Coastal Fog Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #6,869
Ranked #47,889
2.03 | pDev: 26.6%
Coastal Fog Brewing
California, United States
Notes: 51 IBU
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 45 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of vikinggary28
2.14/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Picked this one up on sale. It seemed an IPA six pack of bottles for $4.99 was a steal. Yup it was, except I was the one who got ripped off. This is a lesson in how to f*** up a IPA. Colour is pale amber, reminds me of ice tea after I have already drank it. Smells like stagnant water that has been lying on a public restroom floor for a few days. Luckily the taste isn't of bathroom floor water, the taste is more like rubber bands, gauze, and duct tape. Mouthfeel is similar to putting pebbles in your mouth and trying to gargle while standing on your head. I would rather drink warm malt liquor or maybe rubbing alcohol than this poison.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper in appearance, 1/2" white head, average lace/retention. Aroma was like the color: copper.

Super bitter, lacking hop mouthfeel/taste. I wouldn't say this beer is as terrible as its average rating, but it is extremely one dimensional. It is relatively cheap, but really for just a buck or two more, you can get excellent beers instead of below average ones like this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.59/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another foray into the Coastal Fog range, after mediocre experiences with their other beers, and with Hermitage and Tied House in general.

Pours a coppery orange colour, with a filmy and very insubstantial head of white. Minimal lace, minimal body, minimal visible carbonation. Looks quite underwhelming, although the colour is pleasant enough.

Nose is buttery, with very little else. Slightly extract-y rancid grain character, with a pungent sweetness and such a paltry dose of hops. This would be hop-light even for the maltiest style. For an IPA, it's shameful.

Taste is similar. Very overwhelming butterscotch diacetyl palate, with a perfunctory dose of bitterness at the end, by which time it's useless and unwelcome. Otherwise, thin, slightly grainy and very amateurish.

Pretty appalling beer, and actively offensive. I've no problem with this sort of generic, brewed-for-contract beer, but this one gives the style a bad name, and is far less palatable than many beers in far more generic and unpleasant styles.

Very unimpressed.

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Photo of notchucknorris
1.64/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Found this bottle in a cooler at a party over the weekend so I thought I'd give it a shot.

A: Copper color with a thin white head.

S: Some light floral hops and a strange, almost medicinal smell. Something about the smell had me worried.

T: Yup. Bad news. Some initial floral hop flavor is quickly replaced by the taste of bandaids, sulfur and what I can only imagine goat piss must taste like. This is really awful stuff.

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Photo of wagenvolks
1.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle sent as an extra by DarthKostrizer. "Thanks?" ;)

Coastal Fog's IPA pours with a dull, hazy iced-tea hue with a decently retained but thin cap of khaki foam. The aroma reminds me of an English IPA in terms of maltiness with a grainy toffee sweetness. Unfortunately, the hops note reminds me of that same IPA if it were cellared for a year--stale and musty. Some slight hints of herbal pine, but sadly, a "West Coast IPA" aroma this is not.

Oh dear god this is awful stuff. Thin, watery body with mineral and sulfury off-notes galore. Astringent up front with bitter hops and absolutely zero malt flavor to back it up. The finish is devoid of flavor save for a lingering, medicinal hop bitterness. Soda-like carbonation and quite soapy in terms of mouthfeel. Unfortunately, this is a drain-pour for me, and from the looks of it, I'm not alone in that sentiment.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.25/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split into two Shaker pint glasses - one for me and one for the Mrs. No date.

Apearance: Hazy orange to amber beer. Poured an initial 1/4" off-white head, but this died down to a thin ring and an even thinner skin of foam across the top. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Faint orange hops with a lot of malt sweetness. Not really an American IPA when you smell it. Not unappealing, just much sweeter and maltier than I expected.

Taste: Faint bitterness up front moving quickly into toasted/roasted malt and caramel malt flavors. A little bit of bitterness at the end, but definitely a malt-forward beer. I've got a sweet tooth so I think it's okay, but again, not really an AIPA. Some of the hop bitterness becomes more pronounced when you let this beer get almost all the way to room temp, and then it's grapefruit citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, minimal carbonation, with some lingering hop oils sticking to the teeth. Just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: San Fransisco style? Not sure what they mean by that on the bottle - it's certainly no Anchor which is what I associate with San Fransisco. Still, it's not a bad beer - the low rating for this one I don't get - I certainly don't think it's that bad as the other reviews indicate. Maybe there were several bad batches? However, it's not really hoppy enough for an AIPA. Solid malt backbone, just not enough hops I think. Definitely better when warm. I probably could have finished off the bomber by myself, but sharing it with someone else worked quite well here given the above average characteristic of the beer. So again, not a bad beer, but not something that is really grabbing my attention.

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Photo of PokerGod
2.78/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance- copper-ish color, very clear. white head which dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell- Hoppy IPA, with a ?nutty? quality to it. Also a bit fruity as well.

Taste- Not special at all. Hoppy and Citrusy, but has a highly unpleasant bitter aftertaste thats actually a little metallic. Kind of tastes like sucking on an old penny.

Overall- Not impressed. No need to seek this beer out.

