bhensonb (11531) - 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!
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear deep-amber pour with an orange tint and a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is nutty, biscuity and malty with supplementary notes of fruitcake and flora. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a near-replicate of the aroma – malty, nutty, biscuity toastiness playing nicely with medium-bitter, earthy hops. Finishes nutty, grassy and mildly bitter.
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle @ The Hague tasting. Hazy reddish color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, hops, nicely bitter. Not bad at all.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle pours with a crystal clear body that supports a tall tan head of foam. The aroma is a little different. It seems floral, mineral, slightly earthy dry gravel and then some earthy lemon grass and some soft faint herbal notes. The taste is soft to supple with a mix of floral hops and malt sweetened earthy lemon grass. Behind those notes a thin layer of tangerine hard candy to caramel apple like sweet fruity esters help take this toward the finish. I’m getting more bitterness with pine hops as well as some biscuit malts as it warms.
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - thanks Eric! Mostly clear orange pour. White head. Smells a bit like sweat. Nice hoppy flavor and not too bitter. Not bad.
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, 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.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via my FLA guy and snifter enjoyed: Pours a beautiful crimson amber hie with a mostly lasting frothy head and some sheets of lace. The aroma has noticed crystal and bready malt but there is plenty of piney and grapefruit aromatics as well. Slightly spicy and earthy too. The taste is still quite malt centered and slightly sweet except for a finishing spicy and woody bite. Seem to have a little Coronado Red Devil in it’s design. It is very drinkable and would have been more so but for tad tannic (teabaggy) aftertaste.... all that said, this is nothing like what most people would call a Cali Common in any shape or form.
kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!" thanks to Mrhangover. Pours hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma of pine, earthy hops, light wood and caramel. Flavour is light sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample @THT courtesy of MrHangover.
Thin creamy white head. Clear golden amber pour. Slightly bitter. Pretty nice.
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 750 capped bottle. slightly hazy medium copper pour, thick sticky eggshell white head, nice film of lacing, Aroma has a doughy, bready aroma with some light toffee notes. Flavor is chewy with some nutty accents, a touch of pomegranate fruitiness, some light citrus bitterness, a touch of green tea, a back end of doughiness. Mouthfeel has a nice stickiness to it, A solid collaboration from two of my favorite brewers that I just happened to visit this past calendar year. .