Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-17-2010 20:03:22 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Hazy zipper with a foamy white head.
S: Nose is mostly orange, some pine, floral notes and peach in the nose.
T: Pine, floral notes up front, followed by lemon, then orange.
M: Medium bodied and kind of foamy.
O: Really good. The flavor was a bit of a let down after the nose. I was hoping for more peach and orange, but overall this is a very good pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 22:23:14 | More by BierJager89
4.39/5 rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
very honey-orange with little head.
lots of citrus in the first whiff.
really nice taste. first sip is citrus, tiny bit of pine, some bread. a little grass in the back?
slight oil feel, but mostly dry. not very heavy.
very easy to drink; but then, it is a low-abv brew. the sweetness grows after a while. taste is good but I can see the rich and sweet becoming too much after a few.
also, the bottle says to "enjoy fresh" but how can you know it's fresh if there is no production date printed on the bottle??
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 21:01:17 | More by pkalix
Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.