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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - 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. It’s rather thin on the tongue with notes of grain, grass, light citrus, and a touch of apple. Rather abrasive bitter finish. The flavors don’t all work together leaving sort of a jumbled mess on the tongue. Not impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (3323) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Grabbed a pint at whole foods Columbus on way to ballet oddly, been wanting to try this beer for awhile since I’m a weirdo. Dusty orange yellow pour small sudsy head. Nose is crackers and lemon. Tastes of lemon, light herbs, grainy, water crackers, some peppery notes. Fine palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brownaler (512) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Strong malt aroma with flaky mouthfeel. Finish is bubbly with a clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (416) - Darnestown, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
On tap at Scion. Pours a cloudy yellow. Slight white lacing. Malty and wheaty but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5419) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5673) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2917) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Draught from whole foods old town. Yellow pour, kind of an everyday lager here. Unremarkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1844) - 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 (1648) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1779) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (7236) - 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.

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