Mt. Tam Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

Mt. Tam Pale AleMt. Tam Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.69/5
151 Ratings
Mt. Tam Pale AleMt. Tam Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
marinbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mt. Tam Pale Ale is our best-selling flagship brew! It has a bright golden color, a medium body and a smooth taste.

Added by xlperro on 03-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,894
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
151
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of GTSeabolt
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Hands down the best pale ale i have ever had. Crisp, smooth and full of flavor.

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Photo of kbenson
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of earthling
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Mt. Tam Pale Ale is a really fantastic beer. Being a West Coast IPA lover, the hoppy aroma is an immediate attraction. Putting back a Mt. Tam is also like drinking a delicous loaf of bread. It's dry, lightly toasted but unroasted, moderate in strength with well-balanced malt.

This one is a drinker, a universal beer, worthy of riding sidecar to great company and a filling meal or simply keeping a lone drinker company across a long, wooden rail.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent, very drinkable,nicely balanced pale ale. Pretty in the glass, subtle aroma but lots of flavor. Surprisingly malty, with nice breadt notes supported by a backbone of hops. just a little bit of toastiness.

Enjoyed at gott,s sidewalk cafe on the embarcadero in san francisco.

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Photo of frosjo
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of foles
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very close to the perfect pale ale. Nice orange colour in the pint - this is going to be a dry one. All the required hallmarks of the style which a lot of brewers get wrong - Firm bitterness, crisp, clean, well balanced etc. But a cracking hit of classic american, slighly dank hops, but all in balance and not over the top. And a bit of a biscuity malt makes a cameo appearance to make this a complex, but very sessionable pale, one of the best I've had (if not the).

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Photo of sahenn
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JSails
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of beagle75
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Draft pour into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of off-white foam head that diminishes to a rocky residue that climbs the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: The smell of hops dominates, with grapefruit citrus and floral aromas. However, the multiple layers of flavors to come are hinted at as well, with faint toasted grain and honey also detectable.

T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and mild acidity. Hop aromatics emerge more toward the middle as bright citrus and some pine foliage, even lingering on into the finish. Bitterness is present but restrained, leaving an overall impression that is clean and refreshing.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate at first but becoming sticky later, with moderate carbonation.

D: Marin's flagship pale ale is a beer that isn't talked about enough, or served out of enough taps, in California. It embraces balance wholeheartedly while still preserving a precise West-Coast hop profile. For example, it delivers the same intensity of hop qualities as Drake's 1500--a beer that seems to sacrifice balancing malt qualities for the sake of the hops. Mt. Tam should be considered the stylistic equal of almost any of Sierra Nevada's pale ales, while steering clear of the spicy notes that the uninitiated may find challenging. It is effortlessly approachable, yet remains interesting even after it has been re-visited on many occasions. If you can't get your hands on a Strand pale ale, then Mt. Tam is a fine second choice.

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Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very honey-orange with little head.
lots of citrus in the first whiff.
really nice taste. first sip is citrus, tiny bit of pine, some bread. a little grass in the back?
slight oil feel, but mostly dry. not very heavy.
very easy to drink; but then, it is a low-abv brew. the sweetness grows after a while. taste is good but I can see the rich and sweet becoming too much after a few.
also, the bottle says to "enjoy fresh" but how can you know it's fresh if there is no production date printed on the bottle??

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head with good head retention, light spotty lacing.

S: Robust pine resin comes out of the bottle, once poured I get a more malty character, and some citrus.

T: Great taste, similar to Sierra Nevada, but has more vibrancy. Pine Cascade hoppiness is the main force here, but the malt is beautifully done, with light caramel and a great but not overt brown sugar sweetness.

M: Light carbonation, medium body, light oil, very easy to drink, definitely could session this one.

D: This is an outstanding pale ale that took me a bit by surprise, even with all the high hop beers I've had in the past it holds up well. Only $3.19 for the bomber, what a deal.

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Photo of Rezzin
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice thick 1 1/2" frothy white head. Hazy amber orange.

S - Sweet hops. Lemons, grapefruits, honey, sweet malt. Smells really good.

T - Tastes as good as it smells. This is my 2nd beer with Amarillo hops in it and I think I have a fondness for it now. Citrusy sweetness and just the right amount of bitterness from the hops. This is a nice hoppy APA.

M - Could use a little more mouthfeel in my opinion. Zingy freshness with a nice mellow aftertaste. Smooth and crisp.

