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Nuthin' In Common - Beer Camp #8 (Best Of Beer Camp: California Common) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 08-15-2009)
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Reviews by bohemiandonut:
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4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hardly anyone so far seems to have reviewed this beer "to style."

Personally, I can't think of a better California Common/Steam Beer ever made, and certainly not one I would drink again so readily.

Smell is floral and honey, with the slightest backbone of crisp pilsner hops.

The drinkability on this is amazing. Count me among the many who refuse to acknowledge the change in review category from 'drinkabiliy' to 'overall.' Overall? I'm no goddamn rocket scientist, but isn't that's what the weighted calculation is for?

Anyway, I have high hopes for every other bottle in this case, and hope to see it all over the place this summer. A few of these on sale at Vons would absolutely make my day.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 05:55:15 | More by bohemiandonut
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-01-2012 19:47:49 | More by netshark
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Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy light beige color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of West Cost hops with citrus and pine notes more abundant then expected with some solid cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes and some pine hoppy notes though are offset by some solid cereal notes with limited sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though with the amount of hops in this one we are getting away from the style guideline.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:38:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2012 23:49:36 | More by towlea25
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-24-2011 00:14:01 | More by jophish17
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-22-2011 21:54:32 | More by aanakinskywalker
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear golden color with a slight coppery tint. Produced a small bit of froth which displayed mild retention.

S - Apple juice, cereal, and citrus notes. Rather odd, but not at all bad.

T - Moderately hoppy with a sharp bite. Slight metallic tinge can be detected. Fairly simple and industrial tasting, but that fits alright here.

M - Crisp light body, medium carbonation level, finish is remarkably clean.

D - Not bad at all. I wouldn't mind them making this a regular brew, I'd definitely pick some up from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:49:52 | More by PhageLab
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Also known as Beer Camp California Common.

Thanks to bmanning for bringing over this beer for a recent tasting. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a clear, sparkling gold-bodied brew with a small white head that fades to have some sparse lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings forward a moderate amount of bread and grain plus some light floral hops. Good balance between the two and would be nice on a hot summer day. The flavor is also a good balance between the floral hops and grain, though is a bit too grainy. Light body with a mild sweetness and light bitterness. Good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Glad to try this. Thanks, Ben.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:37:31 | More by Thorpe429
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AKA Best of Beer Camp California Common

A - Pours a brassy golden hue, and is capped with a nice white head which deposits good lace.

S - The nose is somewhat reserved, really at a good level, and offers notes herbal-spicy, and dry-malty. The nose has the slightest hint of caramelization, but no sweetness.

T - The taste is more robust than the nose would suggest, with a moderately-full maltiness and a herbal spiciness that seems equally derived from hops as well as yeast. I really enjoy this, and think it is well-done. My favorite Beer Camp brew thus far.

M - The feel is big but not quite full. It manages to have a great balance between body and tooth and refreshing character. Perfectly enhancing.

O - This beer is a very solid example of the style, and is every bit the equal of Anchor Steam, all while exhibiting a notably different character than the aformentioned.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:21:16 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an almost amber color that's more a medium yellow with a pale orange hue. A clean, white head remeniscent of latte froth is about a finger tall. it sticks around for the long haul and leaves good, leggy deposits of lacing behind.
There's a light sweetness in a grains background first in the aroma, accentuated by a bready malt and citrusy hops with a touch of pine resin. It goes a little grassy, earthy and a bit spicy with an herbal, nearly vegetal quality lurking.
There's a nice complexity and depth of flavor. Grains and fruity sweetness still rise in the forefront, then back off for a really earthy, piny hops show. As the grassy flavor comes through, it brings with it a ghost of something just slightly metallic and finishes with a similarly ghostly mineral flavor.
This beer's got a bit of heft to it and a bigger body than I expected. Unlike many, this is a beer that starts smooth and takes on some crispness toward the finish. It's nice and clean all the way with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:19:10 | More by Brenden
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dark golden, almost light brown color. It is quite clear and very carbonated. Due to its high carbonation, it kind of resembles a dark champagne. It has an awesomely thick white head that leaves sheets of lacing along the glass throughout drinking.

