Dead Arm Pale Ale
COAST Brewing Company

Dead Arm Pale AleDead Arm Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #130
Ranked #4,200
4.12 | pDev: 8.25%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Dead Arm Pale AleDead Arm Pale Ale
Notes: Highly hopped, lighter body. Ya know, West Coast Bro.
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 164 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Shroom from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer better than most Pale Ales that I have consumed. Perfect malt/hop balance; smooth and superb aftertaste. From a can given to me by best friends.

Mar 24, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow, slightly hazy color topped by a 1/2 inch white head, receding fairly quickly, leaving rows and strings of lacing.

Moderate and mild citrus and tropical fruit aroma.

Substatial body, smooth, especially for the style, soft.

Fresh, crisp citrus hops flavor, with tropical fruits - pineapple and other tropical flavors - in the mix. Solid malts provide a very good balance, contributing caramel and bread. Mildly bitter in the middle and finish. Very tasty, and complex enough to be interesting. The mild bitterness, along with the tropical flavors, linger into the aftertaste.

Overall, an very tasty, enjoyable APA. Well done.

Oct 21, 2019
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Try-em-all from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light straw golden with light head and very little racing biscuit ready little Hoppe a little bit of grapefruit taste to it that's probably a little more dominant than the other flavors a pretty good beer

Mar 10, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light orange in color with a 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: grapefruit and some mild tropical fruit sweetness.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and a nice bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: a real easy to drink beer that has a great flavor profile.

Aug 24, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of tangerine peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Jul 31, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale orange, hazy beer with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that leaves bands of lacing. The aroma is orange and floral components with some bitter pine. There taste is more bitter than sweet and has some citrus and sweet malt followed by a biting bitterness. Pretty nice pale ale.

Jun 20, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 11/2016:
Pretty much a straight up solid pale ale.

Pours a very hazy yellow, almost like a Hefe, with a slight lean towards orange tint. The head doesn't give up the con, large white foam sticks and laces.

Nose is floral with a little wet grain and pineapple, with a hint of citrus.

Flavor is a little muddled up front, generating almost a fruity cereal flavor. The tropical citrus notes come out of it in the end, pineapple and grapefruit. Bitterness is nice for a pale ale - enough but not overwhelming, though it builds. Soft, light carbonation on a medium body.

Mar 16, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange color with thick white head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - ice citrus aroma, pineapple, mango, passion fruit. A bit of cracker slightly floral

Taste - Very similar to the aroma, lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange and passionfruit. Nice hop flavor as well.

Feel - Light bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish.

Overall - A really well done plae ale, great flavors and very smooth.

Mar 15, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into spiegelau IPA glass canned on 2/8

A: Small soapy white head that settles to a film. Body is a gold yellow with a slight bit of haze.

S: Slightly rotted fruit, pineapple, crackers malts, light grass, honeydew

T: Crackery maltiness, honeydew, cantaloupe, light grapefruit, light lemon, and grass

M: Medium birdied lighter carbonation slight bitter finish

O: This is a solid beer, It has a lot of Crackery maltiness but it seems like the citra hops really pop well in this beer. Good stuff.

Mar 02, 2017
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go-to session beer whenever I'm back in the 843. Crushable, hoppy, crisp and everything in between. Not super balanced but the high carb and lingering hop bite are on attack mode throughout the can. Great pale ale and a solid value at $12/6-pack.

Jan 05, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the brewery.
Hazy golden orange, visible carbonation. Compact head of foam, random arcs of lacing in the glass. Bitter orange and grapefruit peel in the aroma and taste, balanced pale malt presence and a moderate hop bitterness. Light enough, on the verge of medium bodied. Overall a nice standard session APA, well made with no flaws.

Sep 20, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz can with a canned on date of 2.10.16, picked up at Total Wine Columbia on a road trip through town on Easter Sunday

L - Hazy orange, no clarity, 2 fingers of creamy head, and lace left all over the top of the brew and side of the glass. Gorgeous

S - Big citrus aroma.

