RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   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 City’s 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Serving: Draft at Tuscarora Mill. It pours a light gold color with a small white head. The nose is light with a little bit of florals and grass. It’s rather thin on the tongue with notes of grain, grass, light citrus, and a touch of apple. Rather abrasive bitter finish. The flavors don’t all work together leaving sort of a jumbled mess on the tongue. Not impressed.

Westchesterco (2214) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2017
From a bottle.it is an effervescent clear golden color a thick head. The Aroma is ready with some hints of fruit the taste is strong somewhat bitter but no specific flavor

Iphonephan (7334) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2017
From a bottle. Pours a clear gold with a thick off white head. Aromas of bread and cereal. Flavors are slight sweet and moderate bitter. Light bodied with a crisp finish.

hershiser2 (3702) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2016
$2.79 single from Total Wine & More - West Richmond. Pours golden, pale, small white head. Citrusy aroma, mostly lemon, some floral hops as well. Flavor is absolutely lemon - almost lemon pledge (which actually isn’t a bad thing), some grass (little), and some toast (little). Not bad at all.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Deep gold, slight head. Aroma is mildly of crackery malt, faint toast, and a bit of grassy hops. Flavor matches. Somehow the word "muddy" comes to my head. Not bad, just didn’t get me going.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, 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.

Benzai (16768) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO’s 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.

Beerhunter111 (22974) - P´Castle, 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.

OnTheTrail (593) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Tasted after a bike ride. Pours slightly hazy amber. Good sized white head. Aroma is biscuity, pleasant. Taste is biscuity, malty, hints of honey and of a sharp hop bitterness, maybe some citrus rind. Quite refreshing on a hot day, in keeping with the name.

Jow (4125) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Grabbed a pint at whole foods Columbus on way to ballet oddly, been wanting to try this beer for awhile since I’m a weirdo. Dusty orange yellow pour small sudsy head. Nose is crackers and lemon. Tastes of lemon, light herbs, grainy, water crackers, some peppery notes. Fine palate.

brownaler (713) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Strong malt aroma with flaky mouthfeel. Finish is bubbly with a clean finish.

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