S: There's a lot going on here. I've notice some grassy and floral notes, some mild fruitiness, some yeast aromas, hints of spices, a roasted maltiness, and some bready scents. Lot's of complexity.

T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it too is quite complex. There is a slight hoppy bitterness, sweet malts, along with bread and grains.

M: There is a good amount of fizz from the carbonation that fits the drink well, leaving a refreshing, crisp finish. It is very smooth and has a medium body.

D: I'd say this is right up there with anchor steam in the California Common hierarchy. It is very drinkable and I will definitely be trying to find this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:04:20 | More by BilbosNuts
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and tasty take on a California Common.

Presentation: 12 oz. brown capped bottle. Sierra Nevada´s Beer Camp branding with a recognizable if disconnected Sierra seal on the neck label, and the more contemporary and whimsical motive of the camp and quirky machines from the Camp identity in the main label, here in a green range. Notes Camp #8, year 2011, and 6.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour with a generous frothy head, fair retention and surface memory with good lacing.

S - Soft nose, initial larger sense, bready malts, one skunky second that fades, a touch of fruit, and a lingering fruity malt tone.

T - Sweet malt range with a nice soft bitter sense in the undercurrent. Grassy hint under the soft malt sweetness.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation and soft if crisp carbonation with a bit of a syrupy feel.

O - Sweetness remains in the back of the palate as part of a flavorful experience, maybe a bit much for the style but worth it if one is after a steam beer.

Notes: Difficult to compare it within style not having had many steam brews but as a hybrid it seems to fall well within the description of the range. Maybe a bit too sweet and hefty, and I confess not really my thing but it makes for a good brew in any case.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:03:00 | More by Daniellobo
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Jester King snifter. From the "Best of SN Beer Camp", #8.

Pours with a brassy-straw color; vibrant and clear in the light. The head settles quickly to a patchy wisp of taupe and thick ring of foam. Aroma is dominated by graininess and a hint of cooked corn with herbal-smelling hops in the background.

The flavor of this California Common is a delectable exercise in how to perfectly balance a beer. The malts are sweet and tangy with some golden raisin and toasted bread crust notes, while the hops & yeast accentuate the back end with a pinch of bitterness and lots of floral, fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium-light on the tongue. Goes down smoothly and finishes clean on the palate. The second best of the Beer Camp mix-pack, and one of the better examples of the style I've had to date. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:02:16 | More by wagenvolks
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appears a very clear, golden orange color with a nice white head. There's not a lot of lacing left, but there is a nice white ring that remains throughout the drinking process.

The aroma is fairly sweet. The nose is dominated by cereal malts and there are also notes of earthy hops. The taste is pretty similar, but is very sweet. The hops stick slightly at the end of each sip, but they aren't overly present.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but more on the medium side with a nice carbonation level. Each sip gives a nice creamy texture. Overall, a nice brew that really makes you think and focus on the flavors. Definitely something interesting to drink and completely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:55:16 | More by zimm421
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the beer camp mix pack. Pours a clear golden honey color with a small white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is bready with honey sweetness. There is a touch of grain. An overall fruity aroma.

The taste is somewhat grainy and definitely bready. This is mellowed by a honey and brown sugar sweetness. There is an earthy grassy bitterness in the end from the hops. The yeast produces a general fruity flavor that works well with the malt. The flavors aren't mind blowing but it drinks well.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Malty sweet on the palate but it does have a grassy bitter offset to keep the brew in balance.

A beefier than normal California Common, quite bready. Subtle fruity notes from the yeast give the beer some flavor. Drinks very well though a tad filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:37:45 | More by Gmann
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Starr Hill glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin, fizzy, white head to it. The head pretty much faded away a few moments after the pour though.

