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Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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83
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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 03-03-2002

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 65
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Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good offering from Marin Brewing Co. This one escaped the bottle a hazy orange color with a small light frothy head that left a touch of lace. The smell was quite malty and bread like with a touch of floral hoppiness in the background. The flavor was quite tame compaited to other pale ales out there. The big chewy malt backbone dominated the flavor and the citrus flavors of the hops could only peak their head out for a second. A little less hoppy of a pale ale compaired to what I'm used to, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish gold with a bit of haze, nice thin, creamy head.

Smelt of orange and other citrus hops at first, now that the head has subsided, pale malt and wheat coming through.

Bitter up front, giving way to the malt. They do mingle nicely. If you're into "balanced" beer, you'll like this one. If you focus, you can clearly detect and separate the hop and malt flavors, but they're present at levels that work nicely together if you want to just sit back and enjoy.

I like it, but for me, it's not a stand out.

Paired with a Spring Hill Farms Dry Jersey Jack. Works pretty well. Fairly even strength of flavors.

Photo of magictrokini
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid APA. Pours clear copper with a good off-white head. Nice aroma of malt, hops, and wood. Lots of citrus and hoppy bite up front that mellows into malty sweetness. Nice beer. While the taste is similar to other APAs, this feels cleaner and fresher. One of the better ones in this category.

Photo of ironlung
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear copper hue. Small head, quick dissapition. No lace.

S: Can barely smell this one. Has just a faint floral scent.

T: A lighter even crisper version of their IPA. I'd call it a "Perrier pale ale" since it's so refreshing.

M: Carbonation it hoppin' with the hops! This beer would be great for people that think sierra nevada is to hoppy(not me!).

D: High&Easy. Lookin' for an all-day beer? You've found it!

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple easy drinking American pale. Understated hoppiness, but you can enjoy the aroma. Very light mouthfeel. Orange with tons of foam. Citrus mouthfeel, a tad drying finish. I shared the bomber, and could have polished it off myself in a session.From the label, loks like they have brewing the same recipe for many years, and I hope that tradition is maintained.

Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color topped by a small, creamy white head that vanishes into obscurity in mere moments. Nice aroma of floral, piney hops and light honey-sweet malt. Palate is a mellow blend of grassy hops and lightly sweet malt, with hints of honey and light citrus. Body is nice, light, and a touch creamy. A very drinkable pale ale.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a big foamy head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is mild lemon and grain.
The taste starts out a little watery, gets some moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness and finishes with a mild honey sweetness. Nice and easy profile.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Nicely drinkable.

Photo of mikey711
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber/orange with a half inch creamy white head. No lace

S: Big citrus hop aroma, lemon and peach mostly

T: SGood citrus hoppiness that is not too intense. Not much sweetness.

M: Light and slightly watery. Decent body.

D: Very quaffable. Could have multiple bombers if I truly wanted to

Photo of earthling
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Mt. Tam Pale Ale is a really fantastic beer. Being a West Coast IPA lover, the hoppy aroma is an immediate attraction. Putting back a Mt. Tam is also like drinking a delicous loaf of bread. It's dry, lightly toasted but unroasted, moderate in strength with well-balanced malt.

This one is a drinker, a universal beer, worthy of riding sidecar to great company and a filling meal or simply keeping a lone drinker company across a long, wooden rail.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of some grapefruit and spicy hops.

Tastes of a good wave of hops on top of a solid malt base. Hops greet first with a citrus, tropical fruit, and spicy hop profile. In terms of quantity, this is certainly not under-hopped, but is artfully restrained. The hops meld with the malts and give a nice segue to a toasted bread and caramel flavor. I really feel that everything is blended nicely together in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I would recommend this one when looking for a nice pale to have. This beer has a certain smoothness to it that makes me enjoy it more than others.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside California in early March 2006 for $3.49 (22 oz. bomber).

Presentation- a nice pale, golden-tinged amber with a slightly off white head. The head starts small and gets smaller. Carbonation is in a big rush when first poured, but dies off quicky, and this becomes a fairly still beer.

Initial aroma (while the head is fresh and the carbonation is bubbling) is an intense spruce-juniper pine forest. It backs off after a few minutes, but it's still around for quite a while.

Flavor holds onto those aromas and lays them on the tongue quite nicely. I was expecting the flavor to be intensely hoppy, more IPA than Pale Ale hoppy, but to its credit, it doesn't do that. A lemon citrus finish ends the swallow. Ends up making this downright tasty!

Mouthfeel is actually a little thinner than expected from the flavor profile. Drinkability is fairly high.

Overall, a very nice example of a pale ale!

Photo of wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NC Lotto BIF and BeerRun13 for another outstanding example of a West Coast Pale Ale.
Pour is orange gold with some red hues. Sticky, foamy head that retains well. Lot's of lacing.
Hops attack my nose as soon as I pop the lid. More hops fill the room during the pour. It smells so good I got a bit of froth on my nose from sticking it so far into the glass.
The taste is a very smooth hop character. The hops are agressive, but yet the beer is very smooth and finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky.
As good as this beer is I think a bomber is the perfect amount. I wouldn't really consider sessioning this beer because of the hop profile and complexity of the flavors for a pale ale.
Overall a nice suprise and an excellent Pale Ale.

Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear orange-amber. The head starts out strong but eventually settles into a small cap.

Smell: Lemony hops, something slightly herbal/vegetable. A solid malty sweetness is present as well.

Taste and mouthfeel: Very citric at first. A sweet, bready malt flavor comes out in the middle, followed by a balanced finish of oily hops and malty sweetness. This is a heavily hopped pale ale, nearly an IPA but not quite there. Fairly light in body, the aftertaste is long and slightly oily, making it less quaffable than most pale ales. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, and I could still easily session this.

Photo of StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer I had at Marin. Nice light brown to tan color, medium white head, that seemed to stay longer. Pleasant and inviting smell of hops and florals. Really nice taste, easy to drink. I didn't think it as flavorful as the Sierra Nevada or the Liberty Ale, but very refreshing. Not as hoppy as the Liberty, but very still very good.

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly misty golden amber color, with the head modest in size and the texture frothy, as it dissolves, it leaves a thick blanket of lace to coat the glass. Nice floral aroma combined with the heavy malt and the light lemon like tones makes it quite fresh and crisp, as good Pale Ale should be. Start begins lightly sweet, the top moderate in mouth feel, the finish spicily hopped, astringent and the aftertaste long lasting and quite dry. Good Pale Ale if I may say so and quite tasty to this old palate.

Photo of foles
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very close to the perfect pale ale. Nice orange colour in the pint - this is going to be a dry one. All the required hallmarks of the style which a lot of brewers get wrong - Firm bitterness, crisp, clean, well balanced etc. But a cracking hit of classic american, slighly dank hops, but all in balance and not over the top. And a bit of a biscuity malt makes a cameo appearance to make this a complex, but very sessionable pale, one of the best I've had (if not the).

Photo of carln26
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Noonan’s on Larkspur Landing. It poured a dark copper color light white head, mildly hazy. Nose has light caramel, and a subtle citrus hop. Mild orange and floral flavors. Finish has mild caramel and light fig character. Good carbonation. Slick, light mouth feel. This is an unremarkable beer. I love a lot of Marin and Moylan’s beers. This one is a mild disappointment.

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head. Little lacing is left behind.
Smell is of tangerine and lemon zest.
Taste is of the tangerine and zesty lemon with a light bit of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is zesty with a slight sourness.

Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber colour with an off white, frothy head. Nice lacing and good retention. Aroma was fruity, sweet, some caramel and toasted flavours. Taste is heavy on the malt side, with some caramel sweetness balanced by some lemony flavours. Very easy to drink, smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden brew.

Smell is sharp hops with a hop oil sheen on the top, very aggressive hop scent to this.

Taste is mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Malt gets run over by the hops in this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An unbalanced brew, all hops with not much else.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber purchased at The Jug Shop in San Francisco

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that recedes. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of caramel malt. Overall, it is dominated by lemony citrus type smell with a slight iced tea aroma.

Taste is slightly malty sweet upfront with a tasty lemon/citrus hop flavor. The bitterness is quite balanced, leaving just a slight residual sweetness. Leaves a slight lemon iced tea aftertaste.

Carbonation is a bit light, and the body seems somewhat thin.

I could drink this all night, it goes down easy with an enjoyable flavor. Quite a nice APA.

Photo of Mark
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this a very refreshing pale ale. Nice malty base and citrusy hops. I can tell that Moylan's Tipperary pale ale is a souped up version of this fine beer. Light clear amber color, nice white head, lace was above average. Very drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended

Photo of jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent, very drinkable,nicely balanced pale ale. Pretty in the glass, subtle aroma but lots of flavor. Surprisingly malty, with nice breadt notes supported by a backbone of hops. just a little bit of toastiness.

Enjoyed at gott,s sidewalk cafe on the embarcadero in san francisco.

Photo of climax
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one poured a pretty hazy burnt orange/bronze color with a good size foamy eggshell head. The retention is good.

The nose has a hop crispness, but seems a bit more on the malty side. It's mostly caramel and toffee with some floral notes and lemon zest.

The flavor starts off with a hop bitterness and soon fades to malt dominance towards the end. Almost Oktoberfest qualities come around the finish with the malt bill. Caramel, toffee, honey, and cereal grains to be exact. The herbal hop flavors come and go.

The body is on the light side with crisp carbonation. It's a smooth drinkable beer, yet a bit more personality would be appreciated.

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange with a thick 3" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft orange citrus and a bit of floral hop bitterness are all that you can pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, a bit of breadiness, orange, and a mild floral bitterness create a basic APA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is pretty short.

Overall: a decent refreshing pale ale, but the flavors overall were balanced but a bit muted.

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Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.