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Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 118
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 03-03-2002

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 118
Photo of magictrokini
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (345 characters)

Photo of popery
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of ironlung
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (424 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on tap at Jack's Cannery Bar in San Francisco.

This is almost as hoppy as an IPA. Strong pine flavor. Surprisingly tasty beer, though. I had never heard of the brewery before, and wasn't sure what to expect.

I'd still take Sierra Nevada Pale Ale over this, because Sierra Nevada is better balanced. (313 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (713 characters)

Photo of katan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bottle, undated

A - Pours a dark hazy color with a pile of carbonation. Impressively strong in fact as it about blew out of the bottle when I opened it. (Not sure how to demerit that) The head is massive and is strongly retained.

S - Incredible floral hops smell here - must be highly dry hopped. Seems to be warrior or centennial as it has the combination of grassy and floral notes.

T - Not nearly as strong in the taste as the smell would indicate. Starts off with some roasted malts - almost nutty. Mainly a hop bomb like bitterness from what probably are some mega high alpha hops. Finishes with a malt note that balanced out the hop strength. I also wonder if some oxidation made it into the beer.

M - Has a strong enough carbonation profile that the mouthfeel is stingy and strong. The body of the beer itself is generally light. Against the style, I think the carbonation hurts it here.

D - The beer is not particularly drinkable as the hops starts to get to me after a while. The ABV isn't all that strong, so that wouldn't bother me as much.

This one is really like my homebrew which recently got abused by the judges at the state fair. That is probably a confirmation of my opinion that this is not a particularly stellar beer.

The other thought I would have is if perhaps this beer should be considered an IPA. The strong hop profile would make me think its appropriate. (1,403 characters)

Photo of WillClark
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into your run of the mill pint glass. Nice golden hue to the beer- a creamy, thick head released big floral notes (gotta be cascades). Good strength of hop flavor without being too much. Little bit of tart citrus in the mouthfeel. Finish is classic bitter pale: dry and smooth.

The thing I like most about this beer is its drinkability. The body is along the lines of a medium without compensating texture in any way. Good pale. (454 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Mt. Tam Pale Ale poured a cloudy orange with less than a finger foam head with some foamy lacing.

The aroma was pretty non-existent. Got a tad bit of hops. The flavor was a slight malt taste with a little bitterness in finish. Overall it was a average if best pale. (271 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, very surprised at the ratings. Paid 4+shipping for a bottle I ordered online, and was very disappointed by the quality of the beer itself.
Slightly hazy, honeyed amber color with a mild white head. Smells like an amber with more malt than hops playing in, with some metallic scents too. Thin and VERY bland was my initial reaction. Not offensive, but just very poor in general. 1/2 a bottle later, no different and I didn't waste my time drinking the rest. Very watery hop flavor that made this drink just like a watery iced tea. Too muted a flavor in all respects. Not worth the price by a longshot. Hell, I wouldn't pay 1.99 for a bomber. Many better pales out there, and I wouldn't waste my time with this one. (719 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (266 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Pretty cloudy caramel, TONS of head, good retention on lacing.

S - Beyond the mild malt and hops, almost a Belgium undertow of smell.

T - Nice full malt followed by hops. Good, solid beer, but nothing outstanding.

M - Mediocre.

D - Good session, probably. (279 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is about average, with average head, average lacing, and a bit of cloudiness. But the aroma. Whoa! It smells like a bag full of hemp. Seriously, the hops in this have a serious eau du ganja. Nice citrus scent and flavor, too. A good, drinkable, California style pale ale. Very well balanced, goes well with food, and doesn't try to be so extreme you can't have it as a session beer. (393 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque dull orange hue, head is 1-finger tall, white, bubbly with little retention, some thin lacing on the glass
S- Nose is dominated by floral and citrus hops, hints of grapefruit, lemon, and other sweet fruits, some pale malts in the background
T- Initial taste is tangy grapefruit, followed by some floral and herbal spice, sligth chalkiness, biscuit/bread malts come in half-way and soon dissipate leaving a short finish of dry hops exacerbated by overcarbonation
M- Light/medium-bodied beer, watery texture, slight over-carbonation
D- Easy-to-drink in terms of 5.4%abv, this feels too hops-forward for a pale ale, and the carbonation is a bit overwhelming, this is caught between Pale Ale and IPA categories and unfortunately is not a great fit for either
Buy again? Probably not
Personal score- 68/100 (856 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange copper with a nice 2 finger short lived frothy head. Little lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits) with a nice bready note. TAstes of citrussy hops with a little piney flavors, and the malt is well balanced. The sweetness is evened with a nice hop note. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking. Does not fill the mouth with flavors, and they aren't quite noted until almost through the finish. Quite watery up front. Carbonation is well balanced, but doesn't make up for the lack of mouthfeel. Overall it is an average brew; I think I will stick to Stone's Pale Ale for now. (632 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,642 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Poured contents into a small tulip. It forms a solid whispy white head that leaves spider web lacing. Copper body with an orange tint towards the outside of the glass.

Hops are the short story. This has alot of character and depth. Hop oils and resin would make this hard to session but its great for a one stop offering. Light fruity element slims down the citrusy hops a bit. I struggled to find out what was going on with the malt bill for a while and then it hit me...toasted saltines. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light even with the heavy hop load and slightly watered.

Notes: This is a pretty aggressive pale ale that has alot of similarities to a full blown IPA. Citrus is a major player. I couldn't see this being a regular brew for me but it was enjoyable. (783 characters)

Photo of carln26
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Noonan’s 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 Moylan’s beers. This one is a mild disappointment. (391 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"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! (1,863 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (635 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of thaichile
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Zorro. 22oz. Pours a deep tan with some head but disappearing quickly. Lightly floral scents mixed citrus. Flavor is interesting in an unusual manner. Not overly hoppy at all, but this had almost a funky, herbaceous quality with lemon. Not what I was expecting but not neccessarily a bad thing either. (320 characters)

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Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.