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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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Always has been my least favorite Left Coast beer. Still is. Slight citrus and pine. Nothing special about it, and a butter bomb in no time flat. Cheers.

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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 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 barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, drank from the bottle
A - unknown
S - citrus, toasty grain, caramel, pine
T- bitter & pungent with notes of pine, toasted grain, caramel, orange and grapefruit zest & pith
M - medium bodied and very resinous but a bit chalky it seems, hop oils stick to the palate, finishes zesty and bitter with pine lingering
O - not the best IPA, but it was a good price and it hit the spot in the middle of a warm Huntington Beach, CA afternoon.

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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 SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SRM 6-7 (golden amber), and clear with occasional carbonation. A thin, creamy off-white head delivers fine white lace to the PBGC Hoppy glass.

Caramel dominates the aroma, followed by spicy pinesap and grass.

The flavor opens quite bitter with resins and caramel. Wheat bread provides a surprising middle while the finish is boldly bitter, long and drawn out.

The medium body and woolly texture subdue modest carbonation and alcohol. Astringency is prominent.

Trestles is better suited for a hot day rather than a cool drizzly day. A fine, middle of the road, IPA.

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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 HamdenHector
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, less than a 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, a little pine;

T: a combination of citrus and pine from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: something about the flavor combination that didn't work for me;

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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 metter98
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. An aggressive pour resulted in a finger half frothy off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of biscuit malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of biscuity malts and citrusy hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the biscuit malt aromas and flavors to be quite interesting as they reminded me of an English Ale but the contrasting hops were definitely American and West Coast in nature.

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 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 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 Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is somewhere between dark yellow and pale orange with a wispy whitish head that hold up a creamy island that drops more than adequate spotting and a bit of patching as well.
Aromatics are nice but a little tough to pull out. There's a sturdy happiness with malts to balance going fairly sweet, lots of caramel and leaf to the bitterness.
The flavor follows suit though a little more strongly, particularly as the hops impart some herbal notes and a touch of mint along with orange peel and even a bit of evergreen sap, while malts put in a hint of sugar and breads with the caramel.
The body is medium, a consistent carbonation lending itself to a crispness that never fades alongside a nice smoothness.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-golden body with a sudsy, off-white head that settles to a thin, frothy cap.

Smell: Atop the lightly bready, biscuity, sweet-accented malts are the hops, presenting scents of pithy grapefruit, glistening lemon rind, sun-dried grasses, sharp fresh herbs with a resinous undercurrent.

Taste: A bit bready, a bit biscuity with a light initial sweetness eventually made diminutive by the growing, accumulating hop bitterness. Citric, fruity flavors of lemon, grapefruit. Wet herbs, dried grasses. Lightly earthy, resiny. Medium-plus bitterness. Soft finish with a lingering, lightly stinging, lightly astringent pine, grassy element.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Minutely oily on the tongue.

Overall: It does have its superiors, but Trestles has all the necessary pieces to make it a worthy, likable India Pale Ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of citrus rind/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good complexity and balance of bright hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 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 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 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 jsprain1
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orange-apricot color. With a mildly aggressive pour it had a huge off white that falls to a finger and a half head. Lots of lacing. Somewhat cloudy with some streams of carbonation.
S- Smell is orange pith, a bit of pine, a bit of peach, and some underlying sweetness. Just a wee bit of herbal aroma.
T- immediately sweet orange comes to mind but bitterness takes over, leaving not much else in its way. I appreciate the bitterness that IPAs demonstrate, but this one overtakes the initially delicious fruity flavors. The finish is kind of disappointing. Bitterness with just a hint of pine.
M- Medium weight, maybe a little lighter. Carbonation is assertive. Dry finish.
O- A disappointing beer. Not bad on the nose, but otherwise it is just an ok IPA.

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