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Golden Mariner Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Golden Mariner Pale AleGolden Mariner Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopwave on 09-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.01%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 50
Photo of thatruth
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Ninkasi Pint Glass at the Bella Mar.

A: Pours golden amber. One finger head. Tight, frothy lacing. Both which last an average amount of time. Light orange-like hues to the body.

S: dirty hops, bright pine, citrus blend. Alcohol has a heavy presence, but not overbearing.

T: not great. All the bad things about the smell hit you in one fell swoop.

AT: at least the after taste is nice. Orange flavor with refreshing afters, but still with the tangy, scratchy onset feel of a pale. almost IPA'ish.

O: been drinking the flip out of Rainier and the like of late, only reviewed a couple beers the last few months. Saw a sixer of this at the Sehome Haggen and decided to snag it. Not great for a local beer, I've had Scuttlebutt before and don't remember it being this much of a turnoff. I'll question grabbing their label again after this little kerfuffle. Not a terrible beer, especially at 7.99/six-pack, just nowhere near a great one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orange color. The head...well, there isn't much head - not even a finger high. It's off-white shade with terrible retention and almost zero lacing behind. When given an aggressive pour, the head does end up at a finger high, uniformly textured (which is a good indicator of "NEEDS MOAR HOPS"), and still poorly retaining. It actually leaves a touch of lacing behind in this state.

S: This smells extremely malty. There are some hints of citrusy hops, but mostly it's a butt-load of toffee, bread, and earth. Seemingly English-style in approach; this doesn't so much disappoint me as it does realign my expectations.

T: Malts hit first with plenty of toffee and earth. It's hop character is subtle at best, but there is a noticeable citrusy quality to the finish. Once it warms up, its malt backbone just steamrolls over everything. There isn't much complexity or balance to help keep the malts in check, either.

M: There isn't much carbonation here - but hey, it fits the English approach, amirite? Despite its heavy-handed malt backbone, it has a rather dry and crisp feel. While the malts win out over the unfiltered-ness, it's still a pleasant drink.

O: An over-malted pale ale? An under-hopped IPA? Or maybe it's just "English-style"? Whatever it is, it isn't great. But, it isn't bad, either - especially for $2.50 a bomber. While it's too malty for me to purchase again even at its great price, I'd still reckon it's worth purchasing once.

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Photo of gshak
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of the keg, served at Chip and Dale's Oktoberfest celebration in Seattle. Had this side by side their Amber ale. Visually they look identical, so I am docking some points - where the heck is the pale aspect if the beer looks amber??
Taste was of one of those generic beers that taste like they have all the necessary ingredients but no character. Looks like this keg had sat out a few innings too long in the back of their cellar. I am not sure how the brewing process went, but I imagine it to be something like this:
Malt - check
Hops - check
Water - check
Yeast - check.
Yep, let's call that a pale...

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Photo of hopwave
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass...

Golden pour with a small white head... smell/taste is muddy hops with a touch of grain in at the end... feels rather heavy and just okay for me... if your looking for a nice summer sipper pale ale this is not it. and weighing in at 7.1 won't feel like it either... might get a better score from me if it was labeled a IPA but just slightly...

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured to pint shaker

Pours a nice red-gold, lightly hazed. Thick creamy off white head, maybe a finger and a half that seems more persistent then most PA's. Leaves a significant lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and bready with a few muddled hop points, primarily orange. You can smell the alcohol

Taste is sweet with a nice hop bite in the aftertaste... warm orange danish, a little pine and cedar.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a pale, but that body props up that awesome head, I suppose.

Overall, very good, not great. Appearance is nearly flawless, but the aroma and flavor is a step down. More of a "tweener" brew between PA and IPA... indeed I might have rated it a tad higher as an IPA

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a dull medium golden with a thin wispy white head is gone quickly atop.Aromas are fruity with alot of caramel sweetness,faint earthy/leafy hops are there as well.Quite sweet on the palate with caramel biscuit standing out most,some grain in the finish aoong with some sweet alcohol,the hops are light providing some earthiness.To me it's like an amped up English style pale but with even more sweetness.Eh it's ok but not like some of the other Scuttlebutt stuff that I actually liked.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours slightly hazy golden-amber. Durable off-white head leaves very good lacing.

