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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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The Last Spike refers to the ceremonial final spike driven to connect the rails of the First Intercontinental Railroad, connecting the East and West together in 1869. Cigar City Brewing Coronado Brewing Co. have teamed up 144 years later to celebrate that momentous union.

By taking from the beginnings of a California-born style of beer and incorporating an American IPA spin, we offer a more robust and hop-forward version of a California Common. This beer has moderate notes of sweet toasted bread with a caramel background that is contrasted by traditional woody notes of Northern Brewer hops, pine notes from Chinook with supplementing white grapefruit notes from Pacific Jade. Prepare your palate for a full-flavored twist to an American craft brewing tradition.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with notes of dried cherry, wood and faint solvent. Head is average size, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy copper. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and dry finish. An excellent IPA, the flavor could’ve been a bit more complex but it has one of the best aromas around.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Bvery. Pours an unclear amber with a soapy white head. Aroma is sweet sugary and malty with some faint herbal hops. Taste is bitter earthy hops and malty with a little vegetable. Palate is medium and dry.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1505) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared by BVery - thanks! Slightly hazy amber pour with a nice white head. Bitter fruity and onion here. Interesting to try but not my cup of tea.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with white head. Smells hoppier than it taste, pretty solid beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6076) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bomber - thanks Eric! Mostly clear orange pour. White head. Smells a bit like sweat. Nice hoppy flavor and not too bitter. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Very light and tasty ipa, pretty light and tame, I like it not offensive at all

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 750 capped bottle. slightly hazy medium copper pour, thick sticky eggshell white head, nice film of lacing, Aroma has a doughy, bready aroma with some light toffee notes. Flavor is chewy with some nutty accents, a touch of pomegranate fruitiness, some light citrus bitterness, a touch of green tea, a back end of doughiness. Mouthfeel has a nice stickiness to it, A solid collaboration from two of my favorite brewers that I just happened to visit this past calendar year. .

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (760) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours a fairly clear amber color . Caramel malt aroma, citrusy hops, oxidized character . Big caramel malt flavor, toffee, mild hop character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
The color to this beer was perfect for a CA Common/Steam; a nice deep amber/red with a nice tan head. Head didn’t retain very long and the lacing was fairly good; however, the edges of the glass had a constant supply of bubbles that when the sun hit them sparkled an array colors (pretty cool). Aroma was muted hops and muted caramel sweetness and not much else. Taste was pretty good; think Anchor Steam mixed with Stone Levitation. Mouthfeel was crisp and light considering the style which made it refreshing for the pool side atmosphere. Enjoyable brew, but even at $6.99 I probably wouldn’t give it another try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2282) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a good sized creamy off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smell of caramel and brown bread with a woody spicy minty hoppy aroma. The flavor is moderate brown sugary maltiness with a bit of woody earthy minty hop flavor. low to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew, flavorful, but a bit on the dull side. I’d like a bit more hop all around, but I had no problem imbibing of this one.


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