GarrettB (1205) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
August 12th, 2011 - Now called the Beer Camp Nuthin’ in Common, then called the California Common, this brew comes from the experimental wing of the Sierra Nevada Brewery (which I dearly hope looks like Q’s laboratory). The commercial description reads like a brewer’s notes, not a marketer’s draft, so it’s hard for the novice home brewer like me to get a grasp on what this beer is intended to be or do. But I guess that’s what my senses are for! Nice, golden and dark, like expertly fried tempura, this beer practically shimmers with flavor, bolstered by bubbly trunks of carbonation. The aroma suggests that the California Commons wasn’t brewed to wow drinkers with a menu of flavors, but demonstrate martial arts-like balance - mild acidity, mild bitterness, good body, light maltiness in the flavor with the accompanying sweetness, and a refreshing summer style edge. The aroma exhibits small puffs of white grape juice and a heavy graininess, and even a little jasmine which makes this beer something special.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark straw and chill hazy with off-white head. Nose is pale malt, honey, crisp hops, mild fruit. Overall a maibocky nose. Tastes pale malty, semi-sweet and a bit syrupy, with solid hops. Finished rich and complex. Very good.
Huhzubendah (2945) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is transparent and golden hued, with a steady ascension of bubbles emanating from the depths of the pint glass. A quarter inch or so of white head floats on top and leaves some random lacing on the glass.
The aroma is of malt and grain, and smells akin to a pilsner.
The flavor brings grain and a light bitterness. Simple but effective.
The body is thin to medium, with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol content is masked well, and this beer is pretty easy to drink and joy.
Overall, a nice simple beer, and only the second example of the style I have enjoyed. I would have it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-22-2011
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and relatively light bodied. Light golden appearance with a fast disappearing white head. Aroma of grass, citrus fruit and bread. Flavors tend toward the sweeter citrus fruits.
daleharshman (971) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First rating of a California Common. 12 ounce bottle originally purchased a year ago as part of the Beer Camp 12-pack ($17.99 for the twelver). Pours a clear-ish yellow/straw hue with one finger of off-white head which soon dissipates. Aroma of honey-sweetened tea, mellow citrus, peach, and floral hops. Flavor of caramel, honey, zesty citrus, and herb-y hops. Actually finishes a bitter more on the bitter side than the sweet side. Smooth and very quaffable on a hot day like today. (332, 718)
jhgrantjr (455) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle a clear pale, golden color with a minimal head. A light malty aroma and a slight alcohol smell. I’m not getting other smells. Maybe some hop smells, but a lightly bitter taste. Body of the beer is very light. overall, I don’t think I am a fan of this style. Rather have an IPA with a clear hoppy/citrus taste or a Pale Ale.
pras (528) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From memory. This beer had a nice sweet malty flavor, not to much hop in there. Overall, very enjoyable as with anything from Sierra Nevada.
MadIndian (2586) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This company does everything good. A nice brew with a sweet malt, floral, spice flavor.
I’m not really sure what a California common is as far as style, but I like it.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange color. Semi sweet hoppy aroma. Light but complex. The best of the beer camp series in my mind.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale orange pour with a small white head. The Aroma is also very light, some hop, pine and a touch floral. The taste is crisp and sharp, the finish is quick a very easy drinking beer.
The surprise with this beer was the nice malt tones.