milewide (1732) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich body, average head, light amber color. Hops noticeable in finish. Could give Anchor Steam a run for their money!
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy light beige color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of West Cost hops with citrus and pine notes more abundant then expected with some solid cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes and some pine hoppy notes though are offset by some solid cereal notes with limited sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though with the amount of hops in this one we are getting away from the style guideline.
pushkinwow (2243) - 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.
JMerritt (1890) - 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!
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 (3000) - 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.
mar (5019) - 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.
jjgmd (1724) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 don’t 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 don’t understand the California Common style. Nothing very interesting here, I’m opening something else, because it only becomes a hangover if you stop.
rmussman (1702) - 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.