markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from CCB. Pours a mostly clear amber with a white head. Nose is some wood, some earth some malt, some sweetness, some bread, and some biscuit. Flavor is similar with bread, sweetness, some wood, some malt, and some biscuit with a grapefruity bite on the back end. Medium in body for a Common and nice overall.
drowland (7773) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/25/13. 750mL bottle from Grassroots. Whoa, hansolo down there is REAL #madbro about this one. Clear copper pour with a nice khaki head that laces like crazy. Decent aroma, caramel, bready, crackers, biscuits, and toast with some earthy hops, woody, hints of citrus. Lightly sweet flavor, mostly malty, biscuits, toasty, nutty - that specific biscuity taste of Fat Tire in a way - with citrus and earthy hop character. Not bad.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow. I spent $10 on this for a non-existent IPA. Very weak aroma of woodiness. The flavor is VERY underwhelming. You feel it more than taste it.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle thanks to Tim. Pours amber with an off white head. Pine and malt aroma. Not much hop taste like I was expecting.
bhensonb (13610) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped 750 from Bine & Vine. Pours clear copper/amber with a slight frothy beige head. Aroma is malty. Suggesting an amber. Hints of chocolate. Full bodied. More hints of chocolate. It’s a tasty sort of amber. Most of the "grapefruit notes" seem to be lost. If approached in ignorance, interesting. Based on the bottle label, not so successful. As a standalone without preconceptions, it’s pretty good. If you like things like ambers. It is pretty hoppy for an amber. But California Common? Eh!
JoeLimpert (33) - - SEP 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with a small white head. The aroma is grassy and seems to have a hint of biscuit. The taste is underwhelming with the hops seemingly taking a back seat to the malt.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Label misses and opportunity here. A little too literal. Nice easy drinking beer. Loads of malt character. The hops are there but subsumed by the grain. Interesting attempt but not uber successful.
klaing (234) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt caramel quickly dissolves into pine & lemon peel. Aftertaste not strong but lingers pleasantly.
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smith4498 (3455) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark copper color with off white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel. Sweet malty flavor with some citrus and a little pine. Medium body with average carbonation.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Bottle at Gainesville HOB on 9/7/13. Pours a dark amber with small white head. Aroma is mostly malt with dead smelling hops. Flavor falls flat with basic malt, some pine flavor maybe? There is barely anything going on here and it reminds me more of a mild ale or poorly done ESB.
Update: I see now that this is a spin on California Common when reading the small print. Now this makes more sense. If so, then don’t put "IPA" on the freaking bottle. If you are looking for an IPA, go elsewhere. this should not be listed under the style. as far as a Cali Common goes, this is not bad. Seems drinkable but I have no interest in a full 750 of this. Not much choice at the bar. Guess I should have read the full description in small print.