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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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On June 29th, 2012, a ďland hurricaneĒ wreaked havoc on the DC Metro region and Port Cityís 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nimbleprop (4536) - 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 canít believe they served this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3022) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Serving: Draft at Tuscarora Mill. It pours a light gold color with a small white head. The nose is light with a little bit of florals and grass. Itís rather thin on the tongue with notes of grain, grass, light citrus, and a touch of apple. Rather abrasive bitter finish. The flavors donít all work together leaving sort of a jumbled mess on the tongue. Not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 10, 2012
On tap taste at Carpool in Herndon, VA. Claesr yellow straw with white head and excellent lacing. Faint aroma of citrus, light spice and apple. Taste of caramel, lemon and grapefruit. Light body and medium/light carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Draft at fire works Arlington. Pours golden with a big pillowy white head which leaves some lacing. Grass on the nose. Thick mouthfeel. Weeds and gravel on the tongue. Clean finish. Not bad but not my favorite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Draft. Bright gold pour, white head. Some retention/light lace. Aroma of grain, grassy hops, light caramel, earth. Taste is nice hop bitterness: citrus, grassy hops, earth, bread. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish. Very good, especially given the circumstances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Tap at PP Old Towne. Pours clear light golden. Denser buttermilk head. Wispy lace. Nose is grainy, clean, light orange. Taste is orange peel, sharper citrus hops, spicy grass, sharp lemon. Refreshing. Better than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RABinCO (1139) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft. Pours light hay without much head. Slightly off floral aroma with a bit of spice. Taste is astringent and overly floral, like chewing on petals. Definitely different, but probably good that itís only a one off deal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 Rerate: The previous example was so bad I felt I should give this one another shot. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy peach color with a large frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops, chili peppers and pale malts. The taste is herbal, minty, citrus hops with pale malts and an earthy note. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Still not great, but at least this time itís not like drinking butter. 5/4/6/3/12. My novel of an original review follows...

I had a time or two heard of the derecho phenomenon. It was a thing from somewhere else. Some kind of weather event with a kind of cool sounding name, but a weather event that didnít happen where I lived. Until one day it did. I remember in the aftermath, after the days of no power, after the nights of failing to sleep in the incredible heat, after the fouled food, after the angst that existed within myself and everyone around me, and amidst the pride and togetherness that all communities feel after something terrible and strange happens, I saw a video of the radar images of this storm. This storm that I had experienced as a rainless maelstrom of lightning and stifling winds. A storm front that had I seen in the daylight would have looked as terrifying and cavernous than the gateway to Hell. A storm that looked on that radar like a mass of cancer. Writhing and menacing like a mass of pure unadulterated evil. Yeah, this beer is named after that. Port City lost their power for several days with a batch of pilsner in the tanks that they could not chill. Hence... steam beer! Iím happy to see other people enjoyed this beer when they tried it. Now that Iím trying it a little later, it seems things have gone awry. Served on draft at McGradyís Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy head. Below average head retention. Aroma of vinegar, diacetyl and a faint maltiness. The taste is buttered bread with grassy hops. Thin bodied and pretty off. I admire the experiment, but at least at this point it didnít pan out. 3/4/5/2/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Draft. Hazy yellow color, small white head, fair lacing. Aroma of earthy straw and white bread. Taste is dusty lemons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Draft at DoG Street Pub. Pours light golden, exceptionally active with a nice active, pillowy head. Not much distinct flavor here, but this is quite pleasant beer ... Crisp, lightly tangy, perhaps a light woodsy finish. Very sessionable, indeed. (#4738, 8/18/2012)

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