Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8

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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 Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Brent
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Included in the 2011 Beer Camp mix pack. Anchor Steam was one of the first micros available to me years ago, so the California Common style holds some nostalgia. Sierra Nevada hit the ball out of the park with this, eclipsing the Anchor standard. Surprisingly well hopped, with a depth of flavor of an ale, but the body and drinkability of a lager. No grain notes at all, which was both pleasing and surprising. ABV is a touch higher than I would have expected, but I'll take the label's word for it. I'd like to see this become a regular seasonal.

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Best Of Beer Camp: California Common - Beer Camp #8 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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