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: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It won't win any awards for looks, given it's rough texture (though retention is decent for a lager). Webs of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: I easily pick up the assertive hopping. It's grassy, lemony, and a bit earthy - at first I though it was from noble hops, but it smells like Amarillo instead. Touches of vanilla cream, toast, and cracker help to round it out. Not an overly intriguing nose, but a respectable one. (3.25)

Taste: The first flavor that hits the palate is a lemony snap - a strong lemony snap at that. Soon, the lemon will turn into a slight crackery sweetness to finish it off. It also has a slightly toasty aftertaste. This is a slightly strange beer for those unfamiliar with steam beer: many elements are similar to a pilsner, yet it has a fuller sweetness and a bit more variation in flavor (though said variation is a bit muddled). It does have some elements redolent of Anchor Steam Beer, though it doesn't strike me as a defined common. Let's just call it a hoppy lager. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This isn't that light in body. But, it's both well carbonated and dry. Call it more of a steady drinker than a chugger. The aftertaste is extremely long, helping it to become the former instead of the latter. (3.25)

Overall: This is a nice summer beer. It doesn't set the world on fire, but it's nice. There are others I'd pick over this one, but I'd gladly drink it again if offered to me freely. (3.25)

3.24/5: Like a gentle summer breeze on the palate

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ok, decent beer. It is light. Head and lacing ok. Color is nice. Flavor has a touch of citrus and malt. Kinda has a very light of hint of maybe a lemon muffin. Hope I am not stretching too far with that description. The finish has good carbonation and is clean and crisp. By no means am I comparing to a Michelob ultra, but this beer had somewhat of a similar clean, dry finish. I liked it !!

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My house mate and I bought this as a Sixtel for our newly built home keg-orator. Being that we Live in Northern VA and had experienced the Blackout first hand we were intrigued to try a local Brew that resulted from the power outage. It's hazy appearance is not unlike a hefeweizzen but it drinks like a Pils. It holds a good head and it is very light on the pallet, leaving behind little more than light citrus and bitter hops. As a "last-ditch effort" I say its decent, if it could be improved I would buy this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Evening Star cafe's block party. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with a thin frothy head barely covering the top.

The aroma shows a good amount of crisp fruit flavors to it. The estery notes from fermenting warm are pretty noticeable, but not bad. A little citrus is there as well. Not As clean as an aroma as they intended I'm sure, but not actually bad all things considered.

The taste follows with more of the crisp fruits, but adds a little bit of a tartness. The fruity esters are a little more noticeable as you get to the dry finish. Again, just a little bit of citrus there.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy feeling for style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty decent beer all things considered. It was definitely worth saving the batch instead of dumping it, but I can't say I'd be making it a regular purchase though.

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