kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber, fine cream colored head, lots of lace, light citrus hop aroma, rich malt flavor, lots of earthy bitterness, nice caramel sweetness to balance the earthy hops,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice steam Ale. Not as hoppy as I prefer, but very drinkable. On tap at the Bank St location
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/19/2011: NABC Mt. Lee California Common... Aroma: Grainy malt with some caramel/toffee notses; spicy pine hops. Appearance: Mostly clear golden amber color; frothy off-white head; lots of nice lacing. Flavor: Decent maltienss with a hint of banana; spicy yeast in the middle; fruity and a generous bitterness for the style. Palate: Medium body; mostly smooth. Overall: Interesting interpretation, but good.
Draught sample (6.1% ABV; 68.6 IBU) at New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany, IN. Rating #30 for this beer.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ brewery. Bready caramel malt aroma. Amber with a moderate off-white head. Caramel malt and herbal hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, average carbonation.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
This was my final pint of the day before moving onto the Bluegrass Brewing Company. A decent enough way to wrap up the afternoon it was not quite what I was expecting. Pretty average overall I don’t think I would choose this over the mild or Old 15 if either was available. California Commons might be hard to find for a reason.
Aroma / Appearance - A half finger dense white head sat above the lively golden body. Very transparent it smelled of lemon zest, pepper and apples. A wheaty bse held everything together along with a crisp hoppiness. It definitely gets better as it warms; let it get to room temperature for maximum enjoyment.
Flavor / Palate - Strongly bitter it is more aggressive than I anticipated. Sticking to the back of tongue it gives more of an impression at warmer temperatures. Too harsh for my tastes (at least for a non IPA) this is an interesting experiment. If hoppy low alcohol beers are your thing order a pint. If not check out the other offerings instead.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Hazy amber body. Off-white, frothy head, diminishing. Aroma of grain, pine, biscuit, citrus. The flavor is lightly to moderately bitter and lightly sweet. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very much hop forward with bitterness throughout the sip. Earthy, yeasty notes in the finish.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at the brewpub. The appearance is a lighter amber with a white head. The nose is light caramel, and kisses of hops. The flavors are similar with the hops underwhelming a bit.. The mouth is medium carbed and bodied. Would like a touch more hops but a nice session-able beer.
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at GTMW 2013 - Pours hazy amber with a thick tan head. nose is nutty and malty, bready and slick. Taste is bready and malty, with gentle, smooth carbonation. Nutty and grainy, with no hop presence to speak of. Not really that great.
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewpub. Cloudy copper but looks darker. Sweet, vaguely English hops aroma with definite Cascades. Body is thin and watery, but still has a nice crisp hop bite and a good dose of dry, biscuity malt. Touch of oiliness. Very dry aftertaste. Overall, a bit thin for me, bu a good (pale-ish) session.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy orange with an off-white head that laces nicely. Aroma has a strong pine hop profile with a slight undertone of biscuits. Flavor begins with a strong hop presence, but the biscuit note grows to a well balanced finish.