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St. Florian's California Common - St. Florian's Brewery

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St. Florian's California Common
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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St. Florian's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-27-2013

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rude red colour, clear. Head is off-white, clingy spiderwebs of lace. Nice enough.

Smells a bit sour, a bit spicy. Cloves, with red apple, raisins and some grains of paradise. Candied. Not bad.

Taste is maltier, sweeter. Somewhat metallic but loads of toffee, touch of popcorn, slight whisper of pie spice and some light rye bread. Sweet, bit monotonous but ultimately quite pleasant.

Quite full, quite smooth. A little empty at the back.

Nice enough, but not really a lot going on here. Plain, fairly straight-laced malty brew.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. Brought by a fellow co-worker. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Looks almost exactly like their IPA - amber orange, with a slightly frothier looking white head that lasts a little longer, perhaps given the steam beer yeast used this time around. Cloudy, with a relatively good amount of carbonation that lasts throughout consumption. Not bad, just a little unpolished.

Here's what's weird, though - this smells EXACTLY like their IPA. As in, almost identical, except for a few minor aspects (which I'm assuming is from the yeast). Some banana in the yeast, with an exact composition of faded orange rinds, pine, pepper, and some graininess. Earthy, less soapy than their IPA, but definitely floral. Pleasant, but not too much going on here.

I'm wholly convinced upon the first sip that this is the same beer as their IPA - there's literally no difference that I'm able to find here, which is pretty frustrating given that their IPA was less than stellar based on whatever it was trying to do. Tastes equally malty and bready, with no more than some faded citrus zest, pine, pepper, and a little bit of off smokiness this time around. Crisper, but finishes with the same anemic, earthy grainy consistency. Carbonation is a little higher, and the beer feels wetter, but it's otherwise pretty astringent and acrid as their IPA is. Did I write this review twice, or something?

What is up with this brewery? Looks like they're brand new, and I wish them nothing but the best of luck. But, this and their IPA (which are their only two beers, it seems), appear to have the same malt and hop profile after all, with slightly different yeast strains to boot. If I were to choose between the two, I'd probably go for this one (I'm a sucker for steam beer) but it's fantastically simple and mediocre for what it perhaps intends to be. I really hope their next offerings to come through town are more unique, because these made me a bit sad.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a clear but very deep amber colour, reddish in the deeper parts, with a fine and fairly solid head of off-white that stays persistently as a film and ring right to the bottom of the glass. Lacing is also good. Overall, it's actually very solid: a really decent looking brew.

Nose is clean, but malty, with a fairly solid richness underneath a slightly brittle metallic hop note. Mineral or slightly earthy characters come through as well. But the malt forms the basis, giving a caramel underpinning to everything else that's going on. Not bad.

Taste is solid, again malty and fairly full-bodied, but with a crispness on the back which has the attack of sour cherries, although without the acidity. Grainy notes creep in along the back which give a slight husky harshness which accentuates the slightly thin finish. It's not all that bad, but it's not really doing anything for me.

Feel is fairly full throughout, but it drops suddenly on the back.

Overall, it's fine. Solid enough—not really offensive in any way. It doesn't really give me much in the way of excitement, but I'd probably consider drinking it again.

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St. Florian's California Common from St. Florian's Brewery
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