East Coast Common Lager | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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East Coast Common LagerEast Coast Common Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
East Coast Common is a nod to those uniquely American lager beers – fermented warm, in the San Franciscan-style. One sniff of the heady aroma tells you this isn’t a utilitarian, washing machine-variety beer. Our brewers infuse significant quantities of late-in-the-boil and post-fermentation dry hops to make sure you know East Coast Common is a New England original.

We originally brewed East Coast Common at Smuttlabs with our friends and neighbors Stoneface Brewing Company and Great Rhythm Brewing Company, to commemorate 2015’s Portsmouth Beer Week. We’re pleased to bring it back as our new Spring seasonal for a wider, hop-hungry audience.


Added by NHbeerguy on 02-19-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Hackattack
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one has a unique taste for a lager beer. I am trying to remember a better tasting lager in my experience. It has a hoppy flavor with a slight sour touch in the aftertaste. This is really nice. The price was not TOO crazy, so I will get this again in the near future.

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Photo of munton5150
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bankboy66
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little too citrus-hop forward for me but I can totally get why this is well liked. Finishes better than it starts.

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Photo of epyon396
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John44
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose Brewing Co. "East Coast Common"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 08/09/17" and sampled on 05/28/17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of conscious: Nice label. I wonder what an East coast common is? I'm assuming it's like a California common. Interesting character on the label but I have no idea who he is or what he's doing. Anyway, it pours a hazy golden orange body beneath a pillowy head of white that settles into a creamy cap.I poured it before I started writing and it's still got a full surface covering, and there seems to be nice lacing from where the head has dropped. Perhaps it's fairly well carbonated which is bolstering the head? No, I can see tiny bubbles rising steadily but it doesn't seem effervescent. OK, aroma... citrusy hops over a biscuity malt base. Well that seems pretty West coast to me, but OK, it's bright and fresh and welcoming and I'll take that any day. Wow! The flavor is great. It's really got that steam beer yeast character. I generally think of it as kind of aggressive, and this is, but it's not so much so as some of the other versions I've had, and in particular, the best known example. I notice that the lacing is continuing, which is great. The flavor is not only citrusy, but there are some other tropical fruits in play, and a bit of pine as well. It's solidly bitter, which is good because it's got to fight a fairly solid malt base. In the end it finishes bitter and dry with some residual citrusy, tropical, herbal, and piney malts wrapped in a bit of sweetish malt that takes a while to fade away. I think it could be drier, but damn do I like it as it is, so I wouldn't change a thing. Why be like everyone else anyway, right? Let's see, what did I miss... medium bodied with a dextrinous feel, and gently crisp with a moderately effervescent, seemingly natural carbonation. Very nicely done. Impressive. I wish I'd know how good this was, I'd have bought more.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Feb-9-2017 (Consumed May-15)


Pours a faintly hazy, glowing golden orange with a luscious long-lasting head. Sheets of lacing. Very nice. The aroma and flavor follow one another fairly closely. Citrus-tinged, spicy hops mixed with crusty toasted bread. Everything blends very well and it is just like it should be. It is medium-minus body-wise with bright carbonation and a clean, crisp finish. Super drinkable, enjoyable and well made. This beer is exactly what it is meant to be (and I swear that is more profound and more of a compliment than it seems).

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Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 8/9/17, so I'm guessing bottled about 3 months ago.

nice bright golden amber body. thick creamy off white head leaving thick lacing.

nice aroma of non-citrus fruit.

Hey, this is good. tasty, slightly fruity flavor, faintly bitter as well, good tingly bite to it.

right around medium on the mouth, a little bite in the finish.

overall, a tasty, extremely drinkable, maybe even slammable beer. It's been a while since I had this particular style, but this is one I'll seek out again. Nicely done, Smuttynose.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours foggy hazy amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like blueberry, peach, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, honey, biscuity malts, tobacco spice, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like juicy peach, blueberry, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, honey, biscuity malts, some tobacco spice, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels juicy, creamy and smooth with moderate low crisp carbonation. Overall a really nice hoppy East Coast Common lager.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nicely out of the bottle. As it sits it gets better. The warmth brings out the great flavor of this lager. Recommend this beer highly especially after the temp rises.

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Photo of Vonhinx
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodchipper
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright hazy orange. Small but clingy head. Tiny, evenly distributed bubbles slowly rising during the entire session.
Tangerine aroma with a hint of the hops.
Taste like a beer cocktail actually, orange juice followed by dry dry hops.
Mouth feel is smooth, creamy with the right amount of carbonation.
I will get this again. Interesting beer from a brewery I haven't purchased from in quite a while. Need visit their products more frequently again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, light malts. Taste is piney hops, spicy, some malts, very bitter for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while it doesn't quite drink like a lager, it's a good beer.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of citrus, rind, pine, mint. Tastes of citrus, rind, pine, mint, peaches, some floral. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit slick in mouthfeel.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange. Thin sticky white head. Splotchy lacing.

S: Orange blossom. Biscuit. Toast. Caramel. Honey. Grass.

T: Toffee, toast, orange blossom, orange peel, sweet honey finish, with a crisp lager finish and a touch of grassy hops.

M: Smooth, silky, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O: An excellent and tasty lager. A great alternative common lager.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is slightly hazy copper, head is off white, fine to small bubbles and presents about 1/2-1 inch thick and then laces the sides of the glass well.

Smell is muddled a bit, but malt is noticeable, simple pale malt and touch caramel and hints of biscuit; hops are definitely ipa-esque with strong pine and citrus.

Taste is similar with a common style of simple malt flavor, light fruitiness, esters, and stronger than average hops with earth/pine.

Mouthfeel crisp at first, then softens with a light creaminess; mouthfeel is bitter like an ipa but then softens like a common or cream ale.

Overall a good beer, fairly simple construction and flavors but a lean towards strong dipa style hops for the style

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East Coast Common Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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