Derecho | Port City Brewing

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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
Ranking:
#31,262
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
97
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of klesniew
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dilbert65
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rbodacious
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wattie
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattsdenney
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ZachKelly
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of freimuth
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Nitty703
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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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Photo of tikk
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Psberrier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Ngntjp
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of beoirific
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Derecho from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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