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Wisconsin Common Thread - 2012


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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To celebrate Madison Craft Beer Week 2012, six local Madison breweries collaborated on a California Common-style amber lager, made with all local ingredients.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (4139) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Filtered copper caramel color. Steady soapy, thin white head. Smooth malty tones, rich and sugary. Like a California Common, if you completely neglected all hop additions. Cheap, sugary Capital action, some butter. The malt does have some depth, from amber to chocolate to graham cracker. Either way, a let down. Shabby, I have no interest in revisiting. Pretty offensive undertones, a mockery of the Madison beer world. Drinkable, but clearly cost-cutting mediocrity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Amber pour. Light bread and toast with some chocolate in there. Not too shabby.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Light amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is noble, grainy and boring. Taste is grainy with light caramel, tannins and a touch of corn. A bit rough with mild off-flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (535) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Tap at Capital Tap Haus. Pours dark amber, thin foamy white head. Biscuity notes on the nose, distinctly British hops. Grainy. Taste of rye, with herbal undertones, faint hop background. Crisp mouthfeel, but lasting finish. Good, but not $7 good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2156) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2012
On tap at Dexters Pub, pours a clear dark amber/orange with a thick white head and lacing, aroma has caramel with the malt and spices with a hint of fruit coming through as well, the flavor is very crisp with a slightly fruity finish, very surprised by this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (344) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2012
This California Common style amber lager was specially brewed by six Madison area breweries for Craft Beer Week 2012. I had this on tap, it pours a clear amber hue. Some carbination, the taste is sweet with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
On draught at the Vintage Brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with a thick and creamy off-white/beige head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of multi-grain, English-style caramel malts, a hint of dark fruit and plenty of mild floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, quite smooth, with flavors of mild chocolate, English dry malts, a touch of floral hops and light biscuit. Finish has a short-lived mild bitterness and then a crisp medium dark malt aftertaste. Very easy drinking with a mild bitter flavor. This is of how I recall how Anchor Steam beer tasted and their beer profile was some 15+ years ago. Well-done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2588) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
On tap at the brewery - Pours brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is malty, with light toast, a tough of herbal hopping, and some light frutiness. Smooth rye bread in the taste, with big layers of malt, a touch of milky sourness, and a light herbal hop/bread finish. Chocolate notes spring up as well. Smooth and medium-bodied. Really good stuff.


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