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32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 313
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 97
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

Our take on a kolsch style ale that is soft on the palate with a delicate malt flavor. Balanced with a touch of wheat and honey notes .Dry and wine like with a flowery hop finish.
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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 313
Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color with poofy white head. Smells really refreshing - light malt, slight lemon, nothing too complex. Again, light malty flavor with faint citrus notes, a hint of grass. Quite bright and refreshing. Body is fairly thin with high carbonation. Overall, a great summer beer that would instantly improve the tap lineups of most bars.

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Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on draft a while back, but finally getting around to reviewing based on the growler picked up at CBX last weekend. Pours a bright, straw gold with a snowy white, one finger head; lots of carbonation going on. Smell is dominated by clean, bready malts. Taste is of light malted grains / bread crust with a touch of grassy hops... finishes with a nice bit of sweetness followed by a well balanced bite. Also, a little fruity / estery-ness in there. Mouthfeel was pushing medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy - I was really surprised by the mouthfeel. Drinkability... YES! Awesome stuff! So refreshing!

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Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really not a style I like, but hey, this was pretty good!

Pours a very, very pale golden color. Kind of scared me with the color, but it turned out pretty good. Huge white foam head.

Smells faintly of grass and ... something sweet ... and a biscuit-y, almost pilsener mineraliness. Interesting.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, some balancing yeast and minerals, and a bit of grassiness. Really quite pleasant and quaffable. Thin, but appropriately carbonated for the style.

Really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. Not usually my style, but this is great. Super smooth and very drinkable. Lighter, but still great flavor. Lovely!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from Five Points Bottle Shop, Athens, GA. Poured in to a flute.

Appearance: Pours a pale, light citrine - that is, a faintly green-ish yellow gold - transparent though not radiant, with a fair amount of gentle-looking and evenly paced carbonation, of average size and disposition, perambulating upwards to a half finger of virginal snowy head with surprisingly good retention for a beer of this style. Even after it begins to fade, the remnants of the head have good cling, with a firm collar and plenty of crisp surface dusting. The lacing on this one is also surprisingly nice, and for a brief moment had me considering knocking this up to a 4.5, with plenty of full and uniform patches with interweaving intricate arms.

Aroma: Bright and simple cereal grains meld with cloves, faint peppery hops, spicy, freshly mowed grass, and a few other flashy fruit notes. A pretty complex if subtle aromatic mixture.

Taste: Sweet, golden malts - surprisingly rich, wholesome, flavorful, not the typical neutral, light flavorless malts you get in so many beers that look like this - suggest wheat, well-attenuated wildflower honey, and dry, biscuity cereal grains. These blend very nicely with a great amount of slightly fruity esters - very light, bright, and high on the tongue - some mild hop bitterness, and tons of great grassy, lightly spicy hop notes. This is one flavorful kolsch that fits all the good notes you'd expect to get out of such a brew.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven - likely by virtue of the thinner body, the relative attenuation of the malts, and the high (but not too high) level of effervescence in this one - but in a bright, crisp, sunny, bubbly way that isn't offputting and instead I'd have to just call "noticeable." All of the aforementioned, though - the dryness, the thickness of the body, and the level of effervescence itself - are nice, even if the unfortunate byproduct is worth a slight point loss.

Drinkability: I feel an oncoming urge ... someone find me a lawn to mow, stat! This is a fantastically easy-drinking beer, and I was a little blown away when I saw it really was only 4.8% abv (and how fantastic that it's offered in a 22 oz. format!). A summer beer to be envious of, or to enjoy copiously if you are fortunate enough to live in South Carolina, so for those who do, drink up, and drink up plenty!

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Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic golden German ale. Crisp with a lively wheat twang and smooth light mouthfeel. Great malt core with soft honeyed presence and a dry clean finish. Great feel, superb drinkability. This was on tap at Fleet Landing in Charleston SC and was a perfect compliment to my fried okra, calamari, and especially the superb crabcakes.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a two finger marshmallow head; impressive lacing, too

Smell: Cracker malt and grassy hops with a squeeze of lemon

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and while the grassy and lemon flavors arrive early, the hops and the malt waltz back and forth through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt adds a hint of honey; the finish is crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, if every Kölsch tasted like this they would be my go to beer style all summer long

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange for ~$15 with tax. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. I want to preface this review with the fact that I typically do not care for this style. It just seems like most of the options I have had didn't bring a lot to the table that a glass of water doesn't already bring.

