Flat Earth Brewing Co.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Style: California Common
Aroma: Moderate caramel malt is the dominant aroma with light toast and hints of fruit. Balanced citrus and minty hop aromas.
Appearance: Amber and crystal clear. Large, meringue-like, fluffy off-white head that will not go away.
Flavor: Huge caramel malt character with light toast and a late hit of roast. Malt dominates, but is balanced by an assertive bitterness and bold minty hop flavor that leaves a cooling sensation all the way down and finishes with a peppery spice. Finish has a dry, crisp, lager character but there is a beautiful lingering dark caramel that hangs around long after the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat creamy texture. Dry and crisp. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall Impression: Fresh from the brewery and very tasty. I love the big caramel malt, but the roast that I’m getting seems high and distracting. Good balance with the hop flavor and bitterness. More hop aroma would make this an impressive all around sensory experience. I had it with a vegetarian meal of green salad, asparagus, and chive mashed potatoes, which it complemented well. Would also be great with saucy BBQ, sharp cheddar cheese or a creamy, young gouda.