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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our first Lager beer! A deep gold “California Common”. Hoppy, refreshing and perfect for summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Pours a reddish amber into the glass with a smallish creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Malty on the nose. Very creamy on the palate, taste is roasted malt with a nice subtle hops finish. Very satisfying beer that pairs well with deli sandwiches and pretzels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Nice to see Tom Porter introducing a new beer after five years. Sampled on draught during the 2011 Wisconsin Craft Brewers Festival in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper colored brew with a thick and creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, some fruity mild hop character and some roasted nuts. Taste is quite smooth, some toasted caramel malt floral hops and a touch of toffee. Finish is semi-sweet with a hint of chocolate, toffee with a mild bitterness. A surprisingly excellent common.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle… Clear, dark amber lager with a large, pillowy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is toasty, bready, nutty and doughy. Full-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is malty, nutty, toasty and doughy as well, but carefully balanced by earthy hops. Finishes bittersweet with a malty afterthought. The best California common I’ve ever come across.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2011
Brown body with decent white head. Can’t remember the finer points of this beer, but it wasn’t bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a clear, deeper amber colored body with a red-orange tint. Finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with a good amount of grains and nuts. A bit bready and doughy, a touch of fruit, and a very light earthy hop. Flavor is sweetly malted, grainy, bready, and a tad bit toasty up front with a more distinct, nice level of earthy hopping throughout. Nutty with some caramel coming out at the end along with a faint fruitiness. Finishes clean, smooth, somewhat dry, and lightly bitter with the earthiness growing slightly in the aftertaste. Very soft, medium body and carbonation. Overall, a really nice Common. Smooth, soft, and well balanced with a pleasant earthiness to balance the sweet, grainy malts. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
12 oz. bottle brought down from Madison by my aunt-in-law. Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger-thick off-white head. Aroma of nuts, a variety of malts- sweet, grainy, and toasty- with some faint earthy hops and dough. Flavor is also nutty and malty, with the malts sweeter (caramel and chocolate) than in the nose. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Seems to really hit the style right on the nose. I prefer this to a lot of other steam ales/commons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3204) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle - The first new beer from Lake Louie in forever--yay! Pours clear mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet, slightly sour malt. Yum. Real bready and yeasty, with herbal hopping and a touch of caramel. Taste is nutty malt, light grassy hops, dark chocolate, a hint of dark coffee beans, and just a touch of alcohol. Smooth, well-carbonated, and very well-balanced. I’m not a fan of all of Lake Louie’s stuff, but I like this one.

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