Derecho | Port City Brewing

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92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mid-Summer 2012, a violent derecho windstorm barreled through DC, leaving one million people without power. Our brewery was out of power for five days, which left us unable to control the fermentation temperature of a tank of lager. We were determined to save our beer, the tank fermented at a higher temperature than intended. As a result, the beer changed from a lager into a California Common beer.

The storm’s gift was this DERECHO COMMON™.

DERECHO COMMON™ is deep golden in color, and has toasty, biscuity malt flavors. It is medium bodied with an assertive hop profile. It is hopped with Centennial hops, which give it a spicy, citrusy hop kick on the finish.

Added by Huhzubendah on 08-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts slim pint glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 07/09/15.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Pretty hoppy for a California Common. Mild grassy hop aroma with some bready malt to balance.

T- More grassy/vegetal hops with a moderate bitterness for the style. Decent complementary malt presence. So very drinkable but also quite flavorful for a lager.

M- Crisp, clean and bright. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Color me surprised. I've had one or two of this brewery's beers before both of which were unmemorable, but this one is very good. I'm not a big lager guy but I could drink this all day every day in the summertime and be plenty satisfied. Honestly, it's the above average hop presence that makes it so enjoyable for me, but I'll take it!

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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain with piney and floral hints. Tastes of piney hops with great grain that add sweetness. Beer is also quite balanced between the bitterness and maltiness, very nice for the style. Beer is light bodied with good carbonation and very easily drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A happy accident, a very good steam beer. Beer is amber and clear, slightly orange with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, decent retention. Looks good.

Aroma is mild yeast, a little malt. Interesting aroma, nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, a lager-ish yeastiness is present throughout. I drink all the steam beers I can get my hands on and this is one of the better ones. I'm glad I got to try it and it should be made again, just based on how well it turned out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shorty review: Undated 12 oz bottle. Pale cloudy gold. 3F head with lacing and a ring. Nose is light biscuit malts and light citrus and floral scents. This isn't too old then. Taste is orange and grapefruit, light, with biscuit malts to balance. Light bodied, medium carbonation, good drying. Decent summer beer.

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Growler shared by Thorpe429.

The beer is fairly hazy and appears golden orange hued. Small white head. The aroma brings citrus, malt, dank hops, resin. Smells nice. The flavor follows suit, with a grapefruit rind and malt presence. Light bodied and easily drinkable. I would definitely drink this again. A solid example of the style.

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Derecho from Port City Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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