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Trestles | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trestles is in the style of an American IPA. 2-row malt and imported light crystal malt create the nice color and clean finish. We use CTZ and Chinook hops in this beer following it up with a dry hop of Simcoe and Centennial in the fermenter bringing out a citrus aroma. Trestles IPA is light bodied, clean and pleasantly hoppy.

Added by imagese on 02-22-2011

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 325
Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most excedingly excellent IPA! Poured at a good temperature with a large, cream colored, foamy, head that settled after a bit, and good lacing. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is more pine resin than citrus, fresh, caramel malt, and alluring. Flavor's like nose, of a strength like a traditional American IPA, good balance between main characteristics, fairly dry. Body/carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is predominantly hop bitter followed by malt, long, and very drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of SpatenPony
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper with a thin white head. Stopped pouring right near the end to avoid pouring the shallow sediment. Lightly hazy as characterized by the style

A refreshing fruity smell, with some definite roasted malt characteristics. Particularly sweet yet mellow.

Crisp and smooth flavor. Doesn't seem to go overboard with the hops or the gravity, well balanced. Slightly floral, but not too much. Mildly dry finish and quite drinkable to my taste. Balance is a word I'll use again.

Just right for the mouthfeel. Smooth but not flat.

While I can't say a whole lot about its uniqueness, it's so well rounded I can't help but really enjoy it. None of the hop bitterness which sometimes bites at the sides of the tongue, yet plenty of tasty hop flavor. Quite nice.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Lightly fruit, with some light flowery notes

T: First sip screams Columbus hops. That dry, distingushed hop bitterness: Floral notes with a bit of light citrus. Finishes dry, clean and crisp

M: Light to medium, lots of taste

O: Very good

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Small Bar in San Diego. It was the cask ale. Pours a hazed golden orange color with a stubborn, but short white head. Pungent grapefruit bouquet. The moutfheel is a little flat and unrewarding. There are grapefruit esters in the flavor, but not to the extent one would expect from the bouquet. Finishes a little juicy and with more grapefruit esters. Not too bad.

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Photo of aero13
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have to say that every beer i've had so far by this brewery was been above par. well formed. the IPA i'm a pretty big fan of, but i've had it twice and actually gotten different results both times. first time around it actually had some sediment. particles i mean. and there was a bit more definition in the initial taste of the beer and a bit more hoppy citrus sweetness.

definitely a chino yeast. pour is orange clear... but seems to be blurry at times. bigger and creamier when cloudy. nice hop profile. bright nose of pine and fundamental citrus characteristics. feel is more floral and has a nice dry and at times earthy kicker. a bit grassy pine biter. a lot more savory than nose would suggest. great to find in texas. although i imagine a california standard IPA. well formed, no frills.

really great with korean spicy pork.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper orange color. Minimal off-white head (mostly just a ring of head).

Smell: Light hoppy aroma of orange and apricot. Very pleasant.

Taste: Tasty but mild flavor. Hop spice, and citrus (orange in particular), and particularly apparent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice flavor, easy to drink with a low ABV.

Nice beer, not too strong but still enjoyable. A mild IPA, definitely, but still has some flavor.

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Photo of dankster
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden hue with frothy white head

S- malty but has big notes of fruit and earthy. maybe woody or pine

T- Hops and malt join together nicely on this one. citrus but more earthy malt picked up.

M- creamy but dry. good combo

O- very solid IPA with price at 5 a bomber. very good bomber with ABV on bottle at 6%

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Photo of imagese
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden orange with a finger head that faded fast and leave thick but soapy lacing

S- super clean citrus and pine burst. A nice biscuity malt ending really balances the hops profile. Smell is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's super clean and refreshing

T- pine hops lead, closely followed by grapefruit and tangerine. Not much in the way of malt flavor

M- medium light body with nice carbonation. The dry hopping really emphasizes the bitterness and resin left in your mouth

D- very enjoyable and refreshing

Not sure if this is a one time or going to be part of LC's regular brews. Not much info on this beer

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Photo of July2Nov
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean copper like color with some golden color in the lighter areas of the beer. Big frothy 2-finger head that goes down to a respectable 1/2 inch, with plenty of froth still evident.

