cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fairly average beer, but it has it’s fan base have no doubt about it. Pours a nice amber, with an average head. Lacing is minimal to none. Malty, with some fruitiness in the background. The sweetness seemed a bit out of place in the context of the rest of the beer to me. Finish was unremarkable.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a mediocre off white head...smells of malt and pennies...tastes malty yet tinny or aluminumy (ok, so it isn’t a word) with a crisp bitter finish...definately drinkable though...
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle (355ml). This one was slightly dissapointing, due to the amount of hype surrounding it. It is fairly malty, with some floral, hoppy taste. Also straw and grass notes. (3.3)
Draught at Microbar, Battersea. This is actually a fine beer. Straw, floral hops. Nice maltiness. Superb session beer.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. pours a dark tan that is effervescent. fluffy fat head. nothing over the top on this. a balanced brew. leaves a slightly metallix bitter taste. not a bad beer.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a good beer. widely available. lives up to its style of common. this one is perhaps rated a bit high.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Certainly not my style at all. Smells of some sweetness and soap? Very malty with weird lager-esque taste predominant. Similar to Kolsch styles. Contrary to some, I didn’t think immediately of an ale. Definitely not the smoothest or most likable in my opinion.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour, tan head. good taste, i dont know the prerequisites for a california common. but reminds me of an ale.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I think the commercial description above says a lot. Excellent malt backbone and a strong floral hop presence. Quick dry finish. Very clean and refreshing and great with food. Flavor reminds me of a cleaner and drier SA Boston Ale.
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with nice tight tan head with good lacing. Perfume and some floral notes to the nose, and a little detergent smell that is suprisingly not offputting. Clean flavor with more flowers and ends with a pleasant hops aftertaste.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s funny that the beer that’s the (modern) original for the style, the standard by which others are (should be?) judged, is currently only 4th on the list! Anyway, it has a great crystal malt base, substantial malty and slightly floral nose; pleasant crispy, clean bitterness, and a short, dry finish. Summer brew extrodinair, and overall great American original.