Orlio Organic Common Ale | Orlio Organic Beer Company

Orlio Organic Common AleOrlio Organic Common Ale
37 Ratings
Orlio Organic Common AleOrlio Organic Common Ale

Brewed by:
Orlio Organic Beer Company
Vermont, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Carapils malts. Hopped with Northern Brewer and Styrian Goldings.

Added by Todd on 04-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by TrevorGW:
Photo of TrevorGW
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color. One Finger head that becomes paper thin quickly.

Aroma is malty, bready, a little bit of dark dried fruit. Subtle funkiness.

Taste is pretty interesting. Raisin and biscuit. Sweet caramel, contrasted by some hot metal. Medium-bodied with a stiff, semi-sweet finish. On the edge of "cloying" for my tongue.

Mouthfeel is a tad abrasive. The medium body is wrapped with too much carbonation. True to the style, but still doesn't settle as well.

Very respectable session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish honey orange with streams of fine bubbles rising up to a half inch of finely bubbled white head that lingers long.

Aroma of biscuity malt and some grassy notes.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma, malty a little doughey and bready, some fine floral and grassy notes. Not detecting the usual ringwood, but maybe that won't be a component of this organic subsidiary.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, fills the mouth, finishes with a tingle.

Tasty, good representation of the style, very sessionable. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Having trouble understanding some of the reviews saying its bland or timid - read the style guide.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle:

AP: A deep amber color with only mild carbonation and not much life was able to create a momentary off-white, bubbly head that dissipated to nothing...fast. Kinda strange.

nose: burnt sugar scented malt, syruppy grains, sweet and tangy sour yeast, spicey to the nose with herbs and green hops. not a bad aroma.

flavor: a semi-sweet oak and honey malt flavor with mild spices, sweet n' sour yeast edge and a straight herbalized mild hop flavor to round out the profile. not exactly complex...but enjoyable. Next to the Wolaver's "organic Oatmeal stout" this is easily my favorite tasting certified organic brew yet.

Feel: medium bodied with a thick and hefty feel but it's not without a nice clean bite and a bit of a dry finish.

DA: I think the organic brews have come along way, NOT the A-B (USDA) certified NON organic crap...but the real organic brews from companies that actually use all-organic ingredients, not chemical fertilizer and pesticide sprays! so, watch out...even if it's labled as "USDA cetified organic" you better do your homework because the big-companies are out to make a profit on this and not in the most honest ways.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont brewpub. Floral hoppy. Light orange with big soapy head. Creamy, above average mouthfeel. Good bitterness without the high IBU.Drinkability is good for those who haven't lost their taste buds to salt.Not everybody gets the carbonation right.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orlio common ale offers an almost perfect combination of light caramel sweetness, delicate yeasty fruitiness, and mild leafy hoppiness.

It's slightly hazy copper body (bottle conditioned) and frothy head of off-white foam welcome you, as does the soft, delicately sweet aroma.

In the mouth it delicately bristles the tongue with a very fine bubbled natural carbonation. Medium-light in body.

The flavor offers a variety of flavors including caramel, brown cake, soft berries, apple, and spicy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.

And it's organic!

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice session beer, but something seems a little off. I keep getting an aroma and taste that reminds me of corn and corn lagers as the beer warms. There are a few nicer flavors floating around such as the dry caramel note at the end of a sip. Hops are minimal and really only provide a pleasant balance. Oddly enough though, this reminds me of Yuengling, but better.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ewright
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll preface this by saying the bottle is marked best by Feb 08, so this beer is nearly past its drink-by age. That said...

A: A vigorous pour into a pint glass left little head, and what there was didn't stick around long. The color is a clear, ruddy amber.

S: This may be a california common ale, but the aroma epotimizes everything I dislike about lagers. There's a strong vegetative odor (DMS?) that overrides everything. The hops smell faintly like old, sweaty clothes.

T: This beer tastes like a macro lager on steroids. All the good and bad qualities are merely amplified. There is more of a malt body and slightly more hop bite than a lager, but the dryness and astringency I associate with pale lagers is also more noticable.

