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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (15321) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 14, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisOs, post RBESG2011 Sunday) BB201012 drunk 201108
Rich yeasty aroma. A bloody weird lager. Super dry bitter dryness. Woody beyond belief. Dry, dry, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5196) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 17, 2011
Clear dark brown with red fruit on the nose. Rich Fruity malt and gentle bitterness with long malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rauchbier (3852) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle, from Rhythm & Booze, Grimsby. Hazy red brown, thin shortlived off white head and low condition. Low fruit, caramel and chocolate in the nose with some yeasty esters apparent, thin and metallic in the mouth with a gentle sweet toffee note and hints of oxidation. Brief sweetness in an otherwise insipid finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (47099) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (11262) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2011
340 ml bottle. From bierzwerg.de.
Dark reddish brown colour with small off-white head. Dark malty aroma with bread, some spices and herbs and caramel. Slightly xmassy aroma. Flavour is fruity bitter hoppy with strong caramel malt and dark fruits. Extremely flat. East Coast Ale wasnt East Coast and this certainly aint West Coast but this time West Coast was victorious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2011
[330ml bottle, Peckhams Bruntsfield, Edinburgh] Pours with a thin lasting head with some nice lacing, substantial rising carbonation. Dark caramel colour, with a touch of red, plenty of haze from the bottle conditioning. The aroma is very malty, and so is the taste dry, with little caramel or sweetness, the crystal malt wins out. It is very toasty, as a California common should be (if that was their intention), but not that woody its a bit like a dunkel maybe. Straddling styles, its pretty drinkable [19062010]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5663) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
340ml green bottle from Beers of Europe. Unfiltered. Astringent /tannic beer. A bit too much crystal malt. Light body. Vague hops. All a bit muddy and unclear. Not great, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36180) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jolo (1003) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle 550ml. A red amber colour with a tanned medium high head. Aroma of caramel, bread and herbs. The taste is medium bitter with a long lasting finish. A medium body and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3896) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and caramel sweetish aroma, some fruitiness and faint herbal hoppyness, caramel. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some caramel, some caramel and herbal hoppyness, faint fruitiness and light sourness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel and herbal hoppyness. Caramel sweetish dark lager with herbal hoppyness. OK but nothing special.

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