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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from CCB. Pours a mostly clear amber with a white head. Nose is some wood, some earth some malt, some sweetness, some bread, and some biscuit. Flavor is similar with bread, sweetness, some wood, some malt, and some biscuit with a grapefruity bite on the back end. Medium in body for a Common and nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2013
9/25/13. 750mL bottle from Grassroots. Whoa, hansolo down there is REAL #madbro about this one. Clear copper pour with a nice khaki head that laces like crazy. Decent aroma, caramel, bready, crackers, biscuits, and toast with some earthy hops, woody, hints of citrus. Lightly sweet flavor, mostly malty, biscuits, toasty, nutty - that specific biscuity taste of Fat Tire in a way - with citrus and earthy hop character. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Wow. I spent $10 on this for a non-existent IPA. Very weak aroma of woodiness. The flavor is VERY underwhelming. You feel it more than taste it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
22oz bottle thanks to Tim. Pours amber with an off white head. Pine and malt aroma. Not much hop taste like I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours clear copper/amber with a slight frothy beige head. Aroma is malty. Suggesting an amber. Hints of chocolate. Full bodied. More hints of chocolate. It’s a tasty sort of amber. Most of the "grapefruit notes" seem to be lost. If approached in ignorance, interesting. Based on the bottle label, not so successful. As a standalone without preconceptions, it’s pretty good. If you like things like ambers. It is pretty hoppy for an amber. But California Common? Eh!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeLimpert (33) - - SEP 16, 2013
Pours an amber color with a small white head. The aroma is grassy and seems to have a hint of biscuit. The taste is underwhelming with the hops seemingly taking a back seat to the malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Label misses and opportunity here. A little too literal. Nice easy drinking beer. Loads of malt character. The hops are there but subsumed by the grain. Interesting attempt but not uber successful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Burnt caramel quickly dissolves into pine & lemon peel. Aftertaste not strong but lingers pleasantly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours dark copper color with off white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel. Sweet malty flavor with some citrus and a little pine. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Bottle at Gainesville HOB on 9/7/13. Pours a dark amber with small white head. Aroma is mostly malt with dead smelling hops. Flavor falls flat with basic malt, some pine flavor maybe? There is barely anything going on here and it reminds me more of a mild ale or poorly done ESB. Update: I see now that this is a spin on California Common when reading the small print. Now this makes more sense. If so, then don’t put "IPA" on the freaking bottle. If you are looking for an IPA, go elsewhere. this should not be listed under the style. as far as a Cali Common goes, this is not bad. Seems drinkable but I have no interest in a full 750 of this. Not much choice at the bar. Guess I should have read the full description in small print.

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