Cismontane El Modena Mild | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SShelly on 05-14-2010

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by IntriqKen:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep tea color with a small off white head that doesn't stay around very long.
Aroma is mildly roasted malt with a hint of caramel sweetness.
Clean roasted coffee and toffee flavors in the mouth come through very lightly. There is no cloying at all and only a hint of hops to dry the mouth and kill any sweetness you might perceive from the malts.
Distinctive 'British' taste and feel to the brew.
It's clean and refreshing aftertaste makes this an all day drinker.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery in the company of womencantsail, t0rin0, and fbm115. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and orange peel. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. In my opinion it needed some more carbonation as it seemed kind of flat to me. The flavor was okay, but the aroma was better (not by much though). Worth trying at least once, but that's about it if you are in the area.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Cismontane

A: The pour is a murky brownish color that has a bit of a milkiness to it. The head is thin and off-white in color.

S: Smells quite sweet with a lot of banana, for some reason. Lots of toffee malt notes along with what I find to be quite toasty and nutty all around. Really quite nice for such a low gravity beer.

T: The flavor is similarly interesting. Some banana esters to go with a somewhat creamy toffee sweetness. The nutty and toasty malts are very pleasant. Not too much in the way of hop flavor, just a bit of an earthy character.

M: Pretty nice body on this beer for a mild. The carbonation is a bit soft, which sort of works for this.

D: I'm a pretty big fan of milds, and this one hit the spot. Really flavorful and certainly very easy to drink. I recommend this one.

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Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at the Cismontane Brewery in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Hazy, light brown color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Powerfully nutty and earthy, also with less pronounced acidic fruit. The fruit smell seems to occupy some intermediate condition between bright and dark; fresh figs come to mind.

T: Begins with roasted malt and a mineral snap that transitions to earthy, slightly acidic pear fruit in the middle. Malt flavor becomes more toasty as the short, moderately bitter finish comes and goes. A whiff of charcoal lingers on the palate after bitterness fades. Flavors remain bone-dry throughout.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Pleasant and versatile, this beer is well-suited to the post-extreme state of mind. Compared to another local dark mild ale produced by Bootleggers, this is drier with less pronounced bready and nutty malt in the flavor. An expanded hop presence in this beer would add interest to an otherwise everyday (but rarely seen) style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

El Modena refers to a small area just east of El Modena High School in Orange. So what's the connection between ElMo and Cismontane? Anyway, it's a mild ale, so I'm excited. On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Muddy tawny brown in body with a good lasting head and good amounts of lace sticking to the glass. It has sweet subtle aromas, with chocolate powder being the easiest to pick out. The overall flavor is light, though it provides interest. Daek malt comes through, creating notes of cocoa and toffee. The malt is a little husky, and there's a whisper of phenols (band-aids). A snap of leafy hop enters and leaves before you know it. Its light body feels "full"; not a watery feelin ale at all, yet retains the easy drinking attribute of a mild.

I know some folks out there have been calling for a "mild revival" on this side of the Atlantic. Well, the mild won't ever match the popularity of IPA's et all, nevertheless the mild creations by my locals Cismontane, Bootlegger's, and Eagle Rock suggest that there's finally a little bit of interest in the style. More importantly is that they're all rather respectable.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of SShelly
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at el prado.

Light roast and caramel blend with malt sweetness.

Flavor is bordering on a scotish 60 weight, caramel with a nice back end sweetness. Bittering for balance only, very enjoyable.

While not a huge fan of the style I could drink the he'll out of this, nice lingering hop bitterness sits in the mouth a few minutes after a sip.

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Cismontane El Modena Mild from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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