All notes on beers in the style

California Common / Steam Beer

Fred Brick

"Fred Brick" brewed by Red Brick in association with Fred Crudder of "The Fred" fame, and Taco Mac's beverage manager. (Nothing like naming bars and beers after yourself!) Anyway... ...16 oz pout at Taco Mac on the East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA. Pour offers a nice clarity with a lighter than expected golden color. It certainly doesn't have much "Red" or "Amber" color. Head is about average and offers some lace. Looks OK. Nose and tastes offer the usual Red Brick experience. Solid, OK,...

Element 115

Thanks go out to the groovy one for a chance to have a crack at this one. Massive gusher from the 22 oz bottle, and further extreme difficulty in geting the damn beer poured. This is a carbonation issue and an annoying one at that. The experience actually detracts from my enjoyment. When I do get the beer in a glass the head is high and ice-cream like with an off-white tinge. Body is a chill hazed, mid-orange affair that lacks definition. The nose offers some simple balance as does the taste....

InaugurAle

Very simple, copper colored pour with a nice, bone white head and some lace. Looks nice. The beer basically drinks up front like a simple ESB or English bitter. Very tasty and malt based with some simple hop accents. Where this beer goes in the finish is the interesting thing. I'm not sure if this is by design (either for this beer in particular or for the style), but it dried quite violently in the finish. Very, very dry as it ends and in the aftertaste, and I was surprised how quickly the...

Anchor Steam Beer

$7.99 a sixer, Green's Atlanta, GA, USA. I enjoyed this beer, but I suspect that may have been simply because after over exposure to Miller Lite, Bud, Rolling Rock etc. one tends to relish even the most ordinary of tastier microbrew styles. Good light brown head and a decent enough head (that nevertheless faded very quickly) was followed by a slightly dry and slightly thin experience. Balanced and simple caramel malts and light fruity/floral hops but not much to distinguish it from many...