Super Nova Summer Common Beer
Empyrean Brewing Company

Super Nova Summer Common BeerSuper Nova Summer Common Beer
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Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #14,778
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Aug 15, 2022
May 04, 2003
Inspired by the hybrid American beer style spurred by California's gold rush 150 years ago, we brew our Super Nova™ California Common with a modern twist. The backbone of smooth Pilsner malt and touch of sharp Rye complement the finish: a candy-citrus and fruit character from our blend of Amarillo and Galaxy hops.

Smooth and light-bodied like all good summer beers, Super Nova™ is a formula for the modern era.

IBUs: 33
Malts: Pilsner, Aromatic, 2-Row, Flaked Rye
Hops: Galaxy, Amarillo
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Rated: 3.62 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Best by 11/23/22"; drank 8/13/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Soft melon & mineral water notes in the nose.

Soft medium mouthfeel.

Soft melon & mineral water flavors; simple, effective. I'd have another!
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A once-retired but now back for more brew from the midwest.

Pours medium gold and moderately hazed.

Aromas of fresh citrus and pale and cracker malts with a bit of grassy hops.

Slightly sweet and citrusy on the tip of the tongue, there are both bready and crackery malts in midstream. Hints of pine hop flavors on the tail end join grassy and herbal notes.

Well carbonated, medium light, and long in the finish, which is drying and nearly crisp.

An excellent representation of the style, and a really nice warm weather brew.
Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jul 22, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Body : A wonderful mango-pineapple color with lovely haze and near 100% opacity with just edges of light peeking through.
Head : Enormous, soapy, full, and leaves fantastic lace. This is a world class look.

Initial : Very fruity with fresh cut oranges, white grapefruit, followed by cracker and pale malts. A slight bread aroma as well.
With Agitation : More malty aromas.

Front : Fruit out front, with a delicious cracker/biscuit malt and a nice hoppy pine bite.
Back : Quite a bit of bitterness but pleasant and appropriate.

Appropriately creamy and carbonated with a great semi-dry feel.

Overall : This beer was a knockout. I'd reccomend it even though it's a tad bitter for me personally. It's wonderfully done....a great summer session steam/fruity american pale ale.
Mar 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattafett from Iowa

Nov 23, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by ssjkyle from Nebraska

Jul 14, 2012
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Reviewed by peoplewithhands from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Golden with minimal maybe half finger head, but plenty of nice lacing until finished.

Smell: Sweet herbal smell

Taste: sweet herbal, nice hops, goes down so easy with really refreshing end note.

Mouthfeel: a little thicker than expected, but pleasantly so.

Overall: I'm not saying the hoppiness is anywhere near your standard pale ale or anything that bitter, but for a summer ale this is a great alternative to less hoppy wheat beers and lagers for a hot summer day. I can down a 6 pack with ease.
May 21, 2012
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Reviewed by Pintofbrown from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
App- A very nice golden and cloudy body that has a half finger of dense creamy head that is representative of a steam beer. It dies really fast however, and has no lace.

Smell- There is wheat and caramel malt here, as well as general bittering hops. There is also a distinct straw like smell to this beer.

Taste- It is a creamy wheat build that follows all the way through the drink. There is a bit of grassy hop in the finish as well, but not really doing anything for the drink. The caramel malt is here, but it is in mid drink and doesn’t stick around. Is it a good mix of flavors? Sure, but it is bordering on being boring and bland.

Mouth feel- It is an easy and creamy drink. This is diminished however by the bubbles. They aren’t really out of place, but I don’t really think it is the right move either. The fizziness gets in the way more than anything else.

Overall- Summer wheats aren’t something I particularly enjoy. I will give Empyrean credit though because it is a well crafted beer, and hey, if you’re looking for a decent summer wheat, this one would work fine.
Oct 26, 2011
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Reviewed by lawlerj from Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent amber/gold. Appears to be moderately carbonated. Yields an impressive head with an aggressive pour. Head doesn't stick around too long though but does leaves about a half finger width of foam on top. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - nothing overly strong on the nose - malt and biscuity overtones, maybe a little bit of hops, but not much.

T - very nice - malt sweetness and biscuits balanced with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Not really any floral hops that I can detect, but just enough bitterness to balance the moderate sweetness here, and then a nice little punch of hops on the backend. Wow. Delicious.

M - medium bodied, not overly carbonated. Nothing amazing here, but solid.

O - overall, an eminently drinkable, delicious beer. I had this on top at Lazlo's and was hoping I remembered it correctly. The bottles are just as good. Kudos Empyrean for bottling this - keep bottling those seasonals and I'll keep buying them, promise.
Jul 02, 2011
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Reviewed by omahawk from Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Dark gold in color, a little cloudy, carbonation is light to medium - just about right.

