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Derecho - Port City Brewing

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Chaney, Aug 29, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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Rhettroactive, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

2dogbrew, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

e30todamax, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

snarkout, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

siege06nd, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

victory4me, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DRBiser, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

cnwillis31, Apr 23, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 19, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy yellow with a bunch of head and lacing. Although there might have been tap issues, the head sustained and was constantly rewind he'd by visible carbonation.

S: not much here, light lemon notes, maybe a little wheat??

T: nothing outrageous, just (to me) a solid straightforward beer. I do get those light lemon notes, but it's a more bready overall taste. I also get a little pineapple near the end, unfortunately countered by a little copper taste in some swigs (that I think I get with this style).

M: very smooth despite the carbonation, which also comes to play later in the taste.
Has a light dryness in the end, maybe from the carbonation, but there is also a longer term oily pine bitterness. Perhaps this plus the lemon notes give me that "copper" taste.

O: I think this could be in the running for my BMC replacement at a BBQ. Light enough, great feel. Just wonder if the dryness might build.

cjgiant, Jul 15, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

freimuth, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

delta490, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

beoirific, Aug 02, 2014
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JMUbrewz, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Derecho from Port City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.