Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common
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Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common
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California Common / Steam Beer
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common
Notes: We burned the rulebooks, and when the smoke cleared we created this counter-culture interpretation of a California Common that’s dosed with juicy hop flavors.

55 IBUs
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 171 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, some floral notes. Taste is tart, lemons, crackers, some herbal notes, not really what I was expecting. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy,bright yellow with lots of bubbles and a slim head that doesn't leave much lacing. The scent is strongly floral with bread tones, and the taste that follows suit. It's a good beer, overall.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Treated as a California Common (and had two glasses worth), this was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a transparent yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that stuck around for a good minute and a half. Light lacing clings to the side of the glass. The smell takes in some sweet corn glossing over some light sweet breadiness and then some light sweet grassiness. The taste copied the smell adequately. Dries out in the flavor. Slight biscuity aftertaste. Dry sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat a light on the body with a dry sessionable feel to it. Not wet like a normal "Cali Common" I’m used to. Carbonation seems to hit fine. Overall, as a California Common, it just seems way too dry.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

" An Uncommon Cali Style Common."

L: Pours a pale gloden yellow with a finger of white head which recedes quickly.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, pine. A hop bomb.

T: Follows nose. Very hoppy. Quite bitter. I wasn't expecting this, but I guess I should have.

F: Moderate to high carbonation, medium to light body.

O: I enjoyed this, but this should be reclassified. I imagine that soon most california commons will be hoppy (essentially IPLs).

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Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked-up a single as part of a mixed six-pack Kappy's in Norwell. Just noticed that the bottled-on date is September 2016 - thanks Kappy's. That in mind, a pretty decent brew, which would certainly be much better if not bottled 6 months ago.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A semi-hazy gold color with amber hues. All white foamy top. Spreads out, plenty of foamy rings and lace.

A sweet, citrus and herbal-fruity aroma pops out most. A buttery but light malt scent lingers , with chemy-herbs and sweet citrus fruits taking over in the end.

A very satisfying sweet malt flavor shows up first, not heavy, slick malt but very light and honey sweet. Sweet tropical and citric fruits from the hops kick in, mostly, mandarin orange, starfruit and pineapple. Major juicy hop effect in feel and flavor! I feel like I could wake up early in the morning and take a quick gulp of this to wake up, like the refreshing effects of early a.m o.j. A biting, zippy, light to medium mouthfeel is juicy, almost dry but certainly refreshing.

There is a subtle earthy, herbal and peppery kick to the hops but it really revolves around sweet citrus and luplin. Balance is very nice, as the lager yeast gives off bready-sweet & sour tones and deepens complexity. A very deep and intersting IPL. Big doses of hops over a crispy lager makes for a very "far-out" brew. Get on the bus.

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Photo of fscottkey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (6.0%). There is a very hard to read date code (08/31/2016). The beer is a murky apricot color. It forms just under 1 finger of white head.

S: [3.75] Herbal and hoppy. Unexpectedly hoppy. Pine, pineapple, lemon rind.

T: [4.25] Amped up version of the nose. Pineapple, melon, mango, lemon rind.

M: [3.75] Medium body and carbonation with a drawn out hoppy finish.

O: [4.00] My expectations were not that high and this blew them away. Really flavorful beer. Fruity and juicy with lots of tropical flavors (especially since this beer is almost 6 months old). Really enjoyable. I will repeat and recommend.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped at Houlihans in Fairfield. Pours a ruddy, copper colored hue with minimal frothing. Tangerine and spicy fruit aromas evident. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
2.12/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Not bad. Got this in a sampler from the brewery. Was intrigued by a "Cali-common" and open-minded. Again...not bad. Just not something I would drink on a regular basis. Nice job though Otter Creek!

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Photo of ajilllau
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ioved this beer and it sells well for us. I explain it as a hoppy, day time drinking beer. It is fresh and crisp and reminds me of a beer to drink after mowing the lawn. Would put on draft next summer.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues and visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale and cracker malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty but has nearly a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops. There are flavors of both cracker malts and grapefruit hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This California Common seems to have more in the way of hops compared to other beers in the style. It is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this. Hops smell like soft grasses with sharp flowers ont hem. Just a hint fo sweetness but mostly cool earth. Citric like orange peel.

Yellow hazy white head that fell well. Attractive.

Taste is a touch crackery toasty malt that is not too dark or rich. Hops accent the middle with soft sweet floral and light tropical fruit. Moderate bitterness to finish it. Bubbles keep it light . The lager yeast helps with dryness. Finishes crisp and with prickly herbal hop flavor accented by fruity pizazz. After taste lingers with a good malty presence. satisfying. Just enough hops to say they were assertive. More! This style was developed exclusively in the US. Hops are mosaic and galaxy.

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Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Given two bottles on Memorial Day 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: hazy honey hued amber, dense white head, nice lacing.

