mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Persistent, nicely effervescent head. Lightly hopped. Citric sourness dominates the flavor. Medium maltiness.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very drinkable. Floral raisen taste. Dry finish, cannot stop at one.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty, smooth, and drinkable. Not all that exciting or unusual, but there’s certainly a place for good simple beers.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very clean tasting beer with plenty of hops. I love the crisp end. I have used this beer as a base to rate other California Commons.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I found this to be...lets just say pretty wicked and rogue to be polite. The aroma was practically non-apparent...with hints of malt, something vageuly fruity, and yeast being apparent. The head was very mild...1/8 inch at most and more frothy than anything, it really had no effect on this steam beer. The Steam Beer poured a very plain orange...its strange and hard to describe..it literally was just orange, even with the light exposing those pulsating carbonated bubbles. The taste was something i could have done without though...very mild malt, a ton of carbonation, and one hell of a bitter pounding for the ages on the tongue by these wicked hops...and not a pretty one may i add. It was like leather, and heineken and miller geunine draft collided into making this. Not pretty at all. It was highly acidic, way over carbonated, and the aftertaste far too strong to merit such a high rating as this. Im not very impressed and see no reason to head back to this one again...at least there are still two other steam beers left to try...Sleeman and Barbary Coast, here i come!!!
CapFlu (4682) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale yellow head with a beautiful amber-copper body. Pours with a nice aroma of malt and fruit. Very little aftertaste. Nice brew! I look forward to trying their lager...
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the way the round, almost fruity-sweet malt is accompanied by a gentler hops style than I expect following Sean around through western brews. I enjoyed drinking this alot - we had it to celebrate the closing on our new house a few months back, so it stands out to be sure.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. Interesting aroma--has a strange smell intermixed
with hop aroma. Nice semi-dark appearance, too. Strong bitter
taste. Balanced malt, but bitter off flavor ruins the
finish. Very bad on the alconomic scale--but only 3$ on draught
special so i tried and rated it.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on draft and I have to be honest. I wrote the ratings on a napkin and didn’t take any further notes. Until I sample further.......my ratings stand.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Always difficult to rate the standards ... there is a tendency to overrate knowing the history. A wonderful malt and hoppy nose is belied with a beautiful amber-brown color. A little maltier than (what has become) the standard American pale ale. The lager yeast is evident and stands out for its unusual warm spiciness ... due to fermentation. Not my favorite beer, but still, a classic.