charule (2302) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Draught at Southern Tier. Pours amber with thin head. Honey malt aroma. Sweet slightly bitter hop taste.
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Bottled April 12, 2013.matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Appearance: The body is crystal clear with an amber hue and a steady stream of carbonation in the body. The head is stout with good retention, appearing dense and rocky. Lots of lacing is left on the glass and the head settles into a thick messy coating.
Aroma: The aroma is weak, but a bit earthy and a touch herbal. This isn’t very appealing to me.
Taste: The intro is light, leading to a malty mid-taste that has an earthy quality. The finish is a bit woody with a slightly spicy finish and an herbal quality.
Palate: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Overall: I’m not too familiar with the style, but this isn’t something I enjoy very much. The finish has this spicy herbal quality that isn’t off-putting, but I don’t enjoy it.
Sorry S.T., I really love most of your lineup, but this didn’t do it for me. This should be "uncommon" because this beer posses few characteristics that are appealing. It is soft, dull, doughy, and unbalanced. The worst out of the 2x series by far. Don’t worry, I still love Southern Tier--just a rare miss. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
Mild toast and fruit aroma. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Very large malt presence, with biscuits and caramel coming through. Very little in the way of hops. The alcohol is really well hidden, and not noticeable. Overall this is a middle of the road beer, nothing about it really stands out, and I probably won’t be getting more of it. If you prefer malts to hops, you may enjoy this one more. TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
(Bottle). Great twist on the traditional California Common beer. This boosts the ABV without losing the mild favor or morphing the style. Nice idea.
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Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
Tap. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good session beer. Shag (3059) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2013
This is my first "Imperial Steam" beer hmmm interesting. This poured a dark golden color with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus and caramel. The flavor is somewhat hoppy with a malty presence showing up. Some sourness shows up in the finish. Overall it was ok. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - APR 27, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. Nothing super specific stands out about this beer. It’s a Cali Common just on steroids a bit. Steamy and ..well just common. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2013
Mostly toasty with some bready notes, some underlying caramel and residual sugars, earthy slightly herbal moderate hop profile. Pours golden amber thin head. Flavors of toasted malts, some caramel notes, light residual sugar, herbal leafy earthy hop notes, perhaps a little wood or dirt notes. Light lingering hop bite with some residual sugar. "Meh" (Jon, 2008). sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2013
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods. Pale golden pour, half-finger head disappears into completely nothing; very light lacing. Aroma shows notable hops; bread and light wood. Flavor doughy with significant bitterness for such a light beer; the 8% is very evident and is sharp and harsh rather than pleasantly warm. Light, lively body. Too much alcohol for such a light beer.