Aroma: malty and sweet for style but with some hops.

Flavor: somewhat opposite to the aroma, the h follows but is stronger, with a bolder hop presence and eops make their presence known largely through bitterness, but with some frutiy. Meanwhilte, there's some caramel from the malts but not enough to completely tame the bitterness. Herbal/grassy/earthy hop aftertaste. Relatively high ABV is not hidden.

Feel: lively, medium carbonation. Medium body.

O:

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, a bit of sweetness. Taste is hops, minty, alcohol is present, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, a bit light on the hops though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin whtie head that dissipates to light patches with no lacing. Aroma of bready malt with buttery toffee and light stone fruit. Flavor starts similarly, with buttery, bready malt, then rapidly develops grassy hops with a bit of astringency, finishing with a long, bitter grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A malty take on a pale ale, the body starting more like a golden ale, but finishing like a hopped up pale ale. The hop finish is a bit stark, considering the maltiness of this ale. A satisfactory, but unblanced, golden pale ale hybrid.Nothing here to really bring me back. I like Scuttlebutt, but this is a near miss.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - a 'pale ale', coming in at 7.1% ABV? Seems like this particular mariner has been at sea for just a wee bit too long, eh?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a few instances of the Simpsons' amorphous blob lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of grainy and rather sweet caramel malt, some red berry-forward generic fruitiness, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and certainly perfumed floral green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, further mildly biscuity toffee square notes, still hovering, if innocuous yeast, muddled domestic and tropical stone fruit, and more laid-back earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are pretty tame on the palate, what with their limp-wrist frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess basically hitching a ride from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the lingering heady malt and side-saddle fruitiness winning the Wild West day.

Overall, Golden Mariner is indeed 'still' a pale ale, as there appears to be little attempt at rendering it as an IPA (beyond the commensurate booze quotient). Fairly enjoyable to drink, as said alcohol is mostly well integrated, and robust enough to make me take heed as I end this bomber.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

I am an ancient Mariner, having served 15.25 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard four ships and countless underway periods. Does the helmsman on the label have a seagull in the crook of his arm or is it an albatross?!? Only us salty dogs know for sure, but the mermaid on the cap has given the all clear for a Pop!, so here we go. We seamen know of only one way to pour a beer and that is by way of a good, hearty Glug. The resulting pseudo-cascade settled into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Scuttlebutt has it that we are going to have liberty call in Everett, Washington, but only if behavior stays on an even keel since the Old Man has had a Wild Hare up his ass since our last beer ration. Nose was in keeping with the APA style with hints of pine/mint and citrus rind along with bready malt. My mouth was beginning to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was what I expect in the style – slight, but not overwhelming, bitterness, hop driven without venturing into AIPA territory and with a light maltiness to help keep things in check. I am more and more disappointed by that Wild Hare the more that I think about it. Beautiful lacing appeared in its wake. Finish was semi-dry, more hops than malt, but not so intensely hoppy as to be overpowering.

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Photo of pounce
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank five 12-ounce bottles (in separate sittings). Nice golden color, a bit hazy. Peculiarly high carbonation, with a head that is actually too thick, spilling over the top of the glass the first time. Quite smooth for the high alcohol content. The hops have a solid presence, but are not as strong as most IPAs (as is appropriate for a pale ale). Just the right amount of bitterness, though a little more than the average pale ale.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium honey color with an off-white/light tan head of no great height, 1/4" at most. Retention is poor, dropping to a thin film quickly. No real lace left behind, either.
Smell is a decent blend of malt and hops with the hops leading slightly. Lighter notes of green tea, citrus and wood are teased out eventually.
Taste is hoppy, malty, citrus, and whiskey. Well balanced with a fairly sizable alcohol bloom that gives away the 7.1% ABV and is reminiscent of an Imperial IPA. Nice.
Very nicely warming on a New Years Day (watching hockey at The Big House). Medium + body with a restrained effervescence that still helps keep it from being cloying or sticky. Very well done, folks.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A: Cloudy deep gold. 2 fingers high of head but not retained.
S: Tropical fruits: mainly mango and some pineapple.
T: Tangerine and mango. Medium bitterness. Dry. Short finish.
M: Light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Nice pale ale.

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Golden Mariner Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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