Brewed by Shongweni Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
East Coast Ale, is our South African inspired beer. Most of the year ShongweniValley and the nearby City of Durban are bathed in warm, sub-tropical sunshine, but we do get the odd surprise from Summer storms that refresh the air and make the bush grow again. The people of this area are exciting, diverse and full of energy and optimism. We wanted to capture this spirit of the East Coast in our beer and we think we have. East Coast Ale is a lively, refreshing, smooth, golden ale. We make East Coast Ale using a single malt variety and two kinds of hops, Brewers Gold and Challenger. Brewers Gold provides an excellent balanced bitterness especially when combined with a late aroma hop in golden beers. We achieve this using Challenger hops to give a crisp, fruity character, resulting in a beer with around 25 bitterness units and an ABV of 4%. This beer is fermented using a special ale yeast that imparts its own character to the beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AntonyWilson (248) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 19, 2016
500ml bottle: Pours a cloudy straw with a persistent white head. A hint of cloves on the nose. Spicy and fruity taste. Medium to high carbonation, medium to low body and slight astringency. Crisp. Bitterness is quite high. Overall a refreshing ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (3284) - NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Shared bottle in Durban 16.03.15, with OEN and RS. Slightly hazy pale yellow. White head and lacing. Superb aroma of English golding or tergrt hops and fresh grass. Very fine taste as well, with fresh grass, flowerfields and tropical fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2015
Pours slightly cloudy, orange golden in colour with a white head that doesnt last long. Aroma is of honey citrus notes and bready yeast with slight lambic hints. Taste is of grapefruit which is quite refreshing. The aftertaste is complex and surprisingly moreish; dry and medium bodied sweet malt comes through. There are hints of cardboard and metallic notes, just saying. Had in great company before a braai in Durban which made this special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
downside_up (13) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 13, 2014
Its a shame that there are such low reviews for this beer, I think it is largely due to a bottling problem, that seems to have been resolved (look for the new Robsons labels). After having negative experiences with Robsons beer in the past, I recently decided to give it a try again and WOW was I impressed. They boast a broad range of really tasty ales, the East Coast Ale being one of their best. Hoppy, easy drinking and golden in colour this is an awesome session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Abrakarl (435) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
Am not impressed with this brewery. My 3rd beer and I can now judge the brewery properly. This one was sour, barely no hops and just felt wrong. Not nice, will go for other SA breweries from now on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (18486) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergiet sich ein leicht trbes goldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, malzig, hopfig. Geschmack leicht hefig, hopfig fruchtig, Citrus.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
AtronSeige (1423) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 17, 2013
Aroma: Flower/grassy hops, lemon. Appearance: Average frothy head. Hazy, light yellow. Initial Flavour: Moderate sweetness, light bitterness Finishing Flavour: Light sweetness Palate: Watery with soft carbonation Draught, taster. Joburg Festival Of Beer 6B. Blonde Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5984) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Clear golden coloured body with literally zillions of small bubbles rising from the bottom in a super fast fashion wiht a soapy, large five centimetre tall white head. Aroma of pale malt, lemons, wheat, coriander seed and some stale sugars. Light-bodied; Lemony flavour with a very sour/tart note from yeast and a little malt flavour also noticeable - but this is very light and fragrant. Aftertaste shows a touch of some stale malt, a bit of a sweet touch and a definite lemon and very fresh/refreshing beer throughout. Overall, a decent beer with a very light feeling and worth some space in your suitcase to bring back home! I sampled this South African style stubby bigger bottle, 55 cL bottle, purchased from Harleys Liqour and Wine Specialist in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on 31-December-2011 for ZAR22,90 sampled at home the day my first childs passport arrived in order to travel back to South Africa, here in Washington on the opposite side of the world, on 06-July-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16469) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
Hazy blonde. Light, slightly fruity and a little bit of hop. Touch of yeastiness. The balance is ok, but the character seems timid. Of course, there isnt much brewing on South Africas east coast.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 17, 2012
bottled, rbesg07 grand tasting. dull shade of yellow with a reluctant head; aroma of wet cardboard and dishwashing detergent; virtually flavourless apart from a trace of lemonade

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