Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company
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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
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
"Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais State Park, 6,300 acres of redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot east peak."
--Mt. Tamalpais State Park website
I'm sure it's no match for the place for which it was named, but Mt. Tam Pale Ale is attractive beer. Crystalline tangerine with a few bubbles clinging to the sides of the pint glass and a few more speeding up to the pale orange creamsicle cap. It looks to be a hop resiny sort of head and is beginning to deposit fine, filigreed lace that is simply beautiful.
The aroma is great, largely because it's chock full of Amarillo hops. The others (Cascade and Columbus) are no slouches either. This is a tremendous trio that combine to form an olfactory experience that many IPAs (west coast or otherwise) would kill for.
The first sip was somewhat disappointing. That isn't to say that this is a less-than-good APA, but after lingering over the nose for so long, I was expecting a heavenly blast of 'no holds barred' hoppiness and didn't get it. Mt. Tam may not be hugely hoppy, but it is delicious.
Each time the glass is upended, I want more. More malt, more hops, more body... more of pretty much everything. Despite the use of caramal malt, it isn't really noticeable on the palate. This is pure, sunny, citrusy, watered-down (sorry to say), barely bitter hop juice.
The mouthfeel is on the light side for the style and is the beer's biggest fault. I hesitate to use the word 'fault' in an ale that I'm this fond of. However, even a little more fullness would be a very good thing and would benefit Mt. Tam in so many ways.
While I haven't had enough Marin beer to get a bead on the brewery as a whole, I recognize Mt. Tam Pale Ale as a very good APA that is one small fix away from being a world beater. Man, I sure do love me some Amarillos!
06-03-2006 23:24:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head creates a rocky surface as it slowly subsides, all the while leaving a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is nicely hop focused with notes of spicy herbs, and a full, rich grapefruit citrus character. The citrus is the single most noticeable aspect of the aroma, with maybe just a hint of malt character coming through as well. Hop fruit aromatics of apricot, peaches and some sort of sweet tropical fruit are also noticeable in the nose.
A sharp, spicy taste of hops greets my tongue as I first take a sip. Immediately though the citrus character becomes the dominant note; it leans towards sweet citrus fruit like oranges, tangelos, grapefruit and even some smooth tropical fruit notes. The carbonation is fairly low, which makes this very smooth to drink; almost creamy in texture. Caramelized malt notes, a touch of brown sugar, and some light toasted grain character play a supporting role for the dominant hop character. A nice bitterness is here as well, though it is not overly powering; it plays as a nice juxtaposition to the softer, more approachable fruity hop character.
This is just a nice easy drinking Pale Ale, I could easily drink a couple pints of this brew. It is so well balanced to be quaffed pint by pint. Perhaps I could wish for a bit more chewy malt body here, but that would keep it from being so drinkable. I am a sucker for the fruity, smooth hop varieties right now (in this case Amarillo) so this Pale Ale is right up my alley.
04-23-2007 04:22:25 | More by Gueuzedude
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head with good head retention, light spotty lacing.
S: Robust pine resin comes out of the bottle, once poured I get a more malty character, and some citrus.
T: Great taste, similar to Sierra Nevada, but has more vibrancy. Pine Cascade hoppiness is the main force here, but the malt is beautifully done, with light caramel and a great but not overt brown sugar sweetness.
M: Light carbonation, medium body, light oil, very easy to drink, definitely could session this one.
D: This is an outstanding pale ale that took me a bit by surprise, even with all the high hop beers I've had in the past it holds up well. Only $3.19 for the bomber, what a deal.
09-15-2008 01:19:28 | More by Halcyondays
3.55/5 rDev -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.
12-14-2011 19:56:45 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
05/29/06- Had on tap at the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA.
Presentation- Pint fill via the tap.
Appearance- Golden-light amber pour. Seems pretty clear. Small 1/4 inch head and light lacing.
Smell- Smells very similar to their IPA. Pretty hoppy with a fair toasted malt edge. Maybe a touch fruity...lemon?
Taste- Even tastes like their IPA. Pine and lemon rind hops clash with a light roasted hop flavor. Seems a bit too yeasty though.
Mouthfeel- Middle of the road carbonation, a touch watery though.
Drinkability- About an average pale. Good hoppy flavor. Just doesn't come together as well as I would like.
06-01-2006 03:43:52 | More by GClarkage
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
09-16-2005 18:02:35 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a nice copper-gold with medium frothy head. The carbonation is, how shall I put it... sudsy! Like root beer. Therefore, you can guzzle the stuff if you're really thirsty. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but that is to be expected for the style. Top notch pale ale.
02-06-2008 13:05:00 | More by barleywinefiend
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
Pours a very slightly hazy dark golden with a thin fizzy head that fades pretty quickly to a thin ring. Smells thin, grainy, and slightly sour. The taste is quite bitter up front, and then segues into a slightly sour graininess. Thin overall, both in taste and body. I thought I'd enjoy this more, but I'd say its not something I'd buy again.
