1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a hazy coppery with visible floaties and a white head. The aroma is bready and doughy. The flavor is very bready with some sweet crackers and light grassy hops. The palate was pretty robust from the floaties. Smooth and delicious.
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear golden color with a small white head...small sediment throughout...decent lacing. aroma has hay, bread, pils malt, and herbal notes. flavor is much like a euro pils without the floral hop qulaities...very bready and faintly herbal. light mouthfeel is crisp but finishes watery with a mildly dry finish. one of my first california commons (might be the first ive rated) so this may have helped or hurt the score?
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a shockingly clear golden color with a white head to go with it.
S: Starts off with lots of bread and a bit of banana esters. There are some yeasty notes, but not too much else. I guess there might be some honey in there as well.
T: Sweet and almost pilsner-like. There’s a nice bready maltiness to it along with some grassy hops. A touch of bitterness from hops and perhaps even some earthiness.
M: The body is medium to full for this sort of beer with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not always the biggest fan of steam beers, but this was pretty good. A little bit different for the style, but that’s okay with me.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours translucent yellow golden, topped with a thin ivory head. Pleasing aroma, with grain, some herbal notes, and citric hops. Flavor begins with grain, grass and herbs, which are soon joined by mellow citric hops. The hops take over and persist for a lengthy finish. Medium body with adequate carbonation. Tasty and very easy to drink.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Troegs tasting room during the Splinter Blue release.
Pours a moderate yellow gold with a white head and touches of lacing as it goes down. Nose is pretty plain. Some bready malt and hints of lemon and grassy hops. Taste is a step further back with some bread and hints of citrus and other fruits. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinkability is okay. Not a bad beer at all, but far from my favorite of the Scratch series.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-28-2010
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle thanks to StormKing47.
The appearance on this beer leaves something to be desired. It’s a clear golden-copper color with minimal white head, just some foam and a ring, and there are some major floaties suspended throughout the entire beer.
The aroma is very nice. Nice bready malt as well as some honey, grain, and herbal hops.
The flavor is good, not exactly what I think of when I think of a California Common, but I like it. Maybe a Pennsylvania Common (which I like more as a PA guy originally). A little more hop-forward than, say, Anchor Steam, with a substantial herbal and earthy hop presence. Sweet pale and caramel malts as well along with some cereal grains.
Medium-bodied with carbonation on the lower side. Finishes fairly clean.
Overall, I’m sort of on the fence about this one. It’s tasty but just doesn’t really come together the way I’d like a beer like this to. Not quite Tröegs’ best effort.
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light golden color with a thin white head. Not a whole lot of aroma other than some pine needles. Taste is spicy, then pine trees, then bittery and hoppy. Mmmm
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eileen sent this down w/ some other Troegs beers. Nice, light, smooth, well balanced. Reminded me of the last scratch I had, the helles. Very good. Headed up there tonight and will get the latest.
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light malt, subtle citrus aroma. Golden body with thin head, nice lacing. Flavor is crisp with hints of citrus and pale malts. Slight bitter aftertaste. A refreshing beer
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, flowers, fruit, slight lime, light grain, and some citrusy hops. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of pale malt, citrus, hops, and grain. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, grain and citrus finish.