7B California Common | Big Rock Brewery

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7B California Common7B California Common
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7B California Common7B California Common

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 04-11-2015

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KStark
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcubz
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easily one of the best Big Rock offerings in recent memory. I was extremely pleased with the combination of flavours at work here. It is no Anchor Steam, but it certainly approximates the style. Definitely dry, peppery and medicinal in character. As with most BR offerings, it comes close without hitting the mark.

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imfinished
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes: Sampled on tap. Bright gold color, aroma stands out as rather doughy, slightly fruity, with a spike of earthy yeast. Some grape-like fruity notes on the palate, unripe peach, apples, pears, a flat rank spiciness. A hint of malty pretzel. Semi-thick body, rather fizzy. Evolves into something more medicinal as one proceeds through a pint, this is probably the maltreated lager yeast communicating its pain. Its a decent approximation of the original Anchor brew, although overly thick and medicinal to my palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, a refugee from the current Big Rock mixed pack, named after the BJCP category for said style, with helpful listings on the label of the high to low scoring guides - I'll keep that in mind.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, a bit of ugly earthy yeast (a la Anchor, so 'good', I guess), and plain leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops. The taste is dry bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of yeasty doughiness, hints of stale orchard fruit, and still underwhelming earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly involved in its sassy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, perhaps that yeast (either Big Rock house, or style-dependent, it's hard to tell) taking a few ounces out of the proverbial flesh. It finishes pretty dry, the crackery pale malt, lingering yeast, and soft noble hops doing their thing.

Well, Big Rock has gone the slavish route, in emulating the originator of the style, right down to the off-putting yeastiness, which I suppose isn't all that much of a stretch for them. Anyways, to comply with the so-called style guidelines depicted on the can, I'd have to go with '(30-37): Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws' - however, no way in hell am I calling this the associated 'Very Good', 'cause it ain't.

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7B California Common from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 10 ratings