09-23-2009 16:24:00 | More by Georgiabeer
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-03-2004 04:12:45 | More by Zorro
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, slightly sweet/bitter, some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but was expecting more from this brewery.
05-11-2009 23:18:29 | More by Wasatch
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Copper bronse with a white head, light retention & lace.
Nice west-coast hop aroma (apparently is Cascade, Columbus and Amarillo).
Hopwise the taste is like a modern update to the Sierra Nevada pale ale (the cascades with some newer hops). It doesn't have quite the same malty sweetness though, it's off-dry and fairly crisp. Solid bitterness.
Moderate body is well-attenuated with a clean, crisp finish.
This is really well-crafted and a nice drinker.
08-31-2011 05:06:26 | More by Derek
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
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber color with a thin wet ecru head. Aroma is hop resins, pale malts, slight marijuana. Flavor is toffee malts up front, then herbal hops towards the end. When the bitterness fades the malty sweetness shines through again shortly. Decent pale ale.
07-13-2009 06:00:38 | More by illidurit
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Comes in a brown glass 22 Bomber with the usual generic style Marin label, this one has a yellow centre piece that states Mt. Tam Pale Ale and lists all of the awards it has won.
It pours with a large head, that is whippy and one that laces the glass well with a thick lunar crust. A clear golden-amber colored body with the tight collared head looks good.
Deep sniffs reveal a fruity aroma mixed with grain malt and a lovely citric lemon whiff.
Tastes are the best part of this beer, smooth mouthfeel, the malt & hops are perfectly balanced in the mouth, and the citric lemony finish adds a lovely extra dimension to this beer. 5.5% and full of flavor, this is a good Pale Ale that impresses me.
Overall: Extremely well balanced & very drinkable. $2.99 for 22oz represents great value for me. Obviously this is made from quality ingredients, & this Pale Ale definitely benefits from these. A very smooth quaffer. This is my eighth Marin beer, they rarely disappoint, and this is one of their better beers for me.
06-20-2003 22:09:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
A very pleasant pale ale from just across the Golden Gate. It's a great looking beer with a strong golden color and a big sticky head. It smells of piney hops but could hit a bit harder. The hops are more citric on the tongue and nicely bitter. There's some good, balancing malt, but the whole package is a bit restrained and understated which is good and bad. It's a very drinkable beer with a smooth feel and an understated flavor.
Completely inexpert design review time! The label is kind of busy, showing off a grab bag of awards from various craft brewing competitions. I don't dislike label award listings as a rule, but it's hard to pull off. In my opinion, they should have shown off their awards on the back of the label rather than the front because the front is rather aesthetically pleasing otherwise. The label generally evokes Marin and Mt Tam's ecology. Marin is beautiful and Mt Tam is particularly so. The little scene of the wetland bird in a salt water marsh with small but lush mountains in the background is something that you could easily see just driving around Marin. It's more a scene of Mt Tam the park, than Mt Tam the mountain, but that's fine. The color scheme is greens and yellows and serves the aesthetic well. It's a big wraparound label on a bomber, so they have room for some information. I appreciate brewing notes. It's fun to know hop varieties and other such things, even if I have only faint ideas of what it means.
11-07-2008 03:54:07 | More by popery
2.08/5 rDev -43.5%
Thank you to a generous BA for this extra!
Poured extremely carbonated. It started to slowly bubble out of the bottle when I opened it. The pour took forever because it became mostly foam in the glass. However, once I got it to a decent liquid:head ratio, it was rather pretty and had extremely good head retention. Huge chunks of lace. At one point it had formed nearly a complete cap with a hollowed out space beneath. Holy cow, this almost rivals the head on Duvel! The body is a deep amber, rather clear, with bubbles rising from the apex of the glass.
At this point, it all started going downhill. There was no hoppy aroma of any sort. I couldn't find any citrus, pine, grass, earth, or anything that even reminds me of hops. Instead, a perfumey, pear-like and solvent-like aroma dominates, squashing the little honey and toasted grain aroma from reaching my olfactory bulbs. I can't really find anything else here. And the flavor is the same way. Nothing but perfume and solvent. It finishes with a slight bitterness, but that flavor is so off-putting that I had to dump it out. A bit disappointed, since I was really looking forward to trying this beer.
A light-medium body with strong carbonation makes it seem lighter than it really is. I think I might revisit this beer in the future just to make sure it wasn't a random off bottle.
07-05-2011 07:07:05 | More by DmanGTR
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
22oz bottle thanks to a recent trade here, can't remember who sent it but I do appreciate it a lot. Split this with a buddy and we both thought it was a good pale ale. Nice orange color, decent head. Smells a bit hoppy but nothing extra. Taste had a nice hop bitterness with a decent malt backing. I'd drink a couple sixers of this if I could, not bad at all.
06-07-2012 03:27:52 | More by ArrogantB
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - hazy orange/gold color with a nice sized off-white head that left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.
S - sweet tea and citrus aroma.
T - sweet and citrusy upfront with a malty balance midway finish is bitter-sweet.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - easy drinking and pretty tasty.
11-26-2008 02:35:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.