Hop Common
Peekskill Brewery

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #12
Ranked #34,841
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Peekskill Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Unfiltered with amber hues and a medium body. Segal Ranch Nugget and Cascade Hops give citrus and fresh pine on the nose. Finishes dry with slight bitterness.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
orcrist_cleaver from New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong woodsy notes. Scratchy pine, toasted and grainy malt. Orange hue. Fresh, minty aroma. Coarse feel, light-med body . Fresh squeezed citrus, orange/grapefruit.

Feb 23, 2015
Photo of seedyone
seedyone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05/29/13 On tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC. Lovely creamy head & mouth feel. At the low end of the IPA IBU scale this really hit the spot. The bitter has no bite. Simple dry aftertaste. At 5.7 ABV this could be the start of a long relationship, but availability appears to be a bit hit & miss, so if you find it, give it a try.

Dec 16, 2014
Photo of metter98
metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around some edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the malty flavors seem to be a little more prominent and the hops only contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a good representation of the style and had a nice balance between the malts and hops.

Feb 25, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy dark orange. 1.5 inch head, not much lacing.

Slightly weak aromas- spicy and grassy tones are what I get.

The taste follows, slightly stronger. Lightly bitter, with grassy hop flavors coming to the forefront. A bit floral, too.

Light bodied, well carbonated, very drinkable.

A good stab at the California Common style. Could have a bit more bright flavors.

Jan 02, 2014
Photo of kbrod7
kbrod7 from New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Birdsall House in Peekskill. It is my first Steam Beer so maybe this is how the style is supposed to taste. This beer was completely unbalanced with a weak malt presence and an over the top yet extremely bitter hop profile. If you like to drink a glass of bitter hops, then this beer is for you. I proceeded to drink a few west coast IPA's after this one that completely blew me away.

Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 07/28/13 notes. Had on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy, medium orange color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus, bread, wheat, grains, floral hops, fruits, and earthy notes. Light oranges and citrus and fruit in the nose, pretty nice, though not super hoppy.

t - Tastes of bready malts, light oranges, light floral hops, earthy notes, grains, wheat, and toasted malts. Nice, but less fruit and citrus than the nose; a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very msooth and easy to drink. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a pretty good beer, though no where near their other hoppy offerings. Some nice floral and citrus in the nose, though the taste has less. Easy to drink, a nice light beer, but would highly recommend their other IPA's if you're looking for something hoppy.

Jul 29, 2013
Photo of dar482
dar482 from New York

4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered beer comes in a golden hazy color.

The aroma has tons of citrus, some grassiness, and some breadiness.

The flavor follows with tons of orange hops, a bready mouthfeel, and pine. There's a good amount of drying on the end.

The finish definitely has that breadiness and grain flavor that makes it a lager instead of an ale.

However, the unfiltered lager aspect with this along with the tons of citrus hops really makes this hoppy lager a drinkable and really enjoyable beer.

Jul 15, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Valhalla in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint hints of orangish amber in color. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to medium sized patch of thin film, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light aroma of grainy malts that has a light amount of sweetness present. Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange/grapefruit hops towards the finish.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a light amount of sweetness that is followed by light to moderate flavors fo citrus/orange/grapefruit hops that imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean with a very light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Surprised that this is a California Common/Steam Beer as it could easily be mistaken for an APA or an IPA. There is a pleasant amount of hoppiness that makes this one quite enjoyable and it is very easy to drink.

Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
Hopdaemon39 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a clear golden color, with an inch and a half if bubbly head, decent retention, minimal lacing.

Smell is mild- slight aroma of citrus hops and light grains.

Taste is excellent- citrus hops, light grain profile, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium body with moderate carbonation. This one is definitely a keeper and an excellent example of the style.

Jun 09, 2013
Photo of plaid75
plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted malts accompanied by a grassy hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a round caramel malt and a cleansing bright grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was clean with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale. Very sessionable.

