herbal bitterness.

M: wow, this thing is soft, almost luscious, in the mouth but not overly sweet and the finish is very clean.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It very full in body and juicy in the taste. Interesting for the style.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer, orange and slightly hazy, great off-white, slightly orange head that didn't seem to want to go away, and left sticky lacing.

Aroma and taste were very pungently bitter hops, resiny, piney, pine resin, a healthy dose of citrus and citrus peel (lemon, grapefruit), some black pepper and a touch of earthiness. There's actually a fairly bold malt backbone, but it's at least partially masked by the plentiful hops, which are certainly the focus of this beer.

Body is medium and tangy with bitter hops, leaving a warmimg sensation after each sip that makes this one drink and feel more like a double IPA, and more like a higher ABV beer.

I would say if the goal of this beer was to blast the drinker with massive quantities of hops, then mission accomplished. Hop heads should certainly put this one on their list. Overall left coast did a good job on this beer (or is it a hops-beverage with a smidge of malts added?). I would certainly like to have this one again.

Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with slight haze and a decent head.

Aromas are of grapefruit, hard candies, and fresh hops. Muted, but nice.

Taste is just like the nose. Light grapefruit bitterness, hard candy sweetness, lightly creamy, with a snappy and crips finish.

Light body, but smooth with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. I've been a bit underwhelmed in the past with Left Coast's offerings, but this one is solid and quite drinkable.

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good robust flavor for an AIPA. I was surprised it rate so low. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big white head and plentiful bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is good.

Aroma is mostly piney hops and some caramel malt. Good strong aroma.

Taste is good as well. There is a little citrus and floral presence to go along with the piney hops. The caramel malt is prominent in the flavor as well as the fragrance. The taste is solid, representative of a good AIPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely bitter.

Overall a very worthwhile IPA.

Photo of FlyingBull
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer from a 22 oz bomber purchased at a local grocery that has a pretty good selection of craft beers.


Appearance: Poured a nice clear light amber with visable carbonation and ~1/2" white head that stayed for most of the drink.

Smell: Slighty fruity with candy and caramel sweetness; grapefruit notes present.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness with the usual west coast IPA bitterness; grapefruit and citrus flavors noted. This beer finishes with a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking west coast IPA that's not too over the top. Has more malt flavor and notes in it than some of this style, but still a good brew.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trestles pours a hazy orange colour with an off-white, soapy head. You can smell the Chinook hops with abundant citrus and pine notes, and maybe a little spice in there too.

Taste wise, this is pretty intensely bitter, even by American IPA standards. You can tell it was dry hopped. Not quite as crazy as Ruination, but pretty close. The citrus flavour really shines through - it tastes like I just took a mouthful of orange rind. Not very complex, however, so it only gets a 3.5.

Nice carbonation and a dry finish make for an OK mouthfeel. Overall, its a good beer and I'd drink it again if we actually had access to good beer in Quebec. :(

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic 500ml hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, CA. Reviewed live. Expectations are low as this style is me least favourite.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Aroma is moderate in strength: lemon and orange peel, heavy bittering hops (I assume cascade), and light cream. It's a pleasant smell that makes one prepare for some IBUs.

T: Luckily the hops are there for deliberate flavour, not "hoppiness" for beer snobs or IBU's for bitterness dicksizing. It's citrusy without overdoing it, but the open is a touch watery and rather bland. All of the flavour is packed around the climax. This creates a structural imbalance but the build is good though simple. I do legitimately like the flavour. For some weird reason, I detect a touch of peanut butter on the finish; it's a nice touch but I don't know where it comes from. The finish is wonderful in any case.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of coarseness about the climax. It avoids the main pitfall of IPAs (for me): it isn't too coarse. It suits the flavours, but may be a bit too wet.

Dr: It's very drinkable and doesn't cost too much, at least in California. I normally don't care for IPAs but this one won me over. I recommend it to serious fans of the style, and even to stout lovers like meself. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery, and would happily order this on draught.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of citrus rind/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good complexity and balance of bright hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark golden color with a creamy tan head.

S: Some light roasted coffee followed by some floral hops. The hops are pretty faint in this.

T: The flavor of this is really, really mild. Very light floral hop flavor and some hop resin on the finish but not much else. About as boring an IPA as I've come across.

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Trestles from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.