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Brewed by Shongweni Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
East Coast Ale, is our South African inspired beer. Most of the year ShongweniValley and the nearby City of Durban are bathed in warm, sub-tropical sunshine, but we do get the odd surprise from Summer storms that refresh the air and make the bush grow again. The people of this area are exciting, diverse and full of energy and optimism. We wanted to capture this spirit of the East Coast in our beer and we think we have. East Coast Ale is a lively, refreshing, smooth, golden ale. We make East Coast Ale using a single malt variety and two kinds of hops, Brewers Gold and Challenger. Brewers Gold provides an excellent balanced bitterness especially when combined with a late aroma hop in golden beers. We achieve this using Challenger hops to give a crisp, fruity character, resulting in a beer with around 25 bitterness units and an ABV of 4%. This beer is fermented using a special ale yeast that imparts its own character to the beer.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, faroeviking]
Pours pale golden with a medium, frothy, white head. Aroma has a little metal, maltiness, some weak grassy hops. High carbonation, a bit thin. Flavour is mild, a touch of metal, weak malty sweetness and practically no hops.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5166) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle from Beers Of Europe. A pleasant enough pale ale. Some soft fruit with faint citric notes. Suggestion of wheat. Quite watery, but refreshing. Lack of impact all round, but reasonably pleasant.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7965) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange gold with no head. Aromas are fruity and yeasty with resinous honey. Flavours are soft, sweet biscuit malts with citrus. Quite dry on the finish. Quite clean but lacks depth.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2008
Bottled. A golden beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with a cloying fruity note, while the flavor is sweet and very fizzy due to overcarbonation, with light notes of malt and a lightly bitter finish. Probably better if sampled in South African, than in London.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Bit unclear golden with a medium short white head. Aroma of hops and some bitterness, slightly metallic. Soft bitter hoppy flavour with some malt and a little sweetness. Bit dry finish. Rather boring.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 3, 2009
Pours hazy golden with small white head. Aroma is fruity, bready malt and a touch of diacetyl (not good). Flavour is sweet, fruity, honey, with low bitterness. Insufficiently hopped and poorly balanced.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Uniform white cover tops the clear, sparkling golden brew. Rather vegetal, citrusy and sour nose that does not feel too coherent, but remains better than the sparkling mineral water stuff that the palate represents. It jumps at you and covers most of the taste in a sour fashion. I dislike Perrier by the way. Minimal lemony finish. Poor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
Bottled. Aroma has citric hops with some honey. Clear, golden coloured with a lasting, medium, white head. Taste is a lttle sweet, it has citric hops and some grassy tones. Little honey in it, light bodied. Okay.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle. Golden color. Slight chalky aromawith a hint of melon. Fluity (melon, citrus, lychee) flavor with some yeast. Flowery. Thin.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (9999) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2009
Bottled, 340ml, from Beers of Europe. Pale gold with white head. After the Durban Pale Ale hopes were high, but this is a touch disappointing. Thin hoppy note and somewhat sweet, it could do with a little more bite. Chivvies itself up with a dry close to improve the score.


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