Brewed by Shongweni Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our West Coast Ale is inspired by the craft brewers of the American West Coast. We use two types of malted barley in our West Coast Ale including a fair proportion of crystal barley. Using Cascade and Northern Brewer hops we make four separate hop additions to the boil to ensure that we get the right balance of aroma and bitterness in this 5% ABV beer. Fermented at colder temperatures than our other beers and retained in the brewery for at least eight weeks conditioning we end up with a balanced, smooth, and surprisingly easy drinking beer. In the glass the initial rich aroma of biscuity malt is complemented by the spicy character of the hop. The beer pours clear with an intense ruby-red / brown colour and a well developed head that produces a lace-work pattern on the glass as the beer is drunk. The beer is medium bodied, and smooth on the palate which is initially dominated by characteristic crystal malt flavours and then followed by a well balanced hop character in both aroma and a pleasant fruity, or spicy, hop palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty and spicy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 270112

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Hazy amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices and hops. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, caramel, fruit, hops, pine, little peach and medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is hazy brown. Aroma and taste are malt, nuts, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Spicey notes. MOderate biytter slightly harsh flavor. Some caramellic notes. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davidabbey4 (48) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 5, 2012
Fruity arome...very small head, bottle-conditioned, taste very fruity with hints of dark grapes quite hoppy, soft taste..minimal carbonation, very watery texture

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2011
Amber with a small white head. Citrus and peach aroma with a floral touch. Sweet fruity flavour with tropical fruits, pineapple and orange peel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4050) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle at home. Hazy reddish glow, almost no head. Aroma of floral hops, German yeast, red fruits, licorice and cardamom. Flavor is bitter dry licorice, quite spicy and almost without carbonation. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
markas101 (2085) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2011
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Past best before by a few days so not sure of its state. Hazy copper colour, metallic vinegar and chocolate aroma (perhaps vinegar from age). Balanced malt and hops, some toffee and more astringentness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (14784) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Bottled 340ml (BZ, BBE 10/2011)
Dark nut brown color, small off-white aroma. Artifical chocolate-cocoa aroma. Light bodied. Similar artifical cocoa, cocoa butter in the flavor than was in nose. Oily palate. Crystal malty. Odd and not too fresh sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 14, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisO’s, post RBESG2011 Sunday) BB201012 drunk 201108
Rich yeasty aroma. A bloody weird lager. Super dry bitter dryness. Woody beyond belief. Dry, dry, dry.

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