Granville Island Brewing Campground Common – California Common at 5% ABV

Granville Island Brewing Campground Common California Common at 5% ABV (C$7.99 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 29-May-2016, reviewed 29-May-2016)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one finger of loose white diminishing rapidly to a thick cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grassy hops, grainy malt, light citrus, mild fruit esters. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate biter. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry crisp mild bitter finish. (3/5)

I’m not very familiar with this style – I think this might be my third ever – but I have had Anchor Steam, which is pretty much the originator of the style, so I’ve got at least some idea of how it should go. And this is pretty much on-spec for the style: basically a slightly deeper and fruitier lager. Which is hardly surprising, given that it’s done with lager yeast, but at higher temperatures. But, ultimately, it tastes an awful lot like a macro lager, albeit one done well. Not something I’m going to go looking for again. (12/20)

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