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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
On June 29th, 2012, a “land hurricane” wreaked havoc on the DC Metro region and Port City’s hometown. Knocking over trees and powerlines, this derecho (day-RAY-cho), as the storm is called, left a million without power during a record-breaking heatwave. While the brewery was not damaged, we were left without power and searching for a way to SAVE THE BEER.

Procuring a generator, we were able to keep the brewery online and the beer saved. One batch of lager fermented at higher temperatures, producing what is called a California Common beer, or steam beer.

The storm left us a gift: our lager had changed into a golden opportunity, DERECHO COMMON.

DERECHO COMMON is deep golden in color, and has toasty, biscuity malt flavors. It is medium bodied with an assertive hop profile. It is dry hopped with Amarillo hops, which give it a spicy, citrusy hop kick on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
climberbob (372) - Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Assertive hops. Floral malty nose. Hoppy taste. Not as malty as I was expecting. Ok beer if u like hoppy beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Small white head atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some berry, light hay, honey. Taste is medium sweet, hay, bread, some berry, lemon, light honey. Light body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle. Different label than that in the picture. Pours a hazy amber with a one finger-thick beige head. The crisp aroma features a little caramel, some graininess, very light floral qualities, and some citrus in the background. Goes down thin to medium-bodied and quite crisp with a high level of effervescence. The taste starts with some light caramel and some touches of grain. A tad biscuity in the middle. A little bittering citrus and lemon zest at the tail end. There’s not exactly a whole lot going on here, but this is clean and quite drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (4964) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Total Wine, Fairfax 12oz: Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is lightly citrus, some grass, and malty backbone. Taste is a little hoppy. Nice citrus and weed flavors in there. Amarillo hops make this a little bit different from any other California Common I’ve had. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Draft at DoG Street. Hazy gold with a tall, frothy white head. Not much in the aroma - grains, soft grass and light toasted malt. Taste seems slightly like a Kolsch. Grainy with light lemon, bread, toasted malt and grass. Body is light-medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Light lingering bitterness as well. Ends with more grassy hops, wheat/grain notes, bready malts and light lemony notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike5326 (1503) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Cloudy yellow color, large white frothy head. Sour and slight hops smell. Floral hops taste with a slight lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by radagast88. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Northern Brewer hops, cereal and cracker malt. Flavor is malt and hop balanced with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Small sample. Clear gold with thin head. Nose is a little weak. Crisp and pilsner like with a nice burst of sour in the middle. Wouldn't drink a ton of this but enjoyed it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2516) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
golden brew with flavor of grass and sweet with some fruit punch. some fresh malt near the end. a bit sour in the midpoint for some hazy balance. light sweetness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Sampled at the Capitol Alehouse Innsbrook. Pours a clear gold with some quickly fading white head. Nose of cardboard, cabbage, a little sulfurous, some grass. Flavor was wet cardboard, green apple, cabbage. Watery mouthfeel. I can’t believe they served this.

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