Nuthin' In Common - Beer Camp #8 (Best Of Beer Camp: California Common) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Nuthin' In Common - Beer Camp #8 (Best Of Beer Camp: California Common)Nuthin' In Common - Beer Camp #8 (Best Of Beer Camp: California Common)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by glid02 on 08-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by bohemiandonut:
Photo of bohemiandonut
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hardly anyone so far seems to have reviewed this beer "to style."

Personally, I can't think of a better California Common/Steam Beer ever made, and certainly not one I would drink again so readily.

Smell is floral and honey, with the slightest backbone of crisp pilsner hops.

The drinkability on this is amazing. Count me among the many who refuse to acknowledge the change in review category from 'drinkabiliy' to 'overall.' Overall? I'm no goddamn rocket scientist, but isn't that's what the weighted calculation is for?

Anyway, I have high hopes for every other bottle in this case, and hope to see it all over the place this summer. A few of these on sale at Vons would absolutely make my day.

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

The Best of Beer Camp #8 California Common, pours a pale copper hue crystal clear with a fine bubbled off white head. Fine rings appear with each sip coating the sides of the glass. Aroma has a mild citrus/bready malt note that just works so well together. Moderate bitterness highlight by fruity background bready malts, hops come in with a citrus/herbal note and enough malt/hop balance to equate to one really drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation extremely mellow and smooth going down with more flavorful than the traditional lager, this is a nice version of the hybrid.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the "Beer Camp" beers, this one was brewed by brickstoredave and seven other people who convinved Dave a malt liquor lambic was a bad idea. Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and sweet, biscuity malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors with a biscuity edge lead into a good amount of citrus hop flavors that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this was a tasty, easy-drinking beer. As a side-note this tasted very crisp when sampled back to back with Anchor's. Worth a shot if you're in the establishments owned by the seven other gentlemen.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an almost amber color that's more a medium yellow with a pale orange hue. A clean, white head remeniscent of latte froth is about a finger tall. it sticks around for the long haul and leaves good, leggy deposits of lacing behind.
There's a light sweetness in a grains background first in the aroma, accentuated by a bready malt and citrusy hops with a touch of pine resin. It goes a little grassy, earthy and a bit spicy with an herbal, nearly vegetal quality lurking.
There's a nice complexity and depth of flavor. Grains and fruity sweetness still rise in the forefront, then back off for a really earthy, piny hops show. As the grassy flavor comes through, it brings with it a ghost of something just slightly metallic and finishes with a similarly ghostly mineral flavor.
This beer's got a bit of heft to it and a bigger body than I expected. Unlike many, this is a beer that starts smooth and takes on some crispness toward the finish. It's nice and clean all the way with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of zimm421
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appears a very clear, golden orange color with a nice white head. There's not a lot of lacing left, but there is a nice white ring that remains throughout the drinking process.

The aroma is fairly sweet. The nose is dominated by cereal malts and there are also notes of earthy hops. The taste is pretty similar, but is very sweet. The hops stick slightly at the end of each sip, but they aren't overly present.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but more on the medium side with a nice carbonation level. Each sip gives a nice creamy texture. Overall, a nice brew that really makes you think and focus on the flavors. Definitely something interesting to drink and completely enjoyable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the beer camp mix pack. Pours a clear golden honey color with a small white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is bready with honey sweetness. There is a touch of grain. An overall fruity aroma.

The taste is somewhat grainy and definitely bready. This is mellowed by a honey and brown sugar sweetness. There is an earthy grassy bitterness in the end from the hops. The yeast produces a general fruity flavor that works well with the malt. The flavors aren't mind blowing but it drinks well.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Malty sweet on the palate but it does have a grassy bitter offset to keep the brew in balance.

