Mendo Mellow | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 10-31-2008

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
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3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.76/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some fairly subdued aromas and flavors.

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3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste featured faint grassy hops and a seemingly washed out pale malt. I got more of a creme ale vibe off of this one than IPA.

The mouthfeel was clean with a touch of lingering sweetness.

Overall an uneventful experience.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raw and unabashed, the somewhat naked flavor of hops that are stripped from the farms of Anderson Valley Brewing Company find their way into America's classy pale ale in their freshest state- before drying, before vacuum sealing, and before long-term storage.

The results manifest into a charming copper-golden appearance that projects in front of its hoppy cloudiness. The ale releases an airy head of sea froth that caps the beer sturdily and laces the glass with ease. It does all that is asked of a pale ale.

The common hop aromas in pale ale are well on display with the grapefruit and pine needle character necessary. But the fresh aroma of a freshly mowed lawn, torn garden greens, tropical fruit, tree sap, and herbal cannabis. All this hop character rides in the foreground as a thin caramel or honey-like note resides in support.

But the balance in flavor fare much better. The beer lays a foundation of malt sweetness with the caramel, honey, and bran-like toasted grain. Both malty earth components and sweetness ride along side of the citrus and tropical fruit taste, neither allowing the other to gain any ground at middle palate. Finishing with the hop bitterness pulling slightly ahead of the malt sweetness, they also draw in a mild spicy bite of chlorophyll, light tobacco, and tea leaf.

Medium-light in body, the malts portray an aura of caramel, but with very little of the associated sweetness. Simply the implication of sweetness resonates as creamy weight because of the sustenance of carbonation. But as the carbonation recedes, so does the dry malt taste. This ushers in a quick and dry finish with spicy alcohol warmth, and light hop-derived astringency.

Mendo Mellow certainly captures the liberal notions of Northern California in pale ale form. For true herbal portrayal, I would also like to see the recipe elevated to IPA status so that there's a better showcase for hops and even less interference from malt. This beer showcases well the close relationship that is shared both the hop plant and the cannabis plant.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dry-hopped IPA and quite a mouthful of hops. A mineral taste with a serious herbal twist. Bitter vegetables and juniper berries. Pine and straw. More dusty than earthy.

Head lasts a good while in the pint glass. Carbonation is substantial. An abrupt sort of flavor that drops off fast. Even the bitterness is not long lasting. Not one of my favorite pale ales, though if you like the abundance of hops and the dry-hopped taste it could be quite quaffable.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some lace.

S - The aroma is fill of sweet biscuit and caramel malts with some fresh citrus and tropical fruit hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel with some light biscuit malt and citrus and tropical hops and bitterness. Through the middle, more hop flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of hops, bitterness, and sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance with a nice complexity added by the biscuit malt flavor.

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3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a light gold/yellow color with a small white head.

Aromas are grassy, with some straw, wood, resin, and some floral notes. Odd, but still pleasant.

Flavors are just like the nose. Quite grassy, with some floral and straw like notes. Green, with light resiny bitterness, and a real dry character. Finish has light doughy sweetness, and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel is full, with nice carbonation and body.

Overall, this is ok, but not great. Was described to be as a wet hop ale, if that's really what this is, I'd knock the rankings down a few more notches. Just way too grassy and dry for my liking.

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3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Pours a clear copper/amber with a one finge rhead that leaves nice side lacing along the pint glass.

S - Wow, this is just okay at best. Very malty with very little pine/citrus hops.

T - More of the same. Just not all that good tasting. Mostly malts with very little grassy/piney hops.

M - Its light, a little crisp though rather thin on the tongue.

O - Just an average IPA here. Can do much better as this is far too malt heavy. Disappointing.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Toad in th Hole.

Clear, golden body. A small white head with fairly good stickiness, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

Very malty on the nose, with biscuit and cracker tones. Some pine and citrus. A little catty.

A very promo ounces malt profile, with caramel and bread flavors. Hops take their while to show up, presenting flavors of pine and citrus. Very slightly oily, with a ton of carbonation.

I'm a little disappointed by this. It's way too malty for a fresh hop ale. I don't mind malts in an IPA, but the hops should dominate in a wet hop ale. An average IPA.

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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happened to be in San Francisco working the same weekend Toronado was hosting a "Wet Hop Night" and was fortunate enough to have a few of these for $4.00 a piece, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a clean golden/slightly amber hue with a nice fluffy head leaving thick chunks of lace from start to finish.

S: Fresh malts, earthy hop with a good yeast smell in the mix too.

T: Sweet mossy hop, good maltiness, very earthy and fresh - extremely well balanced and tasty.

M: Medium bodied, sticky, well carbonated, finishes creamy and smooth.

D: I had to try one because i'm a huge fan of Anderson Valley brews and ended up drinking two more. Really enjoyed this one.

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Mendo Mellow from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 28 ratings