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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Left Coast is a political expression implying that the West Coast of the United States is politically left-wing. The implication is that California, Oregon and Washington (particularly, the coastal counties and cities within those states) vote more often for the Democratic Party than the other states in the west. This phrase plays on the fact that the west coast of the US is found on the left of the contiguous 48 states when viewing a map with north oriented upwards. The left coast also makes some rockin’ craft beers.

So we wanted to try our hand at a California Pale Ale (think Sierra Nevada.) A bit lighter in body than our British inspired Pale Ale, and a brighter hop presence is what we were looking for. We think we found it, and we hope you enjoy it.

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3.5
edgallow (4312) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Draft sampler pours Amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus, floral and caramel. Taste is caramel and grapefruit.

3.6
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Taster on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Clear golden, slight orange color. Good thin off-white head, leaves great thicker lace. Medium body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Great hop profile on this, good orange citrus aroma. Bigger bitter taste, lightly zesty, little sweetness. Drinks like it could be a session IPA. Nice, very hoppy and bitter pale ale.

3.4
b3shine (9027) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent golden orange with eggshell head. Smells solid; nicely hopped with a touch of sweetness from the pale malt. Not a malty profile though; the hops do the work. Tastes like it smells, but not as hoppy. Good on the palate; lighter by style standards. A solid APA.

3.8
JStax (7056) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Poured on draft. Translucent light copper with a white head and good lacing. Aroma is fruity and grassy. Mildly bitter and grassy. Nice session beer.

3.2
shigadeyo (3761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009

5/20/2009: Left Coast Pale Ale has a clear, golden appearance with a thin, foamy, off-white head. It has a floral, perfumy aroma. The flavor is orangy (or some other sort of citrus) with some lightly toasted malts and a floral finish that reminds me of rose. The bitterness level is mild. Overall this beer seems a bit weak for a pale ale.

Cask: Golden color and slightly hazy with a frothy off-white head. The aroma and flavor are very buttery. There is some grassy hops and is a bit more hoppy and slightly more bitter than the non-cask version. This beer has a medium body and feels soft and mellow in the mouth.

Draught (sample) at Barley’s Smokehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Rating #14 for this beer.

3.1
JaBier (8132) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2009
On tap at the Smokehouse. Clear copper/amber pour with a medium white head. Malty aroma that is a bit like English malt with some citrus hops. Citrus hop flavor up front with a bit of malt and what tastes like (but isn’t) lager yeast. I was told this was a bit more flavorful than their flagship pale, but I’m not tasting it.

3.2
Tmoney99 (14769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Draft at smokehouse before MRAF 2009. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid balanced sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bitter flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a solid drinkable brew.

3.5
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
draft at barleys smokehouse- very nice- crisp, clean, sweet hops dominate the experience. Very drinkable-

3.2
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Tap @ smokehouse: Orange cloudy pour with a lone finger’s worth of white head. Flavor is perfumey, buttery hop with a bitterness in the back of the throat. Spicy and light on the front end, bitter on the back end. Aroma is really buttery for a West Coast IPA.

3.8
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2008
On tap at Smokehouse. Pours pretty pale golden color, hazy with a small bright white head. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, moreso than expected. A nice citrusy hoppiness, oranges, amarillo? Or maybe Centennial. It’s nice either way. Taste is smooth, hoppy, super-drinkable, low in bitterness but pretty flavorful. Medium-light bodied. This doesn’t knock your socks off but it would be a good session beer. Three other people I was eating with mentioned Diacetyl in the flavor and the aroma. I thought I was pretty sensitive to it but I didn’t notice it in this except in the flavor if I looked really hard. It wasn’t distracting though. This really hit the spot and is pretty much exactly what I would want in an American Pale.


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