A: Crystal clear straw like yellow with a large head that does settle a bit but never completely goes away. What is there leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. This one definitely looks better than the other examples of the style I have seen.

S: Aroma is composed of paler malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. It has definitely gotten my attention.

T: The taste follows what I got from the aroma. Very pale malts provide a hint of sweetness and the citrus and grassy hops balance out the beer leaving a nice crisp finish. This beer doesn't wow you with flavor like some other bigger style brews, but it is damn refreshing and does let you know you are actually drinking a beer. The best tasting example I have had.

M: Thin body, but I would not call it watery at all. The carbonation adds just a small amount of tickling to the tongue.

D: This one goes down super fast, especially when you are at the beach in the hot and humid south.

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Photo of pburland23
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try some much heralded Coast beer...pretty much the highlight grab from my recent trip to South Carolina.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Beer pours a very effervescent, bright yellow with about two fingers of brilliant white head. Great head retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is crisp, clean and dry. The Hallertau hops are at the forefront providing that quintessential German aroma. The pale malts provide a hint of sweetness. The taste is dry and unmistakably a kolsch. The pale malts and German hops provide a light, soft taste. There's a hint of honey like sweetness at the end of each sip. Different, but very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light and eminently drinkable. The carbonation is very prominent and it provide a prickly quality to the mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice kolsch. Nice to get a fresh bottle while in Charleston and enjoy this beer. I frequent Charleston a lot and will be drinking this one again and again.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color, very nice one finger creamy white head, lots of carbonation. This looks very refreshing and adds some decent lacing down the glass as well.
On the aroma side of this I smell wheat and a wonderful herbal hop aroma.
The taste starts with wheat followed by a slight touch of honey and finishes with the slightest herbal hop flavor.
This is a light bodied beer, it's crisp too. Starts with the wheat and finishes with herbal, flowery hops and honey and leaves almost no aftertaste.
This is an extremely pleasant beer for the summer season and one I would love to enjoy again.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bright gold pour, 1 finger of white foam. Actually sticks to the glass a bit.
Taste is malty, surprisingly so. Like a white wheat bread, very nice. Just hint of citrus, herbal grasses. Feels like a "meal", but is pretty light at the same time somehow. Very nice level of carbonation. Goes down great, but not like water per se.
I don't drink too many of the lighter styles such as this, but for a light session ale this would be great. Blows away the macros that could be considered "similar".

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from thagr81us. Thanks Calton! I've been waiting to try this for a while. Bottled 23 Feb 2010.

Light yellow with a dense egg-shell white head with excellent retention. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is quite excellent. Light, bready, fruity, a little wheaty, a little honey, a little citrus, there's a lot going on. The hop character has a light earthy spice as well. As it warms, the floral honey character grows. I really dig this.

The palate opens light with a blend of bread, raw wheat, a mild grain character with some grainy astringency. Mildly fruity and honey-like in the mid-palate, my first few sips have a slight butteriness that decreases as it breathes. Hop character is light, a blend of delicate spices and a little citrus-like, more an herbal citrus rather than a fruity citrus. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer does feel a little slick on the palate. That slickness, along with the mild astringency, takes away from the beer. Enjoyable stuff, I'd drink an awful lot of it. I'd argue that the Stoudt's Koslch is better, though

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Ding at the BSP.

Pours a very light, clear straw color with a small white head that left decent lacing while maintaining a ring.

The aroma is very clean and dominated by light sweet malts with hints of light fruit sweetness and hops.

There is an apple sweetness to the taste that is complemented by just enough hops to leave a clean, crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is as crisp as I've ever had in a beer and leads to exceptional drinkability...I could have taken down this entire growler in short order. A great kolsch.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard this one was good so I grabbed at a beer store on a work trip. 22oz bottle...

A: A perfectly clear light lemonade yellow with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that fades at a decent pace to a bubbly lace on the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of some nice earthy rye with some banana in the middle and hints of barley and sugary malt on the backend. Very bready / earthy. Good.