D - Ok, time to stock up on these or find myself a comparable clone to brew. I really enjoyed this offering from Marin Brewing.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NC Lotto BIF and BeerRun13 for another outstanding example of a West Coast Pale Ale.
Pour is orange gold with some red hues. Sticky, foamy head that retains well. Lot's of lacing.
Hops attack my nose as soon as I pop the lid. More hops fill the room during the pour. It smells so good I got a bit of froth on my nose from sticking it so far into the glass.
The taste is a very smooth hop character. The hops are agressive, but yet the beer is very smooth and finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky.
As good as this beer is I think a bomber is the perfect amount. I wouldn't really consider sessioning this beer because of the hop profile and complexity of the flavors for a pale ale.
Overall a nice suprise and an excellent Pale Ale.

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Photo of mjl21
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 5.7%.

A-Pours a clear light amber color. Has a minimal off white head due in part to the bartender overfilling the glass. Visible bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. Not much lace is left.

S-Lots of fresh hops. Seems hoppier than it used to be, which is not a bad thing. Lots of citrus and evn more pine burst out. It smells like a fresh IPA. Not getting much malt.

T-Lots of sticky fresh pine hops throughout. There is some light pale malt in the back which gives way to more pine flavor. It has a nice level of bitterness in between sips.

M-Mediumn bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. It has a comfortable level of carbonation.

D-Great session beer due to its lower abv. The increased hoppage is a nice bonus.

I have grown up drinking this beer and this was by far the best batch I have ever consumed. It really was much more in line with their IPA. Glad I revisited this one because it has really been tweaked for the better.

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Photo of bouncepass
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of some grapefruit and spicy hops.

Tastes of a good wave of hops on top of a solid malt base. Hops greet first with a citrus, tropical fruit, and spicy hop profile. In terms of quantity, this is certainly not under-hopped, but is artfully restrained. The hops meld with the malts and give a nice segue to a toasted bread and caramel flavor. I really feel that everything is blended nicely together in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I would recommend this one when looking for a nice pale to have. This beer has a certain smoothness to it that makes me enjoy it more than others.

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Photo of Mark
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this a very refreshing pale ale. Nice malty base and citrusy hops. I can tell that Moylan's Tipperary pale ale is a souped up version of this fine beer. Light clear amber color, nice white head, lace was above average. Very drinkable and refreshing. Highly recommended

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Photo of Drunkenass
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of humulusphile
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of manuelnoah
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikey711
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber/orange with a half inch creamy white head. No lace

S: Big citrus hop aroma, lemon and peach mostly

T: SGood citrus hoppiness that is not too intense. Not much sweetness.

M: Light and slightly watery. Decent body.

D: Very quaffable. Could have multiple bombers if I truly wanted to

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange/gold color with a nice sized off-white head that left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - sweet tea and citrus aroma.

T - sweet and citrusy upfront with a malty balance midway finish is bitter-sweet.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy drinking and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais State Park, 6,300 acres of redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot east peak."

--Mt. Tamalpais State Park website

I'm sure it's no match for the place for which it was named, but Mt. Tam Pale Ale is attractive beer. Crystalline tangerine with a few bubbles clinging to the sides of the pint glass and a few more speeding up to the pale orange creamsicle cap. It looks to be a hop resiny sort of head and is beginning to deposit fine, filigreed lace that is simply beautiful.

The aroma is great, largely because it's chock full of Amarillo hops. The others (Cascade and Columbus) are no slouches either. This is a tremendous trio that combine to form an olfactory experience that many IPAs (west coast or otherwise) would kill for.

The first sip was somewhat disappointing. That isn't to say that this is a less-than-good APA, but after lingering over the nose for so long, I was expecting a heavenly blast of 'no holds barred' hoppiness and didn't get it. Mt. Tam may not be hugely hoppy, but it is delicious.

Each time the glass is upended, I want more. More malt, more hops, more body... more of pretty much everything. Despite the use of caramal malt, it isn't really noticeable on the palate. This is pure, sunny, citrusy, watered-down (sorry to say), barely bitter hop juice.

The mouthfeel is on the light side for the style and is the beer's biggest fault. I hesitate to use the word 'fault' in an ale that I'm this fond of. However, even a little more fullness would be a very good thing and would benefit Mt. Tam in so many ways.

While I haven't had enough Marin beer to get a bead on the brewery as a whole, I recognize Mt. Tam Pale Ale as a very good APA that is one small fix away from being a world beater. Man, I sure do love me some Amarillos!

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Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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