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Mt. Tam Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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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:
#29,054
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
151
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple easy drinking American pale. Understated hoppiness, but you can enjoy the aroma. Very light mouthfeel. Orange with tons of foam. Citrus mouthfeel, a tad drying finish. I shared the bomber, and could have polished it off myself in a session.From the label, loks like they have brewing the same recipe for many years, and I hope that tradition is maintained.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jake's Cannery Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with sone notes of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with some notes of grapefruit There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale goes down easily. It's not that bitter, but has some citrusy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear orange-amber. The head starts out strong but eventually settles into a small cap.

Smell: Lemony hops, something slightly herbal/vegetable. A solid malty sweetness is present as well.

Taste and mouthfeel: Very citric at first. A sweet, bready malt flavor comes out in the middle, followed by a balanced finish of oily hops and malty sweetness. This is a heavily hopped pale ale, nearly an IPA but not quite there. Fairly light in body, the aftertaste is long and slightly oily, making it less quaffable than most pale ales. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, and I could still easily session this.

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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 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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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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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

05/29/06- Had on tap at the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA.

Presentation- Pint fill via the tap.

Appearance- Golden-light amber pour. Seems pretty clear. Small 1/4 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Smells very similar to their IPA. Pretty hoppy with a fair toasted malt edge. Maybe a touch fruity...lemon?

Taste- Even tastes like their IPA. Pine and lemon rind hops clash with a light roasted hop flavor. Seems a bit too yeasty though.

Mouthfeel- Middle of the road carbonation, a touch watery though.

Drinkability- About an average pale. Good hoppy flavor. Just doesn't come together as well as I would like.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, slightly sweet/bitter, some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but was expecting more from this brewery.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange with a thick 3" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft orange citrus and a bit of floral hop bitterness are all that you can pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, a bit of breadiness, orange, and a mild floral bitterness create a basic APA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is pretty short.

Overall: a decent refreshing pale ale, but the flavors overall were balanced but a bit muted.

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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 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 Derek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper bronse with a white head, light retention & lace.

Nice west-coast hop aroma (apparently is Cascade, Columbus and Amarillo).

Hopwise the taste is like a modern update to the Sierra Nevada pale ale (the cascades with some newer hops). It doesn't have quite the same malty sweetness though, it's off-dry and fairly crisp. Solid bitterness.

Moderate body is well-attenuated with a clean, crisp finish.

This is really well-crafted and a nice drinker.

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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 Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden brew.

Smell is sharp hops with a hop oil sheen on the top, very aggressive hop scent to this.

Taste is mildly sweet with a floral hop flavor. Malt gets run over by the hops in this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An unbalanced brew, all hops with not much else.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head creates a rocky surface as it slowly subsides, all the while leaving a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is nicely hop focused with notes of spicy herbs, and a full, rich grapefruit citrus character. The citrus is the single most noticeable aspect of the aroma, with maybe just a hint of malt character coming through as well. Hop fruit aromatics of apricot, peaches and some sort of sweet tropical fruit are also noticeable in the nose.

A sharp, spicy taste of hops greets my tongue as I first take a sip. Immediately though the citrus character becomes the dominant note; it leans towards sweet citrus fruit like oranges, tangelos, grapefruit and even some smooth tropical fruit notes. The carbonation is fairly low, which makes this very smooth to drink; almost creamy in texture. Caramelized malt notes, a touch of brown sugar, and some light toasted grain character play a supporting role for the dominant hop character. A nice bitterness is here as well, though it is not overly powering; it plays as a nice juxtaposition to the softer, more approachable fruity hop character.

This is just a nice easy drinking Pale Ale, I could easily drink a couple pints of this brew. It is so well balanced to be quaffed pint by pint. Perhaps I could wish for a bit more chewy malt body here, but that would keep it from being so drinkable. I am a sucker for the fruity, smooth hop varieties right now (in this case Amarillo) so this Pale Ale is right up my alley.

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