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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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2.3
fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2013
you would think with these 2 breweries working on it, it would be amazing. but no. what i get is a bland one dimensional ipa, no depth or character. hops and water. woohoo.

3.2
portableparty (2384) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Bvery. Pours an unclear amber with a soapy white head. Aroma is sweet sugary and malty with some faint herbal hops. Taste is bitter earthy hops and malty with a little vegetable. Palate is medium and dry.

3.1
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Label misses and opportunity here. A little too literal. Nice easy drinking beer. Loads of malt character. The hops are there but subsumed by the grain. Interesting attempt but not uber successful.

3.6
jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bomber. Pours an amber reddish orange pour with a nice wispy slowly dissipating head. Nose is caramel with a nice well balanced hoppy malty combo. Taste is bittersweet and fruity. Finishes on bittersweet notes, dry and short. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.1
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with white head. Smells hoppier than it taste, pretty solid beer.

3.3
DocJitsu (2036) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours a clear amber-golden color with a two-finger tan head. Nice looking beer. The malt and hops are pretty well-balanced in the aroma. Some grassy notes tempered by malt, which is both sweet and dark roast. The mouthfeel is moderately cottony with a full body. Slight carbonation burn toward the finish. Flavors closely approximate the nose. Quaffable.

3.3
Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Dan. Aroma is juicy oranges, starfruit, lime zest, and grass. Pours an odd shade of orange with a nice head. Taste is overripe (and dry) citrus pulp, grass, and a grassy lemon. Wasn’t really digging this one but it was certainly unique.

3.6
zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a beige head and malty, bready, earthy aroma. Taste is of malt, bread, biscuit caramel with some balancing hops and fruit while toasty and sweet. Nice brew for the style, very drinkable

3.5
worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Amber with a white, thick, lasting, lacy head. Smells of caramel, nice fruit, nut and a bit of sweet chocolate. Medium thin body, taste of sweet malt, caramel and a nice bitter hoppy finish. Lasting hoppiness. A nice level of hops,

3.5
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Appearance: Pours copper with a quickly subsided white head.

Aroma: Fruity hops,far more sweet citrus than pine, sweet and toasted malt.

Taste: Mild American C hops. Fruity and dank, but not too bitter. Toasty caramel malts. Finishes with medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation.

Overall: I liked this far more than I anticipated I would. I’ve never been a real fan of Common/Steam Beer. Just goes to show you enough hops can make anything tasty.


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