Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style Common

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jaydoc on 12-27-2015

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Lager yeast, honey, caramel, lemon, and candied orange.

Lager yeast with notes of honey, biscuit, caramel, and sulfur. Notes of pear, apricot, lemon, and slight candied orange. Finishes with a drying grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry.

This is a great interpretation of a Steam Beer! The additional hops don't hinder the style and only add a little bitterness and light fruit flavors. I will be buying more.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't expect Mike Gerhart to put together a California common-style beer for Otter Creek, but when I heard the news I was all over it. This crisp, well-balanced style is an American original, though it does have something in common with the Bavarian dampfbier: both are beers fermented at higher-than-normal temperature ranges for the yeast they employ. Given OC's recent portfolio and hoppier bent to their offerings, the question in my mind is: will this be hopped-up to the extent that it leaves the style entirely behind, or will it play well with the traditional Cali-common flavor profile?

Poured into a pint glass, it presents as a clear, bright orange-gold beer with a cap of retentive bone-white foamy head. Though it measures several fingers at first, it eventually collapses to a half-finger, though it still seems to last permanently. This is probably the clearest beer I've seen from OC lately, so that's interesting. I'd say it's better to have clarity in this style than haziness, since it's generally considered a "clean-cut" kind of beer. In that case, the transparency of the liquid in my glass is apropos.

Brought to the nose, the golden liquid in my glass immediately shocks the senses with floral esters, bright pine and slight grapefruit notes along with sourdough-like bready malts. Kind of "dank", green and earthy as well. Weird but interesting. Very intriguing.

The flavor is heavy on grassy and floral notes with some juiciness and spice present as well, all sitting on top of a spicy, bready malt backbone. A little like grapefruit juice with some botanicals added, actually. Pine, juniper and spruce seem noteworthy... very "green." Clean and distinct, crisp flavor with lots of little interesting notes to it. Carbonation seems medium-high and works well with the 6% ABV to deliver all the flavors to the palate. Swallow is bitter and resinous with a surprisingly sharp finish.

Glad I got a sixer of this. It's a very interesting beer in a style very few breweries bother attempting.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 woodchipper
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdm1313
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 devilmachine
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bdel34
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjm0715
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Riverbed
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun take on an overlooked style. As they say, Chronically Crushable!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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 MGibbons
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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 jgido759
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbone2131
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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