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Stinson Beach Peach - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Photo of friedpotatoes
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

friedpotatoes, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of unklesyd
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely my favorite fruit beer.

Pours out a very appealing straw gold with a nice crisp white head.

Very much true to the label, the aroma is of fresh peach. Label says "peach flavor added" but the smell is very authentic, which is most often not the case with "natural flavors".

Peach in the flavor, with some very clean pale malts and a very mild balancing bitterness that doesn't detract from the fruit/malt balance. Fairly dry, which is nice. Too many fruit beers rely on overly sweet esters to enhance the fruit flavor, which comes off too sickly-sweet for my taste. There is some residual malt sweetness, but not cloying, and well enough done to enhance the peach flavor.

Crisp and pretty clean, without leaving your mouth dry and parched at the end. This is my perfect hot-weather beer. I would buy this buy the case if it were a little cheaper.

unklesyd, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Resrie
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Resrie, May 05, 2013
Photo of chickencoop
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It 100 beers so it's time to drink a fruit beer without getting shit from my friends. If I lived in a cave, i would drink these everyday. This has a balanced peach taste that doesn't over-run the beer, but adds big to the drinkability. The Peach isn't fruit loop sweeet that makes you cringe, just balanced a clean. Good beer, highly recommended, now back to some tough guy IPA's with the boys.

chickencoop, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of StevieW
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with thin white head, alot like their bluberry ale. Smelled like you bit into a perfectly ripe summer peach. Nice taste, fairly sweet by most tastes, some hops noticable to balance. Easy to down, and refreshing. However, I couldn't see drinking more than one at time. Your girls will love this one.

StevieW, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of oggg
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my half liter schooner and it was really quite beautiful. Extra pale yellow at the bottom of the glass darkening ever so slightly towards the top. Covered by a fuzzy bubbly white head. The beer itself is very hazy -- looks like a Berliner Weisse. The aroma of fresh peaches at the market is strong on the inhale, but does not pollute the room. The sweet aroma peaks and restrains itself nicely. A mouthful of the soft foam on top tastes of peaches with some surprising maltiness. As I sip, I notice that after the moderate to high carbonation subsides on the tongue, there is a firm bitterness that keeps this beer nice and dry. I like the transition from sweet to dry. There is a great grainy maltiness that comes out near the end. The finish is dry but quite oily and slick. Nice light to medium bodied ale. Very clean flavors. Overall: I'm certainly a newbie to this style, but I like the lightness and cleaness of the flavors alot.

oggg, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of cancino45
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This peach beer is exceptionally clean, crisp and refreshing. An unfiltered cloudy body with a perfect head pours nicely into a thin tall glass. This is a great representation of a perfect blend of flavor to a wheat based beer. Unlike many beers in this category it doesn't suffer from the syrupy remnants of artificial flavoring. The flavor balance blends well enough that it is merely a slight flavor similar to a garnish traditionally found in most wheat beers. Exceptionally refreshing but can be a bit too aromatic at the nose. A great pairing complement to a White stilton apricot cheese (trader Joes)and a warm afternoon.

cancino45, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +12.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of ReDave
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from Hollingshead (!) Poured carefully in large nonic, whew! Took me forever, huge head. Very foamy. Finally died down. Slightly off white colored head. Quickly thins out after several sips. Straw golden amber [light] colored, very cloudy. Very peachy aroma. Slightly cidery sour taste. Some peach milling around. Not too bad on a hot summer day.

ReDave, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pineapple yellow with light orange highlights with a very thin head that had almost no lacing on the glass.

S: surprisingly there is a nice peach aroma that has grainy and slight malty notes; not too much going on here.

T: the peach flavor is actually pretty decent that meshes quite well with the malts and slight grains that do come thru.

M: light body with almost no carbonation that has a peachy slight malt and grainy finish.

D: very drinkable beer that is not too sweet at all and is really refreshing and crisp.

Gobzilla, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant light wheat beer taste, which is to say it's inoffensive and doesn't interfere with the peach flavor. Great aroma of ripe peaches.

Attractive light amber in the Duvel tulip. Nice foam with plenty of spritz in the mouth. Very light bodied and a thoroughly refreshing style. I think the hoppy bitterness is a little more bold than it needed to be. Less sweet than some other fruit beers, notably the much stronger-flavored Pyramid apricot.

Light as this is, it's a perfectly quaffable summer beer. The endless aromatics are nice, and it has a watery character that is about as thirst-quenching as you could want. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine, which has quite an array of Marin brews.

mactrail, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Fruit Beer from the Marin Brewery Company, Larkspur, California.

Stinson Beach Peach Ale is labeled as an “Ale with natural peach flavor added”, which is 5.0% ABV. Comes in a 22 fl.oz. Bottle.

Pours a light golden straw color. Good inherent carbonation aids head formation whilst being poured but this soon settles to a thin white collar.

Aromas are definitely of Fresh Peaches, lovely fresh fleshly smells are very dominant.

Tastes are slightly sweet in the beginning but not overtly sickly. The peach really comes through in the middle and lingers towards the end. A slight bitterness is discernable in the middle which helps balance the lovely peach flavors and aids drinkability.

