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Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Mt. Tam Pale AleMt. Tam Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-03-2002)
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Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery on 2009-04-27

The ale is a clear, tea color with zero head as served and mild lacing.

I enjoyed the apples and jasmine smells.

The flavors are of toasted chestnut, citrus bitter and pine.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are light.

A decent APA but not remarkable.

Tucquan, Nov 22, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Dmann, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Drunkenass
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of andyfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

andyfrancis, May 21, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ironlung
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

ironlung, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Beer21, May 08, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

LXIXME, Saturday at 08:22 PM
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

InfernoBoss, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of frosjo
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

frosjo, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of MichaelPiazza
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

MichaelPiazza, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Sammy, May 21, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

ElGordo, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of mikey711
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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

mikey711, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of paulpratt
4/5  rDev +8.1%

paulpratt, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of earthling
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

earthling, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

ocelot2500, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Dukeofearl, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of cdean801
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cdean801, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of wcudwight
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

wcudwight, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of BubblesandFoam
3/5  rDev -18.9%

BubblesandFoam, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

largadeer, Aug 15, 2007
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Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.