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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Nothing common here, just great beer! “Commonly” consumed in California’s early gold rush days when those old wood kegs would literally burst from the pressure of the beer, leading to the nickname Steam Beer. Super Nova is ruby-gold with a refreshingly smooth sweetness that’s complimented by an All-American crisp hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
boydmarq (52) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Lazlo’s in West Omaha. Nice white head that dissipated slowly with nice lacing. Not much aroma. Taste was tart with grapefruit notes. Hoppy finish. Like many Empyrean brews, very drinkable but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Tap. Light yellow pour with a white head. Nose and taste of wheat, a little grass, and a touch of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Bottle picked up at Beertopia Omaha, opened in Exira, Iowa. Hazy pinkish orange appearance with a pillowy white head. Dry, dull fruity, a bit yeasty, a bit spicy aroma. A bit tart, lightly fruity, crisp, light grape, earthy bitter hoppy flavor. Drinkable but a little strange. Update: tasted on tap at Empyrean on 9/29 and seemed to have a mild diacetyl note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Super Nova Summerfest–12oz bottle-pours a tight offwhite head with yellow/gold color. Aroma is wheat/light malt/hay, secondary light fruit. Taste is slightly sweet wheat/light malt/hay, secondary light fruit/spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4622) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Grainy and slightly bready in aroma. The flavor is balanced by hops and malts, a slight stickiness from the malts and a decent hop bite into the finish. Not quite sure what style of ale this is, but it cleans up pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Pours an amber color without much head. Aroma of dusty grains, mild grass and sweet toffee. Malty taste includes mainly caramel and a kick of mild hops. A bit thin around the edges. Low carbonation. Still one of the better beers in the sampler though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2009
(on tap at Lazlo’s in downtown Lincoln). Pours a clear yellow/orange color. Medium off white head. Very light malt aroma. Citrus taste with light roasted flavor. Slightly astringet finish. Fair lacing. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
On tap at Lazlos in Lincoln, Nebraska. The server also called this "California Common". Poured a nice amber color with a decent off-white head and average lacing. Nose was very fruity, with a somewhat sweet odor. Palate was smooth and honey-like. Flavor was very interesting, with some complecity A vey nice summer beer, maybe one the better I have ever tasted. Went back for a second on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2006
On tap at the 2006 Nebraska Craft Brewer’s Festival. Pours a cinnamon color with amedium off-white head. Mild fruit flavor seems a slight bit soapy, but not much. Tastes exactly like a steam beer. In fact, this tastes closer to Anchor than any other attempt I have tried. Mild buttery tonge feel. Fruity berries amid caramel toastiness. Good lacing remains.
Earlier Rating: 6/2/2004 Total Score: 3.3
On tap at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Copper in color with a rapidly disappearing head. Nice hop aroma. First sip reveals a strong bittering hop content that greatly satisfies. Malt content is good, but not generous. Still, the great hop flavor makes this very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2005
(Tap, Crescent Moon) Pours a deep amber body with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor similar to the aroma with some mild hops. Bitter finish.

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