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Brewed by Oedipus
Style: California Common
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dodo is designed to be a sessionable beer, focusing on caramelized malts. Fermented with California Lager yeast at slightly warmer temperatures and single hopped with Cascade.

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Gehbe (449) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 16, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2017 Bottle. Clear amber with a medium lasting head. Nice estery aroma with a balanced doze of hops. Very drinkable.

1.8
Beese (2934) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Keg at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Kensington Olympia. Hazy with no head. Has a bit of a sour aroma, which I'm not sure is intentional, considering the style. Flavour is similar. Not quite right?

3.5
harrisoni (18820) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2017
On tap at GBBF 2017. Hazy dark amber lasting cream head. Some grapefruit on aroma fairly easy drinking in the mouth. Some bitterness on the finish. quite hoppy for a California common. Decent dry bitterness. Good. Drinkable.

3.6
Juks (757) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2017
330ml bottle at Alaus Pirkliai, Vilnius. Pours slightly hazy amber, bubbly white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, peach, caramel. Taste is caramelly, malty, bit buttery, orange peel. Medium bodied, average carbo. Nice tasty brew.

3.1
DijkBier (448) - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2017
Another Oedipus brew that I never earlier rated. Amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is light hoppy, light malty, dry toasty; (I can’t really follow the people tasting fruits and caramel). Taste is mildly bitter, with no development. Actually the beer disappointments me a little; not bad but neither special, somewhat simple. (Indeed, "Californian common" but very common...)

3.5
bonkiedeaap (773) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle from de Caigny in Essen, Belgium. The beer is deep golden/orange colored and has a large and stable white head, with good carbonation. The aroma is light malty and very fruity, with notes of grass, citrus, little grapefruit, flowers and a little peppery and spicy. The taste is fruity and light bitter with a pleasant dryness, with notes of caramel, fruits from the aroma and a little peppery and spicy near the end. The finish is refreshing, dry and light bitter. Very nice brew!

3.3
Ritzn (1534) - GERMANY - JUL 17, 2017
Rosee with little white head. Aroma is fine grassy hops some peach and berries and butter caramel. Taste is smooth buttery sloghtly sweet and mostly sour fresh juice with a bit bityness in the finish.

3.3
FinnIckler (570) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2017
Tap at La fine Mousse. Pours clear red. Nose is grass, orange, apricot, apple, pineapple, apricot. Palate is bitter and fruity, citrus, orange. Finish is hoppy. Not bad.

3.5
Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2017
Oedipus’ take on steam beer - or California common as it is respectfully (and compulsory) called by other brewers than Anchor, one of very few indigenous American beer styles and the only one to survive till this day, thanks to Anchor. Originally produced for a restaurant called CT Coffee and Coconuts at the Ceintuurbaan, also in Amsterdam (why the beer style of choice was a steam beer, escapes me a bit, though). Apparently made the right way, i.e. with lager yeast at higher temperatures, but hopped with Cascade, which clearly did not exist yet when steam beer was at its height; yet Cascade being virtually the father of this new generation of American hops, I guess this is an appropriate choice. Opens with a hissing sound - the suggestion of steam escaping is already there - but no gushing. Thick and frothy, crackling, off-white, regularly shaped, moussy head, keeping closed apart from a few gaps in the middle, on top of an almost clear beer with some small flakes of protein floating around throughout, perturbed by strings of lively fizz and warm peach blonde in colour with ’metallic’ orange hue, shifting to an equally misty orange with sediment. Aroma of peaches, melting butterscotch candy, fresh orange peel, dried apricot, field flowers, old toast, something sweaty, hints of damp hay, vague melon (stronger with sediment), damp cloth, soap, white pepper, cooked carrots somewhere. Crisp, lively onset due to fizzy carbonation, very minerally, piercing through a subtle fruitiness reminiscent of peach and slight pineapple, sweetish but not sweet, with a surrounding sourish touch enhanced by the carbonation; light, fizzy, pleasant but eventually somewhat soapy mouthfeel. Faint ’stings’ of grapefruit bitterness appear early on and, alongside the sweetish peachy fruitiness, travel downwards over a smooth, cereally pale malt sweetishness thickened by a more rounded caramelly factor; pleasantly (lightly) bready finish due to a play of malt sweetishness and yeast, with minerally notes hanging around over a soft, subtly growing hop bitterness, assuming the character of the white underside of an orange peel and a dash of dried bitter herbs, providing agreeable and very quenching dryness, as well as some slight grapefruit peel notes retronasally; ends juicy and malty with this hop bitterness as a perfect balance and a faintly ’earthy’ and bready yeast note. The touch of sweatiness in the nose and the soapy feeling in the mouth seem a bit out of place in a California common, but in general terms, this is a fine beer, light and refreshing, with a nice rounded malt body, a restrained fruitiness to it and a pleasant hop bitter tail (though I wouldn’t mind the Cascade being a bit more pronounced - I know it doesn’t belong in a traditional California common, but if you decide upon using it anyway, then why not emphasizing its aroma a bit more...). Another nice, easily drinkable Oedipus session beer, certainly very well-made from a technical point of view, close to flawless and with certain subtleties here and there to keep it interesting. Proof that this brewery is able to produce more restrained, classically composed, subtle beer types just as well as the more ’outgoing’ ones...

3.3
Svesse (8615) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
(Draught at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam, 23 Feb 2017) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange, caramel, toast and toffee. Malty, slightly fruity taste with orange peel, apricots, caramel, toast, toffee and a gentle grassy bitterness. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Tasty and well balanced. Quite nice.


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