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Blue Heron Pale Ale | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Blue Heron Pale AleBlue Heron Pale Ale
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Blue Heron Pale AleBlue Heron Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed deep golden with a foamy white head that stays around, leaving some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is biscuity, grainy with soft citrus and pine.

The taste is of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) - nice hop profile - with a balancing sweet, grainy malt. Both the hop and malt characteristics stand out but remain balanced. It has a long, bittersweet finish.

It is medium-to-full-bodied - almost chewy. Very smooth.

A hoppy, yet balanced, flavorful, smooth and refreshing pale ale. Nice example of a hoppy APA!

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Photo of roller
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a sunny straw color with a one inch white head. Frothy with large bubbles that left some nice lacing. Not a very strong aroma, but it was mildly floral. There is a pleasant hop presence and grapefruit bitterness lingers on the palate. Some light malt character, but not very complex. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, Blue Heron PA goes down easy. I'd have another, but not one of my favorites

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Photo of gmfessen
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-orange golden color with a thick, two-finger, slightly off-white head that leaves a blanket of lacing comprised of lots of minute bubbles. The smell isn't overwhelming, but is of pale malts and citrusy, slightly earthy hops. The taste has a little more complexity with a slightly toasted malt flavor and a pretty bitter citrus hop finish. Not the most well done beer ever but better than average. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety carbonation; very enjoyable. A decently drinkable beer... overall not bad, but there's better tasting ones out there.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had other Mendocino beers in the past and have not been really impressed, although I did enjoy their stout, but I was able to pick this up for $5.99 for a 6-pack and figured it was worth a try.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. rich golden color with nice head retention and lacing.

Hops and light fruit aroma. Nothing overpowering just a very nice hop aroma that seems welcoming.

Nice hoppy, bitter taste with some sweetness throughout, but nothing that attacks or is as gung ho as an american IPA or DIPA. Just a nice hop presence (cascade?). I might not group this with the IPA's. I would consider it closer to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (that's right I am too cool to abbreviate it) than an American IPA like Stone.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good not too much carbonation.

Drinkability: If I continue to find this for a dollar a bottle I expect that I will continue to buy it. Even if you aren't so lucky I think that it should at least be worth a try for you.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale amber with a cream colored head that falls slowly with good lacing.

The smell is citrusy hops with yeast and malt sweetness.

Strong hoppy flavor with a biting bitterness. The hops are spicy and citrus with very crisp flavors. The taste lacks something for me.

The mouthfeel is the right weight with a slight oilyness that lingers in the mouth.

I could drink a couple but the lingering flavors are a little overwhelming.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a partly cloudy gold, 2 finger bubbly & thin white head, good retent, white film lacing

S- floral, citrus, hops, bready, strong aromas (could smell this thing from a couple feet away)

T- warming hop bite at finish, well balanced pale, leafy hops, hints of citrus throughout, buttery malts, toasted grains with hints of spice

M- well carbonated, drying finish, smooth, hop tingles

D- great eyes and nose, solid yet mellow flavor, i'd definitely have another, sessionable, brew begs to be paired with food

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light straw yellow. Head is a thick sticky mass that clings to the side.

Aroma is subdued. Indistinct pale malt and more substantial floral hop. Some honey like sweetness and lemony citrus.

Taste is initially sweet for a second, then grassy and floral hops take over with citrusy bitterness. Very crisp and lemony.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slightly resinous with hop oil.

A good session beer. Tasty, but not overpowering. A little light for a pale ale. Actually it reminds me more of a really good pilsner than a pale ale. Flavor is very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden color, slightly hazy with just a bit of off white head quickly leaving a small white ring, and a bit of lacing.

Smell had a sweet cotton candy like quality with a bit of grainyness.

The sharp juniper flavors hit you first, but the slowly subsides into a light grainny flavor with a touch of candy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry and the junipery hops linger on for a while.

