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Blue Heron Pale Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,562
Reviews:
295
Ratings:
521
pDev:
13.86%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 295
Photo of Squire123
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -7.4%
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 -51.3%
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 +0.9%
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 +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -9.1%
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 +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BeerSnobery
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Crimkj
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BPMeyer27
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad pale ale. freshness may be a slight issue with my bottle. the appearance is odd for the style, with copious yeast sediment in this thing taking the form of tiny specks suspended in a bronze hazy brew with one hell of a lacy leave behind as it drinks. without the particulate it would look nearly flawless. an aroma of slightly stale malt, rich though, and the hops come though, a nice illustration of the american pale, although the yeast character in here is more than is usually called for, almost spicy on the back end. the flavor is hoppy all the way, resinous as they go, big for just a pale, pushing the india realm. it tastes dry, or like it should be dry, but it isnt, its moist and long, which kind of works with the flavor profile, which is sweet pine and honey malt. good beer, id love to try it on tap at the source, i imagine it being a real beauty when its fresh.

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Blue Heron Pale Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 521 ratings
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