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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011

Bottle 340ml.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, chocolate - dark malt, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate - dark malt, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110807]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (39991) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34023) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Bottled. A red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of matl, caramel, and fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and dusty hops, leading to a bitter finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25661) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (24925) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2011
Bottled. Slight hazy amber colour, small off-white creamy head. Aroma is mild spruce, some fruity and floral hops along with mild maltyness. Flavour is fruity and floral hoppyness along with some mild breadyness and grass. Mild spicy and yeasty notes as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty weak hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Roasted malty bitter caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty bitter hoppy caramel finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (20763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2010
bottle at jens ... copper ... thin tan head ... sweet malt .. some of that american pale malt nose ... dull toffee fruits malt... little bitter ... hint of pine hop ... quite bright hop in linger

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (17052) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Koelschtrinker (16443) - 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

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