Catahoula Common
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company

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Style:
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #39
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,719
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 9.89%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
70
From:
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  17
SCORE
82
Good
Notes:
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Spacejamflam
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slightly sweet, slightly dry, incredibly refreshing California Common!
It's light and crisp but also flavorful, with a white lacey head.
It's the perfect go-to replacement for your typical domestics.
It won't put any hairs on your chest or raise your IQ but it's required for any refrigerator.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

certainly not the most interesting can of beer in the world, but a serviceable and drinkable brew, especially in the hot new orleans humidity, some of these can get quite malty, but this one stays light and crisp, a little more simple. which i think is a smart call given the weather there, its more refreshing than intriguing, but i am more than okay with that in this context. it has a nice frothy head, a paler color than most, and a high degree of clarity and carbonation, looks nice in the glass. a little lagered character to the nose, taste, and feel, a yeast strain with some flavor and a relative cleanness in the finish, which stands out more in the absence of the usual richer malt profile i expect in a common type. balancing hops is all at the end, and this drinks pretty quick. we had this alongside a nice quartet of oysters, and i thought it was a nice pairing, taking well to the brine and the nuance of the seafood, and washing the palate clean with bubbles on each sip, it warms up pretty well too. nowhere near as compelling as their jucifer, which is now just about everywhere down there, but a highly drinkable take on a style i would like to see more of!

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of grain, grass and light malt. Taste follows the nose with grain and grass flavors initially. Can also taste some wet bread and light white pepper.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Catahoula Common has a thick, off-white head, a clear, burnished-gold appearance, bubble streams, and some lacing left behind (see Anchor Steam Beer, for comparison). Aroma is of rich, spicy, grassy, grain, and the flavor is of sweet malt, a touch of fruit, and spicy & grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Gnarly Barley's Catahoula Common finishes crisp and refreshing (like Coors Banquet!).

RJT

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

First had poured from 1/2 growler into (jelly jar) mug. This is not an innovative new lager style a la Jack's Abby, but Catahoula Common is a very solid lager, from a promising new Louisiana brewery.

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Photo of Mwiggi1
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I might have gotten a bad batch, but beer was very average. Had a distinct starsan taste. Edited review, initial was definitely from an infected beer.

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Photo of Bull542
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Easy drinking brew. Only served on tap. Easily replaces those big breweries versions. If you're looking for a craft crossover or are just being introduced to craft beers then this is for you.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Draft pour in a shaker pint glass.

A bit hazy, yellow orange in color, foamy white head. mild aroma, slightly sweet. Same with taste. Grainy malt, cracked corn, a bit of earthiness, some noble hops? Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink, and nice mild flavor. Great for a hot New Orleans day.

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Photo of douglasbarbin
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque and unfiltered. Color is somewhere between dark copper and light amber. Average amount of white lacing.

S: Malty. Lots of esters, so there is some citrus fruit and floral notes in the nose as well.

T: Surprisingly flavorful for being only 22 IBU. Lots of fruity ester flavor against a solid malt backbone. I wasn't expecting to like this one, but I did. That being said, I don't know that I'd drink a bunch of this beer. California Common isn't really my favorite style.

M: Chewy and malty. Definitely one of the least "dry" lagers I've ever had. Would probably be a little more drinkable if it were a little drier.

O: Overall, not bad. Flavor and smell are very good. It could be a little more drinkable, but it's definitely the most sessionable offering from Gnarly Barley.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red White and Brew, Hammond, LA.

A: An opaque light amber with off-white, one-finger head that lingered. Ample lacing.

S: Citrus-y sweet and malty.

T: Orange and lemon sweetness comes through with an aggressive malt background. Very sessionable. Smooth, well-balanced. A great summertime beer.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Chewy.

O: A good offering from Gnarly Barley. A real crowd pleaser. Very inviting with ample drinking power.

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Catahoula Common from Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 70 ratings