Left Coast The Wedge | Left Coast Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
leftcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 12-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 20
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real good black ipa here, with a very different rich dark grain take to it other than just the usual bitterness and chocolate roast malt. those are both there of course, but we have a third grain element here thats a little tough to place. its a candied sugar sort of flavor, but the beer isnt sweet in the slightest. it comes and goes in just a second, towards the finish, but its very distinct. toasted nuts to it too, very cool. the hops are simple, nothing too citrusy or experimental, its just straight forward robust resinous bitter hops that balance the grain well. slightly vegetal aroma to this dark brown brew. lacy head on it too, short but permanent, and it leaves big soapy rings as i drink it on down. not overly bitter, but the hops and barley do a little dance in the bitter department, that reminds me of other black india pales, particularly the bond street series one from deschutes. a little less fruity hops on this, and perhaps a bit more body and grain weight, but the two beers have some notable similarities. i may honestly prefer this one in some settings, but the label says winter seasonal, and to me this works well right now. it may have faded some too, giving it a more simplistic impression, but i like what i have here. better than other left coast beers ive consumed.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours jet black with a big fluffy and very fizzy light brown head.

The smell is roasted oats, lots of pine and resin, some chocolate, dark malt and burnt sugar. The flavor is sweet dark malt, resin hops, pine, hazelnut, some roasted oats. The finish is a let down, very fizzy, spritzy, sweet sticky finish. This is a bit oxidized.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tick generously shared by Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention.

S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. There's quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall it's quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA.

T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. It's very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. There's a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: I've never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by torino

A: poured a dark brown in color with maroon highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront the hops were popping out with citrusy, pine, and sweet malts notes but had roasty character and faint booze.

T: the hops were also pretty much dominating the overall taste but had caramel, chocolate, pine accents and a touch of roastiness with sweetness added from the malts.

M: the brew was light ti medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a piney, hoppy, sweet, and mild roasty finish.

D: I thought it drank good and was a solid black IPA. Oh.... excuse me, american black ale.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of WDJersey
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber the first of February for $5.99. No visible bottle date but should be reasonably refresh given it is the current seasonal.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of cocoa, roasted malts, and citrus hops.

Taste is very flavorful, dark cocoa, a kiss or roasted malts, and citrus hops meld very well together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a very smackable beer. Give it a shot if you have a chance!

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Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark, nearly opaque mahogany body with a thick, sticky head. Roasted grains, coffee, mild chocolate scents. Rich and dry flavors and body.

Another one of those beers that seems to be better than the sum of its parts. For sure, this beer already has some top-notch qualities with appearance, smell, taste, and feel, yet the combination of these transcends an already excellent brew. Robust and balanced throughout, with a nice malt and hop bitterness combination, this beer delivers a very satisfying drinking experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures on 4/14/14

A-Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light brown head on it.

S-Nose is very roasty, with just some hints of some floral hops coming through underneath.

T-Taste is roastier than it is bitter, but there is a little bit of hoppy bitterness.

M-Medium body with light creamy mouthfeel

O-Overall a decent black ale would get again

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Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Left Coast The Wedge from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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