Smell: Sweet and citrus...the was smells so inviting!!!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean taste. Sweet hop flavor up front with a pine flavor underneath. The citrus flavor builds up with a hearty amount malts thrown in for good measure. Slight dry and spicy aftertaste, but not to the point of dry-mouth...still leaves a wet feeling afterwards.

Overall: Great beer from the folks at Left Coast. Beginning to like the stuff they put out. Very solid!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well hazed golden color with some russet duskiness. White head is tall, falls very slowly, produces a nice rockiness, and leaves good stick. Quite nice.

Aromatic even with the cap. Toasted malt and caramel both hit the nose pretty strongly, but the hops are the clear winner. Citrus and pine about evenly. Smells somewhat dry and chalky - very clean.

Lots of resinous pine notes remain in the herbal and earthy hop bill. Maybe a hint of a grape, vinous character, with citric zest in the finish. Body is medium to light, the carbonation is pretty high. Dry finish.

I got this at a pretty busy retailer, I'm surprised it's only the third review here. This should be a good-selling IPA for Left Coast, and good for them.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Hazy orange color. Just one finger of head. Lots of white lacing on the top. Decent amount of wet white spots of film. Some small bubbles. Pretty lasting look.

Smelled citrus hops with tangerine and orange leading the way. Also some pine, sweetness and lots of citurs.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. Tangy, tangerine, orange, citrusy and a bit buttery.

Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Average carbonation. The finish got a bit old and I got sick of it. Had to knock it down at least 0.5.

I wavered between some ratings here and this could have easily been a bit higher or lower. I’d give it another try.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour. Aroma. faint aroma, of pine and a bit of stone fruit. Taste. Grapefruit on entry, followed by some nice stone fruit flavours with a piney bitterness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no freshness/bottling date info to be had

Pours clear, lighter almond amber, fine bubble off white head, moderate in side but leaving a quality looking load of fine sheeting...decent lookin brew

Light citrus hops on the nose..eads to more of the same on the palate, light and somewhat muted citrus hops, riding over a respectable but not blowing me away coating of bread infused malts...Better then average, but again, not blowing me away

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice aroma of flowery spices. Beautiful amber color in the tulip glass. Nicer head and lacing than many beers. Loads of hops, of course, but more of the aromatic than bitter. Woody, on the acidic side, and generally a bright, sharp flavor. Long flowery nose is the best feature. Resins in the taste, plenty bitter, but it subsides after the climax to a pleasant big beer flavor. Each sip greets you with that excellent smell. Thin mouthfeel but good carbonation on the tongue.

I like a big hop flavor but not a penetential experience, so this was a good IPA for me. Rich, aromatic, and actually drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A quarter inch plus biscuity off white to tan froth covers a honey golden colored beer that seems rather thick looking for an IPA. With a bit of lacing remaining as the level of beer recedes I was impressed with the look and feel of this beer.
An aroma consisting of many parts without a single aspect taking over reminded me of what the Trappist Monks achieve with their beers.
All this wonderful build up and the taste was a bit of a let down, although not bad it just doesn't seem to live up to the aroma and pleasing appearance. Having said that and this beer is being sold as an IPA, the hops in the taste was lacking and must have given way to the the other ingredients used. With a dryish and drying aftertaste it seems they used enough hops to achieve the desired aftertaste with it not coming through as well in the taste.
One good thing about the taste of this beer and any beer is the lack of that soapiness in the taste and there seems to be a lot of going around in IPA's these days.

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Photo of Lobina
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange look. I liked the aroma. Sort of a citrus back. Not very hoppy at all. Smooth and pretty light for a IPA. Would be a good summer beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Trestles from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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