Lowtide Brewing Co. – West Coast Hop Lock Review

West Coast Hop Lock was the fourth beer Ive had from Lowtide Brewing Co. I think it was also the first non alcoholic West Coast Pale Ale Ive had. I bought it from Pien, the bottle shop in Helsinki that I have previously written about. This beer was a very interesting one so continue reading for the whole beer review! Also, dont forget to read my review of their beer Promises I Made Myself.

BreweryLowtide Brewing Co.
Beer NameWest Coast Hop Lock
Beer StyleNon-alcoholic West Coast Pale Ale
Tasting NotesTropical, orange, passion fruit
Hops UsedAzacca, Citra, Ekuanot, Simcoe
Caloric Content50 kcal per can, 10 kcal per 100 ml
Release Year2021
Our Rating39/50

Tasting notes

The head on this beer wont win any awards as it disappeared quite quickly. The beer pours quite hazy which was my experience also with their Ohana.

The beer has an aroma of tropical fruits and I think orange and passion fruit are the most prominent ones. I was thrown back by the hoppiness when I took my first sip. It is quite bitter and the bitterness lingers for minutes after your last sip. At first I thought it was not a really well-balanced beer, but after I got over the initial shock the beer grew on me quickly. It feels like back in the day when brewers made their beers a bit too hoppy. The taste is quite smoky but checking the ingredients there is not really anything that explains where it comes from. It is brewed with Windsor yeast and contains Vienna malt and wheat. There shouldnt be any smokiness in there.


The back of a can of West Coast Hope Lock from Lowtide Brewing Co.

There is 10 kcal per 100 ml of West Coast Hop Lock. We had it in a pint-sized can, which means there is about 50 kcal in a serving. Not bad at all and I would definitely consider it a low calorie beer. It is not a gluten free beer but it is suitable for vegans.

Our West Coast Hop Lock Verdict

I was first a little shocked when I head this beer. I really thought it wasnt well-balanced, but I was wrong. Its only the first sip that is a bit intense and after that it just gets interesting. Its a lovely beer with plenty of tropical fruit flavours hiding beneath the bitterness. Unfortunately, I couldnt find the IBU of this beer and that would be something Id like to find out. Dont hesitate to contact me through our social media profiles if you find that information. Meanwhile, try to get your hands on this beer if you like west coast beers, its a worthy non-alcoholic version of this awesome beer style!

Our alcohol free craft beer rating: 39/50


When was the West Coast Hop Lock released?

The Lowtide Brewing – West Coast Hop Lock was released in 2021.

What kind of hops are used in this beer?

The hops used in this NA craft beer beer are Azacca, Citra, Ekuanot, Simcoe.

Is this NA West Coast Pale Ale gluten-free or vegan?

It is vegan but not suitable for gluten-intolerant drinkers.

What is the caloric content of the West Coast Hop Lock?

The West Coast Hop Lock contains 50 kcal per can or 10 kcal per 100 ml.

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