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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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11531) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle... Clear deep-amber pour with an orange tint and a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is nutty, biscuity and malty with supplementary notes of fruitcake and flora. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a near-replicate of the aroma – malty, nutty, biscuity toastiness playing nicely with medium-bitter, earthy hops. Finishes nutty, grassy and mildly bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ The Hague tasting. Hazy reddish color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, hops, nicely bitter. Not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2013
75cl bottle pours with a crystal clear body that supports a tall tan head of foam. The aroma is a little different. It seems floral, mineral, slightly earthy dry gravel and then some earthy lemon grass and some soft faint herbal notes. The taste is soft to supple with a mix of floral hops and malt sweetened earthy lemon grass. Behind those notes a thin layer of tangerine hard candy to caramel apple like sweet fruity esters help take this toward the finish. I’m getting more bitterness with pine hops as well as some biscuit malts as it warms.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6980) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle via my FLA guy and snifter enjoyed: Pours a beautiful crimson amber hie with a mostly lasting frothy head and some sheets of lace. The aroma has noticed crystal and bready malt but there is plenty of piney and grapefruit aromatics as well. Slightly spicy and earthy too. The taste is still quite malt centered and slightly sweet except for a finishing spicy and woody bite. Seem to have a little Coronado Red Devil in it’s design. It is very drinkable and would have been more so but for tad tannic (teabaggy) aftertaste.... all that said, this is nothing like what most people would call a Cali Common in any shape or form.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!" thanks to Mrhangover. Pours hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma of pine, earthy hops, light wood and caramel. Flavour is light sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
sample @THT courtesy of MrHangover. Thin creamy white head. Clear golden amber pour. Slightly bitter. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5712) - 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. .


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