Moto Brew | Sequoia Brewing Company

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Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 07-06-2005

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by DESTRO:
Photo of DESTRO
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i bought this kind of as a novelty for a trip to the sand dunes recently. everyone was pretty stoked on the bottles (troy lee designs). as far as the beer? it was ok at best. like someone stated before it does have an overwhelming caramel quality to it, a bit too sweet, the hops are there but not enough to balance it out. it was a touch skunky, just off. a bit watery in the mouth...i know im making it sound like its pretty bad, but its not, im just being a baby. a so so beer that looks cooler than it is.

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Photo of oberon
3.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a mixed six pack sent from Cali not knowing this was something I was getting,poured a dull golden with an almost non existent head that is gone in a blink leaving nothing really on top almost flat looking.Very mild aromas hints of buttery diacytl yeast and a hint of fruit a wispy very faint herbal hop note comes thru,somewhat bland and unnasuming somewhat buttery with a fruitiness but not citrusy hop fruitiness more artificial in flavor a touch of dryness in the finish.I guess this beer didnt bother me as much as the others who have reviewed it but it was kinda best.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ojclark
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a sample glass at the brewery.

Hard to detect any aroma. Was in a sample glass, but Mineral King IPA (sampled the same evening), for example, had plenty of aroma.

Orange/amber appearance, very much having the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale look. Good clarity. Off-white head with decent retention and some nice lacing. Some fine carbonation coming up through middle of glass. Nice looking beer.

Fairly hoppy and somewhat bitter flavor. Citric and piney, with some spicy hop notes. Slight fruitiness in the background. Somewhat lacking in the classic American Pale Ale malt profile, rather one-dimensionally hoppy/bitter. Some astringency in flavor.

High carbonation level with some carbonic bite. As with the flavor, the finish was somewhat astringent, probably from high hopping level.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dungaree
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Despite the motorcycle on the packaging, I bought this because the guy at the liquor store said it was new, it had just come in. Pours with very little carbonation and leaves very little head. The color is an unattractive cloudy medium brown, sort of like pond water. Smells of sweet molasses and strong caramel. The smell is a bit overwhelming and not totally pleasant. The taste is a very strong caramel, like unrolling a caramel candy. But if I wanted candy, I would eat candy. The caramel flavor is a bit much. It still succeeds in tasting like beer by finishing with some hoppy dryness. I'm not sure what the motorcycle motif has to do with the brew...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle bought for $0.50 from the "closeout bin" at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. Pours a medium "pale ale" golden into my Fuller's Imperial pint glass. Flat looking appearance and almost no head.

Aroma is grassy hops and stinky. I can't place what or how, but just smells funny. Flavor is a bit better, the smell isn't there. It's more fruity and lightly sweetened, with minimal hops. The malts dominate, too sweet, and it tastes OK, but it's too mellow for an American Pale Ale. It almost seems like the flavor profile of this one is all over the place. I can sit and drink it fine, but it's not "on" for an APA.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.09/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.99 A six, who could pass on that?

Pours a bright hazy golden tone. Held directly under the light produces a nice shimmer. Head rose to a medium level, bubbled, and kept the maintaning going. The smell is interesting. Right off the back im noticing some Acetamdehyde thrown in with strong caramel covering. Just like a caramel apple. What lays underneath this is fruity phenols and a light sprikle of vanilla. Overall a nice pleasent smell. Now let's move onto the taste. Taste has a strong burnt roasted carmelized malt base going on for it. A hint smokey, with a lovely hop bitter edge. Bitterness is only moderate but works well to balance. Only problem with the taste is the sour bitterness upfront, that kind of hits right when the sweetness pops through. Kind of creates a wierd palate experience. Finishes with that roasty, now earthy like base. It lays down, and recedes with the floral/piney hops to make it all good. Mouthfeel is medium light in body, with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is alright, but for the price, hell yeah it's drinkable.

Not a bad beer, not by any means. This is the first Cali beer to hit our shelves in quite some time. It wasn't exceptional yet it's above the majority of macros, and even better in price.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color with a small, persistent white head, moderate carbonation, and scattered, patchy lace.

Aroma: Bread-like yeast aroma, solid, lightly sweet notes, fairly prominent light fruit notes, and mild citrus notes.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet caramel malt and a grassy, oily hop presence, which utterly dominates the taste to the finish and beyond. The malt profile seems weak, particularly against the aggressive hop profile. The bitterness is overemphasized and lingers well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Watery, with very little body.

Drinkability/notes: A mediocre example of the style, not terrible, but far better examples can be found.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Zorro
2.92/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber colored ale with a momentary skimpy white head.

Smell is a bit of flowery hops and stronger herbal and citrus aromas from hops. Smell is a little sweet but I don't think I really can call this malty. To me this is slightly more herbal than citrus in scent.

Taste is a little sweet with a trace of caramel to this. Mild hop bitterness that matches the sweetness. Mild herbal hop flavor, the citrus that I smelled seems to have gone into hiding. And that is about it. Very mild pale ale here that has the flavor toned down quite a bit. Probably brewed to appeal to the Macro Brew crowd at Sturgis.

Mouthfeel is average.

This is an extremely dumbed down pale ale that I would bet considering where it is made and the Motorcycle on the bottle is brewed for the crowds at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This doesn't taste bad at all but it is just one step up from Budweiser and far less than a SNPA. Worth trying once, if I were at Sturgis I would possibly drink this if there was no SNPA or similar ale around. For the Beer Advocate crowd this isn't for us.

