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Dead Arm Pale Ale | COAST Brewing Company

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Dead Arm Pale AleDead Arm Pale Ale

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Highly hopped, lighter body. Ya know, West Coast Bro.

Added by jsanford on 02-27-2012

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 128
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz can with a canned on date of 2.10.16, picked up at Total Wine Columbia on a road trip through town on Easter Sunday

L - Hazy orange, no clarity, 2 fingers of creamy head, and lace left all over the top of the brew and side of the glass. Gorgeous

S - Big citrus aroma.

T - Big orange citrus flavor, nice wheat malt balance. This is a GOOD pale ale. So tasty, unlike a lot of pales

F - Medium body, crisp, high carbonation. Smooth

O - I'm blown away by a Pale Ale. Thats hard to do. Well done. This would be a go-to in my arsenal if I could get my hands on it in Atlanta

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 can, dated Feb. 2016, served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours cloudy, pale apricot with a very good head that leaves ample lacing.

Fruity-hoppy aroma and flavor.
The flavor carries a faint fruity tartness, mild-medium bitterness, and a strong hop level for style.

Medium body with very well-set carbonation. Crisp and some dryness in the finish.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another really well made beer from COAST - they just don't ever miss the mark. Canning date of 2/10/16 - nice to get fresh beer from COAST as their distributor sucks at getting their beer to market. Appearance is a luminous hazy golden orange - a little too hazy to get a 5 here but damn if this beer isn't visually appealing with bright, glowing color and a creamy bright white head that sticks around for the whole glass. Nose of citrus and piney hops, with a touch of melon and a little mango - Simcoe, centennial, chinook, cascade would be my guess at the hop profile. Very dry - just a touch of wheat graininess but this is a hop showcase. Quite crisp and refreshing with higher carbonation - really nicely done all the way around, as I've learned to expect from Coast. Nice job fellas

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite the gusher but when I looked at the date on the bottle it wasn't exactly fresh so that's my fault; cloudy and honey-colored with patches of lacing

Smell: Biscuit and melon tones; somewhat oxidized

Taste: Biscuit and a touch of caramel build the base and then the melon and tropical fruit flavors build; a moderate bitterness increases, after the swallow, with the oxidation becoming apparent on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have adjusted my scores somewhat to account for the old bottle; I think that when fresh this would be a very nice APA

Thanks, stevensond, for the opportunity

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep straw/pale gold producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves a beautiful wash of clumpy lacing. Aroma is citrusy, earthy, grassy & floral with a hint of pine resin backed by sweet caramel malt. Considerably more hoppy than the style demands. Not at all balanced as you would expect in a pale ale but puts you more in the mind of a light IPA. Taste is citrus, a heady mix of grapefruit, lemon & orange backed by bread & grain malt followed by a hoppy finish of pepper, light pine & a dry bitterness in a thin caramel malt sweetness. Dry, astringent, piney, citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, creamy yet lightly peppery & briskly dry.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Tangerine orange/amber gold color under a pleasantly foamy off white head. Lace forms in patchy blotches as the head recedes into a bubbly ring and foam pile at the center.

S: Aroma brings all sorts of fruity/hoppy Spring friendly goodness. Floral...wild flowers/dandelions, melon, peach, passionfruit, and sweet grapefruit. Nice grainy and biscuity malts all over.

T: First thing you notice is the extreme dryness. Then comes grassy, fruity, citrus, and coniferous vegetation. Good chewy malts under frosty hop crystal bitterness.

M: Dry and smacky. Nice fine carbonation. Chalky....

O: Great beer but maybe too dry.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLED ON: 06 17 14

Foggy gold color with a white head that settles as a cap of soapy bubbles. Fresh, light hoppy aromas: grassy, light citrus, and peppery melons with some sweet grain here and there not unlike hot wort. Hoppy flavor as well, tasting green and fresh with grapefruit, apricot, tea, and a dark green pine note that suggests Simcoe. Super crisp and dry with a solid bitterness. Nothing incredible, but very solid and well-made. Hoppy without straying too close to IPA territory.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange. A great pale ale- almost perfectly balanced. Nicely hoppy, slightly sweey and juicy, very smooth- moreish. Just delicious all around. This is one of those beers whose quality sneaks up on you- I really wish I had bought multiple bottles. Another fine piece of work from COAST.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/28/14. Cloudy golden pour with a typical head and lacing that retains for a minute or so. The nose is a blend of citrus and pine hop aromas. Light medium body, somewhat smooth, with a touch above normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is hop forward, but with a mild bitterness. Citrus and pine hops compete for a well balanced blend over a light biscuit background. On the finish, pine predominates as it effervesces then flows into a grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers. A solid offering from Coast, but it needs more balance from the malt.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a yellow straw color (slightly gold) with nearly a finger of near white head. Retention is ok, after about 5 minutes it is patchy and thin. Lacing is actually pretty good.

