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Common Ground - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ChainGangGuy on 09-11-2009

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1/5  rDev -70.6%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazey copper with a very quick and bright white head atop it. There is barely any bubbling in this overall, nondescript looking beer. The aroma is of weak coffee grounds and watery bread. The taste some faintly sweet toasted malts mixed with old Hills Brothers coffee grounds. Then some watery and sparse palate to say the least. This beer is different, but not one I will recommend to anyone.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of denver10
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with just shy of a thumbs width cream head. Head leaves pretty quickly though. Aroma started off great but kinda started to wear on me towards the end. Very strong coffee been aroma. French vanilla, caramel, doughy, and just a little earthiness. Tastes definitely of a marriage between an amber ale fused with coffee and sweetened cream. Again liked it more at the onset than the finish, by the end of the bottle it had wore on me. I also would have liked a bolder, dark, coffee flavor. I drink my coffee black and thats the flavor I'd have preferred here, personally. Medium bodied to this, silky in mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Bought this blindly, the concept of fusing amber and coffee appealed to me and had me super curious. Glad I tried it, its definitely a unique beer, but I did not generally care for it. Would probably not drink this one again.

Photo of cvm4
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Definitely pours amber in color, slightly opaque with a white head.

S - The coffee is definitely on the nose, just not "in your face" like I'd expect from a coffee beer. There is some toasty element to it.

T - Coffee throughout with a malts on the backend and a bit of caramel flavor.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty crisp, not sticky or cloying.

O - This is just the wrong style for a coffee beer.

Photo of cjgator3
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the side of the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty interesting. It takes everything you love in a good amber (slightly toasted malts and caramel) and hits it with some coffee notes. Not much hops in the aroma, if there are try are mostly overshadowed by the coffee. The coffee notes are not as intense as you would find in a strong coffee stout but they are a pleasant subtle addition.

T- The taste like the aroma almost tastes more like a Red Ale than an Amber with a lot of toasted malts and some caramel. There is some roasted coffee flavors in the finish that almost resemble a hint of smokiness as well. Could use a little more hops in the finish in my opinion.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad beer and a different twist to an amber. I don't think the coffee works as well in this kind of beer as it does in a big thick stout but it is an interesting twist.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 3 oz sampler glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado, at Fort Collins Brewing's tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent gold.

Sm: Malt heavy, with coffee (when I search for it), and full barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: It's a simple malt bomb with slight tame bittering coffee. It's pleasant if simple, and nicely balanced and built. I don't know that the malt heaviness is justified.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with too much coarseness and dryness - especially on the finish. Doesn't complement the style.

Dr: Easy to drink, in spite of its coarseness. Cost was $1.25 for a taster. Its simplicity holds it back.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"A celebration of craft beans, craft brews, collaboration and innovation resulted in this rare and enticing brew. Together FCB and Jackies Java carefully cupped, sniffed, roasted and brewed three distinct varieties of coffee that resulted in an ammber ale playfully infused with bold coffee notes".

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges crystal clear and deep bronze in color with a foamy and effervescent white head of about two full fingers in size. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer of film on top of the beer and leaves sporadic lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is as the beer is labeled; amber-like with a hint of coffee. There is a bit of a sour metallic aroma with the beer as well that detracts significantly from the overall pleasantness in the nose. Raw cocoa with bitter coffee followed by a touch of caramel.

Weird flavor. As I purchased this beer, I though to myself that this could be an interesting beer: It could be different and great or different and a mess. Unfortunately, it is the latter. Kind of sweet up front with a coffee-like liqeur flavor lending a sticky and artificial sweetness to the flavor and body. The coffee is quite muted but lends itself to beer in a fake sweetness. None of the flavors gel very well and makes this one a mess.

Thin bodied and sticky sweet bordering on cloying. More of the metallic coffee comes through in the finish, which is quite dry and clean. You ask "How is this beer sweet and sticky yet finishes dry?" I ask myself the same thing. The only conclusion I have is the addition of some sort of coffee syrup used for flavor. This beer is too light in color to have real coffee in it. Get this one for the novelty but not an overly sessionable beer.

Photo of bobhits
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coffee amber for about 7 bucks a bottle. I expect something rather intense. Instead this is a light easy drinking beer with an interesting coffee finish. Too many hops would result in a poor flavor. Too much coffee with this body would similarly fail. Instead this one hits a light flavored mix that works well, even if the price is just insane.

Clear amber ale, very clean. A bit of white head but not much lasts and only a touch of lacing.

Light aroma with hints of coffee and caramel with a touch of hops.

Overall a tasty brew that's overpriced and isn't really something I think I'll consider again.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a half finger of white foam on the surface. The initial smells are of spent coffee grounds and supported by a hint of honey. When the flavors first hit your tongue all you taste is really cheap coffee, like the freeze-dried grounds that are mass produced kind of coffee. The flavors that follow that consist of sweet sugary malts. There is a slight nutty flavor to it that when combined with the other flavors reminds myself and the other sharing of peanut butter. The mouth feel is light to medium with the appropriate level of carbonation and it goes down fairly smooth with no real bitterness. Overall it's an interesting beer, I've never really had anything quite like it.

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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a flat orange with a brilliant clarity and an ivory colored foam head, about 2 fingers to start before slowly dissipating after several minutes. The lacing was suspect, sliding easily down the glass with only a faint reminder of its presence. A ton of micro-bubbles sticks to the glass walls but quickly vanishes to a quiet scenario.

S: Wet coffee grounds, straight from the pot comes off earthy and moist on the nose. The strength is medium but rather linear and lacks depth of character but still provides subtle highlights to be appreciated.

T: The flavor opens with underlying notes of fruitiness which quickly succumbs to a fresh soft roasty flavor of smoothly brewed ice coffee. There is some suggestions of sugary sweetness balancing and complimenting the finely light wet coffee grounds. It should be noted this is not a coffee stout, but rather a amber with coffee influences and should be regarded as such. Overall a sweet bodied amber minus the citrusy hops with added coffee highlights. The flavor and impression was mixed at times offering some appreciable moments but also appearing watery at times.

M: Medium body, a bit syrupy with a smooth and fine texture. The initial rabid carbonation from the onset is now a soft reminder with a lazy, light presence. A fine wet coffee powdery lacing gently lines the tongue.

D: Overall drinkability may be limited by its overall sweet appeal. Good for a bomber but don't know if it would rank high my list of repeat purchase. Some watery moments hinder this just enough to garnish average regards here.

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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip pours a slightly hazy orange with a barely there off-white head that diminishes to barely a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh ground coffee in front of sweet malts. Taste is an interesting blend of sweet caramel malts and subdued coffee, not too overbearing on either front, an interesting beer to say the least. The beer is medium bodied and an easy drinking beer, even for Summer. Overall, this is a beer I may very well try again, but not one I'd seek out that often.

Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours an orange amber with a small frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is strong slightly stale toddy coffee with a little chocolate.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with a touch of fruits blended with a lot of coffee. The finish has light grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, an OK, rather one-dimensional, coffee beer. It is a bit interesting that it's on the lighter side (color and alcohol). From what I remember, it's similar to NB Giddy Up.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Common Ground from The Fort Collins Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.