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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egg (318) - 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 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AntonyWilson (248) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 19, 2016
500ml bottle: Pours a murky reddish brown with a tan coloured head that persists. Biscuit and malt on the nose. Slight roastiness and chocolate on taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, medium bitterness. A well balanced and tasty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Abrakarl (435) - SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
Something was definitely wrong with this one as it hade foam running out for minutes out of the bottle. Looks a bit swampy. Taste more sweet sour than bitter. A bit yeasty in that Belgian style. Not much carbonation. Leaves a bit of lacing. Can do without this actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WhoU (125) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Leugue of beers. Pours orange malty with medium head and carbonation. Aroma is slight fruit malty. Tsste is sweet and very light bitter. Moutfeel not bad lively dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (18479) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Ins Glas ergiet sich ein dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht rstmalzig, fruchtig. Geschmack malzig s, leicht wssrig, leicht Karamell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aleksander9 (1486) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Dark brown with small carbonation head. Aroma is fruity brett and funk. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is burnt oak, tartness and some more brett. Overall: Probably not intended to be infected with brett. But, works surprisingly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AtronSeige (1423) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 17, 2013
Aroma: Moderate hoppy perfume. Appearance: Spare, light brown head. Hazy, medium brown. Initial Flavour: Light sweetness, moderate bitterness. Finishing Flavour: Light sweetness, light bitterness. Palate: Medium-light, lively carbonation. Draught, taster. Joburg festival of beer. 10A. American Pale Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
ralphdot (1069) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
5.0% brown colour with no head (looks like Cola), sweet malt aroma, bitter and slightly sour taste and a fluffy mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (16469) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
Amber-brown colour. No head. The taste is mild, lightly malty with a slight hop bitterness. Decent English-type of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Very malty aroma and flavor but notes of diacetyl. The bottle I have is from 2009 and it hasnt aged well. Wishing I had another one because I was really impressed with this beer when I shared one with the owner back in 2010. Very cool guy!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheresthepath (2229) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
[Bottle at the Bootlegger, High Wycombe] Murky brown-bronze, negligible head. Rather thin mouthfeel. A low-grade chocolate maltiness sits uneasily with herbs, pine, lime and rather a lot of urine. Oddly reminiscent of one of those ghastly health drinks with weird stuff in. An unusual beer, but not in a good way at all. c8

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