A beefier than normal California Common, quite bready. Subtle fruity notes from the yeast give the beer some flavor. Drinks very well though a tad filling.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy light beige color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of West Cost hops with citrus and pine notes more abundant then expected with some solid cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by some citrus notes and some pine hoppy notes though are offset by some solid cereal notes with limited sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though with the amount of hops in this one we are getting away from the style guideline.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Had a devil of a time figuring out where review this beer; thankfully, there was a forum post that addresses the fact that the 2011 Beer Camp #8 California Common is the same as the Nothin in Common listing.

Pours a rich honey color, with minimal head and decent active carbonation.

Smells of wheat, spelt, honey, and fresh tobacco.

Spicy on the palate, this is a smooth, somewhat sweet beer. There's a real grape and grain feel and flavor to this beer, with a peppery start, fruity, malty middle, and somewhat dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a bit of mild astingency at the finish, this is nonetheless a rather easy drinking beer.

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Perhaps I have not-so-fond memories of Anchor Steam beer (I should really give it another try), but I thought this would be a weak, over carbonated beer. This instead is rather flavorful and easy-drinking, and I look forward to having it again from this mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into pint glass a deep golden yellow witih half-finger thick foamy cloud-white head,some bubbles

Grassiness, slight toasted malted barley ,little to no hops present. Has a typical but good lager aroma. Actually good aroma for a lager style.

Nice mouthwash of lager-type maltiness,some nuttiness,faint fruits and a good but faint trace of hops in the background.Carbonation is at the above-medium gassy/burpy level,but not overdone.Lightly medium body,average for a beer of this style.

Very good, light yet still has some good palate without being too sweet.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Also known as Beer Camp California Common.

Thanks to bmanning for bringing over this beer for a recent tasting. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a clear, sparkling gold-bodied brew with a small white head that fades to have some sparse lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings forward a moderate amount of bread and grain plus some light floral hops. Good balance between the two and would be nice on a hot summer day. The flavor is also a good balance between the floral hops and grain, though is a bit too grainy. Light body with a mild sweetness and light bitterness. Good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Glad to try this. Thanks, Ben.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dark golden, almost light brown color. It is quite clear and very carbonated. Due to its high carbonation, it kind of resembles a dark champagne. It has an awesomely thick white head that leaves sheets of lacing along the glass throughout drinking.

S: There's a lot going on here. I've notice some grassy and floral notes, some mild fruitiness, some yeast aromas, hints of spices, a roasted maltiness, and some bready scents. Lot's of complexity.

T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it too is quite complex. There is a slight hoppy bitterness, sweet malts, along with bread and grains.

M: There is a good amount of fizz from the carbonation that fits the drink well, leaving a refreshing, crisp finish. It is very smooth and has a medium body.

D: I'd say this is right up there with anchor steam in the California Common hierarchy. It is very drinkable and I will definitely be trying to find this one again soon.

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Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of PhageLab
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear golden color with a slight coppery tint. Produced a small bit of froth which displayed mild retention.

S - Apple juice, cereal, and citrus notes. Rather odd, but not at all bad.

T - Moderately hoppy with a sharp bite. Slight metallic tinge can be detected. Fairly simple and industrial tasting, but that fits alright here.

M - Crisp light body, medium carbonation level, finish is remarkably clean.

D - Not bad at all. I wouldn't mind them making this a regular brew, I'd definitely pick some up from time to time.

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Photo of TylerPrichard
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one out of the bottle into a Guinness Pint Glass.

A little darker than I had anticipated, leaning towards the orange golden side and less on the amber side. Good color and pretty good head with a ton of bubbles shooting up from the bottom the whole time I was enjoying it. Not much lacing and the head died after a minute or so.

The nose isn't overpowering but has a nice floral hop aroma and some maltiness on the back end.

The taste is awesome with a good hoppy punch when it first hits your tongue. Reminiscent of a solid pale ale. As it moves through your mouth it has a pretty smooth texture despite the carbonation and a good bit of malt in the mid palette. This beer ends with a bit of bitterness which you would expect from the hops your getting in the nose and on the tip of your tongue. The higher ABV is showing in this beer though as you feel a bit of alcohol hanging around after you've swallowed.

