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Knops California Common

Rating: 3.4

This one will be my first beer from the Edinburgh based Knops brewery, a bottle of their California Common that I picked up in Aldi the other week as part of the summer beer festival. This particular beer is one that I have seen in various bottle shops over the years, particularly in Edinburgh but it’s not one I ever decided to pick out for one reason or another, until now anyway. I spotted this one in Aldi and thought it was about time since it wasn’t the most expensive for a 500ml bottle and I’ve passed it up one too many times already. Another reason for me opting to give it a try now is because summer is upon us and it’s World Cup season, meaning I now have the perfect excuse to have a couple beers in the sun between matches and what better style to do it with that this. It’s not often I come across the California Common style of beer (or Steam Beer as it was known before Anchor Steam Beer trademarked the name), I believe this is only my second time trying one so here’s hoping this is a memorable beer.
Knops California Common

Appearance (4/5): Pour a clear looking amber that is very bright and is topped with a thin head that is just under a centimetre tall and bubbly before turning to a thin lacing across the surface that starts to turn patchy after a few moments, although it falls short of disappearing completely.
Aroma (6/10): Malty on the nose initially with some subdued hops as well and plenty of sweetness coming through. The smell features some honey and caramel with some bread as well but it’s the malts that dominates at the beginning before the sweetness takes over and some toffee makes an appearance as well.
Taste (6/10): Matching the nose fairly well, this one also starts quite malty with some sweetness backing it up. There is a few earthy hops and further malts coming through along with the caramel and toffee flavours that were hinted at in the aroma. Some toasted malts, biscuit and butterscotch, along with some bitterness come through just before the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with the odd light patch and the carbonation levels are about light-medium as well, although the beer does seem slightly creamy in places which was surprising. Some bitterness features throughout as well and the beer is fairly well balanced too.

Overall (12/20): A fairly decent beer here but again this must surely be false advertising because this one tastes almost nothing like I expected from the style, although as I mentioned it’s not a style of beer that I’m overly familiar with; it seemed more like a standard English bitter to me. Overall this one was a pleasant beer but it was quite standard really and not much like what I was expecting, nor is it one I’d pick up again.

Brewed In: Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Knops Beer Company
Type: California Common
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.99

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