DrnkMcDermott (3008) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
More notes from MWBF, August 2011. Called a "California Common Rye." Brassy yellow color with a nice busy head. Some light spice in the nose from rye malt. Very nice smell and look. Taste has a lot of that rye spiciness, too, close to a rye bread. Spicy malt comes through, probably helped by Northern Brewer hops, which grab you after the first few sips.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a generous 6 oz. sample of this poured during the Finch’s brewery tour (on tap). This is a California Common with Rye.
A: Pours a light and hazy dark orange/copper mixture. As a nice 1 finger light yellow head that has some nice retention. Nice splotchy lace down the sample glass.
S: I pick up the rye right away and it mellows out into a light citrus fruit. Nice malt backbone picks up as well.
T: I get a nice grassy rye with same light fruit I picked up in the nose. The is malt spine that carries me until end, but it drops off pretty quickly. Bland finish with a very slight hop bitterness.
M: Very crisp and refreshing brew. I could drink a ton of these on a hot summer day. Pretty bland mouthfeel on the palate though.
O: A very refreshing beer, but the flavor profiles lacked in sustainability. Would have liked to see some flavors follow me until the end of each sip.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 07-24-2011
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 8/14/11 from a can. Pours hazy burnt orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to spotty, uneven lace. The nose is malty bread with some earthy yeast and lightly bitter and spicy hops. The flavor is more bitter with the same bread malt and earthy yeast. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long spicy and bitter hops finish.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Plainfield MWBF. I’m guessing they either made another batch or they actually have been letting this mature a little bit. At any rate, not fucken bad. Pours a deep amber, mostly translucent. Nose is spicy with some light minty notes and bread. On taste, has a crispness to it and some dry rye astringency. A bit spicy and rounded. A bit too much caramel in here, but otherwise an okay beer.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft... Ugly dark gold, light tan head... Generic malt, sweet with a touch of rye, meh... The taste is not good at all, terrible chemical finish, spicy rye with alcohol... Pass
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malts. Flavor of pale bready malt with rye spice in the finish. Drinkable and pleasant.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft on tap at Front Street Cantina (Naperville, IL). Pours a nice glowing amber hue, darker overall, orange, but dulled, with a frothy white head of moderate sized that cakes, dies to a decent layer and laces ok. Aromas are bready malts, pale, and touches of rye. Light spice, some floral and grassy hops. Simple, a touch of metal and light underlying fruity quality. Initial is moving into lighter end of medium bodied, caramel and toffee meet some rye, bready malts, and biscuits. Touches of spice, fruit, and and rye. Sweeter overall, a heavier malt profile makes me not enjoy this as much. Into the backend some more dryness, grassy and floral hops, touch of metal. Lingering sweet sticky malts kinda dominate this for me, similar to the Cut Throat, it has that similar malt profile.. With a boatload of hops it worked, but in this case it gets a bit too sweet, remains bland for me. Strange beer, my least favorite Finch beer to date. It wants to be a Cali Common, but it doesn’t give that vibe. Hmmmmmm.