Steamhead | Aviator Brewing Company

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Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by atsprings on 09-06-2009

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Aviator Tap House in Fuquay Varina, NC.

Appearance was a kind of dark yellow to pale orange in color with very minimal white head that dissipates quickly to a thin white ring. Very little in the way of lacing.

Aromas are of sweet light malts with a few hints of citrus hops. It's a modest smell overall.

First splash was a hop surprise. Nice light sweetness tempered with more hops than I would have expected in a steam beer. It all works pretty good though, and the flavors are solid. Finish goes to a slight hoppiness at the linger.

Mouthfeel is pretty much middle of the road. The carbonation is light to modest, and their doesn't seem to be any heavy sweetness or alcohol to weigh it down. Rather enjoyable in that sense.

Overall a decent beer, nice to just chill with. I personally like the hoppy finish and think that is a nice touch as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sawmill Tap Room

Poured a nice copper color with a thin lacing of head. Smells malty with just a faint hint of hops. Taste is caramel malts with a nice hope bitterness that adds a little pine to the mix. There's an odd sour, creamy flavor to the finish, however, which I don't like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I've had this beer from a growler before and did not notice any sourness or creaminess. I'll chalk that up to maybe a dirty line. Otherwise this beer is smooth and drinkable. Nice to have something different from a local brewer.

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Aviator Tap House

Clear amber colored brew under a small, wispy white head. Smells mild and pleasant: sweetish doughy malt and herbal/floral hops with a little bit of caramel and a somewhat buttery element. Light herbal, leafy hop flavor over cereal grain and warm biscuit malt. Medium bodied and bitter in the finish. Enjoyable on a very warm late spring night.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

growler, WF North Raleigh

a: growler poured into a short pint glass, deep maple stain in color, with a thin white head

s: toasty malt nose with grain and rich nuts, brown sugars, dark breads, hops with crisp grassy notes, after warming awhile some alcohol and spicy/sour (yeast?) aromas pull through, seems very aromatic for the style

m: carbonation on the lower side of the moderate range, seems a little light, with a medium body

t: toasted malts run through the palate with notes of nutmeat - especially pecan and walnut, clean base with toasted notes the dominant flavor, some slight dark sugars on the front end, earthy grass hop notes, the acidity is around moderate and really sticks out in its clean surroundings, finishing dry, earthy, and bitter

o: it’s a meatier california common than most, it’s been awhile since I’ve had an Anchor Steam, but this one seems to be a touch sweeter with much more toasted character, it grew on me after while - started out as a letdown but I came away liking it alright

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a reddish amber body with a small off white head.
The aroma is grainy malt with some fruitiness and citrus hops in there as well.
The flavor is of sweet malts and a lemon citric hop bite in the finish... perhaps even grassy.
The mouthfeel seems to be slightly low carbonated as I have had from most of the Aviator brews.
An interesting take on the style for a newer NC brewery.

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Photo of garybrownnc
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler today at the brewery for the "big game". I like Califoria Common beers in general, they just taste so clean and smooth, like an American version of a Kellerbier, and you just don't see that many breweries try it.

Very pretty medium copper color with a nice white head and plenty of sticky lace once it subsides. Nose is fresh biscuit malt and a little touch of floral hops.

Taste is bready but also fruity, maybe apples or pears. Some decent noble hops. Smooth mouthfeel without too much carbonation. Very easy to drink. Plenty of kick too at 6.1, although the chalkboard at the brewery said 5.8. What's .3 between friends? Not outstanding but very nice, with a lot of flavor for the style in my opinion. Solidly made less than eight miles from my door. Sweet...

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel coloring, with a sparse, filmy head. Nose of nut and honey, with roasted overtones. Flavors are more of the roasted character, with a honey and toast blend to follow. Richly sweet aftertaste, with caramel and honey notes on a smooth body. The finish is slightly dry, but slightly cloying.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of usafboy
4.72/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark Gold handed to me with a gorgeous overflowing head (didn't care) at the Aviator Brewing company very appealing.

Smell- Light and crisp. My first California Common so not sure how to categorize it.

Taste- Malty and fruity left a great aftertaste that didn't seem bitter at all.

Mouthfeel- Fluffy?

Overall- Like I mentioned my first steam beer and it was suprisingly fruity and tasted great. Still not very good at reviewing so take this with a grain of salt, but not the beer because its perfect the way it is!

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of atsprings
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a slightly hazy orange with almost no head. Aroma is slight sweet malts and a trace of hops. The taste is an interestingly hoppy version of a steam beer, a nice hoppy lager. The beer is fairly light with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable brew, but nothing all that special.

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a small white head. Small bit of lacing, not much. Aroma is caramel malt with some toasty highlights and hints. Flavor is quite bready and grainy. Some generous chocolate flavors as well as the fully toasted bread. A touch of hop bitterness arrives in the finish and balances this one out quite nicely. Not quite bitter enough and I think too much breadiness and roastiness for the style.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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