Single Hop Series: All Cascade Pale Ale
COAST Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #200
Ranked #6,165
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Notes: Classic American Pale but also brewed with Munich, Wheat and Rye Malts for a smooth body and a bit of spiciness. Only Cascade hops were used throughout, from the boil to dry-hopping. Highly Hopped!
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Reviews by Gavage:
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange in color with a 2" head that lasted a while. Moderate lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smell: loads of citrus and caramel are easy to detect with some floral bitterness in the background.

Taste: caramel, bread, orange, hint of grapefruit, and a moderate bitterness create a refreshing pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this beer. I was able to enjoy a few in one session and the last one tasted as good as the first.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dug this one outta my notes.

A. Unfiltered, as COAST is wont to be lately, hazy-dingy yellow with a spotty, fast dying white head. Coast makes some ugly-dog beers, it's true...

S. If you know Cascade, then you'll welcome this like an old friend. Basic and friendly, not terribly aromatic, earthy. The fresher the better on these guys, there is something magic about drinking COAST beer a week outta the bright tank...

T. Gently interesting, but doesn't lend itself to much prose. Not as intensely flavored as latter Coast beers (Carnie Fire, et al), still a medium amount of hop citrus and easy-drinkin' simplistic malt here. Sweet / hoppy balance works well, tilted towards the hops. A session beer? Yeah sure, why not.

M / D. Slightly crisp, easy enough, hoppy bitter clean finish. Not bad.

A little more basic than I'd like, but you could do lots worse. A good single-hop beer, but I'm going for a little more complexity these days. A fine local choice for a sessioner in the brutal Charleston summer, though.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Burnt sienna."
That's what they called it, anyway in the giant 64-pack. Not sure if they still do. Muddy and turbid, orangeish with a big fluffy pillow that after each sip leaves a cascade of punny little bubbles down the side, like a mountain waterfall and you expect to see the rainbows in the mist, the downward force creating such a wind as to be refreshing on the hottest of days...
Yes, there it is. A showcase of just the grapefruit-citrus, quintessentially American hop, this. The slightest hint of caramel covered bread on the back end, but mostly just that fresh, green, delicious red-grapefruit-juice hop.
Sunshine and wind, wind from the falls carrying with it the whipping mists that soak you both with the clean, fresh and refreshing aroma of spring (come quickly...)
Light, a clean dryness on the back that urges you to take another draught, grin and take in every moment as the greenery springs to life all about you as the falls cascade down before you and she wraps her arms around you, her wet shirt at first cold and then warm as you feel the fine water whipping about you both and smile at the sunshine sparkle in her eyes, the deafening falls rendering speech impossible as the sublime crescendo roars on with the melting of winter's snow caps atop the mountains, the icy waters cascading down into mists enveloping you as spring begins to come and make all things new...

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Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amberish orange with a nice with foamy head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Wonderful cascade aromas. Lots of citrus. Bold grapefruit with hints of orange. Light caramel as well.

T: Nice light caramel malt with a hint of bready sweetness. The cascades shine in the flavor as well. Real bright fresh citrus. Wonderful ruby red grapefruit and hints of lemon zest.

M: On the lighter side of medium, great carbonation, nice bitter punch.

D: Good tasty ass little beer.

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Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic, simply amazing beer. That being said on with a review. Fresh growler arrived at my house and enjoyed while hanging out during the night. Poured into a 20oz stone pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.

The pour was brilliant, sharp amber color with a nice bit of haze to it and a tight cap of white foam on the top that reached a height of damn near two inches. Settling slowly, but surely we are left with tons of side glass lacing that sticks to the glass for what seems like forever, nearly totally obscuring it from view. Sharp, biting citrus hops great you as you take the first sip. Amazing how fresh this comes off with loads of grapefruit and orange notes. Balance comes to the force as it warms with the tender caress of light buttery malts and thin bready nuances but never losing that crispness, that clean, hoppy flavor. I could not get enough of this. When I think pale ale, this is what it should taste like. Light, clean, crisp, but with a deep profile that befuddles the mind. A complexity that should not be present, but yet is there. Wow.

