It’s not so common these days to find a West Coast IPA that is assertively malt driven. Common Ground’s Commondeer – name aside – is that rarer find that tends towards the malty, caramel side of things. It’s bitter alright and is true to style but it’s not a freakshow specimen of a beer.
There’s strong orange citrus, pine and grapefruit aromas from the Simcoe, Azacca and Centennial hops in the bill. It’s full and resinous in the mouth and any dankness is balanced by the beer’s solid and commanding malt backbone.