Smell: crackery malt with a faint lemon zest scent and some weedy herbs

Taste: Mild bready malt with a balanced bitter sting.

Feel: solid, full

Overall: a quality beer

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Photo of FFreak
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Lighthouse restaurant in Colchester. Very clear and lightly colored, with an faint reddish-orange, topped by a thin, white head. Nice citrus and stone fruit in the nose. Taste is good with a very nice balance of sweet to bitter. Mouth is what I liked the most, somewhat dry, but creamy and not overly carbed. Overall, a solid, easy-drinking and enjoyable everyday beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold. Heavy carbonation. Cool frothy whipped head that retains well.

Aroma: Grain, lemon, herbaceousness, a little orange peel.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lemon heavy. Tastes more ale-like than lagery to me. Maybe like a blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: Drinks like a lager though. Light and easy.

Overall: Fun little ditty. It's a stretch at $11 for six, but a fun early summer-type beer.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a hazy gold with nice display of carbonation. A single finger not so dense pure white head recedes in 2 minutes to a fairly thicker than usual surface froth. Laces better than I would have expected.

S: Smell did not do it for me. I smell malt and chalk. Maybe the slightest nose of banana. Not bad but not inviting.

T: Ahh much better than the smell led on. Malt in the spotlight with some pound cake and citrus (an even blend of orange and grapefruit) in there. Drinkable. Not amazing but pretty darn good, maybe even great for the price and availability.

F: Typical Otter Creek carbonation. A little bit of a zing without going overboard. The finish is nice and is neither dry nor wet. It's very well balanced.

Overall this was a nice one. For the money and availability it's pretty solid. I wouldn't seek it out but if I got it in a mix pack I would be excited to try it again. I like the lingering orange it leaves on the palate for a good 5-10 mins.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow on tap at Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester, NY. There's a small tight head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells pretty grassy, like you dropped orange and grapefruit juice in the grass accidentally, with some toasty light malt in the background.

This was definitely better than I expected. The hop flavor is pretty big and bold, grassy, slightly piney, with some orange and grapefruit citrus hop flavor, with just the slightest hint of slightly sweet toasty malt. Nice stuff.

This is lighter bodied, but not thin, with a crisp mouthfeel.

Otter Creek continues to reinvent themselves and pump out cool beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a glass.

The appearance is a light amber/golden with slight haze and thick white head with fine bead. The smell is a mix of malt with a slight fruity yeast aroma and mild herbal hops. The feel is good with balance of malt yet a little more toward the hop side with light toasted texture and semi-dry finish

I like the flavor combination -a good amount of malt with slight toast and gentle husky sweet elements yet the hops emerge midway with a slight citrus and herbal quality with gentle yeast in the back. This is a nice take on the style by Otter creek a little hoppier than others I have tried but still stays true to the standard by keeping some balance with the malt -very enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, amber color. Modest head but it leaves plenty of spots on the glass for lace.

I get a strong cream aroma...something a cat would seek out.

Reminds me of a cream ale but with a bit of hop counterbalance. The swallow and aftertaste feature more of creamy flavor and a spice (pepper) from the hop. Rich body with a muted carbonation level.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy bronze in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted bready + caramel malts with some slightly less than moderate aromas of herbal, earthy, and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted doughy bready malts with a light amount of caramel and cereal grain malts, all of which impart little sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy, grassy, herbal, and citrus/orange zest hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.

O: Definitely one of the hoppiest examples of the California Common/Steam beer style that I have come across. Malt flavors and aromas are exactly what I expected from the style with some nice hoppiness. Easy to drink and enjoyable, a great beer for enjoying outdoors here in the spring in NC.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty straw color with one finger of head. The nose is earthy. The flavor profile is more reminiscent of a pils than a steam beer. There is a mild juicy hop thing on the finish which is nice.

That said, this offering is highly sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint a clear bronze with a thinner quick to fade head atop.Toasted bread and caramel malts mixed with pine and earthy hops in the nose.I good smack of of grass and citric hops hits ya on the palate with a firm toasted bread element this is quaffable.The hoppiest common I have had and man id this isn't a "outside" spring/summer beer nothing is.

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Photo of Beglane
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mike Gerhart, you're the man. You've taken when I've considered a very poor style beer, tweaked it, finagled it, popped it up and now it really tastes remarkably well. Well done.

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Photo of Caesar7
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as Anchor (the godfather of mainstream steam), but it was smooth and representative of the style. I enjoyed the hop flavor that came through. Especially on the nose.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Candia Rd
Crystal clear deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Citrus earthy minty hop nose with some bready crackery malt beneath it. Flavor follow the aroma with a solid lingering bitterness in the finish. Mash up between an ipa and a steam beer, it kind of works.

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Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common from Otter Creek Brewing
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