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Brewers' Cut California Common - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewers' Cut California Common
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87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gtermi on 02-08-2014)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed side-by-side with Anchor Steam Beer.

A standard pour of Real Ale's California Common yields a medium-amber body just slightly lighter in color than its comparison partner, Anchor Steam's. The beer's off-white head falls quickly. Moderate carbonation is appealing.

Real Ale's nose is more appealing than Anchor Steam's. Toasty malts are complemented by a hint of caramel or toffee, and balanced by the distinct aromas of fresh, herbal hops. I pick up a bit of thyme and basil.

The taste more or less follows the nose. Bitterness contributes a bit of complexity to the flavor profile, but the beer is a bit sweeter on the back end than I'd like. The flavor profile is more complex than Anchor Steam Beer's, but that doesn't make it better. Thyme, basil, and mint mingle with toasted grain and caramel. I like that. But I'm stuck feeling that the hang isn't bitter or dry enough.

The mouthfeel is nice, though carbonation is leaning towards astringent.

Of the "Brewer's Cut" offerings I've tried, California Common is the best. Hands down. That isn't saying much, since I've been underwhelmed by the series so far. But California Common is good. Quite good. Others on BeerAdvocate have called for this to be a year-round offering. I wouldn't sign that petition. If you have a chance to pick up a bottle, do so. If you've missed your chance, don't sweat it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Anchor Steam pint glass. How appropriate.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden, copper color. A rocky, two finger white head rises with excellent retention. Tons of lacing, in rings and globs sticking all the way down the glass.
S: A perfect mineral like yeast character in the nose. Biscuit malts, crackers, with a light grassy/floral finish. Simple, but excellent.
T: Like the nose, simple, but just incredible. Lager yeast, and almost mineral like up front, That quickly fades to biscuit malts, and maybe a touch of sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a light spice, and dry grassy/floral hops.
M/D: A medium body with near perfect carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Finishes, mostly with a nice dry bite that brings everything together. So enjoyable and easy to drink. I can't get enough of this.

I love me some Anchor Steam. Though this is superb. Maybe it is that I have gotten this pretty fresh. Unfortunately, most Anchor products are beyond old, so I don't purchase them as much as I want. Simplicity at its best, and petty much everything I want for the style. Please make this year round.

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12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and silver colour branded pry-off cap acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a Pinthouse Pizza branded conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Reviewed as a California common for obvious reasons. It's good to see more and more breweries brewing beers in this tragically underrepresented style. Best consumed by "04.13.14." "Seasonal. Limited edition."

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. Okay creaminess. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Complexion is okay. Consistency is mediocre.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a steam beer/common. I'm optimistic, but it's not unique or special. There are no noticeable flaws here.

Sm: It's a bit soapy - indicative that it spent a bit too long in primary. Has a sweet honey-esque malt build and a grassy floral hop profile. There's some reticent (what Real Ale's marketing department refers to as "subtle") toffee notes and caramalt. Lightly milky. It's a nice dry aroma and seems spot-on for the style. I'm looking forward to trying this.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.
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No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: The grassy, floral hop character plays beautifully against the sweet pale malt/pilsner malt foundation. It's got some welcome cream character too. There's a hint of faint fruitiness as well as timid notes of toffee and caramel/caramalt.

No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

It's quite simple, but damn is it balanced. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude; this is a cohesive, near-gestalt build. It has some nice subtleties. It's not real intricate or nuanced, but few beers in this style are.

As simple as it is, the taste delivers in terms of style conventions. I'm really liking this beer.

Mf: Wonderfully soft - wow. It's also nicely creamy and has a near perfect level of dryness and coarseness; there's enough coarseness to coax out the full potential of the flavours but it's still smooth enough to refresh. A bit overcarbonated, but it's forgivable. Crisp. Medium-bodied. Moderate weight on the palate. Good presence on the palate. This is an example of a case in which the brewers really nailed the texture; the mouthfeel feels custom-tailored specifically to this style and flavour profile. Great execution.

Not oily, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: This surpassed my expectations. It's an extremely drinkable Steam beer I'm wishing I'd gotten a 6 pack of. Extremely sessionable stuff. I'd recommend friends try it but it's not worth going out of your way to seek out. For fans of the style, this is almost a must-try. Surprisingly good stuff from Real Ale. I'm inhaling it.

High B-

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy body with a thin head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

S: This has a nice strong malt aroma with a bit of sweetness. This too me is what a lager should always smell like.

T: This is delicious! It has a strong malt backbone with a slight bit of bitterness and a nice sweetness as the beer lingers.

M: There is a a slight tingle in the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. It goes down rather easy, which makes it easy to drink another and another.

O: This is a delicious beer that I could drink all the time.

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Brewers' Cut California Common from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.