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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.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 325
Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

One of my favorite places to scour in PHL is Monde Market on 23rd Street. They always seem to have a great selection, almost everything is available as a single & the staff marvels as I fill my backpack with CANs to take away for The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Trestles IPA is light bodied, clean and pleasantly hoppy. Simcoe and Centennial hops contribute to its great citrus aroma and flavor. Trestles is a great easy drinking IPA."; "Family owned and operated in the iconic surfside town of San Clemente, CA."; "People that go Left are in their right mind."; "Best when enjoyed within 30 days of purchase."

The Crack! released some foaming through the vent so I decided to allow it some settling time of its own to reflect on its behavior. I finally had my fill of its overfull antics and began the Glug, albeit a gentle one. This resulted in a finger-and-a-half of puffy, tawny head that slowly fell back, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) and I CAN't help but wonder if it might have clarified if I had waited longer. Nose had the characteristic grapefruit citrusiness common to many AIPAs, leading me to get my hopes up. Or is it my hops up? Bottoms up! Mouthfeel was medium, but with a good bit of carbonation. The taste had that graininess that comes from oversaturating a beer with dry hops as well as an overwhelming bitterness. I was not finding this to be "pleasantly hoppy." In fact, it was just the opposite - unbalanced in terms of its hoppiness. I know that I am supposed to be a self-avowed, self-described hophead, but I also know what I like, and this was not it. Finish had a lingering, unabating bitterness & I was ready for a water as a chaser. Definitely a one & done!

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average American IPA in just about every way. Not a strong aroma, and not a strong flavor. Almost tastes like a watered down traditional IPA. Certainly nothing special, this beer could use a lot of refining.

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Photo of DenverLogan
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From 22 oz bottle...shipped into Colorado.
Poured into Eku Pils tulip glass.
Pours a copper color with small head.
Aroma is hoppy but seemingly oxidized.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of wet copy paper, funky grapefruit rind, rosemary and other staunch herbs. Humm...I'm not sure 5 minutes will help. Is this a deterioration due to shipping and/or age, or is this how it came from the brewery?

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Photo of RJLarse
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Goofy's. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color. Creamy white head.

Smell is faint. A citrus and pine aroma.

Taste is malty up front with a dry flavorless bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry.

Overall a very average IPA. Given any other choice I wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has mostly a hop aroma. Appearance- A deep golden color with a medium sized white head. Taste- Has a hop flavor. Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An average IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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........

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light orange appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma was mild again, some citrus input, questionable if dry hopped.

Had an average amount of hops, caramel malt, carbonation, body, bitterness. Bomber format is stupid for an ipa.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly orange hued gold.

Light citrus, biscuity toasted malts.

Biscuits, toast, and subtle citrus zest.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall, rather bland and not worth trying again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for a screen-printed bottle.

Perfect clarity on this one. And a damn near perfect amber hue to it. Nose is, odd, to be honest. Almost seems chalky. Flavor is, okay. Kind of tangy sweet in a weird way. Seems like things took a wrong turn somewhere on it. An okay beer, but with the packaging and how good it looks on the pour it's more style of substance unfortunately.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

It's a deep orange color with a frothy white head.

It has a caramel base with a blend of grapefruit and piney hops.

The flavor has a little more malt than the aroma and is pretty weak. I was expecting a little more after a handful of really good Left Coast brews.

It's not bad just not living up to lofty expectations.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is hazy and pink / amber in color with a decent head some lacing and decent retention despite moderate to low carbonation.

Smells like cascade hops and mildly like malt. smells pretty good.

Beer is thinner than I expected, some citrus hops on the palate, the finish is a little grainy with an aftertaste. A decent IPA but nothing special. I doubt I'll have it again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This doesn't really taste like an IPA at all. It's got an odd maltiness to it, and one that I'm not a fan of. It has a bit of an Asian flavor to it, which resulted in an unwelcome surprise.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $5.49 . Nice orange color and lacing. Smells Hoppy but also a but of caramel like malt. Tastes bitter and a lot of citrus, good stuff but nothing too crazy here. This is easily one of the better left coast beers I've had lately which isn't saying much... Overall, decent considering the price.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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. :(

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Photo of bs870621345
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dane, DankTheTank for sending me this as what I'd call it as an extra.

Pours a orange/golden color with an inch of white head and tiny bubbles. Doesn't leave lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus and pine hops. I really don't get much of a malt backbone, maybe a hint of bread.

Taste is much more pine than citrus to me. The bread makes a slight appearance, however its more like pinesol than beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, sharp to clean the palate, its pretty good.

Drinkability is alright, the pine flavors get a little much as I go through the bottle.

Worth a shot, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, golden amber in color. A huge off white head sits atop the fluid and leaves plenty of lace, thick and chunky, and retains rather well.

Smell has some floral hops, but is pretty well overpowered by warm, sweet caramelly malts, with a hint of citrus in there.

Taste is nicely bitter with a light citrus up front, but the malts hold sway throughout, and are the biggest flavor here. Has a bit of a pithy bitter finish.

Texture is very nice, light bodied and easy to drink, though missing any punch or bite, it goes down well.

A bit of a disappointment. Hops are understated and/or covered up by the malts, which is not really that great.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight perfume-like flavor. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the perfume taste is a bit weird.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: a thick, fluffy off-white head slowly falls with plenty of lacing remaining. Color is a hazy copper with some streaming carbonation.
Aroma: tangerine, pine, floral, citrus rind, a bit of caramel and yeasty rolls.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, oily and sticky with a drying finish and some lingering alcohol burn. Flavor: echoes the aroma with the tangerine, pine and floral hops flavors melding with the sweet malt and just enough caramel to balance the tangy hops.
Overall: excellent and well done to the style.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly murky dark straw, stark white head with good retention. Lots of cling.

S - Citrus and Pine make an appearance, not much malt offering.

T - Nice upfront hops, but thin the rest of the way. Not much malt or structure.

M - Medium to light body, good carb, fair balance, since there isn't much of half of the equation.

D - Easy enough to drink.

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Trestles from Left Coast Brewing Company
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