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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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BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Bottle at Gainesville HOB on 9/7/13. Pours a dark amber with small white head. Aroma is mostly malt with dead smelling hops. Flavor falls flat with basic malt, some pine flavor maybe? There is barely anything going on here and it reminds me more of a mild ale or poorly done ESB. Update: I see now that this is a spin on California Common when reading the small print. Now this makes more sense. If so, then don’t put "IPA" on the freaking bottle. If you are looking for an IPA, go elsewhere. this should not be listed under the style. as far as a Cali Common goes, this is not bad. Seems drinkable but I have no interest in a full 750 of this. Not much choice at the bar. Guess I should have read the full description in small print.

3.5
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Amber pour with a small bubbly white head. Sweetish caramel malt with touches of nuttiness with orange peels and citrus hops. Plain malty entry with nuts, citrusy hop bitterness and a clean quick ending. Not too shabby. Pretty refreshing.

3.1
olr1984 (1530) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
22oz bottle thanks to Tim. Pours amber with an off white head. Pine and malt aroma. Not much hop taste like I was expecting.

3.4
OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Not bad. On tap at CCB. Nose is light citrus, lagerish aromas, caramel malts, metallic. Pour is light brown. Flavors matches up pretty well to the aroma it’s just light on everything it seems. Not very bold. But it’s still nice.

4.6
SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours bright shiny, coppery orange with a small light beige head. Smells of biscuit, toffee, mild fruitiness, hints of citrus. Taste is bready, fruity, hints of sweet and hints of bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City/Coronado Not-So-Common-India Pale Ale finishes with a mild lingering bitterness.

3.7
Zer0 (1226) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle shared at THT. Pours clear amber. Aroma is grapefruit,tropical fruits, grassy and some yeast. Some malts. Taste is quite bitter and light sweet. Pretty decent, more like an IPA. Medium bodied.

3.5
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Aroma is excellent toast character with hints of pleasant sweetness, touches of broen sugar. Appearance is darkened ruby, burnished and fading to translucence towards bottom of sample. Active but controlled carb that disappates to ring with moderate legs. Flavor is well balanced sweetness referenced in nose with immediately following earthy bitterness. Minimal citrus, leans more towards darker character that burns the back of the throat rather than the front of thr palate. Sticky mouth feel lets bitter character linger and compliments (Or echoes) molasses like notes found throughout.

3.1
DrewFace (969) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours a fairly clear amber color . Caramel malt aroma, citrusy hops, oxidized character . Big caramel malt flavor, toffee, mild hop character.


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