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


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1997) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAY 30, 2011
Appearance: Dark brown, slightly hazy. Quite flat. Later much more hazy. Aroma: Fruit and malt. Slight coffee. Taste: Roasted, malt and some hops. Info: 340ml bottle, 20/5-2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Koelschtrinker (17730) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Milder Malzantrunk mit anfänglichen Bitternuancen, die später von süßlichen Noten verdrängt werden. Die Malzigkeit wird erheblich dunkler, in Teilen wirkt sie verbrannt. Dazu kommt eine dezente Säuerlichkeit, die im Abgang aber wieder verschwindet. Etwas trocken, im Abgang passend hopfig. 7/8/7/7/7/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2011
Bottle. Muddy brown appearance with a small head.Slightly hoppy with some bitterness. Not sure why they call it a West Coast Ale. The label states that it was South Africas top beer in 2009.Must have been a bad year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy, dark amber with small tan head dissipating into a ring of fine bubbles. Aroma is of carmelised malt, yeast, fruit (apple peal) and floral hops. Flavour is dominated by sweet caramel nutty malt, dry fruit. Medium body and smooth on the palate. Finish is becoming dry from initial sweetness with fruity notes retained and spicy hop bitterness. Overall a very tasty ale if perhaps not greatly refined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle from Drinks World, Harborne. Dark treacle colour. Delicious aroma of hops and pepper. Biscuit, brown sugar, some berry on a US style hop background. Not a proper IPA hop flavour, but hints of it. Overall, the taste doesn’t match the aroma, but it’s pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
Botella. Hazy dark brown look. Sweet caramel malty aroma. Ok mouthfeel.Caramel and toasty malt in the aroma with some hops and some dark frutiness. Allright SA beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, hops and grass. Sweet flavour of caramel, hops, grass and dried fruits. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011
muddy brown, smooth white head. flavor is slightly fruity, roasted grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle 34 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear amber with a small and rough off-white head. Nuts and sweet caramel in the nose. Medium body,caramel, brown sugar and nuts with a phenollic touch. Dryish finish. 150211

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep orange to amber with a small tan head. Aroma is dry malty and slight herbal grassy hoppy. Peachy to pinewood hoppy, dry and bitter. Ends bonedry. Slight herbal to spiced hoppy finish.

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