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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19556) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12818) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11665) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (11469) - 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 it’s 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 didn’t 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! I’m happy to see other people enjoyed this beer when they tried it. Now that I’m trying it a little later, it seems things have gone awry. Served on draft at McGrady’s 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 didn’t pan out. 3/4/5/2/8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nimbleprop (6883) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (6787) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2014
A little uncertain for style. A little hippy, with some citrus. Finishes with some bitterness. Some malt. Bottle from Chevy Chase.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6678) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at brewery as well as from growler immediately afterward. This beer poured a pretty clear yellow-amber color with a thick, foamy white head, not unlike the Downright Pilsener that they make (the base beer). Aroma was sweet malts, with a bit of grassy notes, and a touch of mild hop characteristics. Highly drinkable for a style that I’m always on the fence about, but given this was an accident, I certainly give them props for salvaging the brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6181) - Yorktown, 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5862) - 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.

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