I have been doing a poor job of reviewing the fine beers that Kyle sent me. It's time to catch up.
I did a side by side of my California Common (Yooperbrew's recipe) and Kyle's (don't have his recipe available).
Appearance: Pours copper amber color with thick off white head, random lacing patterns. Head retention is admirable with foamy mountain that slowly subsides into the beer outside edges first.
Aroma: A sort of winey (more on that in another post) aged smell intermingled with spicy floral hops and a bready caramel aroma.
Flavor/Taste: Seems to be malt focused, with hints of a floral hop. Not picking up the CC signature Northern Brewer hop, could be a function of age. Overall very pleasing, smooth.
Mouthfeel: Thicker and breadier than mine.
Overall: Not sure how this beer would score competition wise. I liked it for sure. Seems like it needs a bit more hop character, and maybe a bit more crispness to fit in with the BJCP guidelines, but again it may be a function of a bottled beer vs. my kegged beer. Either way, it's a damn good beer and I'll say it's around a 32 out of 40.
My CC is one of the beers that everyone seems to like.
Appearance: Yellowish, thick white head, excessively carbonated (a known issue). More BMC like in color.
Aroma: Hints of minty hops, malt undertones, not as carmelly as Kyle's.
Flavor: This beer is more hop centered even after a few months in the keg. Seems more typical of style.
Mouthfeel: Excessive carbonation does detract from the beer. Not as thick as Kyle's, more crisp.
Overall: This is where I feel like a dick, even over a few points. I'd put mine at a 36 out of 40. I feel
that mine is closer to style, but we are supposed to be honest, right.
Still, I don't want to take away from a really damn good job by Kyle. Even if I don't think it totally fits the style bill, it's still a damn fine beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, at this moment in time I enjoyed it more than my own CC.
Thanks for sharing the beer.