Blue Heron Pale Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
okay
515 Ratings
Blue Heron Pale AleBlue Heron Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
515
Reviews:
295
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 515 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The broth is a light amber with a bit of a haze. The head, while small, sticks around, providing a cross between blanketing and webby lace.

This smells more like an English Pale Ale (Bitter) than an American one. I get a stronger malt aroma of recently kneaded bread dough, similar to a malty Amber. The hop smell is faint.

I like the flavor more than the smell as this is more balanced. The malt base is similar to light toast with a touch of berry sweetness, while the hop is peppery, creating a long lasting aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation just a bit muted.

Overall, I'm rather surprised at how this beer seems to be maligned by other BA reviewers. The flavor is full and a good example of the British style.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antc2382
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A whatever pale ale with a watery finish. Not too impressed. It just did not deliver for me. I may try another of Mendocinos brews if the opportunity presents itself, but this is off of my list

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color, lots of particles and haze in it, makes a great lace job down the side. Aroma was British. A little bit of woodsiness.

Taste was like the aroma, somewhat straddling the line between English and American pale ale. A little soapy at times, there isn't really anything like toffee or caramel malt wise. Its one of the older pale ales in America, I remember drinking this back in the 90s.

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Photo of Squire123
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and possibly other books to come.)

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice hazy mid-yellow witha fairly good head which faded quite qickly. lEft some lacing and a thin layer of foam.

Nose is pleasant quite floral with citrus, some pineapple and malt aromas.

Palate isn't what I was expecting but it's pleasant. Quite lagery, with some citrus. Not really complex. Quite a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Quite dry.

Mouth id light to medium - ok.

Overall I quite enjoyed this beer. N0t outstanding but pretty good.

Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.65/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

**
02/08/2013
Aroma: Cream ale, hops.
Look: Yellow Color…Fuzzy.
Taste: Vegetables and hops.
Feel: medium to thin body
Not offensive, but very plain.
**

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Photo of MattSlem
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure of their house yeast, but I am guessing London Ale. It's too copper/minerally for my palate. Not bad overall though.

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Photo of Mtn
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly haze amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma with notes of caramel and biscuit malt and sweet oranges.
Flavor is more interesting with notes of herbal and perfumy hops, drops of grapefruit, lots of oranges, a bit of toasted malts, lemon peel and soap. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
It might be behind its prime. This is a pretty mellow Pale Ale; citrusy was not really vivid as expected in an APA.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden orange in color. The head peaks at just under a finger's width, then dies down fairly quickly to a near barren surface and a razor thin ring around the edges. Leaves a fair amount of streaky and spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell - Cereal grain with a light floral hop character. Hints of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Slighty grainy, mostly sweet 'white bread' malt met by a light floral and citrus hop bite. A bit of grassy bitterness and faint pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Smooth, easy drinker.

Overall - Hmm. It's an okay pale. Pretty basic. I don't mind drinking it, but I would never miss it if it were to cease existence.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep gold

S: faint floral scented hops

T: strong floral taste from the hops- tastes like soap!

M: fine but its too soapy to enjoy

O: Two of my all time favorites come from this company so it is a shocker that this ale is so unforgiving. I will never again be making the mistake of taking this off the shelf.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blue Heron Pale Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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