Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company
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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
3.58/5 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
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
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
10-26-2011 04:59:42 | More by ficknish
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Nice Dark Amber color with a good creamy head. Light lacing. Okay retention. This head taste great. It's sweet like ice cream. The beer is somewhat opaque.
Smell: Sweet candied malts. The malts are very characteristic. Nice fruity hints. Not very hoppy. Slighty astringent but not bitter. Not a ton of character hitting my nose.
Taste: Good but not extremely exciting. I taste a caramel toast flavor. There is a breadiness here as well. I expected more out of this. It has a good feel and is definitely drinkable but lacks of a lot of character. The hops are fresh and mild. A bit piney. I think the balance is off with the malts overshadowing the malts. Not bad but not great.
Mouthfeel: Decent. Kind of creamy. I think the head is great. Finishes a bit bitter.
Drinkability: I expected more out of this live ale. I think I would try it at the brewery. Maybe this beer was sitting on the shelf for too long. After taking a few generous swigs I am willing to declare this beer drinkable. I would probably pick my go to Boonville Poleeko Gold over this.
02-11-2011 08:25:17 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
This one poured a pretty hazy burnt orange/bronze color with a good size foamy eggshell head. The retention is good.
The nose has a hop crispness, but seems a bit more on the malty side. It's mostly caramel and toffee with some floral notes and lemon zest.
The flavor starts off with a hop bitterness and soon fades to malt dominance towards the end. Almost Oktoberfest qualities come around the finish with the malt bill. Caramel, toffee, honey, and cereal grains to be exact. The herbal hop flavors come and go.
The body is on the light side with crisp carbonation. It's a smooth drinkable beer, yet a bit more personality would be appreciated.
01-29-2011 02:29:52 | More by climax
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
Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.