Upstate Brewing Company – Common Sense
This beer is a revival of a beer style that was one of the most popular beers in America prior to prohibition: Kentucky Common Ale. It has a dark color with a rich flavorful taste and a decent hint of hops (22 IBU), but it is light and easy drinking.
Many people today mistakenly think that this style is supposed to have a sour taste, but our research led us to the over 100 year old “American Handy Book of the Brewing, Malting & Auxiliary Trades” (see page 818) which makes no mention of it having a sour quality or using a sour mash to brew it.
Instead, it was just a dark yet refreshing beer that the working class people of the time loved to drink very fresh, which was around 2 weeks after being brewed. We also serve up Common Sense 14 days after brewing it. It is a great resurrected beer for all modern beer lovers!
Dark, darker than I had expected. A very nice head formed.
I couldn’t put my finger on what the aroma reminded me of, but it gave off a light feel to it.
This beer drank really nice. It was crisp like a lager with nice body and decent hop profile for only being 22 IBUs
This beer isn’t a normal style that I go after, but I enjoyed it. Especially after a hot day. This beer was really nice. The can keeps nice and cold and free of skunking so it would probably do really well on the golf course.
4 out of 5
Until the next beer: