Grazias | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by t0rin0 on 01-03-2011

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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite from these guys so far, this is a vienna amber type beer and cream ale fusion, with some corn in the mash and what must be a cold conditioning, but im not sure this is a lager. its just okay for me, a little sweet in the malt complexion up front, and sort of heavy for a beer across a couple of usually easy drinking styles. there is a nice chestnut character to the vienna malt, toasted and earthy and with a maple sweetness to it. the yeast is bready and old school, but it cannot dry this out, and while i like the autumnal flavor palate, i think the beer is pretty average overall. i wanted it to be more interesting with the corn in here, and i think i wanted it to be a bit more drinkable, especially from the pull top can where the whole lid comes off, those are pounders usually, but this one is a bit slower for me. the mike hess so far has been really back and forth in my limited experience. this one was forgettable, although its nice to see a brewery stick to their guns on a year round malty beer, i feel like these are a dying breed in this beer climate...

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Mike Hess beer from the can, and I love it! It's dark like a brown ale with dank aromas. The first thing that hits you is the creamy texture. Has a molasses and slight bitter chocolate taste. Even though it's pretty dark, it's on the lighter side, although the creamy texture gives it some body. I've had a few cream ales, but this is my favorite by far! I could drink this everyday! Mike Hess Brewing...!!!

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Bszymkow09
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KyleMA
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, rocks glass, canned 10/25/18.

The color is definitely in the Vienna Lager spectrum, a coppery chestnut. There isn’t a ton of head, though that may be my pour and glass issue.

Vanilla, toasted malt, nutty, for a rich aroma.

Taking a sip of this thing brings you layer after layer of malt flavors and is a great showcase of a malts flavors rather than sweetness. There’s initially a sweet toast that gives way to nuttiness, and finally a caramel fullness.

Grazias is what I call medium bodied and has an exquisite balance of body, carbonation, and finish.

I really like this beer and can see drinking it occasionally as an alternative to a Porter or Stout when I want something not hoppy and pale. It’s called a Vienna Cream Ale, which isn’t explained on the can. Is it a Vienna Lager fermented at warmer temperatures? Is it a Cream Ale brewed with Vienna-like ingredients? Is there a difference? It is good though and comes in one of those cool cans where the whole top comes off.

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Photo of dertyd
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sara24
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro at Monkey's Paw

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Photo of bfred805
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancathy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rave
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nataku00
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrcraft
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbhopkins
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Not a fan. A bit off.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbrady9
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Tasting Room. Cool nano brewery in a small business park outside of the Miramar Air Station in San Diego.

A-Very cloudy brown color. Reminded me of Baileys Irish Cream a little. Nice head with average lacing.

S-Smelled fairly sweet and of malts, very little alcohol or hops came through on the nose.

T-Cold from the tap seemed to mask a bit of the flavor. As it first hits the palate, its hardly distinct but it gets better near the end. Average hop profile.

M-Very smooth beer with a very good medium body. Could enjoy a few of these with a meal.

O-Solid beer overall, although I wish the initial flavors were more distinct. Because they did not really stand out to me, I can't say it was anything more than an average beer. I enjoyed it though, would buy a growler to take home.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Modernrickk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks awesome! I was expecting a lighter color for a cream ale but the darker caramel looking color is foreshadowing a hoppy take on this style - extra dark orange like a hoffner bass. Creamy froth up on top of this brew. Really sexy looking head that hangs out for a while.

Malts dominate the aromas with lighter German hops in the back. No booziness in the smell. Kinda smells like Boston lager -

Taste is similar to smell straight up malt forward brew with German hops- I would say this is a hoppy take on this style - not bitter but the hops do stand out for a cream ale.

Mouthfeel is rather thin for a 6.3 abv. Creaminess was not turned up to 11 bro. Slippery and goes down real easy

Overall I still need more cream ales on my resume. This one is the best one I've had yet. The 4 pack o' pint format is awesome and I will definately be purchasing this again

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Photo of Sheeplovewool
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%

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Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 146 ratings