Steampipe

Vermont
United States
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali Common beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

We burned the rulebooks, and when the smoke cleared we created this counter-culture interpretation of a California-style common lager dosed with juicy hop flavors.

Mosaic and Galaxy hops shine through a golden, orange-hued lager that’s as clean and free as the open road. 

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Mosaic, Galaxy
Judges Review 
Mike Castagno's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer here seems to deviate a little from the traditional expectations of the style. California Common is an amber-colored beer that is hallmarked by the use of Northern Brewer hops and fermented with a lager yeast at warmer, ale-like temperatures. The beer here is much lighter in color, relying less on caramel malts for color and flavor. Additionally, the beer seems to have a more American-type hop profile that's rich with grapefruit zest and resinous notes that lingers through to the finish. There are subtle hints of nectarine and melon as well. These hops notes all pair with a milder woody, herbal character that is often attributed to the Northern Brewer hop. The malt is more in the realm of toasty than bready or caramel-like but quite well balanced with the hop character. There is a crisp, clean finish that makes for a pleasing experience. While this is more of a modern interpretation of a (very narrow) classic style, it is well worth a try.

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Beer Recommendation

The California Common beer style (aka Steam Beer) as defined in the 2015 BJCP Style Guide is a variation on an American Amber Ale that provides drinkers with a more toasted, woody and minty hop character through the use of traditional American hops and toasted crystal malt. Light fruitiness should be expected from the rustic American hop varietals, though citrusy hop elements are misplaced. A toasty, grainy, caramel malt-based Amber beer. Read on to discover our California Common reviews. 

The California Common beer style (aka Steam Beer) as defined in the 2015 BJCP Style Guide is a variation on an American Amber Ale that provides drinkers with a more toasted, woody and minty hop character through the use of traditional American hops and toasted crystal malt. Light fruitiness should be expected from the rustic American hop varietals, though citrusy hop elements are misplaced. A toasty, grainy, caramel malt-based Amber beer. Read on to discover our California Common reviews. 

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