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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (26415) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2011
Bottled. Slight hazy amber colour, small off-white creamy head. Aroma is mild spruce, some fruity and floral hops along with mild maltyness. Flavour is fruity and floral hoppyness along with some mild breadyness and grass. Mild spicy and yeasty notes as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2010
(bottle, 34cl) Cloudy, amber to copper colour with a beige short foamy layer. Yeasty, slightly sweet and toasty malty aroma with fruity notes of blueberries and a tinge of chocolate, accompanied by a dusty touch. Moderately sweet flavour, light to medium bodied with a flat carbonation. Slightly toasty malty taste with chocolate, toffee and lighter berry-fruity notes; slightly sweet and hop bitter finish with fruity notes. Not particularly demanding. 18.XII.10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle Rainhall Drinks, Accrington. Super murky burnt orange pour with sediment aplenty and a minimal off white head. Aroma was burnt toast, malts and fruits. Flavour had sweetish malts with some nuttiness, which evolved to reveal a lingering bitter finish. Slight metallic tang there also, and this had a somewhat confused and unrefined character to it. Not a complete calamity though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25612) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty weak hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Roasted malty bitter caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty bitter hoppy caramel finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle. Dark reddish brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is watery and lightly malty, and the flavour is roasted and malty with a watery bitter finish. Overall a fairly average roasted and bitter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter48er (185) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle conditioned- 340ml bottle from Booths supermarket in Longton, Preston. Poured a clear, ruby red colour. Malt dominates with some pleasant underlying bitterness. In the US style but lacking some of the knockout hoppinessassociated with this style. Nonetheless, a very pleasant beer, a lot better than I expected.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
biervriek (2) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 17, 2010 does not count
Ar: wet dark crystal malt; roasty, vague spicy hops (synthetic orange as in Durban Pale Ale) and sweet butter. Ap: muddled reddish brown and orangish brown, 1cm head of large bubbles and a couple traces of lacing with aggressive pour. Note that bottle had about 3mm of sediment from bottle conditioning. T: mouthful of soaked dark crystal malt, butter, roasty, very slightly sour, cloying sweetness, watery finish with lingering light bitterness. P: low carbonation and cloyingly sweet. O: West coast US ale? Nothing US, let alone West Coast, about it! Clean beer (roasty brown ale???), but overwhelmed by dark roast crystal malt sweetness, butter, artificial orange flavor and limp CO2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egg (350) - USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours a hazy red, deep amber. Light copper head. Aroma of sweet malt, light hops, grapefruit. Taste of grapefruit bitterness and light maltiness. Very drinkable. Easily the best beer Ive tasted in South Africa and I recommend it if youre here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (23276) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2010
bottle at jens ... copper ... thin tan head ... sweet malt .. some of that american pale malt nose ... dull toffee fruits malt... little bitter ... hint of pine hop ... quite bright hop in linger

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle from Utobeer. Dark brown with a tan head. Refreshing exotic fruits hoppiness blending with a hint of roasted malts aroma. Passion fruit and smokey malts flavours- good dryness. Seriously good stuff from a (beery) black continent.

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