Recently I posted that Left Coast Brewery’s “Una Mas” beer won the best of show award at the 18th Annual California State Fair Craft Beer Competition in West Sacramento. Left Coast is an independent brewery that started in 2004 in San Clemente, CA.. They have a tasting room where you can try their beers on draft. Their win motivated me to revisit Left Coast (located nearby) and try several of their beers again. Some of these beers are standard and some are special production.
Here are my tasting notes from my visit to the tasting room as well as a couple purchased in bottles:
Boardwalk Saison (7% ABV): This seasonal beer pours a clear gold color with white head. Boardwalk has a malty aroma. The beer is medium bodied and pleasantly effervescent. Boardwalk has a hoppy front end taste followed by a bread malt flavor. The beer finishes with a lingering bitterness.
Una Mas Amber Lager (5.8% ABV): This beer pours a clear golden brown color that looks very much like apple juice with a white to tan head. Una Mas lager has a sweet, overripe apple aroma with hints of raisin and bread. The beer is medium bodied and has a low carbonation that I found pleasant. Una Mas tastes of malt, apple, and hops (and maybe even a slight presence of banana). The beer finishes with a mild hoppy bitter aftertaste. This is a unique amber lager, which may be one of the reasons it won the best of show award at the 18th Annual California State Fair Craft Beer Competition.
Brown Eyed Girl English Brown Ale (5.4% ABV): This beer pours a clear, dark brown coffee color with tan head. Brown Eyed Girl has a very subtle sweet malt aroma. The beer is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. The beer has a malty bread flavor with lingering malt aftertaste.
Trestles IPA: Although one of Left Coast’s standard products, I did not try it this time around so no tasting notes.
The Big Office West Coast IPA (7% ABV): This beer pours a clear gold/copper color with white head. Big Office has a strong hops grapefruit aroma. The beer is medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. The beer has a powerful hops flavor that lingers in the finish. For me, the hops masked any other flavors intended.
Hop Juice Double IPA (9.7% ABV): Five different hop varieties are used to make Hop Juice and the process includes 2 weeks of dry hopping. The beer pours a clear copper color with white head. Hop Juice has a strong hops and sweet malt aroma. The beer is full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and leaves a wonderful lace down the glass. Hop Juice provides a sweet malt flavor with strong hops bitterness up front. The beer then offers a peppery spice followed with a dry and wonderfully bitter finish. If you like hoppy beers, you’ll definitely enjoy Hop Juice.
Asylum Triple Belgian (11.8% ABV): This beer pours a clear copper color with a white/tan foam. Asylum has a yeasty aroma. The beer is full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Asylum’s flavors start with a raisins and apples (I was a little surprised by the sweetness) followed with a peppery spice. The beer has a finish of hoppy bitterness and pepper that then ends with a sweet aftertaste. I enjoyed Asylum; however, the appearance/flavor profile struck me as resembling some Belgian Quads (like Straffe Hendrik Quad) instead of a Triple.
Baltic Porter (6.9% ABV): This beer pours a very dark black color with brown foam head. It has aromas of coffee, chocolate and malt. Left Coast’s Baltic Porter is medium to full-bodied with pleasantly low carbonation. The beer has delicious flavors of coffee, chocolate and slight char. There is a subtle hops background and the porter finishes with a lingering dark chocolate flavor.
Port Barrel Aged Voo Doo American Stout (10% ABV): According to my server at the Left Coast tasting room, this beer aged in port barrels for 6 months. The beer pours a dark black color with a brown head. Port Barrel Voo Doo has a subtle grape and malt aroma. The beer is medium bodied and somewhat effervescent. Port Barrel Voo Doo has a grape flavor coupled with coffee and chocolate. The beer has a light aftertaste of grapes with a slight bitterness.
Voo Doo American Stout (8.5% ABV): This beer pours a dark black color with brown foam head. Voo Doo has aromas of roasted malt and coffee. The beer is medium to full-bodied and carbonated well. Voo Doo has flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The coffee flavor was so strong and delectably enticing that I think I could drink this beer for breakfast. A hint of bitterness can be detected in the finish from the roasted malt. This is a good beer to have while eating a rich, dark chocolate cake. One sip will place a Voo Doo spell on you.