M: Ok... not much to say here.

D: I'd put this in the "lawnmower beer" category. It's nothing I want to spend an evening with, but if I'm hot, and its available, I'd drink it.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe every beer deserves a shot. Normally, when I see "organic," I think hippie bull spit. But like I said, everyone deserves a shot.

Pours about a medium brown with a nice thick head - very good retention.

The smell isn't all that impressive, but not bad either. Very yeasty, not overwhelming, but nothing great. about par for the style.

The taste is pretty good. traditional lager style with yeast and a little malty to it as well. Fairly clean aftertaste, leave just a hint on your tongue suggesting you take another sip. Its a drinkable beer. Not a bad option for a sixer at the store.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a rich dark gold with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers fluffy off white foam and lots of lace as well as good retention.

The smell is good, bready and slightly nutty.

The taste is good, nice smooth rich bready malt, some nutty after taste as well and a good balancing hop.

The mouthfeel is good for the style if not a tad thick, nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not reall delisious, but good.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Copper colored. Pours with very little head, but has visible carbonation.
S) Floral hop aroma with a caramel-like sweetness.
T) Sweet that mellows out to finish with an earthy bitterness. There is a touch of spiciness in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp up front then a dry middle ending with a fizzy creaminess.
D) A good organic brew. Very on par with the style.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent looking semi-murky brownish amber colour with a mid-sized head that is quick to dissolve, leaving essentially no trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is malty, with a hint of sweet caramel, some nutty notes and a bit of slightly roasted malt. There's also a bit of dark fruit in the mix here.

Flavour is less sweet than the aroma would lead on. Caramel remains consistent but fruit notes drop considerably from the aroma, giving way more so to nuttier, earthier malt flavours and a hint of hops as well. Finish is dry-ish and a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of chalkiness to it.

I enjoyed this one overall. It's no frills and has a good amount of flavour with some balance to it. Being organic is a nice bonus as well. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- It a dark amber with a little bit of a red hue. The head and lace were both thin.

Smell- The smell was citrus and candy like. It was like there were tones of sugar and grapefruit or orange.

Taste- The taste was a little bread like but followed by a hoppy floral/citrus taste. It has a earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- I felt that it was smooth going down and full bodied.

Drinkability- Average.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich darkish amber that is perfectly clear. Just a collar of dirty tan head. Aromas of toasty munich malts and a touch of unpleasant vegetal/dishwater smell... not much to this nose, and in spite of the description, the off-notes are not that off-putting. On the palate, very smooth malts and robust carbonation, along with just a minute touch of fruitiness, put this beer squarely in line with the steam beer style. The malts have a nice caramel feel and just a touch of butteryness, which works here in spite of my usual non-preference for it. Grainy finish. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, as expected, and the malts are nice and smooth. Overall, I am very impressed with this. It's one of the better organic beers I've had, and I'm usually not a fan of Magic Hat stuff, either. This beer is quite nice, though -- with less alcohol it would be a great session beer. Well done.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours Amber colored with Ruby hints and has a tiny almost non existent head that melts away like an ice cube on a 100 degree day.
The aroma is malts,hops and some grains. The taste is sweet with fruit tones and a caramel flavor. There are some grassy notes as well with bread character. It sort of ends with a watered down taste.
The feel is medium to low carbonation and a mild tingly finish. It is smooth with some creamy touches,but it falls short. A common ale is the right way to describe this. Very common indeed.

My measuring stick for this style is Anchor California steam beer and the difference between the two is day and night. This beer needed better balance,more carbonation. Yet this still seemed like the type of beer I would not mind having every now and then as long as I do not pay for it.