S - Lots of citrusy and slightly grassy hop notes. Some resin and light sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Lots of light citrusy delicous refreshing flavor followed by a slightly resinous hoppy dry bitterness. Citrus (lemon and orange rinds, grapefruit) and light pepper follow and transition into a nice light malty sweetness. aftertaste is dry and resinous/citrusy. Very good.

M - Lightish bodied for sure, decent carbonation, and great brisk bitterness make this a very very drinkable, great tasting, dynamic brew.

O - See Mouthfeel. Really nice refreshing flavorful bitter brew!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Great citrus hop aroma. Aggressive hop bomb aroma. Just a bit of malt.

Taste - Aggressive hop flavor up front. Citrusy. Simple. But nice. Grain in the middle, but it's weak by comparison. The hop flavor builds and gets very strong in the finish. Bitter and extremely hoppy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way too hoppy in the finish. Not necessarily over bitter, but the hop flavor gets very sharp.

Overall - Great up front but too strong in the back. I seldom wish a beer to be better balanced, but I wish this were.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy light gold. Big fluffy white head leaving excellent retention and some clumps of lacing.

Lots of dank resiny hops with some floral and citrus notes as well. A bit of a bready malt profile, but mostly hops.

Lots of bright citrus up front. The dank piney hops comes through more in the finish. A little bit of bready malt, but this one is decidedly west coast style.

A medium body with a touch of creaminess. A bit high on carbonation, but with the lighter profile it'll do.

Wonderfully easy drinking beer. Very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zac16125
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on 1/8/13, so, pretty fresh

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark straw yellow. The color isnt that appealing but there is a huge 3plus fingers width of dense, sea foam white colored head, that has great retention. Leaves some thick segmented rings of lacing.

S: Big dank resinous hop notes, juniper, a hint of mint, very herbaceous. There are some light citrus notes in there as well, hints of bready malt. Smells amazing.

T: More citrusy than the nose implies. Citrus upfront, with piney bitterness and lemon zest on the finish. A touch of malt sweetness. Some tropical fruit notes, and the dank resinous characters that are all over the nose.

M/D: Pretty smooth, full bodied for a pale, carbonation is a touch high but appropriate. Drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, another delicious offering from COAST. Call me a COAST fanboy if you want, but Im continually impressed but how they never seem to miss the mark, and just consistently pumped out well above average beers. Recommend.

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Photo of BabyRay
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been fortunate to have been afforded the introduction to my newest love in a pint with Extra Virgin Oven's supporting fare and was delighted as usual with trying a newer release from Coast, then continued my interest thanks to CBX's provision of a growlerful that lasted only too briefly...Was I only imagining the nose of weediness perfectly balanced with slight citrus and hop perfection that I have been missing since relocating to Charleston from California and having withdrawal symptoms, longing for something remotely Pliny or Sculpular to seep from what is a very interesting burgeoning brewing subculture in the lower east.

Coast's Dead Arm has all the beauty and taste of Russian Rivers' Plinys, with a lower abv allowing you to appreciate that a bit longer.

It definitely has a tiny bit of bitterness, but like the best of the "west coast syle IPAs", Coast has not masked the wonderful hop notes with malt, rye or yeastiness.

It has the complexity of flavors that are a bit hard to describe (like Ballast Point's Sculpin) - not quite piney and not quite citrus but something only found here, and which changes slightly at different temps, but all yummy.

Thank you Coast :)

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 3-finger white bubbly and frothy head. Really nice retention and some good lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Grainy and bready malt and some wheat with grapefruit, grassy, pine, and floral hop aromas.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy and bready malt, wheat, and some orange and grapefruit flavors. Bitterness gradually builds with grapefruit, pine, and floral hop flavors. Grassy and spicy hops develop at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with really good carbonation, a sticky and creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness and peppery spice linger for a really nice amount of time.

O – This is a great hop-forward pale ale. The aroma has the usual American pale ale aroma of grainy malts balanced with citrus hops, but the flavor really kicks it up a notch. The hop bouquet is more pronounced and has a wider breadth of flavors than the aroma suggested. The mouthfeel is great for a pale ale. I think the wheat really adds to the body, giving it a nice creamy texture while still remaining crisp and refreshing. This is a really tasty and drinkable beer. COAST has done it again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/5/12

Bottled 07 03 12

Much appreciation to PDXHops; thanks Jeff!

This is a light, bright colored golden yellow with some haziness. White, fluffy head hits about 3/4th inch before dropping to a decent, soapy layer. Good, sporadic lace overall.

The aroma is as bright as the the color of the beer, ripe with juicy tropical citrus - pineapple, mango, tangerine with hints of grapefruit and maybe a dash of lemon. Sweet cracker malt backdrop. This smells great.

