UnCommon Beer | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Very Good
1 Rating

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.09%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 08-03-2010

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1 |  Reviews: 1
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sun tea tawny with bright slivers of lemon and orange along the edges. A thick one finger of golden beige foam never completely faded, and left serrated rings of lace as the beer fell with drinking. The next highest score was tempting.

The nose was dominated by toasted malts and gained a bit of fruitiness with warming. It didn't seem very hoppy, so it was surprising when the beer itself turned out to be fairly highly hopped. This is one instance where the use of a less distinctive hop bill (a guess, since it isn't published) and a clean lager yeast strain hamstrung the aroma a bit.

UnCommon Beer tasted like... well, pretty much like the Beer Advocate description of a California Common said it should. That is, like an aggressively hopped amber lager. The first mouthful seemed balanced... and the next 8-10 mouthfuls gradually put the lie to that notion.

Having said that, hop flavor didn't quite keep pace with malt flavor, which was fine (and was probably style accurate). Flavors included well-toasted bread and black tea leaves. Maybe a hint of citrus, though it's doubtful that the classic citrusy hops were involved. More like the spicy-herbal-earthy ones. Let's go with Northern Brewer and Magnum as complete stabs in the dark.

The mouthfeel was also appropriate for the CC style... assuming that having had seven versions of that style over a period of six years gives me any credibility whatsoever. It was closer to medium than light and gained a lovely mouth cling in the bottom half. The bubbles were energetic with an ideal amount of tongue sting.

Uncommon Beer is well-crafted, simple, clean, hoppy and drinkable. California Common may be an uncommon style, but beer this good is a common occurance at the West Des Moines Rock Bottom. Add another one to the list.

 1,887 characters

UnCommon Beer from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.