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Photo of DrLasers
1.69/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer falls flat on it's face. I really can't describe any noticeable characteristics because a split second after each sip I forget what I was drinking. I'm not really sure what this beer is about or what it's makers were trying to portray, but it's really not good.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev +33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It isn't outstanding, but isn't entirely offensive either. It comes off as a pleasant if entirely unremarkable light IPA, more English the the advertised "San Francisco style," whatever that may be.

Pours coppery with a strange, slightly granular-looking head with lots of carbonation from the bottom. The aroma is grainy and a little sour, maybe a little wheat in there, not much on the hops. The flavor is wheaty and grainy, with some toasted bread and nuttiness, a little whiff of floral hops in there. Not much bitterness on the finish, nor is there much in the way of hop character. The mouthfeel is insubstantial, but leaves that wheaty malt clinging to the tongue.

Overall? Well, I've had worse.

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Photo of jealousmonk
1.06/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This may be the worst beer that I've ever tasted, with no exceptions necessary for mass market crap, low-end offerings in the former Soviet bloc, homebrewing misfires, or any other terrible experiences. I'm not going to attempt to describe the usual characteristics because I took one drink of this beer and decided it had gone bad. Even after trying a couple more bottlers, we were convinced it had expired until I checked BA and saw others having the same experience. AVOID AVOID AVOID

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Photo of karin
1.9/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lesson learned...read bearadvocate reviews first! This beer is as reviewed here. It is not good. I am a home brewer (and not very good), but I can make a better IPA. I love beer, but can not give this a pass. At $9.99 it is good for one thing; to get you drunk.

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Photo of ilpazzo
1.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I picked up this bottle on the cheap at BevMo. Should have been my first warning, but it was allegedly from a Brewer in San Jose, and enjoying other brews from NorCal figured I'd give it a try, for the price.

Poured it into a pint glass, it was a very odd orange color. One I had never really seen in a beer before. Coppery doesn't really describe it, as it had a very orange hue to it.

Smelled like cardboard had been sitting in water and hops. That's the only way I can describe the smell.

Got gutsy, and decided to taste it. The hoppiness you taste initially disappears within seconds, and again it tastes like cardboard water. I then handed it over to my wife, and asked her what she thought of it (having been able to hide my distaste from her). She comments, "Ugh, It tastes like cardboard water!" "That's what I said!" I replied, and promptly poured the bottle down the drain. I have NEVER not finished a beer before, this was just awful. Is this beer a joke, and BevMo hasn't let the public in on it yet?

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Photo of mcslims
1.33/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

As other reviewers have noted, do not be fooled by the 11.99 price for a 12 pack at BevMo! I was doubting the beer from the start because it didn't state the ABV, which is an amateur move for a microbrew in my opinion.

This does not taste much like an IPA at all, but more of a hoppy amber with a metallic aftertaste. Tastes like it came out of a tin can. I'm still a novice at home brew, but my IPA tasted better than this by a long shot.

In the future, I will never purchase from Coastal Fog again, and I will advise others not to as well if I see them making a mistake at the store.

The only reason why I bought this 12 pack in the first place was to create some more empty bottles for my home brew, but I just noticed that these are twist offs!!! Seriously!?! What pathetic excuse for a craft brew uses twist off bottles?

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Photo of ubermick
1.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Light amber, llittle carbonation.

S: Malty, earthy. Certainly not hoppy.

T: Oh. Dear. God. Hands down the worst IPA I've ever had. Horrendous, metallic, no bitterness, and astringent.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Zero, zilch, nothing, nada. I couldn't even swallow the first mouthful, and the rest was poured over the bushes. (Which may have died by now.)

As a homebrewer, I'm apalled at what these guys consider fit to drink, let alone to demand people pay for. This beer was so bad, I was convinced that I had a spoiled or oxygenated bottle, but the reviews from everyone else prove it.

I'd honestly rather have a Budweiser.

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Photo of jhollick
1.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm glad I looked at the reviews on here. I thought I just got a bad batch from my beer of the month club.

This tastes as bad as the worst homebrew I have ever created. I honestly thought that the beer was infected. Sadly, it sounds like my experience was right on par with everyone else. I'm not sure how anything like this could have been brewed more than once, let alone unleashed and sold to the public. The best I can do to describe the taste is metallic and sour (and not a good sour!). One nice thing is that it actually looked pretty appetizing as I poured it...decent color and clarity.

Anyway, I only made it through a couple sips and had to pour it. I really hope this beer was from a spoiled batch, because if not, this is the worst beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of edwino
1/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't really rate beers but this one goes out as a warning.

Putrid. Tastes like a home brew experience gone horribly wrong.

Avoid at all costs... Could barely get past the first couple of sips.

I just can't explain how awful this was. What a shame that it is being foisted on people as craft beer.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.21/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Copper color with low carbonation with a small soapy head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malt...is this an IPA?

T - Lots of sweet caramel malt, very little hop bitterness, even less hop flavor, end with a nasty metallic flavor.

M - Moderate body, not bad, but hardly makes up for the rest of the beer.

