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Mt. Tam Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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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:
#29,779
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
151
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Photo of DmanGTR
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to a generous BA for this extra!

Poured extremely carbonated. It started to slowly bubble out of the bottle when I opened it. The pour took forever because it became mostly foam in the glass. However, once I got it to a decent liquid:head ratio, it was rather pretty and had extremely good head retention. Huge chunks of lace. At one point it had formed nearly a complete cap with a hollowed out space beneath. Holy cow, this almost rivals the head on Duvel! The body is a deep amber, rather clear, with bubbles rising from the apex of the glass.

At this point, it all started going downhill. There was no hoppy aroma of any sort. I couldn't find any citrus, pine, grass, earth, or anything that even reminds me of hops. Instead, a perfumey, pear-like and solvent-like aroma dominates, squashing the little honey and toasted grain aroma from reaching my olfactory bulbs. I can't really find anything else here. And the flavor is the same way. Nothing but perfume and solvent. It finishes with a slight bitterness, but that flavor is so off-putting that I had to dump it out. A bit disappointed, since I was really looking forward to trying this beer.

A light-medium body with strong carbonation makes it seem lighter than it really is. I think I might revisit this beer in the future just to make sure it wasn't a random off bottle.

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Photo of JDV
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, very surprised at the ratings. Paid 4+shipping for a bottle I ordered online, and was very disappointed by the quality of the beer itself.
Slightly hazy, honeyed amber color with a mild white head. Smells like an amber with more malt than hops playing in, with some metallic scents too. Thin and VERY bland was my initial reaction. Not offensive, but just very poor in general. 1/2 a bottle later, no different and I didn't waste my time drinking the rest. Very watery hop flavor that made this drink just like a watery iced tea. Too muted a flavor in all respects. Not worth the price by a longshot. Hell, I wouldn't pay 1.99 for a bomber. Many better pales out there, and I wouldn't waste my time with this one.

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Photo of Kopfmeister60
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of MisterClean
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with a friend.

A - Pours golden with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates moderately and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Grassy bready, and with moderate amounts of hop bitterness.

M - I can't describe the balance because there really was none. Hops and malts fought each other for control and left the mouthfeel watery and thin.

D - Not very satisfying. Too bitter and too thin.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Mt. Tam Pale Ale poured a cloudy orange with less than a finger foam head with some foamy lacing.

The aroma was pretty non-existent. Got a tad bit of hops. The flavor was a slight malt taste with a little bitterness in finish. Overall it was a average if best pale.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a big foamy head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is mild lemon and grain.
The taste starts out a little watery, gets some moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness and finishes with a mild honey sweetness. Nice and easy profile.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of BubblesandFoam
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of GarretD
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of brotherloco
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of katan
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber bottle, undated

A - Pours a dark hazy color with a pile of carbonation. Impressively strong in fact as it about blew out of the bottle when I opened it. (Not sure how to demerit that) The head is massive and is strongly retained.

S - Incredible floral hops smell here - must be highly dry hopped. Seems to be warrior or centennial as it has the combination of grassy and floral notes.

T - Not nearly as strong in the taste as the smell would indicate. Starts off with some roasted malts - almost nutty. Mainly a hop bomb like bitterness from what probably are some mega high alpha hops. Finishes with a malt note that balanced out the hop strength. I also wonder if some oxidation made it into the beer.

M - Has a strong enough carbonation profile that the mouthfeel is stingy and strong. The body of the beer itself is generally light. Against the style, I think the carbonation hurts it here.

D - The beer is not particularly drinkable as the hops starts to get to me after a while. The ABV isn't all that strong, so that wouldn't bother me as much.

This one is really like my homebrew which recently got abused by the judges at the state fair. That is probably a confirmation of my opinion that this is not a particularly stellar beer.

The other thought I would have is if perhaps this beer should be considered an IPA. The strong hop profile would make me think its appropriate.

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Photo of od_sf
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very slightly hazy dark golden with a thin fizzy head that fades pretty quickly to a thin ring. Smells thin, grainy, and slightly sour. The taste is quite bitter up front, and then segues into a slightly sour graininess. Thin overall, both in taste and body. I thought I'd enjoy this more, but I'd say its not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Rick778
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 Stoneman78
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque dull orange hue, head is 1-finger tall, white, bubbly with little retention, some thin lacing on the glass
S- Nose is dominated by floral and citrus hops, hints of grapefruit, lemon, and other sweet fruits, some pale malts in the background
T- Initial taste is tangy grapefruit, followed by some floral and herbal spice, sligth chalkiness, biscuit/bread malts come in half-way and soon dissipate leaving a short finish of dry hops exacerbated by overcarbonation
M- Light/medium-bodied beer, watery texture, slight over-carbonation
D- Easy-to-drink in terms of 5.4%abv, this feels too hops-forward for a pale ale, and the carbonation is a bit overwhelming, this is caught between Pale Ale and IPA categories and unfortunately is not a great fit for either
Buy again? Probably not
Personal score- 68/100

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Photo of Tucquan
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery on 2009-04-27

The ale is a clear, tea color with zero head as served and mild lacing.

I enjoyed the apples and jasmine smells.

The flavors are of toasted chestnut, citrus bitter and pine.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are light.

A decent APA but not remarkable.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice red-orange color with generous head. Good floral aroma. Tastes citrusy with good hop profile. Notes of orange peel are most prevalent. Very well balanced with a light body. Very drinkable even sessionable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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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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