One of the best pales I have ever had. It is simply just done right.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent not-so-pale caramel color with a nice fluffy cap. Retention is pretty good

S: Classic cascade; tons of citrus, fresh squeezed orange juice, light tropical fruit. Light backing if cracker like malts. Awesome

T: Kind of lacking complexity, but still delicious. Lots of citrus and orange juice, bread, and bubblegum? out of nowhere. Amazingly fresh and semi-bitter

MF/D: A little lighter than I expected and prefer, but really delicious and easily drinkable. Great tailgate beer or drink-outside beer

Thanks Greenville Beer Exchange for this cheap an delicious growler fill

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Photo of md655321
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The usual hazy orange that COAST has. Wonderfully unfiltered with a bright white, frothy head.

S: Cascade hops. Citrusy.

T: Absolutely wonderful. The best pale ale I've had, beside the not quite a pale ale Alpha King. Lingering bitterness. A TON of hops for a pale ale. A bit of grassiness, another standard from COAST.

M: Carbonated like its a beer. A bit of hop oil slickness.

D: Would love to have this canned for going to the beach.

Overall: One of my favorites from COAST. A lot like HopArt, just a bit less juicy and much less alcohol. A perfect spring/summer beer. Although its a winter seasonal.

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Photo of dawwwgs
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange...Copper color with good head and lacing... the Cascade hops really shine through here.. lingering taste of the hops well afterwards..could drink this all night long as I killed the growler trying to overcome the flu..seems like the perfect medicine. Another great COAST brew.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FutureCowboy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on a few occasions already, but finally sitting down with a fresh growler to review it. First pour from a same-day growler fill poured into a chilled COAST imperial pint glass.

A: This is a really pretty beer, pours a hazy bright orange with a nice one-finger stark white head. Very clean & bright. As the head falls in the middle it leaves a dense lacing in its path.

S: Has a lot to do with the freshness of getting this @ CBX i'm sure, but the aroma is SO floral, piney, grapefruity, everything you could ask for in a Cascade beer. It's like cracking open a package of hops.

T: Everything was given away in the aroma, same story here. Very full Cascade taste - pine/grapefruit all the way. Great bitter undercurrent. Hops don't totally overwhelm the relatively low ABV, but this is a total Cascade vehicle.

M: Very, very refreshing. Might tend even a little toward the thin side, but this isn't some monster DIPA (I have to keep reminding myself). Not too much resin either.

D: SO DRINKABLE. 'Nuff said.

Hope COAST keeps this in the regular seasonal rotation. Great alternative to HopArt, which I love, but order a whole lot.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Piney Grove Greens poured into a pint glass

Golden body, a slight distortion when looking through it but not much, a nice sized white head rests on top. Citrusy aroma with a nice malty undertone. Nice citrusy hop flavor with a formidable carmel/bready backbone. Finishes on the bitter side. The hops stand out but this is nicely balanced. Easy drinking for sure. I don't know if it's because I've had a lot of DIPA's lately or what but this one goes down real easy. A nice brew from COAST for sure.

After finishing the growler this one got tiring real fast. I don't know what it was but it didn't make me want to come back for more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to FutureCowboy for bringing this growler to the Sexual Chocolate release for me. Served in a tulip.

Pour brings forward a nice orange-copper brew with a large white head that leaves behind loads of lacing. Good retention as well. The nose is a bit tame with some semi-sweet, bready malt in the background along with some citrus and rind up front. The taste drastically improves on the nose with the Cascade really coming through. Good orange and grapefruit with a bit of resin. Finish is dry and bitter on a light-to-medium-bodied beer. Drinks really quite well and I enjoyed this growler throughout the day last Saturday. Thanks again!

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Photo of PDXHops
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler fill from the Charleston Beer Exchange, poured into a pint glass (a beer this good deserves better glassware, but choices at my folks' house are limited).