D - I'd rather not have another bottle...but I have 2 more...sigh.

I really don't understand how beers like this can be brewed by a company that can stay in business for more than a few months. Even more disappointing this came in a craft beer club box...this is not craft beer, this is thrown together blah.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
2.52/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honey-amber in color.

Aroma of caramel, no hops.

Little hops detectable on palate; mainly a sweet, thin caramel flavor, with a bit of a steely note. Some bitterness, but without the hop aroma to back it up, leaves me thinking it's not quite enough for an IPA.

Easy to drink, but not very exciting. Honestly might be better under a different style, or with some late hop additions to boost aroma (and subsequent perceived hoppiness).

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Photo of Dspohn
1.55/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Terrible. A poor, poor excuse for an IPA. Be wary of this mildly enticing cheap IPA in 12 packs at Bevmo. The reason they continue to carry this product is beyond me. The most similar beer I can compare it to is a watered-down newcastle. Super thin flavor with no real hop presence, straight up not an IPA. Mouthfeel is coors lightesque. I repeat, DO NOT buy this product if you see it at Bevmo and think you are getting some kind of deal on a midlevel IPA, this is very, very sub-par.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good copper color, decent head and lacing clinging to the glass. Aroma just wasn't there, almost metallic feel to it.

Very bitter beer, not much dry hopping, long hop boil I'd guess, thinking they can keep costs down (cheap homebrewer move). Could easily pass this off as an esb. I liked the bitterness, this is a good tailgate beer to drink from the bottle no need to pour it out into a glass.

Can't believe this has such a low rating. I'd buy it again, super cheap and easy to drink. Complex? Not even.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a very shiny dark copper brown in color with strong orange influences. I really don't know what to make of this. It has no head and the color is very dark for the style.

Smell - The strong nutty aroma reminds me more of, well, a nut brown ale than an AIPA. I know that these organic types often show a nutty character but this is like a can of Planters and I can't really find anything else in the nose.

Taste - Here I'm getting some rich malt and a light grassy hop flavor but still the nuts dominate.

Mouthfeel - This is well shy of medium-bodied with a bit of drying at the finish that I actually enjoyed. The beer was too thin for my preference though.

Sinkability - I don't know what this is but besides avoiding all form of proper classification it just didn't go down well.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived at my door via BOTMC, twist off top? Some beers come in twist off tops, let's give it a whirl. This bottle is full almost to the top, should get my money's worth out of this one. Popping the top yields a malty licorice smell. Beer pours to a typical orange tinged bronze color of an IPA with a thin foamy head. On the taste this brew has a slight hop bite and a chaulky maltiness. Taste is consistent throughout with an aftertaste that fades sweet and bitter, same as the taste. No real bite for an IPA, kind of bland. Mouthfeel substancial but not chewy like most IPAs. A basic brew on the bottom band of IPAs.
P.S. After my review, reading other reviews, looks like I got stiffed by BOTMC on a cost cutting effort, SAD.
On a second I just opened another, BOTMC is now terminated. Nasty.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a copper brown. 2 finger billowy head that settles into a nice ring. Great lacing patterns.

S - Caramel malt, earthy grains, tiny bit of citrus, not picking up much else. A faint nose on this one.

T - Roasted caramel, burnt grains, stale earthy hops adds a rough bitterness. Very thin and watered down. Very vague citrus on the finish.

This beer tastes like they used old leftover hops and just tastes old. Appearance is good but has a very faint nose. The small amount of hops provides an abrasive but mild bitterness with no hop flavor. It lacks flavor in every category. I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of onansalad
1.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I must have gotten a bad batch. I'm drinking bottles from the beer of the month club, and after opening this bottle and smelling the strong odor of buttery figs & raisins, I suspected a contaminated (sulfur) batch. The flavor is horrible. It's like hoppy prunes. I guess this is not a fair review of the beer if my bottles are just bad. Oof - it's like boozy fruitcake.

Still - what happened to quality control??? Bad batches should be caught and eliminated from distribution. My guess is they knew about this horrible batch and released it anyway to avoid losing money. Honestly - if you smelled this stuff, you would not drink it. Horribly contaminated batch. Any self-respecting home-brewer would have tossed this.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.37/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I remember noting this being one of the lowest priced bombers of craft brew I'd ever seen. Brewed right here in San Jose, huh? Surprised I have not heard of it.

Pours thin and transparent with a golden copper color. Wispy head dissipates quickly leaving very little behind.

Aroma is lacking, especially in the hop department. Lots of sweet caramel malts with a decent balance; reminds me more of an amber than anything. Some artificial sweetness too, like a candied raisin or something.

Taste is similar to nose without any real assertive flavors besides this artificial sweetness and a finish of raw adjunct common in many C level home brews.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Medium finish of raw adjunct which I mentioned above.

Despite this not being a great beer by any means, it is drinkable. If this was all I had to drink, I would be disappointed, but it would be better than nothing to me. If a friend concocted this, I would congratulate them for a drinkable home brew. Let's just go with that. I still don't think I will ever buy or recommend this to anyone.

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IPA from Coastal Fog Brewing
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 45 ratings