East Coast Common Lager | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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East Coast Common LagerEast Coast Common Lager
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East Coast Common LagerEast Coast Common Lager

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bottle.

Brassy copper hue, great clarity and the lacing puts on a show down the glass. Cracker-maltiness in the nose with mild citrusy hops, clean. Very crisp with a slightly hop forward character to start. Lots of crisp toasty grain on the palate. Ample hop bitterness with a long lingering flavor. Kiss of warming alcohol, clean as well. All in all a good sip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fulcrumbs
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dear Smuttlabs,
It would be a sin to not bring this to the masses. Taste... not smell or look- tested against Lawson's SOS in 4 oz flight glasses... and it was unanimous with 6 people... all picked as their favorite. At under 7% with great taste... and low price... this beer should be in cans and on the shelves across New England. Well done guys... this beer is awesome...! I recently got my hands on a few more... and have given away a couple to family/friends... and have heard nothing by great things on this brew. If you put it in cans and put in my local package store... you will be my new #1.


P.s. Summer is coming and so is a new NH law that will let you fill my growler...

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Photo of MikeWard
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 woodchipper
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Doomcifer
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden orange body with a thin ring of white foam. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice California common, true to form. Scents of minty hops and light grapefruit at high levels with woody notes and light fruitiness, medium-low toasty malt supports the hops. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice California common that hits the hoppier side of the style. Different from Anchor Steam, but quite nice. Flavor begins high in hop character with grapefruit and mint flavors and light woodiness with a toasted malt backbone. This flavor continues in to the middle, gaining hops. Finish is dry with notes of minty and woody hops and a nice moderate toasted malt backing. Aftertaste is woody and minty hops and toasted malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent hoppy California common. The rustic character of the American hops is on full display making this a pleasing drink. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice example of the style. Overall this is a very well executed California common. True to style in all respects it also fits a different form of the style than Anchor Steam which makes it a welcome beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Smuttynose (BIG BEER Series) East Coast Common, best by date: 7/24/16

Poured into: Man Skirt Pint Glass

S: A No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil amber body that sits crystal clear, showing off the persistent rockets of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. A bone colored, adhesive head builds, then eventually recedes, sitting as a quarter-inch cap on top. Lots of thick, bandy lacing.

A: A gentle swirl of pine, forest berries and a dash of mint. Light and fruity esters. Rustic might be a good adjective for the beer. Otherwise, it’s simple and clean in nature.

T: Lightly toasted bready malt greets you initially, somewhat chewy in nature. Caramel notes. Slight sweetness, ending with a hoppy, bitter finish, though not harsh like an IPA.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. Crisp finish, somewhat drying with a firm bitterness.

O: A bold boast, but I’d say this is on par with the brewery that started it all (Anchor)! Great brew to drink fresh. Good interpretation of the style. Regardless, this is one to try- it’s a great “I just want to enjoy a good beer” beer.

S: 4.5 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4.25 O: 4.25

Suggested food pairing: slow-cooked barbecue ribs, sharp/creamy jalapeño-cheddar cheese, shrimp cocktail

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 KensWorld
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjstacker
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaintAlphonzo
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of MichaelLamb
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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 puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle with a Best By 07/14/16 date. Sampled on January 30, 2016.

The pour is golden yellow with a slight haze and big lingering off-white head.

The aroma is subtle and pleasant with a little toasted bread and biscuit, melon, and citrus character.

Medium to above medium body.

This is not as hopped up as I thought it might be but there is a sweet caramel and bread malt character followed by a dry citrus or melon-like hop finish.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingQuinn
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Concord76
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of all three breweries involved in this collaboration ale and they did not disappoint me. It is a delicious IPA!! Well done!!!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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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East Coast Common Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 134 ratings