Grazias | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States
hessbrewing.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by t0rin0 on 01-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,408
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
143
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
30
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hess Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fortunately, this is nothing like any Mexican beer I've had. More rich and malty than you're likely to encounter with a burrito. At first sip, a plain malty stew that needs a crisp touch. Grows in dimension as you sip. Lovely amber color. With a bigger head and maybe a dose of shy hops this could be the ideal American Amber beer. Still, it's quite drinkable and clean.

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Photo of BEER88
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 01/27/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy two-finger light tan head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, caramel, kinda bready. The taste is malty, kinda hoppy, bready, with a good dose of caramel, spicy. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, not that bad.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really tasty and easy drinking lager that set my visit to Hess off on the right foot and got me prepared for the bigger beers to follow. Dark brown/amber in color, with a decent head and lacing. Simple but appealing aroma is mostly toasty caramel malt and a light nuttiness. Full flavored for this style, with great malt character and an undercurrent of toasted bread and nuts. Very lightly hopped and mildly sweet.

Lively carbonation on a medium body makes for crisp drinking. Smooth and subtly creamy mouthfeel overall despite the carbonation. Very well done take on a simple classic style. Session beer, Hess style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 143 ratings