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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Mesa- A new school testament to the tradition of brewing beer with grapes. It is a blend of 25% Santa Lucia highland Riesling from Mer Soleil Vineyard and 75% Pilsner from Cismontane. This beer is brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops. Soured with Lactobacillus to enhance the natural grape acidity and fermented with a blend of wine and beer yeast. This process highlights the flavors that beer and wine have in common. The collaboration beer made by longtime friends Charlie Wagner and Evan Weinberg.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14486) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
26th July 2014
Hazy pale gold beer, small white head. Palate is light ad crisp and a little dry. Light lagerish malt. Light grapes and a little champagne like acid crispness. Light finish. Clean, crisp and drinkable and an intriguing hybrid beverage.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10802) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours brilliant gold with a slight creamy white head. Aroma of grapes. Med minus body. Flavor is white grape and suggestions of tropical fruits. Mild lactic sour notes. Very light and delicate. The sour/tart tends to drift away. A very pleasant beer. Tho the flavors are mild they make a statement.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours a rather clear golden color with a white head. Pronounced grape aroma, almost like a Sauvignon blanc. Big vanilla sweetness, wood, melon, and some sweet sugar and caramel. Nice tropical fruit notes, too. The flavor is very fruit forward. Lots of wine, plenty of melon, citrus, and tropical fruit. Sweet sugar, some vanilla, and a good wood note. Really thought this was nice, but the mouthfeel was a bit flat and thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8015) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours cloudy yellow. Nose/taste of grape, wine, oak, light tart, sour lemon and funk. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear pale yellow hued body with a medium sized white head that fades. Aromas are of belgian like esters, sauterne or reisling grapes, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, medium acidity, light grain, and a hint of plastic. Flavors show a medium acidity, some fruity sweetness, lots of grape character, bready malt, a bit grainy, estery, tropical fruit. Nice nuanced balance. A touch of DMS. Medium carbonation, a somewhat thin body. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2014
On draught at House Beer. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that recedes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of vine fruits, yeast and malt. Medium body with a vinous character and flavors of oak, doughy malt and yeast. The finish is mildly tart with a white wine and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Draft. Golden beer with a cream head. White grape aroma. Grape and sweet malt flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. Chardonnay and light oak lingers with light sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6359) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods sacramento. Pours clear golden with a disappearing white head and a white grape aroma. There is a tart grape flavor that turns sgar sweet then dry and bitter. Very complex and unusual.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Green apple sulfur white grapea soft tang definite pilsner notes. Lightly funky. Bright golden pour thin ring. Bready sweet white grape juice soft wine a touch of tang. Definite pilsner notes and white wine. Soft but flavorful. Good stuff great drinkability.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright gold / pale-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, stunning, rich yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells distinctly of grapes, white wine grapes with a bit of a fresh apple edge to them. The nose is quite aromatic, even floral at times, and it has a grassy note to it that seems to be a mix of malt and grape character.

Lightly tart, somewhat sweet and it is effervescent, while having some fullness to it that doesn’t keep this from being fairly drinkable. The grape flavors are the dominant note, with a nice, wine-like, white grape flavor; green raisin notes, some floral character, a touch of a grassy / herbal edge, and even some firm bitterness are all found here and are likely a combination of the grapes and the hop character. The malt character plays quite a subtle role here, if you really dig for it there is a touch of a rounded, hay like malt and cracker like grain character.

I am surprised that this has lactobacillus in it, it really isn’t all that sour, and the tartness that is here could be attributed to the grapes themselves. Not bad, but a bit simplistic, and a touch on the sweet side.


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