Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
Draft pour into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's.
A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of off-white foam head that diminishes to a rocky residue that climbs the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: The smell of hops dominates, with grapefruit citrus and floral aromas. However, the multiple layers of flavors to come are hinted at as well, with faint toasted grain and honey also detectable.
T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and mild acidity. Hop aromatics emerge more toward the middle as bright citrus and some pine foliage, even lingering on into the finish. Bitterness is present but restrained, leaving an overall impression that is clean and refreshing.
M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate at first but becoming sticky later, with moderate carbonation.
D: Marin's flagship pale ale is a beer that isn't talked about enough, or served out of enough taps, in California. It embraces balance wholeheartedly while still preserving a precise West-Coast hop profile. For example, it delivers the same intensity of hop qualities as Drake's 1500--a beer that seems to sacrifice balancing malt qualities for the sake of the hops. Mt. Tam should be considered the stylistic equal of almost any of Sierra Nevada's pale ales, while steering clear of the spicy notes that the uninitiated may find challenging. It is effortlessly approachable, yet remains interesting even after it has been re-visited on many occasions. If you can't get your hands on a Strand pale ale, then Mt. Tam is a fine second choice.
12-17-2010 20:03:22 | More by beagle75
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3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-19-2004 09:36:47 | More by Dmann
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
05-21-2010 21:20:27 | More by andyfrancis
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
12-10-2008 18:49:23 | More by magictrokini
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
11-04-2008 00:11:59 | More by ironlung
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-21-2006 06:59:01 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-12-2006 05:22:59 | More by ElGordo
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
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
10-30-2009 02:49:42 | More by mikey711
4.58/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
07-03-2010 09:38:51 | More by earthling
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
10-26-2011 03:17:36 | More by ocelot2500
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
03-13-2006 00:15:41 | More by Dukeofearl
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
07-25-2006 15:14:54 | More by wcudwight
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-15-2007 03:09:40 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
06-01-2002 18:58:36 | More by StevieW
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-23-2002 15:13:08 | More by Gusler
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
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).
08-05-2012 10:07:54 | More by foles
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
I had this beer at Noonans 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 Moylans beers. This one is a mild disappointment.
10-24-2006 02:14:06 | More by carln26
Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
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