Not a bad lighter style Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was not too impressed with this IPA. Its aroma is only faintly hoppy, flavor is very lightly hoppy but also includes some banana notes I feel do not belong, and mouthfeel is a bit watery. Apearance is excellent, with a hazy and gold color and sloppy-appealing amounts of cumulus head. Not ad, but not really recommended either.

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Photo of xav33
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mendocino Blue Heron Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling (recent?), flown into 05/07
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear hay yellow with a large frothy white mostly lasting head.

Smelt of moderate light bread and perfume hops.

Taste was upfront moderate to strong sweet bread and light bitter perfume and orange citrus hops followed by a moderate to strong bitter grassy and light sweet bread on an average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a fairly tame pale ale. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced well, but there seems to be a bit too much malt sweetness for a pale ale.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden honey color with mediocre headage.

Sweet and sour smells with some earthy and mineral hops.

Minerally and grainy that kinda comes off sour with the tangy hop finish.

This is definately not one of my favorite beers, but I like it because it does challenge my tastebuds a bit. The hoppiness keeps this beer refreshing even though that 'sourness' is kinda fatiguing.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a crystal clear golden color with a three finger white head with a easy pour and left about a half inch head to the finish with a wispy lace to the finish also. smell of citrus and pine. taste is bready, citrus, not sweet but not bitter then hops kick in and linger a bit at the end. mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and carbonation is good. just really liked this beer maybe it just caught me on the right day.

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Photo of Ozone
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better beers available in SC for now (legislation pending). It's got a great pour with a decent, but not frothy head. Consistent lacework on the glass all the way down. It has a clear, light golden hue.

Hops pop, with a subtle citrus flavor and a crisp finish. Body is light without losing character.

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Photo of stephendr
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - color of golden honey , with a decent off white head - nose of hopps , funk , bright citrus , but earthy – taste of bitter hops , with citrus hopps as well , and slight maltyness - body medium , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of bitter hopps , and slightly acidic

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Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light but hazy look. Has a dark yellow color, with maybe a tiny hint of orange. A healthy head sits atop the beer. No lace.

Has a light, hoppy smell which appears to be well-balanced by the malt. I can sense a yeasty base just based on the smell. Pleasant. Smells slightly hoppier than a pale.

Has a hoppy first bite, which is followed by a nice yeast aftertaste. Very well-balanced. Lingering malty-yeast flavor. Hints of fruit (apricot, coriander, orange) add depth, but don't dominate.

Good body, not too thick. Creamy, but also smooth. The initial bite is a little strong, but pleasant finish. Sits on the tongue. Has just the right amount of bit, but quite smooth. Repeat drinkings are welcome. Solid brew, for real.

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Photo of TechMyst
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy Yellow, actually on the green side of yellow. Mild aroma. Crisp / fresh pale ale. Quality brew. Bottle conditioning gives a soft carbonation feel. Medium mouthfeel. makes the palate slick. Full Bodied beer. I'm liking these guys more and more. Black Hawk stout and White Hawk ipa are very good...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear golden yellow body with a thin white film as a head. There is a slight haze to the body in the light. There is a very strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a green noble hop aroma with a sulfury hint.

T- The big taste of dry noble hops come through strong with a faint grapefruit note as it warms. There is a dry corn and raw grain flavor that comes through once I get used to the hops. There is a slight tartness to the hops finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with the finish filled with a fizz texture.

D- This beer has light lager note with some semi-interesting hops notes. This beer doesn't have any qualities of a typical ale and there are no real interesting malts to support the hops.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a cloudy, yellow with a small head and was highly carbonated. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, grasses and pine.

T - It had a strong taste of bitter hops. Also, a good bit of malt flavor to back it up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a pretty good beer. Its appearance wsn't so good but the taste was.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pale yellow with no head at all. Some small lace, but nothing noteworthy. Smell is slightly hopped with a malt hint in there, matybe even some caramel. Taste is big malt up front with a dry hopped back. Not bad at al lfor a pale ale and a little suprising based on initial presentation. Goes down very smoothly and really has a good aftertaste, would definatly drink this again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.84/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Dirty golden brew w/ a thick head of fluffy white bubbles. Lots of carabonation bubbles risisng to the top of the glass.

