Mt. Tam Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

Mt. Tam Pale AleMt. Tam Pale Ale
BA SCORE
43.7%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 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:
#28,454
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
151
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
12.74%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of daliandragon
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of cans at the overpriced deli down the block from my campground near Point Reyes National Seashore. Mostly clean taste with low to medium hop flavor. Tasty and refreshing, although a slight metallic tinge is found in the finish, which is also touched by mint. Great little camping beer, easy to consume in quality.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mytu420
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has a light caramel malt sweetness with orange rind and pine resin. Taste is balanced, some light malt character and a light hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly metallic. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's decent but very boring.

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Photo of KMillard
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this in tap at Mountain Home Inn at My Tam from the tap. Color is golden amber, lacing, clear to cloudy. Well balanced, more substantial malt flavor and less bitter than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is similar. This is very good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Brewers Haven. Big foamy outburst, very active. Pours a medium golden with abundant billowing head. Mild citrus nose on top of otherwise sweet malts aroma. Taste also favors the malts, grassy, not hoppy except for a tinge at the finish, almost minty. Decent weight and feel.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of northbay47
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gefinley
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jebrew
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jack-ruby
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into an oversized tulip.

Copper in color with a rich and fluffy head. Clean and attractive.

Smells of biscuity and bready malt, sweet floral notes and zesty grapefruit. Faint but pleasant.

Tastes true to nose. Zesty, floral, sweet bubblegum, bread and biscuit.

Light and drinkable and refreshing. I'm digging this.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dirt, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, dirty fruit, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is very dirt and earth forward all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of bjouan
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This can comes courtesy of the previous reviewer, the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some pine. Taste is fruits, citrus, light pine, malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PaulWaters
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PierceTheElder
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yes, I am crazy for CANs, but every so often, I will find a jaw-dropping, erection-inducing CAN & it is ON! This is just such an example. I wandered into Country Garden Six-Pack, near my former place of employment and saw this in their cooler! Shazam! I have visited Marin B.C. with Uncle JedI & Purple Hat Joan, plus Mt. Tam is Mount Tamalpais, a great spot for overlooking the entirety of the S. F. Bay Area. Mt. Tam was a perennial favorite of the late Karen Siders, a Leap Year baby with whom I shared birthday parties (me = 25 Feb) and so I raise this deCANted CAN to her!

From the CAN: "Live Ale! - Keep Refrigerated"; "California Brewed"; "Product of the USA"; "Drink Safely"; "CANs: Infinitely Recyclable (sm); "CA State Fair - Gold '08 & '10 [;] World Beer Championships - Gold (91) '09 [;] North American Brewers Assoc. - Gold '03 & '05 [;] US Beer Tasting Championships - US Champion '07 & '10".

I Crack!ed this open and CANducted a gentle pour since it was "Live Ale!". This still brought forth two fingers of frothy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Sadly, not much lacing remained after it fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite pine hop characteristic with a caramel malt backbone. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste was pine, initially, but just enough pine so as to be noticeable without being overwhelming. I know that some people really dislike a heavy, piney, resinous AIPA, but as an APA, this would really fit their bill. It really fit my bill after a day of citrusy AIPAs, standing as a welcome bookend to that part of the AmeriCAN hop spectrum. Finish was semi-dry, piney, resinous, but not too much to put anyone off. Yummy!

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MKrauss
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Mt. Tam Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 43.7% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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