T - Big orange citrus flavor, nice wheat malt balance. This is a GOOD pale ale. So tasty, unlike a lot of pales

F - Medium body, crisp, high carbonation. Smooth

O - I'm blown away by a Pale Ale. Thats hard to do. Well done. This would be a go-to in my arsenal if I could get my hands on it in Atlanta

Apr 08, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 can, dated Feb. 2016, served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours cloudy, pale apricot with a very good head that leaves ample lacing.

Fruity-hoppy aroma and flavor.
The flavor carries a faint fruity tartness, mild-medium bitterness, and a strong hop level for style.

Medium body with very well-set carbonation. Crisp and some dryness in the finish.

Apr 06, 2016
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scbeerman from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another really well made beer from COAST - they just don't ever miss the mark. Canning date of 2/10/16 - nice to get fresh beer from COAST as their distributor sucks at getting their beer to market. Appearance is a luminous hazy golden orange - a little too hazy to get a 5 here but damn if this beer isn't visually appealing with bright, glowing color and a creamy bright white head that sticks around for the whole glass. Nose of citrus and piney hops, with a touch of melon and a little mango - Simcoe, centennial, chinook, cascade would be my guess at the hop profile. Very dry - just a touch of wheat graininess but this is a hop showcase. Quite crisp and refreshing with higher carbonation - really nicely done all the way around, as I've learned to expect from Coast. Nice job fellas

Feb 27, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite the gusher but when I looked at the date on the bottle it wasn't exactly fresh so that's my fault; cloudy and honey-colored with patches of lacing

Smell: Biscuit and melon tones; somewhat oxidized

Taste: Biscuit and a touch of caramel build the base and then the melon and tropical fruit flavors build; a moderate bitterness increases, after the swallow, with the oxidation becoming apparent on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have adjusted my scores somewhat to account for the old bottle; I think that when fresh this would be a very nice APA

Thanks, stevensond, for the opportunity

Sep 18, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep straw/pale gold producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, white head that leaves a beautiful wash of clumpy lacing. Aroma is citrusy, earthy, grassy & floral with a hint of pine resin backed by sweet caramel malt. Considerably more hoppy than the style demands. Not at all balanced as you would expect in a pale ale but puts you more in the mind of a light IPA. Taste is citrus, a heady mix of grapefruit, lemon & orange backed by bread & grain malt followed by a hoppy finish of pepper, light pine & a dry bitterness in a thin caramel malt sweetness. Dry, astringent, piney, citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth, creamy yet lightly peppery & briskly dry.

Mar 28, 2015
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tastybeer from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Tangerine orange/amber gold color under a pleasantly foamy off white head. Lace forms in patchy blotches as the head recedes into a bubbly ring and foam pile at the center.

S: Aroma brings all sorts of fruity/hoppy Spring friendly goodness. Floral...wild flowers/dandelions, melon, peach, passionfruit, and sweet grapefruit. Nice grainy and biscuity malts all over.

T: First thing you notice is the extreme dryness. Then comes grassy, fruity, citrus, and coniferous vegetation. Good chewy malts under frosty hop crystal bitterness.

M: Dry and smacky. Nice fine carbonation. Chalky....

O: Great beer but maybe too dry.

Jul 27, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLED ON: 06 17 14

Foggy gold color with a white head that settles as a cap of soapy bubbles. Fresh, light hoppy aromas: grassy, light citrus, and peppery melons with some sweet grain here and there not unlike hot wort. Hoppy flavor as well, tasting green and fresh with grapefruit, apricot, tea, and a dark green pine note that suggests Simcoe. Super crisp and dry with a solid bitterness. Nothing incredible, but very solid and well-made. Hoppy without straying too close to IPA territory.

Jul 21, 2014
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange. A great pale ale- almost perfectly balanced. Nicely hoppy, slightly sweey and juicy, very smooth- moreish. Just delicious all around. This is one of those beers whose quality sneaks up on you- I really wish I had bought multiple bottles. Another fine piece of work from COAST.

