Brewed by Battledown
Style: California Common
Cheltenham, England


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Cask; Seasonal - April to September.
California Common (aka. American ’Steam Beer’) An ale brewed in the American post-prohibition way using lager yeast (at ale temperatures) and Northern Brewer hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (3494) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Originally rated 28102011. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8923) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2013
On cask at GBBF 13, one third pint. Clear golden body, dissipating white head. Grain fruity nose. Flavours of dusty hops, resin and grain. Dry ending with hints of fruit bitterness. Easy drinking. Just alright (London Olympia 13.08.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (33792) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
From cask. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is mild citrusy, grainy and light toasted malty. Bitter, toasted malty, grainy and medium dry into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11192) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2013
Cask at Ealing. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter fnish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
Gravity dispense at the 23rd Battersea Beer Festival - 06/02/13. Clear light golden. Nose carries floral hop tones, perfume, light fruit notes. Taste is medicinal, light fruit, soap, pale malts. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sub par !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theatmosphere (50) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
I have to say this was much nicer than I expected. Average in terms of appearance, and lacks aroma, but is extremely easy to drink and is pretty tasty on top of that. Impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3749) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Thin golden color, no head. Generous flavor--fruit (apricot, tangerine) and it lets out more aromas (pear) as it warms. Some caramel, too. A little watery/thing. But for 3.8%, it’s a very good beer. A little vinegar in the end. (cask, Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford, June 2012)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14608) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet Bf 2012. Clear gold virtually no head. Aroma of some hop and some light toffee. Its a little light in flavour but then it is supposed to be a californian common. Some hop dryness on end. Ok if a touch bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7906) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2011
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki, Finland.
Hazy golden colour with small frothy off-white head. Floral citrusy aroma with wood, nuts and some caramel sweetness. Nuts, woody dryness and floral dry hops in flavour. Dry citrusy aftertaste. Thin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EdKing (2073) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2011 Cask at Lewes Beer & Cider Fest 2011. Stunning aroma of burnt toffee sets such a high standard on this one, but unfortunately the taste is burnt charcoal and toffee and not very pleasant. Also body is quite watery and the finish is very dry and chewy.

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