S - Herbal hint of hops with a distinct mineral aroma ....like metallic well water. Smells natural and refreshing like the cheesy painting on the bottle. Is that Thomas Kincaid "Painter of Light?"

T - Hard mineral well water flavor with metallic undertones. Dank and raw tasting. BItter in a rotten sort of way. Bitter, acidic, and very unpleasant....this is pretty foul.

M - Light and carbonated. Pretty average.

D - Suffers at the hands of the foul acidic, metallic, bitter, and downright nasty taste. Like chewing on a blade of grass....very bitter and vegetal.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rare and pleasant surprise found at the OnlyFineBeer shop, Chelmsford. BB date unknown, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue, slightly hazy, poured with a slowly effervescent yet very tight frothy beer head
S: a profound aroma of flowery, piney and fat, juicy-lychee hops plus a LOT of sweet malts with its honeyish, sugar-cane juicy, yet also grainy edge, almost reminiscent of a Maibock!! Incredibly fragrant hops linger beautifully, yet the down-side maybe comes from a disproportionate malty entry and its slightly OTT caramely and sugary note, rendering it a touch too cloying for my nose. Otherwise it could score really really high for me.
T: the sweet grainy and honeyish malt overtone prevails from the first second onwards non-stoppingly... the fragrant hoppy flavour takes sometime to develop at the back, but then quicky ensued by a welcomed tannic+piney edge of hop bitterness, taking over the stage and leading towards a rather soothing, flowery hoppy and faintly tangy aftertaste. Remotely down the wings of the tongue, a sultana's "late-harvest sweet white wine"-like faint ending touch springs to mind. As the beer breaths, the palate softens in sweetness and a much more sound balance gradually is arrived at.
M&D: the mouthfeel is constantly soothing and softly fizzy, very pleasant, against a medium body and moderate flavour profile. The only drawback I could say about its drinking potential lies in the aroma, with a touch of sweetness too much for a healthy balance. Otherwise I'd say this is for me a delicious-enough and quaffable APA to drink in rounds with mates!!

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Photo of oloughlinrj
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ye Olde Forge, Lanesboro, MA.

Pours out medium amber with a good head.

Scent is very faint. Slight citrus notes.

Strong hops flavor. Again the citrus flavor is present. The hops really dominate this beer, to the point that you really have to look for other flavors.

Strong, bitter finish that lingers on the palate, almost to a fault. Have a glass of water or some food ready.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, and quite refreshing. Good for warm summer evenings. For 6% ABV, it's surprisingly light. A decent IPA, and worth a try.

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Photo of nicefix
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden, good carbonation, one finger head with good retention and nice lacing, very clear.

Smell - Light, hoppy. Not much for aromatics.

Taste - Slight citrus. Hop front with a medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light, smooth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Good on a hot day, refreshing. Overall, not very impressed. I look for lots of flavor in my beer and this one doesn't cut it. It's a good beer but with the great selection available to me, I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell was very light. Elements of grapefruit and yeast were present.

The flavor was light as well. A mild grapefruit hop presence and a mild biscuity taste. A bit lemony.

The mouthfeel was average. Excellent carbonation and a dry finish.

Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice ABV to boot.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a med golden yellow with a smallish head that melted quickly to decent lacing. I may have been too gentle with my pour.
Aroma is pale malt with a hop presence.
Taste is all about hops... Sharp, clean orange rind, lemon, and grapefruit followed with a spicy, almost peppery feel as you swallow.
Aftertaste is grapefruit rind and light alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thick with the carbonation and slighly sticky from the pale malts I barely taste.
Decent brew....I will definately try this one again. I only bought a single at Trader Joe's...time for a 6 pack.

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