Mt. Tam Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Mt. Tam Pale AleMt. Tam Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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: 117
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber purchased at The Jug Shop in San Francisco

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that recedes. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of caramel malt. Overall, it is dominated by lemony citrus type smell with a slight iced tea aroma.

Taste is slightly malty sweet upfront with a tasty lemon/citrus hop flavor. The bitterness is quite balanced, leaving just a slight residual sweetness. Leaves a slight lemon iced tea aftertaste.

Carbonation is a bit light, and the body seems somewhat thin.

I could drink this all night, it goes down easy with an enjoyable flavor. Quite a nice APA. (648 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside California in early March 2006 for $3.49 (22 oz. bomber).

Presentation- a nice pale, golden-tinged amber with a slightly off white head. The head starts small and gets smaller. Carbonation is in a big rush when first poured, but dies off quicky, and this becomes a fairly still beer.

Initial aroma (while the head is fresh and the carbonation is bubbling) is an intense spruce-juniper pine forest. It backs off after a few minutes, but it's still around for quite a while.

Flavor holds onto those aromas and lays them on the tongue quite nicely. I was expecting the flavor to be intensely hoppy, more IPA than Pale Ale hoppy, but to its credit, it doesn't do that. A lemon citrus finish ends the swallow. Ends up making this downright tasty!

Mouthfeel is actually a little thinner than expected from the flavor profile. Drinkability is fairly high.

Overall, a very nice example of a pale ale! (943 characters)

Photo of Rezzin
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice thick 1 1/2" frothy white head. Hazy amber orange.

S - Sweet hops. Lemons, grapefruits, honey, sweet malt. Smells really good.

T - Tastes as good as it smells. This is my 2nd beer with Amarillo hops in it and I think I have a fondness for it now. Citrusy sweetness and just the right amount of bitterness from the hops. This is a nice hoppy APA.

M - Could use a little more mouthfeel in my opinion. Zingy freshness with a nice mellow aftertaste. Smooth and crisp.

D - Ok, time to stock up on these or find myself a comparable clone to brew. I really enjoyed this offering from Marin Brewing. (612 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (264 characters)

Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber colour with an off white, frothy head. Nice lacing and good retention. Aroma was fruity, sweet, some caramel and toasted flavours. Taste is heavy on the malt side, with some caramel sweetness balanced by some lemony flavours. Very easy to drink, smooth mouthfeel. (276 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a tint of red. Sediment floating and a slightly lacy ring.

Very hopy nose. The bottle says Cascade, Colombus and Amerillo bops but the cascade is not as abvious as the others.

A real nutty maltyness. Good mouthfeel and easy on the tongue.

Quite a tasty brew and i wouldn't mind putting down a few more

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Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good offering from Marin Brewing Co. This one escaped the bottle a hazy orange color with a small light frothy head that left a touch of lace. The smell was quite malty and bread like with a touch of floral hoppiness in the background. The flavor was quite tame compaited to other pale ales out there. The big chewy malt backbone dominated the flavor and the citrus flavors of the hops could only peak their head out for a second. A little less hoppy of a pale ale compaired to what I'm used to, but still quite enjoyable. (530 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (285 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the usual brown bomber, it pours a nice gold with a foamy head leaving some lace. The hops and malt balance nicely in the smell, with just a trace of grapefruit. The taste is also nicely balanced, with just enough hop twang to keep things from becoming boring. This is a solid pale ale and one that is up to Marin's high standards. (336 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good pale ale. When poured it was medium golden yellow in color with very little foam with a little lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hop's with a piney aroma filled the nose. The taste was of a piney nature along with a mild hoppy flavor. I'm not a piney tasting person, but, this ale was pleasant. Mild after taste with a well balance of sweetness/bitterness in the mouth. (394 characters)

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

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. (1,036 characters)

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

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. (508 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this a very refreshing pale ale. Nice malty base and citrusy hops. I can tell that Moylan's Tipperary pale ale is a souped up version of this fine beer. Light clear amber color, nice white head, lace was above average. Very drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended (282 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer I had at Marin. Nice light brown to tan color, medium white head, that seemed to stay longer. Pleasant and inviting smell of hops and florals. Really nice taste, easy to drink. I didn't think it as flavorful as the Sierra Nevada or the Liberty Ale, but very refreshing. Not as hoppy as the Liberty, but very still very good. (342 characters)

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