Slingshot California Common

Slingshot is brewed by Toronto’s Radical Road Brewing. It’s a California Common style beer, better known as a steam beer. According to Beer Advocate:

“The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today’s examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.”

Probably the most famous example of a California Common is San Francisco’s Anchor Steam.

Slingshot pours with a caramel body with quite a bit of carbonation. The head is thick and white. The aroma is malty with hints of fruits. The taste is quite malty and has an overall creamy mouthfeel. The finish lingers with a bit of spice and bitterness. I don’t have a lot of experience with California Commons, but personally prefer Anchor Steam. This beer’s a pretty good one though.


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