bhensonb (10213) - 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. Itís 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, itís pretty good. If you like things like ambers. It is pretty hoppy for an amber. But California Common? Eh!
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - 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. Iím getting more bitterness with pine hops as well as some biscuit malts as it warms.
Benzai (6269) - 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.
drowland (5893) - 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 (5701) - 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 itís 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.
BVery (5443) - 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.
PorterPounder (5109) - 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. .
deanso (4507) - 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.
kermis (4205) - 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 itís 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.
markwise (4177) - 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.