The flavor takes on something of an herbal, grassy notion; though a bit of a surprise, it tastes fine and blends well with an integrated tropical blend. Decent hop kick with a mild bitterness. The malt bill is clean; notes of cracker and biscuit dust. Overall, very simple and very tasty.

The feel is lofty and breezy; light-bodied with appropriately moving carbonation - a soft rolling of bubbles. The finish has a touch of fine grittiness and lingering hop residuals.

This is incredibly easy to drink. I've been enjoying immensely the recent crop of APAs that are basically an IPA light. COAST has always impressed me with their hoppy beers, so it's no surprise that this is any different. Recommended.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an enticingly straw yellow with a modest pearl white head. The retention is quite pleasing for a 6.0% ABV.

S: This is a delectable surprise, considering I'm a slightly biased hop-head. If you were to smell this and not know it's a pale ale, you would probably guess this is an IPA. The hops used to make this brew are those typically found in American IPAs, and they are not shy here either. The malts add a pleasing hint of sweetness, as well.

T: Never doubt your nose. The flavor of this brew is laden with hops, but not quite as overwhelming as you would expect. The malts definitely play a more significant role by subduing the bitterness of the hops with a delightful sugary malt taste.

M: The complexity of this brew cannot be expressed enough. Even with the abundant hops it does not lie on the back of the tongue like an IPA does. A decently smooth feel that is complimented by excellent carbonation.

O: COAST is a relatively local brewery about 2 hours away, and I rarely find flaws with their brews. That being said, one should take caution with this beer because it does contain a similar IPA style. It's still quite tasty and a nice easy to drink beer, so try it out if it's available.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove.

A: Cloudy, straw color. Nice one finger frothy foam head with minimal lacing.

S: Ultra hops. Fruity and piney.

T&M: Hop bitterness from beginning to end. A bit thin, but oh so tasty! Big citrus and mild piney notes for a great flavor. It feels medium bodied at first but thins out too much on the finish. The hop bitterness and great taste lingers though.

Love this stuff. Great drinkable ale for the summer with all the HOP flavor of a great IPA.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of Modernartblues, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Eli!

A: Clear pale amber body with a finger of delicate white foam and lace to match. Ok.

S: Moderate fruity hops, with peach, apricot, and orange standing out; very light, toasty malt. Quite nice.

T: Very agressive, almost tart citrus hoppiness. Lots of orange, apricot, and grapefruit. A shadow of caramel malt flickers across in front of a bitter, hoppy, intense finish. Excellent.

M: Smooth medium body with moderately creamy, swelling carbonation. Good.

O: Yet another enjoyable brew from COAST. I think I prefer the 32/50 for its pure refreshment, but the citrus fruitiness on display here was really something. Worth seeking out.


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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy, almost milky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma of hops and lots of citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), a bit of malt (not too much), and citrus (grapefruit, orange). Tastes more like an IPA than an APA, but this isn't a bad thing. Sweet, fruity, and very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As usual, COAST puts out a well made, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip

A: light golden, clear body, small head, but sticks around

N: citrusy, orange, grapefruit, pine, very nice

T: good hop burst, and not too much malt to get in the way, orange and grapefruit prominent, bitterness is noticeable in the finish, a delicious brew

M: medium, good for the style

O: another delicious, stupidely drinkable beer from COAST

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into taster at the brewery.
Looks much lighter than most APAs...golden hay color. Smells of fresh piney hops, way more hopy than most APAs...
Taste is of citrusy, piney, and almost sweet flavors. Taste more of an IPA...
This is a beer that cant find a home in the APA community...it looks like a pilsner, smells like an DIPA, and tastes like an IPA. While all is good, it just needs to find a home.
Besides its wanderlust...its full of flavor, yet very mild and refreshing. One of my favorites from COAST.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Poured by The Boy King himself! Served from cask into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured a pale yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and a nice floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, citrus, earth, floral, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like how there was a nice floral note going on in this one to add some complexity and pleasantness to the overall brew. The citrus was also a very nice touch, but I just wish there would have been a little more to make this brew explode on the palate. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and hope that COAST starts doing this one regularly in the future for others to enjoy.

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Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2012. I believe this was a Simcoe-heavy Pale Ale that came out of the tanks just days prior to the festival. Cask.

Poured a clear gold with a soapy white head that leaves spotty lacing. Typically pretty COAST brew. Simcoe-heavy aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, and some crisp light malt. Taste is similar to the nose, super-fresh and drinkable, with more Simcoe-esque flavors of grapefruit and light malt. Not sure how this differs from the Simcoe Pale released last year, but both are damn tasty. Medium-bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Another great COAST Pale Ale, unpretentious and exactly what it should be!

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Dead Arm Pale Ale from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.