BeerBunker (906) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is of malt, grass, and caramel. Smells very grassy. Taste is of grass, caramel, and bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium and soapy. Lingering taste of caramel. Not bad. Goes down easy and I liked it.
b3shine (6509) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at the Champaign brewpub. Looks solid; transparent pale copperish orange with ample foamy off-white head. Smells of caramel malt and mild esters. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with a medium light-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad, but forgettable.
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the brewpub in Champain. Clear orange Amber, ripe papaya fruit and light caramel, moderately bitter finish. Not sure how this qualifies as a California Common, but I enjoyed it regardless.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Tap] Clear amber pour with very little head but a nice ring of foam clinging to the glass. Sweet caramels and herbal hops in the nose. Balanced malt/hop flavor. Hints of herbal hops, light vegetal notes, sweet grains and faint grass. Not a huge fan of this one, but no major flaws here. Tasting notes from 9/2014.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
A solid California Common style draft was my last before heading back onto the road for Madison. A beer that feels as if it could be polarizing due to its simplicity, this retains the hallmarks of a lighter session beer but with more flavor. If forced to choose I may go with the berliner weisse or whatever sour is on draft but this is not a terrible failsafe.
Aroma / Appearance - A coppery base sticks to the walls of the glass like sheets of rain. A sawdust tinted head adds some contrast to the eggshell head. Polished pennies, light wheat, and generous malts meld into a smooth texture that smells like gingerbread cookies cooling on a ledge.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet honey, malts, caramel corn, and more are smooth as they traverse the palate. A bitter tang in the finish is a bit like licking newly minted pennies. An oaky finish adds a mild bite. Put together into a complete package this makes an ideal transition for going from lighter sours to the more heavy entries in the draft lineup.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Copper with ruby highlights. Aroma of caramel, nut, and some malt sweetness. Medium body, toasted malt, caramel, earthy, nut, and a dry finish.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Bloomington, IL). Pours a deep copper orange hue, faint haziness with deeper glow, frothy offwhite head is a firm layer, sticks around fairly well as a pleasant filmy ring, laces well. Aromas are a bit fruity, touches of orange, bready and biscuity malts meet a gentle yeastiness, earth, gentle fruit melds with a touch of nuttiness, earthy hops. Initial is lighter end of the fold, touches of biscuit, gentle carmelized element meets a gentle dry hop element. Touches of earth, gentle toast and touches of fruit. A bit dry, earthy as we round the corner with a touch of yeastiness. Mellow toast and biscuit meet some gentle faint vanilla and carmelized nutty feel. Backend is dry, a bit spicy and earthy hops. A touch sweet, slightly darker with decent earthy hops. Solid.
brokensail (12899) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Destihl. Light amber colored beer. Some white foam. Interesting nose. Slight cocoa powder at first, but mostly toasted bread and toffee. Hint of apple, biscuit dough, and earthy, grassy hops. More bitter than I’d expect for the style. Heavy on the earth and grass hop notes. Sweet bread and toasted malts. A light herbal character. Some fruity esters as it warms.
deyholla (8011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at the Normal location. Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a notes of bread and grains with some earthy sweetness. Flavor has Lots of bread and grain with a bit of grass underlying.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in Normal. Pours a turbid amber with a thin tan head. Nose is minty, isopropyl, caramel and earth. Low malt and moderate hops. On tasting, sharp bitterness with a leafy and flinty note. Earth and low alcohol. Light sweetness into a very dry finish. Clean overall but id clean up the bitter notes some to even this out. Also, needs to crash more or a step mash to clarify. Nice stuff.