RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
On June 29th, 2012, a land hurricane wreaked havoc on the DC Metro region and Port Citys hometown. Knocking over trees and powerlines, this derecho (day-RAY-cho), as the storm is called, left a million without power during a record-breaking heatwave. While the brewery was not damaged, we were left without power and searching for a way to SAVE THE BEER.

Procuring a generator, we were able to keep the brewery online and the beer saved. One batch of lager fermented at higher temperatures, producing what is called a California Common beer, or steam beer.

The storm left us a gift: our lager had changed into a golden opportunity, DERECHO COMMON.

DERECHO COMMON is deep golden in color, and has toasty, biscuity malt flavors. It is medium bodied with an assertive hop profile. It is dry hopped with Amarillo hops, which give it a spicy, citrusy hop kick on the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23602) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Draft. Hazy yellow color, small white head, fair lacing. Aroma of earthy straw and white bread. Taste is dusty lemons.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (19159) - PCastle, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Pours almost clear pale golden colour with a small white head. Aroma of pale malt, mild dry hops. Tase of mild hops, dry hops, mild sweetness. Average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle at Shnoodlepip after GBBF 2016, Tuesday. Clear golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, citrus, grapes, hay notes. Malty caramel flavor, citrus, grapes, some hay. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (15092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisOs after GBBF Day 1. Clear golden color, small white head. Aroma is wheat, sweetness, quite floral. Taste wheat, again quite floral, lightly sweet grains. Decent body and carbonation. Clear pale yellow color, average sized white head. Aroma is wheat, malts, a bit citrussy. Taste lightly malts, again slightly citrussy, softly bitter. Decent suitable body and carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Small white head atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some berry, light hay, honey. Taste is medium sweet, hay, bread, some berry, lemon, light honey. Light body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 Rerate: The previous example was so bad I felt I should give this one another shot. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy peach color with a large frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops, chili peppers and pale malts. The taste is herbal, minty, citrus hops with pale malts and an earthy note. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Still not great, but at least this time its not like drinking butter. 5/4/6/3/12. My novel of an original review follows...

I had a time or two heard of the derecho phenomenon. It was a thing from somewhere else. Some kind of weather event with a kind of cool sounding name, but a weather event that didnt happen where I lived. Until one day it did. I remember in the aftermath, after the days of no power, after the nights of failing to sleep in the incredible heat, after the fouled food, after the angst that existed within myself and everyone around me, and amidst the pride and togetherness that all communities feel after something terrible and strange happens, I saw a video of the radar images of this storm. This storm that I had experienced as a rainless maelstrom of lightning and stifling winds. A storm front that had I seen in the daylight would have looked as terrifying and cavernous than the gateway to Hell. A storm that looked on that radar like a mass of cancer. Writhing and menacing like a mass of pure unadulterated evil. Yeah, this beer is named after that. Port City lost their power for several days with a batch of pilsner in the tanks that they could not chill. Hence... steam beer! Im happy to see other people enjoyed this beer when they tried it. Now that Im trying it a little later, it seems things have gone awry. Served on draft at McGradys Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy head. Below average head retention. Aroma of vinegar, diacetyl and a faint maltiness. The taste is buttered bread with grassy hops. Thin bodied and pretty off. I admire the experiment, but at least at this point it didnt pan out. 3/4/5/2/8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by radagast88. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Northern Brewer hops, cereal and cracker malt. Flavor is malt and hop balanced with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Tap at PP Old Towne. Pours clear light golden. Denser buttermilk head. Wispy lace. Nose is grainy, clean, light orange. Taste is orange peel, sharper citrus hops, spicy grass, sharp lemon. Refreshing. Better than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (8562) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2014
A little uncertain for style. A little hippy, with some citrus. Finishes with some bitterness. Some malt. Bottle from Chevy Chase.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
nimbleprop (8072) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Sampled at the Capitol Alehouse Innsbrook. Pours a clear gold with some quickly fading white head. Nose of cardboard, cabbage, a little sulfurous, some grass. Flavor was wet cardboard, green apple, cabbage. Watery mouthfeel. I cant believe they served this.

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