JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, labeled as Beer Camp #8 California Common. Dark orange in color with a small, bright white head that diminishes to a thin, lasting ring. Spicy pine and nectarine aroma with moderately pungent caramel malts and a whiff of alcohol. Caramel and toffee flavors are most prevalent atop mildly toasted grains. Dry, slightly fruity (oranges) finish with a lingering sweet nuttiness. Solidly carbonated with a slick texture. Thanks to Narnad for setting this aside for me, I appreciate it!
pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from spinrsx. Clear light amber with a thin white head that pretty much disappears. Very light aroma, mild hops and malts, bit of pine and lemon. Smooth and light but a decent body, mild bitterness and carbonation, becomes dry with an off putting sweetness and malt taste at the end.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle to glass. Gold pour with small white head. Aroma is slightly fruity with a bit of spiceiness. It was a decent beer, but nothing special.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, mix pack, ty Kelly! Orange pour frothy bubbly white head. Nice fruity aroma, mild. taste is really good - so drinkable - perfect light body balances with some light hops and just perfect fruity malt. Nice hops in finish. Hard to describe - but this is just the perfect session like beer. Really good.
rmussman (1671) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled as part of a six pack. A really nicely malted brew. I would still say Anchor Steam is a classic california common, but this is a nice attempt to replicate the style.
mar (4595) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured gold with a white head. nose is citrusy hops, faint earth, dry, and light fruits. smooth on the palate, thick malts backbone, earthy and a bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A blond beer with some fruity hops and minerals. Just ok, and I still donít understand what a California Common is supposed to be
How: Bottle 12oz, part of the 2011 Beer Camp Mix Pack. Consumed relatively fresh approximately 2.5 months after the mix pack was release.
The look: Clear golden-blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is slightly citrusy (apricots mainly) with a bit of minerals. Taste is very smooth, dry white bread, some minerals (almost salty and white pepper), apricots juice, some watery honey, a tiny bit of caramel, green pine needles, refined white sugar (crystal malts?). Mild bitterness. Body is a bit oily. Basically I thought this was like some kind of fruity APA with too much minerals. I still donít understand the California Common style. Nothing very interesting here, Iím opening something else, because it only becomes a hangover if you stop.
jjgmd (1193) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden colored, no head and it was poured properly. Hoppy aroma. Full of
flavor, with hints of citrus. Medium bodied, with nice bitterness, and a long bitter dry finish. Very tasty, it was my first California Common but will not be my last.
zgaier (1158) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice brew from the beer camp series. Has a sweet, malty taste with a nice crisp and bitter finish. A well balanced beer, enjoyable beer.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer camp #8. A few months old, but kept in the fridge the whole time. Pleasant floral and spicy hops in the nose along with a touch of toast. Golden colored with brilliant clarity, a smallish bone white head and steady carbonation evident. Nice malt backbone that showcases a moderate munich addition, so it is bread crusty and enjoyable and a nice amount of spicy and floral hops. Well balanced and enjoyable. Some lingering malt and spicy hops.