Stinson Beach Peach - Marin Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -24.5%
Pours a slightly murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some mild peach and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct buttery flavor on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that seems to be suffering from some sort of infection issue with the buttery flavor and high carbonation level.
10-29-2012 19:14:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-27-2006 23:47:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
Cheers to my buddy Eric for bringing this one from Cali (for my wife, but she has sworn off of beer for the time being)
Pours golden with 1+ finger of beige head. Hazed a bit a the bottom of the bottle, no head retention & just a trace of lacing
S: Peach juice
T: Peaches, grassy hops & dryness up front, plus a bit of tartness. Slight metallic taste as this warms, along with some lemony hops & dry peach. Finishes with a bit of grapefruitty hops, dryness, apricots & peaches
MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly aggressive carbonation, not really helping the cause
Drank alright, this paired well with some smoked pork I had in the fridge, but too damn fruitty for me take too serious
01-03-2009 03:54:55 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-29-2012 05:10:02 | More by mactrail
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Sampled April 2007
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, pale gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, off white colored head that dissipates fairly quick. The aroma is quite fruity, and I would actually say that it smells quite a bit like apricot, though the aromas are quite similar to peach. This is just about the only aroma noticeable in this beer as any other notes are drowned out by the fruit notes.
The taste is quite dry up front and even has a touch of tartness to it. Up front the beer has a touch of fruity acidity, but it is not until the finish were the strong apricot / peach flavors become quite noticeable. The fruit flavors seem to add a touch of perceived sweetness in the finish despite that this beer is fairly dry overall. Very light and refreshing, this is definitely a hot weather beer for when you are in the mood for something quenching. This beer actually gets fairly tart as my palate gets used to it, this actually tends to lessen the impact of the apricot / peach flavor in the finish for some reason too. Actually I think it is because the beer has lost that hint of sweetness that it had initially. This beer is quite simplistic and even almost one-dimensional. For some reason I have a soft spot for apricot flavored beers and I even find this enjoyable.
05-02-2007 21:51:39 | More by Gueuzedude
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
03/25/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no born on or expiration date. Poured into my Sierra Nevada Summerfest pint glass.
Appearance- Semi-clear golden color with very light lacing and a small somewhat spritzy head.
Smell- Definite strong peach odor, but more the candied produced scent or the can of peach sryup scent rather than fresh peaches. The Lindemann's Peche is an example of a nicer orchard peach scent. This one was more produced.
Taste- Light malt and a quick hit of peach flavoring. That's about it though. The flavor soon fades and then you start all over again. Quite boring. More of a wine cooler-esque taste.
Mouthfeel- Not even as carbonated as I thought it would be. Fairly watery after the initial peach blast.
Drinkability- Might be a nice quick thirst quencher during the summer, but not the best showing for Marin. I had higher hopes for this one since I love peaches. This one didn't do the trick.
03-25-2005 23:19:58 | More by GClarkage
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a cloudy very pale yellow beer without too much of a head. Shows every sign of being a Belgian Witbier with peach flavor added.
Smell is PEACHES and very strongly of them too. Peach scent obliterates any other scents that may be present except for a powdery yeast scent.
Taste is very neutral; flavor of wheat is very prominent. Lightly flavored slightly sweet with bready wheat malt, powdery yeast flavor and lastly a hint of peaches. Tastes like a Belgian witbier with peach flavoring added.
Mouthfeel is light.
An OK drinkable witbier that I could see drinking on a hot day. But I would drink a Hoegaarden instead if available.
09-15-2005 03:32:19 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-07-2010 01:17:52 | More by Gobzilla
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
02-23-2003 19:26:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
05-27-2004 10:33:29 | More by merlin48
3.15/5 rDev -11.3%
Light gold color, large head. Medium bodied ale, with peach flavoring. Lightly malts and hops. Good balance. Peach flavor is prevalent, but not overpowering or too sweet. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and "just peachy" (sorry about that). OK for a fruit beer
09-01-2003 01:45:40 | More by beerguy101
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
22oz brown bomber poured into a stemmed tulip. It has a hefe look to it, cloudy and yellow with little visible carbonation. Head is white and lace is sporadic and spot like.
There is a rather large aggressive peach jolly rancher type aroma. It is far less candied in the flavor. The grain bill comes out full force and squashes the peaches. It has a small but essential citrus aspect to keep it as un-candied as possible. This was essentially an American Wheat beer with some peach flavor on the backside. IF you like fruity beers try the blueberry offering but pass on this one.
Notes: Not very complex and rather it leans towards run of the mill or worse.
05-07-2007 02:34:04 | More by DogFood11
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
A: Aggresively carbonated...showed signs of mobility the second the cap came off. Poured a towering snow white head, a lot like a triple. The body is the color of a white beer but with just a hint of haze. Lots of free roaming bubbles moving playfully around the base.
S: Obvious peach aroma on this one. Slightly perfumy but not unattractive. Some citrus hops in the distance.
T: Not as peachlike as the smell would lead you to believe. Begins with some crisp sweetness at the tip of the tongue. The peach flavor then moves down the center and expands to the back roof of the mouth. Fairly subtle but pronounced enough to pick out in a blind tasting. The rest of the beer sort of reminds me of an English pale, but with an American wheat aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.
D: It is what it is. Certainly could have been a lot worse.
08-26-2006 02:59:26 | More by Westsidethreat
3.86/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-20-2013 20:51:45 | More by PHBoiler
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
06-01-2002 19:20:51 | More by StevieW
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Comes out a slightly foggy, light orange/gold color with 1.5 fingers of head. The head disappears rather quickly to just a tiny necklace of froth around the glass and almost no lacings at all. A few small bubble trails are visible on the interior of the glass.
Mouth: The mouthfeel is pretty good, with a medium carbonation that keeps its composure throughout the experience. A pleasant bitterness with light lemon and peach flavors. The peach is somewhat sweet on the entrance and the beer maintains a good balance between sweet/bitter, but there's no lasting flavors after swallowing and the mouth soon forgets all about the beer.
05-24-2006 20:32:21 | More by clickpush
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Woo Hoo!!! The final 100 days are upon me....after tonight, of course...
Pours a murky and sedimentary straw-lemon color. Nary a head upon this, no real lacing. Carbonation is light to medium but hard to discern amidst the murk. Odd...Aromas are peachy keen. That is to say it's smells like peaches - fresh peaches, mind you. I also get a floral note, like roses, and it's strong. Maybe also a hint of Bubble Yum...So far, more off than on...Flavor is a strange, detergent like mix of sharp malt tang, peach hints and, as I said, detergent. Kind of gross, in a way. It's got a distinct quality similar to American (read that Widmer) Hefeweizens...The finish is thin and washy, and carries some of the peach with it. This is to beer what wine bottle size wine coolers are to wine. It really seems to be targetting non-beer drinkers, and it probably treats them right. Me, however, nope. Price point is $4.49/bomber and ABV is 5%. Not worth trying unless you don't really like beer.
What I like most: Um, maybe the refreshing nature of the beer.
What I like least: The detergent like flavor profile.
BVerdict: Not good beer. Avoid.
02-04-2011 02:41:19 | More by SolomonGrundy
Stinson Beach Peach from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.