T: Very balanced. Have not had much, if anything, in the style, but this seems like it does it justice. A bready grain mildly upfront with some barley and slight spices. Some wheat tastes on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. A very grainy smooth finish. Very good.

D: Can't imagine going down much smoother. Perfect!

All in all, this is a very easy brew to drink. Not too familiar with the style, but this is amazingly balanced and I imagine this would represent the style very well. If you liek very good, drinkable, session brews, then definitely hunt this one. Otherwise, if you're a big beer guy, don't bother.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Harry’s Seafood in Charleston.

A – Poured out a light and bright golden color with two fingers of bright white head that stuck around and left a bit of lacing.

S – Bready, malty and light smelling with definite citrus notes with a bit of lemon. Light sweet aroma maybe honey?

T – Very subtle lemon flavor to start right off. Earthy hops follow up with a nice light sweet flavor that taste like honey and light sweet sugar. Light on the hops but it shows at the end.

M – Crisp and clean with a light body and good carbonation.

O – Excellent refreshing brew here. Would be absolutely perfect on a hot summer day or any day. Solid taste with a lot more flavor then most kolsch’s that I have had. Winner.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for sending this bottle along with the growler of Boy King - a couple of great beers.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/light gold with a nice white head. Much hazier than your average kolsch.

S: Damn, this is great smelling beer. It smells almost like a saison with some peppery notes in there along with some lemon and grassiness.

T: Taste is lemony up front with a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Very nicely balanced and a lot more flavorful than your run-of-the-mill Kolsch.

M: Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but for a Kolsch it's just fine.

O: This is pretty much a perfect summer beer. A nice, refreshing, easy-to-drink kolsch that actually has some flavor to it. I tend to stay away from the style because most of them are bland and watery, but if more kolsches were like this, I'd drink them all summer long. Kudos to COAST for re-igniting my interest in a style I'd all but given up on.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dull straw-gold, very little head - maybe a bit of white head shows through with an aggressive pour, but it doesn't last much longer than a second or two. Adjusted slightly upward because, at 20%, appearance is worth way too much.

Nose is light but clear - a bit fruity, some cereal grain, just a bit of floral hops.

Taste is... well, tasty. Subtle, dry, and floral up front, fantastically crisp and integrated flavor just begs for another sip. Hops are there and lend so much to the flavor without ever leaping out at you the way one who mainly drinks American beers is used to - floral and a bit fruity, only a hint of grainy sweetness lies underneath, with a very subtle bitterness lingering briefly on the finish. Beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, well-carbonated and dry. Flavorful and perfectly balanced, every sip simply begs for another - near perfect drinkability. Very nice take on what is one of my favorite all-time styles.

To those who say it needs "more flavor" to truly be labeled a kolsch - I respectfully disagree. The aim is perfectly true on this one in my opinion.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (4/20/10) into a pint glass.

Clear golden pour. Flurry of bubble activity in the glass. Three fingers of plush white foam retain very well. Gobs of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aroma kind of reminds me of a pils. Somewhat wheaty and musty. A little grainy, as well. There's a honey-like sweetness, and like floral hops.

Flavorful kolsch. Sweet malt, some tart wheat, and a flowery hop finish.

Light bodied, appropriate carbonation. Tingly, yet still somehow smooth. Very refreshing. Highly drinkable, and surprisingly tasty for the style. I'll come back to this one as it starts to heat up.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad to grab a bottle of this in the Midlands. Pale straw golden pour has a fizzy white head that billows up and sticks around. Lots of carbonation, like a pilsner and an aroma of light grains, various melons and fruit salad. Taste is smooth and fresh with a nice kick. Lots of green grapes in the taste before a mild fruity sweetness takes over. Some buttery caramel also present, but there are enough hops present to give this brew a great body and taste. Finishes sweet and crisp. Perfect spring or summer beer here. My new favorite Kolsch.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade (a generous extra) from mikesgroove (thanks!). Bottled on November 26th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Uerige stange.

Pale, lightly hazy (traditionally this style is filtered to a brilliant clarity), Naples-yellow body topped by a healthy column of creamy magnolia foam. The head recedes to a thin but persistent layer with minute delicate bubbles holding together eroded arches of lacing.

Light malt, floral, and honey aromatics with faint fermented sour apple and white grape notes as well.

