Mary Jane Amber Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.89 | pDev: 4.88%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, if you want to go the hop route and not have total control of your tongue for some time, try this!

This beer is an interesting dark amber/medium red which was a bit cloudy but didn't have any noticeable particulates. The amount of head was generous. This is one of those hoppy beers that lets the flavor build for a few seconds then explodes on the tongue and leaves a slight burning sensation. I'd say this is comparable to Alpha King for flavor. If you want hoppy, get in to RB when this is available.

Jan 15, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrifically turbid tawny with light visible only at the edges. The rough-hewn cap was light beige in color and one finger in size. It drifted away within the first few minutes, eventually persisting as a barely covering film, but was a pretty good lace generator. Thin, blurry rings on the upper portion of the glass became a thin, clingy veil farther south.

The nose was nicely hoppy, with an abundance of bright white grapefruit and very little malt to muddy things up. I can't say that I appreciated the hemp seeds per se, but there did seem to be something present that was more earthy-herbal than pure Cascade hops. In any case, the aroma was a delight.

MJAA was impressively hoppy on the palate. I've decided to respect the brewer of the beer and call it an amber ale, but ain't no way this is an amber ale as I understand the style. If it is, it's the hoppiest that I've ever had by far. Think super-hoppy APA and you'll be much closer to the mark.

There was a decent amount of caramel malt holding on with its fingernails against the hop offensive. The 'just right' amount of caramel flavor added depth to what would otherwise have been a fairly one-dimensional flavor profile (not that that's a bad thing where hops are involved). Firmly bitter, snappy, white grapefruit pith was front and center and resulted in some incredible hop burps.

Again, I detected something earthier than (what I'm guessing was) Cascade hops. I'm willing to believe that the added hemp seeds were responsible, but wouldn't be surprised to learn that Columbus, Amarillo or some other hop was used. The finish was long and lingeringly bitter with a modest amount of sticky mouthcoating.

The beer was a tad too fizzy in the upper eight ounces and settled down a bit in the lower eight. The mouthfeel was 'pale ale medium'. It was more than acceptable, but a beer this hoppy deserves a bigger body. Needless to say, this sucker was tremendous drinkable. Especially if you have a hankerin' for hops. Which I do. Constantly.

Mary Jane Pale Ale (okay... Amber Ale) is a wonderful beer that surprised me more than a little. Frankly, I wasn't expecting much given the stated style and the name, but once I found out the origin of that name and tasted the evidence, I was a believer. A growler just may be in order.

Feb 01, 2006
Mary Jane Amber Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3 ratings