Another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AKA Best of Beer Camp California Common

A - Pours a brassy golden hue, and is capped with a nice white head which deposits good lace.

S - The nose is somewhat reserved, really at a good level, and offers notes herbal-spicy, and dry-malty. The nose has the slightest hint of caramelization, but no sweetness.

T - The taste is more robust than the nose would suggest, with a moderately-full maltiness and a herbal spiciness that seems equally derived from hops as well as yeast. I really enjoy this, and think it is well-done. My favorite Beer Camp brew thus far.

M - The feel is big but not quite full. It manages to have a great balance between body and tooth and refreshing character. Perfectly enhancing.

O - This beer is a very solid example of the style, and is every bit the equal of Anchor Steam, all while exhibiting a notably different character than the aformentioned.

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Photo of sitarist
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear golden color. There is a half inch of white head, the head falls quickly to a ring that leaves a few spots of lacing.

I smell honey, cereal grains, and faint hints of citrus. Its aroma reminds me of their summer lager. The flavor falls in line with its aroma with an added hint of multi-vitamins.

It has a medium with light carbonation. Smooth, and dry its easy to drink.

An easy drinking campfire, or lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clean pale ale-type of beer with a smooth grainy taste and a hop balance that teeters on grassy-citrusy and an element of mint.

The hybrid type of beer begins with a heavy straw color that shies away from golden or amber. A froathy, airy white head sits promptly on the beer and retains/laces well.

Aromas of part-malt, part-grain show in the sweeter scent first. While raw barley is part of the profile, a spicy rye-like scent comes through. Citrusy hops accompany other hop aromas of fresh cut grass, mint, pine, and light pungency (similar to earthy English Ales).

Flavors are much the same- partly grainy and partly malty and builds into the balance of the beer. The other half of taste is dedicated to the bohemian American hop legacy: citrus first, then sprucy, earthy, and grassy as the more elegant flavors fall and the beer finishes bitter late. As the earliest example of American pale ales, the flavors here take me to a time when the ingredients were truely indiginous and less refined.

Lightly creamy early, the beer has a subtle lager-like weight that turns crisp, refreshing, and dry late. Mild grain astringency and thinness hurts the drinkability but is fine for the type of beer.

With so few of these beers on the market, brewers have decided that formal pale ales exhihit better character and are more steady products. Though I agree, I'm happy to see the style battle extinction thanks to the help of Californian brewers who celebrate brewing herritage.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer camp 2011. Pours a light golden amber with a quickly fleeting to fingers of foam. Big notes of bready doughy malts, bright lemon and a floral/ pine note. Smells like a crafty session brew. Taste is pleasant and easy going, with more bready malts, and a crisp light hop finish. Nice carbonation and very refreshing, i could drink this all night. To me a little less of a hop bite and more refreshing than anchor steam at a higher yet unnoticeable abv.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Part of the Sierra Nevada The Best of Beer Camp 2011 sampler pack.

12 oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

The beer pours a golden straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The beer looks very effervescent and refreshing. The smell is biscuity malt with a rather distinctive spicy, peppery note...almost like a lemon pepper herb aroma. The smell is extremely fresh and enticing. The taste is very full of pure flaked barley flavor with a strong earthy/grainy yeast presence. The taste is very clean and crisp, and the very fresh theme continues on here. The mouth is fairly heavily carbonated as foreshadowed by the effervescent look, but somehow it works and never comes off as too much. Overall, this is a very clean, smooth, crisp lager that I enjoy quite a bit. I wish it were 5% instead of 6.5%, but I really enjoy drinking this and think it's a great representation of the style.

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Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours clear gold with a big, creamy white head. Fresh bread on the nose, light floral hops. Flavor is primarily bread, with light caramel and a nice earthiness. Very low in hoppiness, maybe just a little citrus, and a little grass and a little bitterness. Good but not great. This is no fresh Anchor Steam.

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Photo of netshark
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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