Delicate flavor profile with clean malt, unripe pears, and a slight fruitiness on the palate. As it warms, it is as if the pears ripen a bit and more mead/honey notes emerge. Thankfully, hops contribute a drying bitterness which is quietly joined by wheat to smooth out the mineral-laden finish. I'm on the fence about the wheat - on the one hand it is contributing a nice balance and a bit of body - but it does vaguely bring to mind an adjunct lager.

Well carbonated, crisp, medium-light bodied, and very well attenuated.

An excellent beer for a hot day, and an interesting domestic variant on this subtle style.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at McHales in Fort Mill. Poured into a pint glass. The color on this beer is exactly what you would expect. Nice head. The smell was nice, nothing overbearing but really enjoyable. The taste followed the smell. Wonderful balance. The mouthfeel wasn't thin, but spot on. Overall, I drained this beer quickly. It's highly drinkable and really something that you can see yourself drinking 3 or 4 before you realized it. It was a pleasure.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/2/11. It poured a hazy yellow with a tall white head. Wow, this has every nuanced flavor you'd expect from a kolsch, but dialed to 11. I'm not saying this is over the top, or too rich, or even unbalanced. It's like the brewery has just found a better way to make a kolsch, one that surpasses any German original I've tried.

Anyways, the beer opens with a light sulfur and mineral-rich water in the aroma and flavor.That's quickly followed up by dry, toasty grains and a light touch of a caramel and honey. A mild hit of earthy hops kicks in with a little lemon citrus, but then the beer returns to the clean, place barley.

Before I know it, I've nearly finished off the bomber. This is a hell of a session beer, but also something you could slowly sip and pick apart. Hell of a beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle, HopArt, and Belafonte growler at Green's in Greenville.

A: Bomber pours a light straw color with a little cloudiness. The head is small, wispy, and retains decently, leaving lots of foam on the glass.

S: Wheat, light malts, and earthy/grassy hops. Grainy and bready as well. Pretty mellow nose, and the hops give this a nice touch.

T: Lighter in flavor, thus making this very drinkable. Earthy/grassy/ slightly twangy hops on top of a pale malt, wheat, and grains. Slight touch of sweetness and caramel.

MF/D: Low ABV + lots of mellow flavor = highly drinkable. Very balanced, and very to style. Awesome beer.

Notes: This is my second COAST offering aside from Boy King, and man, this brewery is impressive. Too bad I have to drive 40 minutes away to get some. Up next is HopArt and Belafonte

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

growler into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, very light yellow, almost Chardonnay colored. Tons of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing up the glass, similar to a pour of champagne. 1.5 fingers width of bright white head hangs around for the majority of the drink and leaves tons of honeycomb lacing.

S: Aroma is bready, biscuity, slightly vinous like dry white wine. Some spice, and grassy hops. For such a light, generally simple, style this has a lot going on. Im impressed so far.

T: Pale-type malts, sweet citrus, bready, mild hop spice/bitterness, there is a yeasty presence thats almost Belgium-esque, a moderate degree of spice. Again, surprisingly complex for the style. Really enjoyable.

M/D: Light, crisp, moderately heavy carbonation which is appropriate, somewhat drying. Great drinkability.

O: Ive had tons of COAST beers, but have always passed on this one because I generally am not a fan of the style. But wow, what a surprise this is. For a style thats generally pretty blah, this one is excellent! A light, refreshing beer thats also complex and big on flavor. This one's a winner.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright lemon color with a dense couple fingers of eggshell white head. Head took forever to slowly receded into an oily film that left a few streaks of fine lace.
S: Bright spicy yeast notes with a touch of grassy and herbal hops. Pale grainy malt and wheat undertones persist throughout. Very clean and fresh smelling.
T: Flavor follows the nose. I'm no expert in this style, but it's almost like an extremely light tripel. There is a soft fruitiness to the flavor reminiscent to apples or apricots. Finish has light notes of grain and wheat, and the aftertaste is a tad bitter.
M: Medium-light body with a slightly oily yet slightly dry mouthfeel that is very crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation compliments the lightly bitter aftertaste.
D: This is my first introduction to the style, but I love this beer. It is so very light and refreshing but still has a rich, fairly complex flavor and uses ale yeast instead of lager. Thank you very much Matt for introducing me to this style!

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32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.