Oct 11, 2012
Photo of MysticRuler
MysticRuler from New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally do not gush about pale ales. I tend to like good ones as much as the next guy, but this one was particularly good and I had a few of them in a session. The aroma is floral hoppy, with a very nice finish of Mt. Hood hops which lend an astringent, earthy hop character to the mix. I also blended the hop common with another peekskill pale; "wake up call" on a 3/4 to 1/4 basis (favoring the Hop Common) ....excellent as a blend as well.

Aug 02, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
BigPlay1824 from New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a light golden color with zero carbonation bubbles, has a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: a slight citrus hop is present, other than that it is very clean
T: drinks with a slight tartness and nice citrus hop notes that are slightly toned down
M: medium carbonation tingle, drinks silky, has a dry finish
O: love the style and i find this one to be a nice representation of the style but would have liked to see some more head retention, taste was overall very pleasant

Jan 09, 2012
Photo of iBeer16
iBeer16 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: pours a nice light amber color that pour with a nice finger and a Hal head that is an off white color. When head dissipates leaves light lacing.

S: fairly weak on the nose, mostly a slight pine hop aroma with a slight sweet malt aroma as well.

T: taste is of strong piney hops, also has a very nice sweet roasted malt on the top of the palate.

M: nice carbonation with a nice full body. Starts off semi sweet and roasty. And finishes kind of bitter.

Overall, this is a significant improvement from the old hop common. Very easy to drink, pairs great with wings.

Jan 07, 2012
Photo of koopa
koopa from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Toasted orange and clear with a small white crown that shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Toffee malts and a hint of bittering / floral hops.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light...my favorite aspect of this session brew.

Overall: I could have had more than one of these, especially in warm weather.

May 08, 2011
Photo of mcallister
mcallister from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden colored with a small off white head.

Aromas of toffee, cereal, biscuit, and earthy and piney hops.

Nose just like the taste. Great balance juicy hops in the middle very piney and grassy. Cereal malts a bit sweet on the finish with moderate carbonation leaving a great mouthfeel. Silky smooth.

Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Keene
Keene from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A burnt orange color topped with a dense head of foam, Hop Common is definitely sessionable and pairs very well with the food on the menu at the brewpub. The first sip tasted woody and left lacing on my pint glass. Nicely carbonated and somewhat dry, this well balanced beer has a creamy mouthfeel and a hoppy finish. Regularly on tap and well executed, it's worth a try either on its own or along with some of Peekskill's other brews.

Apr 21, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
modernartblues from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I initially thought this was an IPA (that good a nose on this one, nice and hoppy), but the bar tender told me it was steam lager modeled after Anchor Steam.

Yes siree, I could do with a sixer or two of this one. Great to see something different from a brew-pub. I believe Peekskill Brewery is relatively new, but they've got some tastee brews over there. This may be my favorite yet.

Jul 20, 2010
Photo of BavariaYeti
BavariaYeti from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great drinking local brew. The beer was a looker. Nice dark copper color with solid lacing. It was a mix between an American IPA and a Cali Common. Good taste and decent mouthfeel. A solid mix between Anchor Steam and a traditional IPA. The pubs best offering.

Mar 08, 2010
Photo of barknee
barknee from New York

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Common from the Peekskill brewery and that of Defiant Brewing in Pearl River NY are one of the same as the brewmaster at Defiant produces some of the brews served at Peekskill Brewing. This is a wonderful brew; grapefruit and sticky hops dominate the palate and nose in what is simply an EZ drinking and immensely enjoyable hop laden brew. Fantastic acid balance giving this concoction extreme drinkability. Served in a "proper" pint on scene you will simply love it!

Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Billolick
Billolick from New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewery in Peekskill, pours clear lighter copper amber, supporting a middle of the road off white head, and then showing better then average lace. Just a hint of hops in the nose. Balanced brew, toffee malts a hint of tropical fruit and grainy hops. Nothing special, but a decent offering for a tiny brwery that is hosting a boatload of guest taps and still searching/finding its way with its own brews.

May 27, 2009
Hop Common from Peekskill Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 108 ratings