Smell - Fine. I guess I don't expect much smell out of this style. Mild biscuit malt smell. Neutral hop notes detected.

Taste - Very nice Cal Common. Great hop / malt balance. Very smooth, substantial taste. I could drink a couple of these in a row.

Mouthfeel - light carbonation, bitterness restrained and appropriate. Good.

Overall - I'm not always an Empyrean fan, but this one is a well made beer. Great balance of malts and hops makes this a great session beer. I will definitely buy this one again.
Jul 01, 2011
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Reviewed by Forb from Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hand pumped from a wooden cask...

Appearance: Pours a clouded white / gold body that slowly settles to a fairly translucent golden haze. When the body settles it leaves a minor foamy head. Lacing is basically white walling the glass.

Smell: A not so potent malt base is felt here with some miniscule hop introduction.

Taste: This brew has such a nice malt base to it that when the citrus comes into play it just settles so deliciously mellow and explosive.

Mouthfeel: This brew has a medium body with essentially no carbonation. Creamy and smooth is the way this one goes down.

Overall: A delicious beer for a summer seasonal. My first Empyrean beer and I will surely be trying more in the near future.
Jun 26, 2011
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Reviewed by icecube from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz Bottle poured into a warm glass
Sell by date 10//10/11
Very Fresh

A: Light orange/yellow

S: It has a nice citrus aroma

T: Very smooth, a nice amount of a dry bitter hop with smooth finish

M: Light to Medium body. Perfect for a nice warm summer day.

D: I've had a number of these now and it is very good. One of the best summer seasonal beers I have had
Jun 18, 2011
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Reviewed by NStLincoln from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Empyrean's first seasonal offering out of a bottle. It's their summer brew and the people of Lincoln are pumped to try it.

Pours a light coppery color, almost totally clear. The head is white and foamy and dissipates quickly.

The nose has sweet malt, creamed corn, and melted caramel notes. Also, and this is going to sound weird, but some diced carrot, at least the sweetness of a carrot.

Reminds me a lot of Michelob Amber Bock with a more bitter interesting finish. Malty sweetness is the star of the show here. Caramel and corn rule the front end, but the beer transitions quickly to a bitter finish. Definitely the hoppiest beer from Empyrean. The hops here is used more for bittering than flavor.
Jun 09, 2011
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Reviewed by schnides from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is an awesome brew!
I have gone through 2 kegs.
I wait each year so I can get a keg or 2 for my home system. I only wish that they have this as a regular tap instead of seasonal.
Great flavor!
Great taste!
Will look forward to next years batch.
Thanks Empyrean!!!
Aug 23, 2009
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Reviewed by beerbrains from Nebraska

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is fast becoming one of my favorite hot weather beers.

Served in a 23oz pilsner glass at Lazlo's. Golden bronze color topped with a fluffy white head. Somewhat like a farmers tan. The head disappates quickly leaving no lace behind. There is little distinguishable in the nose. The taste is malty, fruity with citrus and some grasses. A nice hop balance. The first big drink chases away the late afternoon heat and sets up my pallete for dinner.
I paired this with a hickory smoked swordfish sandwich and fries. The beer took care of everything going on the plate the smoke, saltiness, even the dill tarter. A great match up.

I only wish I didn't have to drive to Lincoln to get a growler of it.
Jun 30, 2009
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Reviewed by hoffman from Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sewrved up in a mug by bartender at OC in Omaha. Looks coppery amber in the mug with an ice white head that stick faintly to the mug. Smell is non existant snuffed out by the background but faint at best....slightly hopped, with some bolder malt tones...dark fruits. The taste is...very decent. A nice hop front with some cherry/strawberry notes in the middle and a decent balanced hop finish, the flavor was a bit extract driven but still decent. The mouthfeel is nice and full, could have used a bit more kick from the CO2...not the beers fault but still present. Overall a very drinkable brew.
Aug 05, 2006
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Reviewed by bditty187 from Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Coppery-bronze hue, translucent, the head was white, small, it faded quickly, no lace. Served too cold to maximize the nose… eventually a pleasantly crisp hoppiness and a hint of malt emerged, a note of apple too. Excellent palate, refreshing, flavorful, crisply hoppy, malty and fruity goodness mingles well. Pleasant finish, crisp and hoppy, mildly bitter. Medium body, minor carbonation with an above-average mouthfeel. All in all this is a very good beer, nicely hopped, appetizing, and oh so drinkable! This would be a knockout for a summertime cookout… try one.
May 04, 2003
Super Nova Summer Common Beer from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 19 ratings