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Photo of SethB2
2.12/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Saw this at Bevmo in Roseville and decided to give it a try. Now I'm stuck with five more. Maybe the cat will drink them.

Served out of a bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a transparent amber color with no head. None. Not even a little one. As you might guess, it doesn't leave any lacing either. Smell is somewhat floral, but it has an unpleasant astrignency to it as well. Taste, me not great either, but better than I was expecting. A little hoppy up front and well, that's about it. Has all the mouthfeel of glass of cold water. Thin as all hell. The only positive about it is that two seconds after you swallow, you don't even know that you drank a beer. Drinkablity, meh, slight, very slighty above American macros. I wouldn't advise this beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.8/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First time I've seen this offering, so I followed my motto to drink everthing at least once. Sadly after this six pack is gobbled up I'll pass on this in the future...why?

A: light copper to golden, lackluster carbonation below a thin skim of a head and no lacing.

Maybe I'm spoiled by the large amount of quality pale's in the area but this one comes across watered. Malts are the dominant factor but they are really weak and unbalanced as there is hardly any hop profile to speak of. Mouthfeel is again light and watered with little zip if any. If this is trying to be a good motorcross beer for after some racing than they may have a nice niche market but for me it was below average.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.3/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle, in the mould of many a ubiquitous homebrew flask. Gold neck label and a colorful front label has a Moto-X Dude silhouette against a flaming background. Listed at 5.2%

Appearance: Pale amber with a handful of lonely slowly rising bubbles. Medium carbonation produces a thin off-white head that wisps quickly. A sorry looking affair!

Nose: Shrinking soggy toffee, sweet malts and…oh nooo… a buttery aspect in the final aroma. Tell me it isn’t so…..this has a…..”D” like reflection…..I hope I am wrong.

Taste: Nope. I am not wrong!! The nose is the portal into the deep inner workings of this brew. Chewy toffee, metallic finish and a horrid buttery slick finish that feels like eating a cheap margarine spread right from the tub. Brown sugar dissolved in cold tea adds a disgusting dimension to the latter third to detract from the cloying butter. F’kin terrible!

Mouthfeel: Thin, metallic, flat, and a fatty indigestible buttery ending.

Drinkability: Drain pour, at least the buttery D will lubricate the drain pipe. Six (6) fluid ounce was more than enough, believe me.

Overall: Shocking!!! Awful stuff. Laughably amateur. Is Alan Pugsley now brewing on the West Coast?? I do wonder because this is a Diacteyl laden butter bomb. A Pale Ale that belongs on your morning toast and not in your fridge. Retch...oh, sorry, did I miss the initial "W" there??…….I surely didn't miss the Sink though with this one.


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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Xadoor
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber colour with head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was light and fruity. Flavour is a little sweet at first, but some good hoppy flavour breaks through. However, it seems very thin and almost watery. Not a very good balance between the hop and malt flavours. I tried this one because it was new on the shelf and we just don't get that many new beers down here, but I doubt that I would purchase it again.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.05/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium and rocky beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, nuts and coffee in the nose. Medium-bodied with a nice roasted character. Flavors of malt, nuts and coffee are present, plus some hops in the background. The finish is dry with bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly flecked and flaked pumpkin skin orange with butternut squash trim, topped by a decent looking head of orange-tinted ivory that displays a lumpy, bumpy surface and respectable persistence. Interconnected, broken rings of pocked lace decorate the glass.

The nose is mildly fruity-hoppy with a mixture of floral and citrus. More forcefulness would be welcome because the character of the aroma is pretty good, there's just not enough of it. In keeping with the moto theme... more horsepower please!

Moto Brew doesn't work as well on the palate. It tastes somewhat harsh with a mild lacquer-like character. It's undermalted to the extent that the hops are inadequately supported. The hop flavor is primarily vegetal and grassily bitter, but some decent hop flavor manages to be imparted in spite of it. Orange sections soaked in a poor quality orange liqueur is the closest that I can come to adequately describing the fruity aspect of the flavor profile. A light-medium mouthfeel with a little too much fizziness round out my impressions.

I used to love going to see the motocrossers at Mid-Ohio when I was a kid and am glad to see a beer brewed in their honor. I'd be more glad if Moto Brew was a worthy effort. It isn't bad really, but it needs quite a bit of fine tuning before it's race-ready.

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Photo of mynie
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather nice pour. Dark gold with a very nice soapy white head that has stuck around forever.

Rather bland smell. Light, dry west coast hops and some very strong malt. Diactyl? I hope not.

Oh, but it is. There's a nice rush of surprisingly strong dry/citrus hops and then the diactyl comes in and nearly ruins everything.

It's not horrible, the hops do do a good job of kill the butteryness, but it's hardly a stellar--or even middle of the road-APA.

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Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of hero27
1.8/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. 5.2% abv.

New to my local store, so I thought, "what the hell?"

Clear gold, thinnish white head.
Stagnant grassy aroma with some skunk that is just waiting to take over..
Unbalanced toffee malt flavor, and a bland sweetness that lacks any refreshing aspect whatsoever. A mild, artificial fruitiness can be detected, but it only briefly distracts from the actual flavor my tastebuds are being submitted to.
This is why BA is so great...people like you can read reviews like this and tell yourself, "after reading that, I do not think I will purchase this product."
Wise decision, my friend.

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Moto Brew from Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 23 ratings