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Derecho - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 08-05-2012)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No head--only rim bubbles. There are few spots of lace. The liquid is light gold and clear.

I like the smell. It has a nice blend of the malt and hop with no negative nor strong aromas to detract.

This leans heavily to the hop. Strong bitter (pine-like) bite. Surprising, given the balance of the nose. relatively easy to drink. Low to moderate body but highly carbonated. This resembles a bitter American pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 20:43:49 | More by smcolw
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delta490

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a paler gold with significant visible carbonation. A nice one finger head, creamy white and lasts for a while

S- mild hops and bread.

T- interesting. A nice balance between the citrus hops and the bready malt. Some sips are malty and some are hoppy. It's definitely different.

M-Lighter, with minimal carbonation

O- Like the taste, interesting and different.

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 20:03:40 | More by delta490
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer is a clear light orange. The head is white and fizzy but lasts quite a while afterwards with bits of lacing.

Smell:
The beer has a slightly sweet and malty smell. The hops come off as citrusy and like an orange.

Taste:
The beer is extremely bitter and hoppy for a common steamer. the hops are citrusy with hints of lemon. The sweet malt gets lost in the hops but is still there as an undertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Heavily carbonated and medium bodied. Leaves me feeling refreshed.

Overall:
A pretty hoppy common and would do well in the summer for a refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:48:23 | More by HattedClassic
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Interesting color for a steam beer, never seen one this light before. Regardless, a real nice lemon opaque yellow, and almost glowing hefeweizen color to it's body color. Matching soapy four finger head with some clumpy soapy retention also. Leaves quite a lot of suds left over after the pour. Pretty solid.

Nose is fruity, maybe some hidden cloves. Strangely some muted sticky qualities, and a real interesting sharp yeast character. Hard to believe this is a lager, but it's quite a good nose regardless. After some reflection, it smells like pineapple.

Palate is real interesting. Large fruit tropical component, and quite distinct with a nice bitterness. It really tastes like a bitter pineapple. Aftertaste has a nice sticky malt quality with some light sweetness, but a real nice hop bitterness to match. Light bodied juicy and fruity quality that doesn't distract from the palate.

This is classified as a steam beer, but it sure doesn't taste like one. Either way, it's actually a real unique and great tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:43:04 | More by smakawhat
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xylomaniac

Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unique blend of malt & hops give a up front hippy malt flavor with a spicey back end. Unfiltered WIT appearance with a malty spice aroma. Good hot weather beer. I really like Port City beers this one just happens to fall at the bottom of my list. Port City is a Great brewery Optimal Wit and Monumental IPA are my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:10:30 | More by xylomaniac
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Amyliz4 for grabbing this growler from the brewery. Served in a Port City pint glass. Beer is a pale yellow. Good head and lacing. Crackers in the nose. Faint hops. Toasty and a bit bready. Fairly dry finish. Medium body. Quite tasty and a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2013 12:32:14 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A happy accident, a very good steam beer. Beer is amber and clear, slightly orange with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, decent retention. Looks good.

Aroma is mild yeast, a little malt. Interesting aroma, nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, a lager-ish yeastiness is present throughout. I drink all the steam beers I can get my hands on and this is one of the better ones. I'm glad I got to try it and it should be made again, just based on how well it turned out.

Serving type: growler

11-04-2012 02:36:10 | More by drabmuh
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billab914

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Evening Star cafe's block party. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with a thin frothy head barely covering the top.

The aroma shows a good amount of crisp fruit flavors to it. The estery notes from fermenting warm are pretty noticeable, but not bad. A little citrus is there as well. Not As clean as an aroma as they intended I'm sure, but not actually bad all things considered.

The taste follows with more of the crisp fruits, but adds a little bit of a tartness. The fruity esters are a little more noticeable as you get to the dry finish. Again, just a little bit of citrus there.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy feeling for style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty decent beer all things considered. It was definitely worth saving the batch instead of dumping it, but I can't say I'd be making it a regular purchase though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 00:45:53 | More by billab914
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nickg314


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My house mate and I bought this as a Sixtel for our newly built home keg-orator. Being that we Live in Northern VA and had experienced the Blackout first hand we were intrigued to try a local Brew that resulted from the power outage. It's hazy appearance is not unlike a hefeweizzen but it drinks like a Pils. It holds a good head and it is very light on the pallet, leaving behind little more than light citrus and bitter hops. As a "last-ditch effort" I say its decent, if it could be improved I would buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 02:07:58 | More by nickg314
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429.

The beer is fairly hazy and appears golden orange hued. Small white head. The aroma brings citrus, malt, dank hops, resin. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a grapefruit rind and malt presence. Light bodied and easily drinkable. I would definitely drink this again. A solid example of the style.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 18:19:17 | More by Huhzubendah
Derecho from Port City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.