The aroma shows some crisp, slightly tart notes to it with a little bit of a estery, fruity flavor coming through. I get some sweet, bready, slightly grainy malts coming through as well as some earthy hops. The hops give off a bit of a lemony, zesty flavor to them as well.

The taste shows more of the sweeter, bready malts to it throughout the flavors. I get just a bit of a grainy flavor to it as well. The hops come through with more of the zesty, lemony citrus. In the finish I get some of the crisp, slightly tart fruity, estery flavors. Pretty flavorful and easy drinking overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonaiton being a little above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It felt very balanced and flavorful overall and was a pretty easy drinking beer as well. One of the best of the style I've had, but it's not a style I have often.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:18:42 | More by billab914
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one out of the bottle into a Guinness Pint Glass.

A little darker than I had anticipated, leaning towards the orange golden side and less on the amber side. Good color and pretty good head with a ton of bubbles shooting up from the bottom the whole time I was enjoying it. Not much lacing and the head died after a minute or so.

The nose isn't overpowering but has a nice floral hop aroma and some maltiness on the back end.

The taste is awesome with a good hoppy punch when it first hits your tongue. Reminiscent of a solid pale ale. As it moves through your mouth it has a pretty smooth texture despite the carbonation and a good bit of malt in the mid palette. This beer ends with a bit of bitterness which you would expect from the hops your getting in the nose and on the tip of your tongue. The higher ABV is showing in this beer though as you feel a bit of alcohol hanging around after you've swallowed.

Another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 03:55:34 | More by TylerPrichard
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden amber color topped with an off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little spotty lace on the glass.

S- Crisp bright aroma, malt and floral hops dominate the aroma.

T- Taste follows the nose, malt at first bright and clean, nice floral hop wash comes in in the middle and continues until the finish. At finish the hops show a slightly bitter side, a nice counterpoint to the malts, and they impart a quick and clean final note.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation, refreshing nice summer session beer.

O- The 6.5% ABV surprised me it’s well hidden and a little higher than I would have expected. This is a great easy drinking beer and in a style where there are very few examples available.

Love the idea behind beer camp series (and the beers I’ve tried too) as much as I love the Long Shot series, hats off to any brewery will to take these kinds of risks to push the envelope of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:01:59 | More by ToddT
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear brass color with a off-white head that left some thick lacing on the top of the mug despite it's thinning out.

S - sweeter malt aroma with a hint of pungent hops.

T - good all around balance of sweet and bitter flavors dancing on my tongue.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, refreshing feel.

O - a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:42:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Had a devil of a time figuring out where review this beer; thankfully, there was a forum post that addresses the fact that the 2011 Beer Camp #8 California Common is the same as the Nothin in Common listing.

Pours a rich honey color, with minimal head and decent active carbonation.

Smells of wheat, spelt, honey, and fresh tobacco.

Spicy on the palate, this is a smooth, somewhat sweet beer. There's a real grape and grain feel and flavor to this beer, with a peppery start, fruity, malty middle, and somewhat dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a bit of mild astingency at the finish, this is nonetheless a rather easy drinking beer.

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Perhaps I have not-so-fond memories of Anchor Steam beer (I should really give it another try), but I thought this would be a weak, over carbonated beer. This instead is rather flavorful and easy-drinking, and I look forward to having it again from this mixed 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:01:23 | More by TheHoppiest
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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice transparent golden orange brew with a little bit of carbonation. fluffy white head about four fingers thick from a rough pour. settles quickly but does lace the glass well.

S - bread, dough, lemon, grain and hops. smells complex and not overpowering which is nice for the style.

T - nice bread malts up front. grain and lemon sit in the middle and it has a decently good bitterness to it. its not bad but nothing thats gonna blow you away.

M - light bodied with medium to low carbonation. faintest feel of alcohol on the throat. (i do mean faintest)

O - not a bad california common. its pretty good but again doesn't do anything well enough to let it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:58:14 | More by celticfutblclub
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Nuthin' In Common - Beer Camp #8 (Best Of Beer Camp: California Common) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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