albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the first California Common/Steam Beer I’ve tried. Pours amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma is very pleasing and bready. It reminds me a bit of a dopplebock. I get more of this on tasting as well as sweet almost caramel malt that dominates. Very reminiscent of some dopplebocks I’ve had as well as having a nutty quality similar to something like New Castle Brown Ale. Light bitter hop finish that is somewhat spicy. I know this style is based on the lager, but I don’t get many tasting notes I usually associate with lagers. This could be due to having mostly tried European Pilsners. Still, if more American Lagers had this kind drink-ability and flavor I’d be more inclined to drink them more often.
TelQuel (1) - - OCT 1, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear bronze amber colour with minimal sudsy head.
Aroma: Strong caramel malt character with a backdrop of fresh-baked raisin bread. The hop profile is fairly bright and floral with just a few traces of herbaceousness and dried leaves.
Taste/palate: Light bodied texture with lively carbonation that refreshes the palate with toasty cereal grains and halloween toffee flavours balanced by a fairly dry, lightly bitter and brief finish.
Overall: This isn’t a showcase beer. It’s not going to blow your mind. This beer does a few things well but it only does a few things. It’s well-made and well-balanced and I think most people would drink it and enjoy it. I would definitely have it again and recommend it to others. Sadly though, it’s certainly not a thinking beer and those looking for something complex will likely be disappointed. That being said, it’s certainly well above average stuff.
Buczer (244) - Pabianice, POLAND - OCT 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours golden, slightly cloudy with white quickly vanishing head. Aroma is fruity with some malts in background. Light bitterness, bready, malty with bit of fruits. Average carbonation, light body, malty aftertaste.
umich03jm (2007) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From backlog. Tap. Had this many times. Pours a clear golden orange color with a 1 cm thick creamy head that hangs around nicely, leaves lacing too. Aroma is bananas and cream. Taste is very creamy with just a touch of bananas and pale malt. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Overall, it’s easy to drink and a solid change up to my normal stuff.
hippieman556 (3) - - SEP 28, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I thought this beer had a very alcohol undertone but has a good color, appearance and aroma.
VAYankee (331) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, clear, copper color with a white head. Aroma is a sweet, grainy malt with some earthiness. Tastes biscuity, grainy, a quickly disappearing touch of caramel; grainy, earthy finish. Medium bodied palate, lively carbonation
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-10-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over about a 5-10 min time period to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of some more grainy smells mixed with a caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas there are some lighter hop smells of an earthy nature and a bit of grass.
Taste – The taste begins with a dry bready and grainy flavor with a bit of an earthy taste. There is a light caramel sweetness throughout the taste that is most intense at the beginning (although still very light) which almost disappears toward the end of the taste. While the taste has a hop bit at the start with the earthy tastes, more hop of a grassy and light citrus nature come to the tongue bittering the taste as it moves on. Some woody flavors come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a rather dry, malty and decently bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. Both the moderate body and carbonation are rather good for the mix of dry and bitter flavors, making it a good easier drinking brew.
Overall – A nice dry tasting steam beer that is very easy to drink. A good go too for something on the lighter side.
hank37 (64) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight earthy aromas alongside hay. Malty toasty with some residual sweetness. Carbed moderately, pleasant.
ordybill (101) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- strong toasted malt, nice smell
Appearance- Vibrant amber color with thick white head.
Taste- Strong malt flavor with a solid hop finish
Palate- Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall- an excellent example of a California Steam Beer. Highly recommended
rotaman14 (80) - Potsdam, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper/orange with a white head. Aroma is toffee, apples, grapefruit. Taste is toffee again, earthy hops.
andrewje41 (464) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Pours a copper color with a lasting white head. Sugary malt aroma. Flavor has some sweet malt, mild hops, and a little bready too. Decent flavor with a mild bitter hop finish. Not a bad beer here. New to the style personally. Pretty good.