Jul 04, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/28/14. Cloudy golden pour with a typical head and lacing that retains for a minute or so. The nose is a blend of citrus and pine hop aromas. Light medium body, somewhat smooth, with a touch above normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is hop forward, but with a mild bitterness. Citrus and pine hops compete for a well balanced blend over a light biscuit background. On the finish, pine predominates as it effervesces then flows into a grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers. A solid offering from Coast, but it needs more balance from the malt.

Mar 12, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a yellow straw color (slightly gold) with nearly a finger of near white head. Retention is ok, after about 5 minutes it is patchy and thin. Lacing is actually pretty good.

S - Lots of citrusy and slightly grassy hop notes. Some resin and light sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Lots of light citrusy delicous refreshing flavor followed by a slightly resinous hoppy dry bitterness. Citrus (lemon and orange rinds, grapefruit) and light pepper follow and transition into a nice light malty sweetness. aftertaste is dry and resinous/citrusy. Very good.

M - Lightish bodied for sure, decent carbonation, and great brisk bitterness make this a very very drinkable, great tasting, dynamic brew.

O - See Mouthfeel. Really nice refreshing flavorful bitter brew!

Jun 19, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Great citrus hop aroma. Aggressive hop bomb aroma. Just a bit of malt.

Taste - Aggressive hop flavor up front. Citrusy. Simple. But nice. Grain in the middle, but it's weak by comparison. The hop flavor builds and gets very strong in the finish. Bitter and extremely hoppy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way too hoppy in the finish. Not necessarily over bitter, but the hop flavor gets very sharp.

Overall - Great up front but too strong in the back. I seldom wish a beer to be better balanced, but I wish this were.

May 25, 2013
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy light gold. Big fluffy white head leaving excellent retention and some clumps of lacing.

Lots of dank resiny hops with some floral and citrus notes as well. A bit of a bready malt profile, but mostly hops.

Lots of bright citrus up front. The dank piney hops comes through more in the finish. A little bit of bready malt, but this one is decidedly west coast style.

A medium body with a touch of creaminess. A bit high on carbonation, but with the lighter profile it'll do.

Wonderfully easy drinking beer. Very much enjoyed this one.

Feb 20, 2013
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on 1/8/13, so, pretty fresh

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark straw yellow. The color isnt that appealing but there is a huge 3plus fingers width of dense, sea foam white colored head, that has great retention. Leaves some thick segmented rings of lacing.

S: Big dank resinous hop notes, juniper, a hint of mint, very herbaceous. There are some light citrus notes in there as well, hints of bready malt. Smells amazing.

T: More citrusy than the nose implies. Citrus upfront, with piney bitterness and lemon zest on the finish. A touch of malt sweetness. Some tropical fruit notes, and the dank resinous characters that are all over the nose.

M/D: Pretty smooth, full bodied for a pale, carbonation is a touch high but appropriate. Drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, another delicious offering from COAST. Call me a COAST fanboy if you want, but Im continually impressed but how they never seem to miss the mark, and just consistently pumped out well above average beers. Recommend.

Jan 12, 2013
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BabyRay from California

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been fortunate to have been afforded the introduction to my newest love in a pint with Extra Virgin Oven's supporting fare and was delighted as usual with trying a newer release from Coast, then continued my interest thanks to CBX's provision of a growlerful that lasted only too briefly...Was I only imagining the nose of weediness perfectly balanced with slight citrus and hop perfection that I have been missing since relocating to Charleston from California and having withdrawal symptoms, longing for something remotely Pliny or Sculpular to seep from what is a very interesting burgeoning brewing subculture in the lower east.

Coast's Dead Arm has all the beauty and taste of Russian Rivers' Plinys, with a lower abv allowing you to appreciate that a bit longer.

It definitely has a tiny bit of bitterness, but like the best of the "west coast syle IPAs", Coast has not masked the wonderful hop notes with malt, rye or yeastiness.

It has the complexity of flavors that are a bit hard to describe (like Ballast Point's Sculpin) - not quite piney and not quite citrus but something only found here, and which changes slightly at different temps, but all yummy.

Thank you Coast :)

Nov 07, 2012
Dead Arm Pale Ale from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 164 ratings