Pours a glowing hazy caramel/gold with a frothy 2-finger white head that leaves plentiful rings of lacing.

HUGE fresh piny aromas with a squeeze of grapefruit juice- this stuff smells great! I'm guessing plentiful dry-hopping was involved. Tastes every bit as good as it smells. Crisp, crackly malts enhance the spiciness of the pine, and the minimal sweetness accentuates the tart grapefruit. Dries out to a sticky finish, but is not at all heavy. The hop resins stick to the palate, begging you to take another sip (an easy sell). Kudos to COAST for cramming so much hop character into such a quaffable brew.

Overall impression: Outstanding pale ale- highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow color with dark golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Very minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with lots of tropical and citrus fruit balanced out by a nice biscuit graham cracker malt presence. Hints of lemon peel, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Slight alcohol presence.

Mildly chewy medium body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum with lots of dry earthy pine bitterness and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, lemon peel and grapefruit balanced by a sweet biscuit/graham cracker malt backbone. Very drinkable and intensely hop forward for the style. Slight alcohol presence toward he end of the swallow but overall this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a liter of this on tap at Closed for Business on King Street in Charleston.

A - Amber with bright golden highlights with a bountiful white head.

S - Floral, sweet, faint bitterness.

T - Nice resiny pine with a citrusy bite, but nothing too overpowering. Citrus, resin, and pine all combine with the right touch of sweetness. Really subtle and fantastic.

M - Medium bodied, fresh, crisp, clean, delicious.

Notes - Another stunner from COAST.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from The Greenville Exchange. Thanks to CWGuy5 for this one.

A: Poured into a shaker pint. Deep gold, maybe amber, in color. Very clear. Forms a finger of off-white head that slowly reduces to a complete surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Nice and pungent. I could smell the hops emanating from the growler when I popped the top. Caramel malt with a blend of pine and citrus hops. Very nice.

T: Starts with a moderate caramel malt base before moving on to a blend of citrus hops and a grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in wieght with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a bit slick on the back end.

D: A very nice Pale Ale with a great balance of
caramel malt, hop flavor, and citrus bitterness. Easily drinkable. Paired nicely with pork simmered in a guajillo chile sauce.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CManuel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pretty hazy orange. Smells of some citrus and pine. Really nice nose on this one, although its a bit faint. Lots of citrus and pine here. Some orange peel character. Incredibly drinkable. Call me crazy but almost reminds me of heady-lite. This is easily one of the best pale ales I've had in a while! Cheers.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at COAST yesterday. Trying to mix things up from my normal HopArt imbibing...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint (COAST... why not?)... Slightly murky, dusty, light copper, with a nice, cream colored head; head is pretty sudsy and leaves some sheets of lace and crystallized sugariness.

S: Caramel malt; light toast; citrus rind hoppiness.

T: Malt sweetness followed by some grapefruity hops - not overpoweringly bitter, though; some very light nutty tones, too.

M: Medium-full bodied and creamy; more body than I was expecting.

D: A solid pale ale; nothing more or less. Good stuff.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from growler into sierra nevada imp pint,slightly hazed orange copper hue with a nice white head that laced down glas well.
Hmmmm, is that an orange in my glass.Orange hop citrus seem to be the affair here, and a nice malt biscuity aroma as well.As this warms a bit the orange & citrus bloom.
Nice bitter front that leads to an orange peel and biscuity breakfast flavor.
Oily up front that is dry on finish!WOW!!!!
Consume mass quantities!!!

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, into a pint glass

A: bright golden orange, very hazy, small head, barely any lacing

S: spicy, floral, pine. Really nice but fairly mild.

T: lots of piney bitterness, citrus rind, floral hops, oranges. Tons of flavor. Awesome.

M/D: full body, carbonation on heavy side, good drinkability

O: Really great American pale. One of the best I've had really. Huge flavors for the style. Highly recommend.

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Single Hop Series: All Cascade Pale Ale from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 44 ratings