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Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden copper color, semi-clear, very thin white cover the lowered to a thin ring, some carbonation bubbles rising

S- Toasted malts, grains, nuts, hops, sweet, slight metallic smell

T- Grains, bready, toasted malts, sugar, floral hops, nuts, hints of citrus near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, oily finish

D- Worth trying

This an over all average beer to me. Decent flavors but nothing really jumps out to make this an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Liquids
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a full amber orange with a fairly creamy looing, small bubbled head that is off white in color. But is that trub I see at the bottom of the glass?? Hmm. Aroma is simple--spicy hops and subtle sweetness-- but smells good to me. Taste solid, malty with a subtle sweetness, hops are in the background, it's certainly an American brew but booring not just due to low hops, but it's not complex in the malts, and possibly too sweet? Rather clean though. MF is good, medium weight and fair carbonation. This is a fine beer but it doesn't win the amber spot...in my fridge like I'd hoped. It may have at one time, but it's too boring for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Slight hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is light sweetness and light hoppiness, nothing remarkable. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of drperm
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice one in my book...I'm not quite sure why there's not much love for this one...or for Magic Hat, for that matter.

Appearance: Cloudy bronze, a thin head that dissipates fairly soon. Probably its weakest link in my book.

Nose: For me, a classic/generic "Beer Festival Aroma". Malt leads into grassy hops, the smell of springtime. A bit of stale hay and grape leaves are lurking in there as well.

Taste: A slight acidic bite fades into a mild floral/grass bouquet, with a sweet-tart finish (is that a citrus tang at the end?)

Palate: "Slinky" -- smooth, tart, and a bit of a bubbly snap.

Overall: A great everyday brew, one I'd class as a strongish (5%) Lawnmower Brew. Nothing spectacular, but likewise nothing offensive, either. Plus, it's organic! I'm hoping to see more and a wider variety of organic offerings in the near future. I'm tired of worrying about GM corn sugars in my beer.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Three Needs.

The beer was a dark amber color and looked very pleasing. The smell was crisp with a hint of maltiness to it.

The taste is what killed. It was foul. Perhpas we could blame an uncleaned tap line but who are we kidding. This just tastes bad. It tasted burnt mixed with Krylon Gold spray paint. The lack of carbonation gave a mouth feel of nothing.

I couldn't finish this one. I would never get another.

On a side: I saw these in bottles in Vermont and thought about buying one but the label just made me mad.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thin offwhite head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and crystal malts. It's sweet with some dry notes as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a really smooth malt flavor that's a bit sweet, but balances well with a mild hop content. It has a subtle toasted quality. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a really solid steam beer. Everything is good except the lack of CO2. There's no head and terrible mouthfeel.

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Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear redish amber color with a thin off-white headskie. Very simple and easy to drink. Hops are quite light and offer balance. Really, nothing special here, but this would make a wonderful session beer as it does taste good and goes down easy... also, so nice that it's organic. More brewers should follow Vermont's example.

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Photo of Stimack
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this the other day in a mix pack that I got in a Yankee Holiday present holiday swap. The brew poured to a copper color that was quite cloudy and had a fair sized light tan head that dis not have much in the way of retention and did not leave any lacing. The aroma was nice, nothing overly complex but clean. Toasted malt and fruit like scent seems to come out with a nice hop scent that is in great balance. The taste again is not overly complex but the malt flavors come out with a crisp hop flavor that is more floral to me than citrus. Quite dry feel. Malt has a slight sweet feel. Overall this is a good brew, while not being exotic or anything like that. It is an easy drinker and a good effort from Magic Hat. Will get this one again in the future for an easy/tasty drinking brew.

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Photo of Hawthorne
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this brew in the fridge at the Portsmouth Pic n Pay (now Hannaford's) and couldn't resist giving it a try.
It pours a weak head one pinky thick which quickly dissipates to an even ring around the perimeter of the glass. The nose is sweet to me and speaks of autumn with toasted nuts and hints of syrup. The taste is mellow and balanced. For a malt lover who doesn't mind the hops as long as they take a back seat and offer little with regard to direction, this is an alright brew.
Drinkability is nice.

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Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep reddish copper color with a very modest head that quickly shrank to an even ring, a little lacing. The aroma was pleasant of malt and a hint of grapes but not too strong. The first taste comes on as a mild mix of yeast/hops/brown sugar. Very mellow with subtle carbonation. A little nutty at times with a mildly bitter finish. Very drinkable and generally pretty good. Would drink this any time.

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Orlio Organic Common Ale from Orlio Organic Beer Company
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