Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale (Cascade) - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale (Cascade)Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale (Cascade)

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 09-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date.

Bright amber color, beautiful lacing that sticks to the glass. Big orangey hop in the nose, earthy, rind, zest, & pith with some bready notes on the back. Smooth with some body, subtle crispness. Load of Cascade hop flavor; earthy, pith, mild zest, leafy, & rind. Solid malt backbone, slightly fruity, and more than enough bitterness to balance and stick on the palate. Ends juicy, pithy, bitter & semi-dry.

Love single hopped brews, the classic Cascade obviously used here and I get the full range of it while the base beer brings it as well. A real treat.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice grapefruit aroma. One sided, makes sense for a single hop ale though.
The taste has a moderate, but soft, pine and grapefruit bitterness. There's some honey lingering in the background too.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
No fireworks here, just a solid single hop pale ale.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale-to-medium amber and clear, three fingers of ivory foam left smatterings of lace down the glass

S: lots of citric, maybe grapefruit, and floral aromas

T: slightly sweet and slightly chewy toasty malts underscore the generous Cascade hop character of this ale. Spicy and citric, with lots of flowers and grasses.

M: crisp, light, mild bitterness (55 IBU), ample carbonation, brisk and clean

O: an excellent APA, well-suited to the Cascade hop, and complemented nicely by the malts. Simple, but recommended. Depending on your feelings about the hops, your opinion may sway either way.

Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IBUs 55, ABV 7%

Hops: Cascade

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sweet and herbal with a spicy citrus aroma. Toasted grain and Eucalyptus scents. There is a floral scent here like ladies perfume.


Starts off malty and medium bitterness with some caramel to it. Toasted grain and Bittersweet candy. Tastes a little spicy with a hops on a soda cracker after taste. Not super complex this is a single hop beer but it does hit all the required notes to be a American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall something like the Red tail Ale turned up to 11. Worth a try but its nothing worth doing back flips over. Found at the San Luis Obispo Bevmo.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a large football-shaped glass. Colored ruddy brown with a hazy, opaque texture. A gorgeous, fluffy white 2-finger head and some legit lacing. Pretty indeed!

S: Sweet caramel up-front with a distinctly Cascade hop finish. The nose is sweet and woodsy, with aromas of roses, mulch, malted barley, dry grass clippings, and wholesome cereal.

T: Burnt caramel on the front of the tongue with a dry pine needle middle and a black cherry jam swallow. Aftertaste is creme brulee mixed with pine cones. Flowers, grass, wood chips, slight condensed milk, and a bit of alcohol esters.

M: On the verge of being syrupy with enough chewiness to balance the feel out. A nice dryness at the end without a crazy bitter afterfeel.

O: A nice, if slightly conservative way to celebrate 30 years of brewing.

Photo of Samuel906
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to Dogfish Head American Beauty which I had just prior. Dark amber in color, moderate head. Slightly less floral, less hoppy, and a touch dryer. Still a decent beer, just a little less robust than I was expecting. Spice, citrus, grapefruit, malt. Simple, but good.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was just released. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good citrus hop complexity and moderate malt balance; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate malts; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good imperial pale ale. Good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into SN imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear bright golden with a surprising number of tiny flakes suspended in the liquid. The head is greasy and off white, very thick, and rose up four fingers before slowly collapsing into a dense thick film that left a complex network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Crisp grain bill overshadowed by fresh scents of cascade hops. Citrus rind, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon zest easily come through.
T: Follows the nose with a crackery pale malts mixed with citrus hops, slight pine, and a kiss of floral perfume. The finish is lightly bitter, slightly toasted, with a grapefruit pith aftertaste and faint sweet caramel.
M: Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, smooth, easy and quaffable. Carbonation is soft and wet, bitterness lingers and is refreshing.
O: A solid pale ale. Pretty much tastes as one would expect given the ingredients and description. An interesting choice for an anniversary beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey shade of amber in the chalice, with a nice foamy cap. More than adequate carbonation. An odd musty sort of aroma is a curiosity.

Lots of hops dominate the flavor. Some bitterness right off and plenty more in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light with some oily consistency. A crackery sort of malt with just a hint of sweetness. Tangy citric sensation with sharp notes of pine and lime peel. Some woody and fresh pineapple sensations on the tongue.

Pleasant and quite drinkable. A workmanlike Pale Ale but nothing special and hardly worth the eight bucks. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Sprouts Market in San Diego.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with strong citrus zest flavors on the finish. I am also getting an odd dirt flavor as the beer warms up. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavor is quite earthy and dirty in my opinion.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color when poured into a glass was amber with an orange hue. No foam to speak of and very little lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a mild piney and citrus aroma. The taste had the normal pine flavor (mild) with the citrus bitterness. Also a slight yeasty/malt flavor on the finish.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: somewhat hazy; burnt orange in color; a 1 finger egg shell head that recede quickly; sheets of lacing;

S: complex; floral is most prominent; a little pine in the background; some alcohol;

T: very subtle flavors; floral and pine, but not much; alcohol is well hidden; some bitterness on the finish, but not much;

M: medium bodied; carbonation a touch on the prickly side;

O: a really nice APA; I would have liked the Cascade to be more prominent, but this bottle, although I just bought it, may be old (no date indication)

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Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale (Cascade) from Mendocino Brewing Company
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