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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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This California Common was originally a recipe created by Liberty Brewing (thanks Joe!) and under Valkyrie’s wings has morphed into Freyja – an ale brewed with lager yeast that was fermented at warmer temperatures (also known as a ‘steam’ beer). As bold as a warrior queen and reminiscent of Freyja’s flights under a falcon skin, it is as crisp as the morning due she sprinkled over the earth and as golden as the summer sunlight that ensued in her wake. The aroma is of fruit and spring flowers and the taste will leave you weeping (with joy). At an unnoticeable 6.6% ABV this beer is highly quaffable, so watch that you don’t have too many or you too may end up sleeping with dwarves.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 23, 2014
A deliciously different brew that is much stronger than it initially seems. Light and balanced with a nice bitter after-taste.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2014
As bold as a warrior Queen? We’ll see about that. Pale gold colour, white head and evident carbonation. The aroma is remarkably perfume for a California common. You expect fruitiness from the yeast and its higher temperature fermentation, but not the flowers, and it is wonderfully floral. The taste is mainly malt driven with understated bitterness but didn’t impress me as much as the aroma. I got Bakewell Tart, sweet pastry and stewed apricots. Seasonable stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2013
The head is ok, the body orange-brown. It smells flowery-fruity, hoppy, yeasty. The taste is herb, bitter, flowery, bit malty, yeasty. Interesting and easy drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
#2 hoptoberfest at the volstead - moderate hops and solid body, nice stock pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2013
Taster, at Hoptoberfest, Volstead. I quite enjoyed it. Grassy and fruity aroma and flavours, with a honey/biscuit base. This one feeling much more like a hybrid than others. Full of NZ character.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at Beervana. Clear golden color, scant white head. Aroma of dusty straw and white pepper. Taste is bitter grass and hay. Not bad.


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