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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed in the style of “steam” beers born in 19th-century California, Tarnation is Baxter Brewing’s first lager. American crystal malts provide light toast and caramel notes along with the beer’s rich amber hue, while Munich malt supplies Tarnation’s malty body. The complex malt notes balance the ample bitterness of American Northern Brewer hops (the signature hop for this style) giving the beer great balance. An authentic San Francisco lager yeast ferments the brew, yielding a clean, crisp and satisfying beer. This lager requires several weeks of cold conditioning (“lagering”), but we think it’s worth the wait.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
two7offsuit (332) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours dark gold in color with an off-white head. Aroma is a bit flowery with fruit and spice. Similar flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalflake (35) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
12 oz can, given to me as a gift. Poured into a shaker, poured a deep clear amber with a half-inch head. Hops are right up front, too much so for a California Common. Not near malty enough - bitterness approaches that of an APA or even a session IPA, unbalanced. Medium carbonation, lively on the tongue. Glad I had a chance to try it, but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 23, 2015
Can 355ml (from USA, brwed 01/2015)
Amber color, small/medium-sized steady white head, some lace. Very light malty nose. Light to medium-bodied. Harsh, citrus hoppyness. Ryeish maltyness is quite light. Feels kind of unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3672) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Can (12 oz) bought @ Bier Cellar (Portland, ME). Shared @ Hotel Room Tasting.

Appearance: Clear golden-orange with a small off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma: Leafy and herbal hops with toasted malts, caramel and floral notes. Mild fruitiness,

Taste: Leafy and herbal with caramel malts, crisp malt backbone, toasted notes, mild fruitiness and floral presence.

Palate: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean. A tad oily. Very leafy finish that fits with the beer.

Overall: Crisp and clean California Common. Good,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4029) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Can. Amber pour with foamy white head. Aroma is really hoppy, nice leafy hop, light black tea, lots of caramel malt. Taste is balanced, nice round malty sweetness, with firm leafy bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
pours almost clear but bright golden with a reviving light beige orange-ish head, very nice lacing. smooth toasted bready maltiness - very nice depth, lagering fruity notes - peaches and apricots, but also peppery berries, tasty munich, caramel whisper, doughy yeast, citrusy, pleasantly earthy, white pepper. light carbonation, light dy - oily and smooth; lightly astringent and balanced woodsy-grassy-spicy-citrusy finish. better than anchor’s flagship brew. a tour de force!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1951) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Pours a lightly hazy with a small/thinnish white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of cereals with some really light spicy notes. Taste is pretty dry and moderately bitter. Flavors of crisp cereals and light fruits. Body is light, carbonation a little prickly and overall it is really drinkable. Nice one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrMeadMan (43) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Not a bad brew! Pours a little cloudy with a brownish orange hue. Light, not over done and smooth flavor. Nice hoppiness which is again not over done. Overall a good beer, would pair well with a burger or pizza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Not too many breweries do the “California Common” style anymore. If you’re going to make a lager, usually you opt for a generic pale or a specialty pilsner of some sort. There’s a lot of risk and little reward to making a beer of the style, even to spec. Baxter Brewing’s “Tarnation” is definitely true to the style, but only a good beer overall. It tastes fine and drinks easy, and if that’s all you want from a beer like this then mission accomplished.

I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 12/23/14 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark amber to copper color with slight haze. Overall, pretty clear with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: Surprisingly muted nose; minor notes of bready/toasty malt; a generic lager scent.

Taste: There’s a surprisingly high amount of malt character to this beer. It’s immediately recognizable; pale malt, plenty of amber/honey specialty grist and some light toasted character make for a rather sweet palette. Though it uses the traditional Northern Brewer hops, it’s not an especially hoppy beer. Just a general dry bitterness through the middle. The finish is familiar to anyone that’s drank lager as it has the classic flavor, only much cleaner. I’d think a little more distinctiveness in one aspect might give this beer the edge it needs to be more than just passable.

Drinkability: At 5.3% ABV, Baxter Tarnation is about average in weight for a lager, and the style per se. It’s refreshing while in the mouth, though it does leave a slightly pasty aftertaste. It’s comfortable, though, and easy to drink as the mouthfeel is thin-to-medium with fairly high carbonation. Works well as a year-round lager and would stand up to snack fare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Northeast Bucket List Trip Beer #57. Keg at the hotel bar. Pours a clear copper with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malt, herbal and spicy hops. The taste is toffee malt, toasted malt, snappy herbal hops. Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3976) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Variety pack: pours amber with a whitish head. Aroma is caramel, some hops, grass. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but there is a nice hoppy element that balances out the malts. Pretty tasty.

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