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The Citizen | Cismontane Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
cismontanebrewing.blogspot.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beagle75 on 12-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,766
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
75
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with a frothy crest of brittle white that settles to a pack of pocked pancake bubbles.

Nose is pretty bland. Slightly weedy vegetative character above a neutral malt sweetness that gives some rounded characters to the aroma. Mostly though, it's par for the course, even if it's not actively dull.

Caramel on the palate, with a slightly salty edge, giving it some pleasant savoury overtones. A hint of copper comes through, with a slight peppery back palate that it mostly lost in a wash of apathetic malt. I don't have a lot to say about the beer just because it doesn't have a lot to say about itself.

Feel is smooth enough, but slightly gassy. It's decent without being anything beyond that.

I found this beer to be exceptionally lacking in style or imagination. It's not even particularly well crafted for what it is. I'd say that it feels by-the-numbers, but I think it even falls short of that. I was pretty unimpressed.

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Photo of vurt
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the new Beer Belly bar in Koreatown, in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance:
Fluffy off-white foam caps a dull, cloudy, orange-amber body. The head shrinks quickly to a sticky disc which lasts and lasts like the Energizer bunny. Leaves good lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell:
Quite estery. Lots of stone fruits with a citrus edge on top of sweet malt. Hop character is leafy, earthy, and slightly tea-like. Overall, smells worty and kind of raw.

Taste:
Spicy and a little yeasty up front with a sugary sweetness. Even fruitier than the nose lets on. Bready malt with sweet orange and green grapes through the middle. Late bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and kind of sticky, which makes it feel a little heavy for a California Common. Good level of carbonation.

Overall:
If I didn't know this was supposed to be a California Common, I'd have sworn it was some kind of Belgian-style pale ale. The Citizen could stand to have the fruit character and the sweetness dialed back a bit. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but this one is not a version of the style I would rush to try again.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Tone
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a California Common / Steam Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops (English?), and a metallic/earthiness that is unpleasant. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, but the body and blend are dominated by the unusual metallic/earthiness.

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3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1167th Review on BA
Bottle to Triple Karmelit
750 Ml

2012 Bottle

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A lighter yellow with some golden mixed in. No real head but more of a 1/4" of bubbles. Again another beer without a lot of cling or lace either.

Smell- Well there was a few things going on in the glass. It wasn't overly aromatic but had some lager notes with some bitter hops and some lemon. I got none of the barrel. Really suprising.

Taste- I hate to say this because Vince is my boy but this really was like a AAL to me. Had a good malty backbone with some lemon and then moved to a lager note on the finish.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual lager notes mixed with some lemon.

Drink- It was just okay. The style isnt my favorite and if you barrel age it, I want the chardonnay notes to really shine through. Just a bit lacking to me.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some grassy aromas. Taste is of malt/grain flavors up front with an herbal and grassy hop finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, it's always good to try another beer of this particular style and this one is pretty good but nothing all that special.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt orange colour, a bit flat. Head is just a film of cloudy off-white. Looks like a beer. Congrats.

Smells fruity, with tropical notes. Passion, paw-paw, banana and some exotic spice. Pepper, Szechuan even maybe, some vanilla and peach. Intriguing.

Taste is more pedestrian. Bit of peach fruit, some notes of banana, apricot and some hop on the back. Pretty dry, though, and not bursting with flavour. I like the subtlety, it adds to drinkability but it seems like a lot of other beers without much special or unique to recommend it.

Bit of body, but no texture. Bit bland to be honest.

Nice enough flavours, could definitely drink all night. But just doesn't interest me that much.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather sweet and a bit malty. Finished a little sour almost. Taste reminded me of a Berliner Weisse called Cucumber Crush I think from Breakside. Wasn't bad but wasn't really special or overly good.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A soft pale amber color, The Citizen develops a small, fluffy white head with [retty good retention and leaves a modicum of both spotting and patches of lacing with just a bit of legging.
I'm a little surprised given that I'm supposed to be expecting a Steam or Common ale and I'm getting more of a Hefeweizen. Fruits, a light dustiness, and banana are the prominent notes with a bit of dryness coming out. There's a sweetness like honey and citrus (orange, not grapefruit or lemon). Tropical fruits? There's a very, very gentle bitterness as well, mostly of the floral variety. It's not too light on flavor and altogether very bright, with pale malts pulling through it all underneath. I have no idea how to regard it in terms of style, though. There's something marring it a tad in a note something like a mix of herb and sulfur, though I couldn't describe it in much detail beyond that.
The feel is bright, fluffy and creamy. This is a very light-bodied brew, though by no means thin. It's got enough of a crisp edge and smooth flow to keep it from being boring.

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The Citizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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