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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
BBB63 (6567) - 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
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Very light and tasty ipa, pretty light and tame, I like it not offensive at all

3.5
burg326 (5604) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Poured an amber color with aromas of hops, light spice some feint wood and some toast. Flavors follow suit an interesting mixture of styles that seemed to work.

3.2
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber pour, with a slightly off white head. Caramel malt, biscuit, notes of fruit, and citrusy hops. Pretty standard beer, nothing special.

2.9
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
Un liquide qui me surprend par sa couleur foncé. Ceci dit, je peux facilement dire que cette robe ambrée porte fièrement et longuement sa coiffe de mousse. Au nez, c’est aussi une surprise. Le côté malté a certainement une profondeur. Outre les biscuits et le pain, cette bière dégage des parfums de caramel et de sucre brun. La partie des houblons n’est certainement pas aussi développée. Quelques efluves de citron traversent l’expertise maltée mais sans plus. En bouche, les céréales font aussi preuve de générosité. Le sucre brun, le caramel foncé, les noix et les effets chocolatés sont bien visibles. Le jeu des houblons est, quant à lui, bien faible. Les saveurs d’agrumes et de fleurs me semblent bien éloignées. Au palais, rien pour déplaire. Un corps riche et crémeux avec une présence modérée des bulles. En finale, quelques soubresauts de résine se manifestent à travers un malt tissé serré.

3.3
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from CCB. Pours a mostly clear amber with a white head. Nose is some wood, some earth some malt, some sweetness, some bread, and some biscuit. Flavor is similar with bread, sweetness, some wood, some malt, and some biscuit with a grapefruity bite on the back end. Medium in body for a Common and nice overall.

3.4
jbruner (5274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with fluffy tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is sweet make with a piney back, taste follows with a bitter astringent finish. Phenolic nail polish notes and a big boozy ending, not sure I like this very much.

3.2
DialSquare (5129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750ml bottle from Proof bottle shop. Amber pour with thin white head and strong retention. Aroma is mostly bready. Tastes are nutty, sweet malts, pine, orange. Little astringent. Not so great - certainly by CC standards.

3.1
sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Poured medium amber with a small white ring. Aroma of light roast malt. Full body, flavour is very bitter, liquorice, dark chocolate.


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