devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Pours a rich, deep amber color with a substantial, creamy, medium-tan head. The aroma is faint but pleasant, with a combination of cereal grains, a light woodsy mustiness, and a little caramel sweetness. The flavor is much more pronounced, with characteristics of sweet brown bread, a little butterscotch, and a nice pine and floral hop bitterness. The fine, light carbonation is active yet unobtrusive, but it allows the bready sweetness to linger a bit more than I would have liked. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Taster on tap at Churchkey. Clear red orange color. Little, kind of bubbly off-white head. Dots and splotches of lace. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet. Good toasty malt, and bigger earthy citrusy hop profile. Great, impressive California Common. The IPA of commons, basically. Good bigger hoppy aftertaste. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
On tap at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Pours light clear amber with small foamy white head. Not a huge amount of carbonation here. Nose is earthy, some mild bitter hops, caramel and bread. Tastes even more earthy with a surprisingly bitter kick at the end. TheRabidBrewer (1) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2010 does not count
Interesting beer given I come from the land of Anchor California Common: San Francisco. ;-) Got this beer as a bonus from a trade. It was a bottle fill from a growler.
This is Fullsteam’s take on the Cal Common style using the same hops and (I strongly suspect) the same yeast. The Fullsteam version has a deeper, richer caramel malt character. Anchor’s version has more emphasis on the Northern Brewer hops and just enough malt to balance.
Fullsteam also has more fermentation character. The Cal Common yeast is a hybrid: a lager strain selected to ferment at ale temps. As such, it likes to through more esters than a typical lager yeast mostly in the form of isoamyl acetate or banana. In Fullsteam, it yields an interesting aroma most reminiscent of banana bread.
Aroma: Sweet banana bread with woody mustiness from the Northern Brewer hops.
Appearance: Light copper and mostly clear. Some fine suspension, but no chill haze. Thin white head the persists only along side of glass.
Taste: Initially malt forward, then quickly moves to a fairly bitter finish that is somewhat balanced by the malty caramel sweetness. The banana bread carries over into the flavor as well, but although quite unusual, is not unpleasant. The woody hop flavor adds a dimension that helps balance the caramel.
Palate: Medium body with mod/low carb. Smooth with no astringency.
Overall: An interesting take on a regional style. The additional caramel malt sweetness with the elevated fermentation character adds a dimension to the beer that takes it in a completely different direction than Anchor’s Steam Beer. Fairly firm bitterness but with some residual sweetness in the finish that competes for dominance. A good solid beer. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2011
This one I’ve had a few times. Clean coppery pour with one finger of sandstone head. Nose is slightly grainy with bready notes and a light sweetness balanced by an herbal hop character. Slightly vegetal. Bready flavor with an upfront herbal hop character with notes of hay and sweet toasted grain.
solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2014
Pretty tasty for style. Lots of interesting malt in here that comes through with nice aromas despite steaming. Medium thick consistency. Light hops in finish with a little citrus zest. Tap at Churchkey. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Gold pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is toast and grassy hops. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is like a "clean hippy"
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Crystal clear copper body, small beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some lager yeast. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some lager yeast, bread, light roast. Light-medium body, light stickiness. thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2013
This draft brew from the brewery poured a head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent orange colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a medium hoppy aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of mild caramel oak and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
ON tap on the way home from RBWG JAX copper body, small beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet & caramel, Finish clean.