Winter Haze Doubly Common AleNovember 1, 2007 Upland, CA
Dale Brothers Brewery
A California common-style beer, but with extra hops and malt.
Original Gravity: 1061
Every brewer knows that you drink with your eyes as well as your nose, mouth and Fred Eckhardt’s ears. This beer is very pleasing to contemplate. It has a dense, rocky head, well retained, and outstanding lacework. The beer has a fine, dark amber color and no haze, wintry or not. On the nose: orange flower water, Turkish delight. In the palate: pineapple sprayed with sugar, liqueur chocolates, sesame toasts. Finish: dusty, spicy, cinnamon.
- Michael Jackson
In these days of Imperial This and Imperial That, calling a beer “Doubly Common” might leave a drinker expecting a beer that pays tribute to Anchor Steam, the prototype California common, with an excess of ingredients. The sorry alternative would be one totally pedestrian (“doubly common”). This is neither, but instead a festive offering, if laid-back in a SoCal sort of way. Bright and orange in the glass, it offers citric and minty aromas before smooth caramel/toffee flavors. Pleasantly bitter hops linger through a dry finish.
- Stan Hieronymus
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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