Coastal Brewery

Agnus • CascadeEnglish Garden GoldFab FourFaeries GoldFantastic FiveGolden SandsHerculesHoptopia • Kernow Imperial StoutPier PorterPoldark PridePoseidon ExtraSummer Bloom • Summer BreezeSummertime Pale Ale • St Piran’s Porter

Agnus (7% ABV, cask)
A big, bold IPA-style brew, very hoppy but well balanced. Very deep gold, the aroma is a bit grassy, and on the palate the hops are spicy and slightly dank. Malt comes through to give an intense mouthfeel and there’s a warming finish. A nice drop, this. (09-04-2017)

Cascade (5% ABV, cask)
Lemon peel and pith, mandarin orange and grapefruit notes from the American Cascade hops in this deep golden brew, with bready malt providing balance. Grapefruit dominates on the aroma with a hint of sherbet lemon and caramel. Gentle bitterness builds on the finish. (06-01-2017)

English Garden Gold (6.5% ABV, cask)
As the name suggests, all English hops — East Kent Goldings, WGV, First Gold and Fuggles — in this strongish golden brew. Earthy, slight spicy hops stand up against a big juicy malt background. There’s an estery, yeasty aroma. (25-02-2016)

Fab Four (6% ABV, cask)
The four in question are the Citra, Mosaic, Centennial and Summit hops, making an American style hoppy pale ale. Deep gold with a very slightly off-white head, the beer cries out with resinous hop, but with good malt balance. There’s a nice spicy bitterness there. (24-03-2016)

Faeries Gold (4.2% ABV, cask)
Gold with a white head, there are herbal hops and a hint of berry in there. With light biscuit malt in the background, there’s a lovely depth of flavour. Gentle bitterness on the finish. (31-10-2016)

Fantastic Five (6.3% ABV, cask)
Dry hopped and served from a keg, this golden / light amber brew has the big, resinous hop aroma you would expect. On the palate, it’s super hoppy with herbal, resinous notes and some sweet orange marmalade, with malt playing a good supporting role. Big beer, big taste. (22-08-2016)

Golden Sands (6.5% ABV)
Coastal Golden SandsA beautifully balanced IPA-style brew, golden, fresh and clean. There are grapefruit, orange, spice and some resinous notes from the hops , balanced by some good malt. Too much malt, in fact, as the beer was meant to turn out between 5% and 6% ABV! There’s a good bitter, slightly dry finish. A great brew. (16-08-2017)

Hercules (3.9% ABV, cask)
Named after a hop, this golden beer, with a white head, imparts herb notes — tarragon? — on the palate, along with a big amount of bitterness. The flavour gets more citrussy as it develops into the finish. (30-06-2016)

Hoptopia (5.8% ABV, bottle)
Deep gold / light amber with a white head, this IPA style brew packs a big punch with blood orange and tropical fruit flavours against bready malt. The aroma is resinous, a bit musty, and medicinal, too. The bitter finish dries out towards the end. (16-08-2017)

Kernow Imperial Stout (9% ABV, bottle)
Pretty damn black with the faintest tinge of red at the bottom of the glass, this strong brew has a tan coloured head that stays well. The aroma suggests dates, plums and booze-soakedried fruit, with some smoke. On the palate, there’s a delicious cocktail of dried fruit, smoke, treacle toffee and some spiciness, with a nice bitter bite on the finish, which becomes warming. The smooth mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Pier Porter (4.3% ABV, cask)
Almost black with a beige head, the beer retains decent bitterness right through to the end, along with a hint of smokiness. On the palate, there’s roast malt, some coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of raisin. Plenty of flavour going on for a relatively low-ABV porter. (30-06-2016)

Poldark Pride (4.2% ABV, cask)
Light orange citrus notes and a hint of honey in this bright golden, white-headed brew. Gentle bitterness builds on the finish. (03-09-2016)

Poseidon Extra (4.5% ABV, bottle)
Deep gold with a white head, this is one of Cornwall’s great session bitters. There are lovely citrus top notes and a satisfying bitterness that dries out well on the finish. Clementine, lemon zest and grapefruit stand out on the hop side of the equation, with a hint of gooseberry, while the balancing malt is light and biscuity. (25-04-2016)

Summer Bloom (4.2% ABV, cask)
Lemon and peach fruit flavours feature in this golden seasonal brew, with a white head. There’s gentle bitterness and some nice freshness on the finish. (29-08-2016)

Summer Breeze (3.9% ABV, cask)
A refreshing golden session bitter, with tropical fruit and a herbal note on the nose. Against biscuit malt, there’s a stone fruit taste that builds to a good bitter finish. (06-06-2017)

Summertime Pale Ale (4.2% ABV, cask)
Mandarina Bavaria hops add a lovely orange edge to the amber bitter, enjoyed straight from the cold store at the brewery. Like enjoying an orange ice lolly on a summer afternoon!

St Piran’s Porter (6% ABV ABV, cask)
Roast malt with rich-dried, booze-soaked fruit and hints of coffee. There a cough mixture flavours — in a good way — and slight smokiness. A good porter, with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, with plenty going on. (27-03-2015)

Note: Darren Norbury, editor of Beer Today, does some occasional PR and bar work for Coastal Brewery

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