Overall, it went down well at a recent tasting I held in my Apartment.

A reasonable try from Marin, and not a bad effort all round, but it may be hard to drink more than a Bomber of this offering in one sitting though.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of PHBoiler
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 22 oz bottle into FFF Teku glass.

The beer pours very light and almost transparent. It has the absolute hue of peach almost down to Crayola accuracy. The smell is relatively pleasant with light peach notes and some bready qualities. It takes a good 3-4 sips to start getting the level of peach flavor that I expected. Much less peach than say Wheach by O'Fallon. It's very easy drinking and effervescent which helps mask the limited flavor of the beer. It's a pretty thin and light beer. If you're a peach fan, then it's worth a shot. Wheach and the Peach Berlinerweisse by Perennial were far superior to this offering. I'd rather be smacked in the face with peach.

PHBoiler, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of trevreef
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to have a beer that nailed the P E A C H flavor. Yum! I am a fan of fruit beers, but not ciders so much. I prefer the beer/yeasty taste over a sweeter alcoholic beverage. I recommend that you try it (I found it at whole foods in oakland), and I would love to find this on draft some time soon. Cheers for a five buck price!

trevreef, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ambruns1979, May 12, 2012
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

IRONRakkasan, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow body with a touch of orange. Bright white head of decent size. Powerful peach scent at first. It tends to die away slightly as time passes. Same with the taste. It's a very strong peach taste that subsides as you drink. More of a fruity wine flavor and feel pushes its way on to your tongue half way through. Tiny bubbles make up a decent amount of carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

JayTheFinn, May 16, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, $4.59 from BevMo Sacramento, into pint glass.

Pours a bright, carbonated yellow with a thick, fluffy white medium dense head, leaves little lacing.

Aroma is intensely peach, bordering on candy flavored peach.

Taste is also peach, but more restrained than the aroma might have indicated. Sugar and very light spice. There's something cloying about it that I can't put my finger on. Maybe a little bit of flour/bread.

Mouth is very thick and slick. A little too thick.

Overall, a pretty tasty essence style fruit beer, and one which I'd buy again. It's nothing extraordinary, given that I know fruit beers can be extraordinary (think New Glarus Wisconsin Red, or Raspberry.)

warmstorage, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer isn't fuzzy peach, unfuzzy peach or any sort of peach color at all. It's much closer to lightly dusted lemon topped by a fine-bubbled head of ivory foam. Most fruit beers would kill to have a lid that looks this good. All in all, it's a bright, fresh, summertime look with which it's impossible to find fault.

If you like peaches then you'll love the aroma on Stinson Beach Peach. I'm not crazy about them (ever since a peach schnapps chugging incident in college), but I recognize a quality fruit beer nose when I smell one and will attempt to keep my peach bias under wraps. The make-or-break question for me when it comes to this style is 'does it smell like fresh fruit or does it smell artificial?' Nothing but fresh peaches here.

There are any number of ways in which fruit beers go astray. Thankfully, this one appears to have avoided most of them. First of all, if the base beer is no good, there's no way that the beer as a whole will be a success. Here, the base beer tastes like a light amber ale (rather than a wheat ale) that has enough pale malt and an acceptable enough malt-hop balance to get the job done.

Second of all, the fruitiness can't be all-encompassing, but neither can it run away and hide. Mission accomplished. Peach is present in a just right amount so that the experience is one of a beer 'with natural peach flavor added', just as the label states. Lastly, it helps (drinkability especially) if there's the right combination of sweet and bitter. I enjoy those hypersweet, sticky sippers such as the Melbourn Bros. line, but can only drink them on occasion, and then only very slowly.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to keep my peach bias from rearing its ugly head and will have to judge the flavor accordingly. Again, if you love peaches, bump the taste score back up a half notch. By the way, there are no 'pie spices' that I can detect, such as one sometimes tastes in a blueberry beer. That might have been an improvement now that I think about it.

The body is summertime fruit beer light, or at least closer to light than to medium. No hint of wateriness though. Given the likely target, I'd say that Marin achieved just the body/mouthfeel that they were aiming for. I'm glad that they haven't ruined things by injecting too many bubbles.

Stinson Beach Peach is a peach of a fruit ale. To repeat myself ad nauseum and to state the blindingly obvious, your enjoyment is likely to be directly proportional to your affinity for... peaches. If you're in the market for a quality lawnmower beer with a fruity twist, look no further. If you like peaches that is.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled "Stinson Beach Peach ale". Pours a clear, yellowish gold body with a small, offwhite head that quickly vanishes without any lacing.

Aroma has a gigantic, fresh peach flavor which obliterates anything else.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and has moderate carbonation.

Taste is fruity sweet, peach flavors. Not overly sweet or cloying, but the peach flavor is one dimensional. Very slight malt presence, and just enough hops bitterness to make this a refreshing, summer ale.

Overall, this is a nice, peach flavored ale that is enjoyable only if you're a fan of fresh peaches. I love fresh peaches, so I enjoyed this one. It is kind of one dimensional, and there is very little to back up the powerful peach character. A refreshing, fruit flavored summer ale.

merlin48, May 27, 2004
Photo of caverog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

litheum94, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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Stinson Beach Peach from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.