East Coast Common Lager
Smuttynose Brewing Company

East Coast Common LagerEast Coast Common Lager
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Style:
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,358
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
140
From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  14
Gots
  23
SCORE
90
Outstanding
East Coast Common LagerEast Coast Common Lager
Notes: 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.
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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight fruity and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a fruity and citrus flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Steam beer

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 23, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Citrusy and light... fruity and floral.

T/F: Sweet biscuity malts to start... light orange/grapefruit citrus, lemongrass, and a bit of spice. Bittering hops. Floral and fruity just like the aroma. Medium bodied with zesty carbonation.

O: Whatever style it is exactly this is a nice beer. Hoppy with some malt sweetness and good balance. Would definitely have again.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Feb 25, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that manages to jump two trains at once: the hop train and the off-the-beaten-path-style-beer train. Both of which are highly trendy and hence, profitable. The beer is a fine tasting, enjoyable quaff. The Hops are bright and nicely balanced with malt sweetness. It's not representative of the style in the least, but it tastes good and that is, ultimately, the point. There's the distinct whiff of pandering here as well. Throwing a ton of hops into a beer thats traditional profile is typically low on the IBU scale is far too common with brewers lately. I understand the motivation: satisfy the consumers insatiable desire for something new, while also quelling their hoplust. But there's something unsavory about it in the long run to me.

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Summersoldier from Massachusetts, Mar 30, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a Spiegelau pilsner glass. Color is a dull, burnt orange with a tight, one-inch, bright white head. Clarity is slightly hazy. Nose expresses wort and earthy/herbal/floral hops notes. Taste consistent with nose with some residual corn sweetness that lingers at the finish Toasty malts also come out in the flavor profile, as well as some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a slight oiliness to the texture. I can't say that I've had too many examples of the style (Anchor Steam is the only one that immediately comes to mind); however, it seems more or less on par with the style notes.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Mar 10, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/19/17...pours medium dark straw color, fluffy, 1/8th inch of white foam that settles down. Soft citrus nose, juicy fruit aroma. Subtle bitter. Soft lemon citrus taste. Chewy malt. Straws. bitter hangs out at the close. Tasty,.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Jul 29, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Hackattack from Indiana, Jul 04, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, May 28, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), May 18, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, May 05, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +12%
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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, May 01, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 woodchipper
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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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woodchipper from Connecticut, Apr 23, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Apr 23, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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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JRed from New Jersey, Apr 07, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -3.9%
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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Apr 03, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%) and there is a date code but it is smudged off. Why is it smudgable? Fail. Golden amber in color. Fat pillowy 2 fingers of bright white head.

S: [3.75] Fruity! Peach, pimeapple, white grapes. Really pleasant and surprising for a lager.

T: [4.00] Peach, pineapple, apricot. Overall very sweet presentation.

M: [4.25] Very thick. Way above average body. Nice carbonation. Lingering sweet fruity taste. Like drinking fruit punch.

O: [4.00] This was a whole different kind of lager for me. The flavor profile was much more DIPA than lager. I think I like it - it is just so different that it is hard to tell. The flavor and the aroma are good the body is thick and nice. I have convinced myself I like it!

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fscottkey from New York, Mar 28, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours good and with a clinging cream colored head. Nice and clear. You can smell a bit of toasty malt on the nose. Biscuity and then some dank hops. I like how they permeate the nose. There's a mild fruitiness and if I had to I would say citrus. A bit like orange a bit like grapefruit this finishes well despite the abv. Finishes with dank weeds, soft malt, a little sweet, and spice. A touch of bitterness to linger and a good firm bubble.

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utopiajane from New York, Mar 22, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/18/2017 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, a good amount of hops, lager yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but good for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Mar 18, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and hoppy. Delicious brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Mar 16, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear best by date (7/25/17). Gold with big beautiful fluffy whitish head that stays and laces. Smell reminds you you're not in San Fran anymore. Aspirin, grapefruit, papaya, and a hint of vodka smells very good and slightly dangerous, but does make me question the style accuracy. Raw, dark honey balanced by peppery heat and woodsy depth. Thick and strong. Long, lingering finish.

Putting this in affordable sixers seems like Smutty's emphatic answer to Hoponious Union. This is a competition that will benefit us all.

Musical Equivalent: Pantera - Goddamn Electric

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waughbrew from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As usual, I was scouring the cooler at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA when I spied yet another new bottle. I am reluctant to add onesie-twosies to the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, especially with a number of on-deck horizontals, so I am giving this one head-of-the-line privileges.

From the bottle: "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Crafting fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Come visit our brewery and Hayseed restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. And visit us online at smuttynose.com for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

Since this was such a brand-new, fresh bottle, I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour. This created two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with reasonable retention that left great lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite hoppy with a pine scent that was kind of unexpected along with some sweet fruitiness, like strawberry and mango. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big in the mouth and on the tongue, especially for a lager. The taste was much more fruity and bready than the nose had suggested. It was quite sweet with strawberry and tropical fruit flavors along with a bready maltiness. Finish was semi-sweet, but I was once again experiencing that pine flavor that I noted on the nose. This was a very odd, but interesting, beer. I like odd & interesting as a combination as I present that way myself.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazy light copper color with a half finger of head. The nose is hoppy with a trace of biscuit and yeast. Hops dominate the flavor profile with the bitterness rivaling a really good DIPA.

This is one of those offerings that I feel compelled to rate lower because it so drastically diverts from the style. If the brewer classified this as an IPL, my rating would be 4+

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 05, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has moderate to strong flavors of mangos, melons and oranges with no associated hop bitterness. No malts are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Just like an IPL is a hopped-up version of a lager, this beer is a hopped-up version of a California Common, having the hop aromas and flavors that you would expect from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Feb 19, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Imperialized Common? So it begins...

Orange amber body color, and fairly clear with a bit of cloudy character to it. Creamy topped three finger head, with fine bubbles and big retention. Thick giant sheets of lacing as well. Very aggressive and nice colored brew.

Fruity notes on the aroma. Smells a hint of strawberry like ester interestingly, creamy sensing malt. Mild sensation of sweetness but does bring a bit of alcohol heat but not overly large.

Palate is basically decent. Fruity notes of berried fruit and light toasted malts. Clean finish but with higher abv provides a bit of thickness on the palate and density but not too syrupy tasting. Mild caramel backbone for sweetness, and even a bit of citrus orange playing in the mix quite a bit as time goes on.

Imperialized common? Sign me up if it's this good and well controlled.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Dec 29, 2016
East Coast Common Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 140 ratings