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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
83
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dmorgan310, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

BubblesandFoam, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

kbenson, Nov 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Kopfmeister60, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

beerpadawan, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Kanine
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kanine, Aug 30, 2012
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).

foles, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Nightrain87, Jul 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

hockenbeer, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

InfernoBoss, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

rbrefbeerman, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ArrogantB, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3/5  rDev -18.7%

brotherloco, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

GarretD, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

yokken, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

shelby415, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TGS, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Gavage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18.7%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ficknish
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Orange, caramel color, Good head retention.

Aroma - Bready, toasty grain smell. Just like the mash tun at the brewery. Very very subtle hop aroma.

Taste - Malty backbone. Strong flavors of bread, toffee, and honey. Complemented nicely with spicy bitterness.

Mouth feel - Light bodied. Medium to high carbonation.

Overall - I love the toasty grain flavor of this beer. The hop profile comes through more on the bitterness side and not so much the aroma or flavor, but I think it makes for a nice balance. Grainy and bitter, yet light and drinkable. Well done Marin.

ficknish, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Derek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

DmanGTR, Jul 05, 2011
Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.