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Grazias - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 01-03-2011)
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On Tap at Tasting Room. Cool nano brewery in a small business park outside of the Miramar Air Station in San Diego.

A-Very cloudy brown color. Reminded me of Baileys Irish Cream a little. Nice head with average lacing.

S-Smelled fairly sweet and of malts, very little alcohol or hops came through on the nose.

T-Cold from the tap seemed to mask a bit of the flavor. As it first hits the palate, its hardly distinct but it gets better near the end. Average hop profile.

M-Very smooth beer with a very good medium body. Could enjoy a few of these with a meal.

O-Solid beer overall, although I wish the initial flavors were more distinct. Because they did not really stand out to me, I can't say it was anything more than an average beer. I enjoyed it though, would buy a growler to take home.

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This beer looks awesome! I was expecting a lighter color for a cream ale but the darker caramel looking color is foreshadowing a hoppy take on this style - extra dark orange like a hoffner bass. Creamy froth up on top of this brew. Really sexy looking head that hangs out for a while.

Malts dominate the aromas with lighter German hops in the back. No booziness in the smell. Kinda smells like Boston lager -

Taste is similar to smell straight up malt forward brew with German hops- I would say this is a hoppy take on this style - not bitter but the hops do stand out for a cream ale.

Mouthfeel is rather thin for a 6.3 abv. Creaminess was not turned up to 11 bro. Slippery and goes down real easy

Overall I still need more cream ales on my resume. This one is the best one I've had yet. The 4 pack o' pint format is awesome and I will definately be purchasing this again

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This beer pours a cloudy roasted nut or caramel color with a nice creamy head. Appears to be a thick looking full bodied beer at first glance.

Smells slightly nutty and sweet like kettle popcorn. Malt definitely comes through on this one.

The first few tastes were deceiving for me because the beer was poured a bit too cold. Though refreshing, the true flavors become more apparent after the beer hit a few degrees warmer. Off the bat, I get a bit of the creamy flavors and caramel malt but the beer comes off a bit watery or thin. Let this one rest at room temp for a few minutes and then you start to get a roasted, sweet and fuller taste. A lot more enjoyable and recommended.

As with the taste, the feel of this one gets better when not as cold. The body becomes a little more complex and rich.

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First the smell. The smell is not overly sweet, but you definitely know it has a higher level of malts. The aroma I can describe as butterscotch, warm vanilla, and honey. One might expect that this would be characteristic of a red versus an amber.

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Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
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