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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 43   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Appearance: bright gold-orange, with a short, bubbly white head that shrinks quickly. Aroma: zippy nose, with mango, light pine and pineapple, bit of apricot and lemongrass--really nice. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with the addition of a bit of toasted white bread. Finish: there’s a juicy, lasting fruity bitterness that’s not exactly dry, and not as bitter as, say, an IPA. Notes: Really, really enjoyed this beer. The abv puts it right on that session range (this could almost be called a session IPA if it was a tad hoppier), and the flavors were really refreshing. Great palate. Would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1679) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
orange brown pour. big frothy head. Aroma peaches pine. Tastes floral jasmine, slight brine, slight grass. nectar like palate. clear finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6341) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3477) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Growler shared by Thorpe429. The beer is fairly hazy and appears golden orange hued. Small white head. The aroma brings citrus, malt, dank hops, resin. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a grapefruit rind and malt presence. Light bodied and easily drinkable. I would definitely drink this again. A solid example of the style. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 08-05-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnTheTrail (353) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Tasted after a bike ride. Pours slightly hazy amber. Good sized white head. Aroma is biscuity, pleasant. Taste is biscuity, malty, hints of honey and of a sharp hop bitterness, maybe some citrus rind. Quite refreshing on a hot day, in keeping with the name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Thanks to Amyliz4 for grabbing this growler from the brewery. Served in a Port City pint glass. Beer is a pale yellow. Good head and lacing. Crackers in the nose. Faint hops. Toasty and a bit bready. Fairly dry finish. Medium body. Quite tasty and a very nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle August 9th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a yellow cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of light hop.
Taste: Light biscuit malt, lightly hoppy.
Palate:Medium/Medium light body.

Summary: Didn’t have any expectations, was enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Clear straw yellow with close to two fingers of off-white head. Aromas of malt, citrus, some wheat, herbs, light corn. Tastes of malt, wheat, slight bit of corn, lemon lime citrus. Light body with a dry finish. Nice accidental sort of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5648) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Tyson. Bold golden body with medium head. Nose is floral, spicy with some citrus. Taste is similar of nice floral, honey and grassy tastes. Some bitterness. Spunky texture. Well done.

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