Zymaster Series No. 2: Mark's Mild | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 08-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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On-tap at Final Gravity.

A: Nutty amber body with a finger of dense, soft looking cream colored head that faded into a fuzzy film. Great sheets of lace were left down the glass after each sip.
S: Sweet and fruity nose with hints of apple juice and bready malts. Overall a light nose.
T: Mild flavors of crackery malt, lightly sweet fruit juice, biscuit dough and hints of red grapes. The finish is quick with a mild malty sugary aftertaste. Very low key and smooth.
M: Medium body, velvety carbonation, soft, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
O: Anchor does it again. Tough style for people to get behind but this drinks extremely well. I wish more local breweries made beers like this.

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Mark apparently set out to craft a mild ale. Success. This two-shades-darker-than-tawny beverage formed a smart and refined, tan and foamy head that kept calm and carried on.

A deep sniff caught light brown sugar and bread.

It traveled smoothly and left the campsite clean. Allowed to linger on the palate though, it showed its effervescence and some very restrained fruit; I'm not sure if it was from the hops or from the yeast. My guess is the yeast.

I would happily drink another at this moment.

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On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and grain and some slight caramel flavors. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

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If Poppy Jasper was the appetizer, then I thought that the Zymaster Mild would make an excellent compliment to an apple crepe. Unfortunately, something wrong occured. On to the beer:

I can't complain about a ruby brown color with crimson hues and a good looking head. The aroma worried me. The mild is usually soft, but you can find a sweet aroma without too much digging. In the Zymaster, I had to dig for a long time to find any trace of malt. In fact, I think I smelled more of a mineralic note than malt.

I may have well ordered some water instead. There's almost no taste to speak of. The best aspect was that the beer wasn't repulsive, as some low scoring beers tend to be. Very (and I use the term lightly) light in the malt department, and very light with fruity esters. And that's it. Despite the lack fo taste, the body wasn't like water. Light, but with a little meat, and with gentle carbonation, probably helped me finish the pint.

I wound up exteremly underwhelmed with the Zymaster Mild. I've had several milds up to now, and this is easily the worst that I've had. That's something that I thought I would never write about an Anchor product, but this was not for me.

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On draught at City Beer, Mark's Mild is a dark auburn with a small off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is modest, some malt, a touch sour, loads of bread dough.

Taste is malty, some biscuit, smooth.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is well executed, smooth and clean, with a lot of flavor.

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Zymaster Series No. 2: Mark's Mild from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 39 ratings