ronaldtheriot (1891) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Del Norte Manana has a relatively thin, cream-colored, soapy head and a very cloudy, opaque, amber appearance, in which one can observe some tiny bubble streams. Thin, yet decent, lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet dark-roasted malt and even some slightly turned fruit. Brown bread is detected in the taste and smell, and one also picks up chocolate powder, figs, and caramel in the flavor. There is a strong chocolate back-taste to this beer (actually, stronger than maybe any beer I’ve ever sampled). Hop bitterness is noticeable, but mild. Mouthfeel is medium, and Del Norte Manana finishes crisp, semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a real winner, and I rate it most excellent! RJT
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brownish color with a small head with a molasses and crystal malt aroma. Medium-high carbonation with a dry slightly sweet brown sugar and heavy malt taste. I think the aroma is a little better than the taste. But this is one of the better ambers I have had and definitely the best Mexican style beer I have had.
GarrettB (1563) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was first introduced to the Del Norte Mañana under exceptional circumstances. And by exceptional I mean exceptionally awesome circumstances. The Mañana made an appearance near the end of my very first homebrewer’s association meeting, where I was graciously hosted as a guest, and given pint after pint of unique, lovingly crafted brews. I was made to be a king, and there upon my kingly table were overflowing glasses of sour red ales, black IPAs and a fallout shelter’s worth of drinkable goodies. Many of these beers were introduced with dramatic flourishes and bows, followed by pronouncements of their most noble and scientific origins, each given a list of accolades detailing their painstakingly long and tedious birth. The Maãnana was anonymously abandoned on the counter, left sitting in a cardboard six-pack holder, looking intimidated in its flimsy basinet. An elderly man shuffled up to me and parted his beard to declare that this beer was a lot like Corona but better, and that it was a shame restaurant’s did offer it. He then shuffled away, fading into the crowd, presumably to offer more prognostics to unsuspecting students. I took the bottle and gave it a pour, and found that the old man was entirely wrong. The margin between the Mañana and the Corona was larger than small. The beer looks a lot like whisky, though with a much fuller light brown head, and a mild coffee aroma. The flavor is intense and deep (the greatest disparity between it and Corona) with a sweet, warm honey flavor, and a tragically brief aftertaste. Some deep thinking leads me to conclude that both the aroma and flavor feature heavy undertones of mesquite wood, piled on top of a mild, soft carbonation. This would make an excellent session beer, and I see it paired well with that Mexican restaurant food too, but a close observer will find very little overlap between this brew and a Corona.
RSRIZZO (1980) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is faint with some malt tones. Color is a golden amber with ok carbonation and a good head. Taste comes in on a light body with a nice sweet malt flavor and mild bitterness. I think this is the best Mexican-style beer I can remember having.
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the bottle right at the brewery. Solid amber beer with a nice creamy body. They’re going toe-to-toe with Dos Equis Amber with this and come out a winner by a mile -- well made malty brew. (#3516, 2/19/2009)
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, very nice head. Aroma is a bit of rind of lime. Taste is lots of roasted malt and not very much bitterness. There’s some toast or crusty, earthiness going on. I’m enjoying this brew as I was expecting something more industrial.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from bottle on 11/16/11. copper pour with a small white head. slight nutty aroma with a light metallic note as well as lingering caramel malt and bread notes. medium body with caramel malt, light fruits, bread and figs. sweet finish with grapes and caramel.
nearbeer (5233) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Clear brown-copper with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is toffee, dry grass and a touch of dark cherry. Taste is the same mix, plus some earthy chocolate and roast. Light-medium body is well balanced, has low carbonation and is pretty drinkable.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 12/10/2007
Hoppy aroma. Golden coloured smooth on the palate and hoppy with a crisp malt finish.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma - very faint maltiness;
Appearance - copper color, fluffy head, great lacing;
Flavor - sweet malt front, subtle caramel, mild back with a slight tang, dry finish;
Palate - smooth for the style, good body;
Overall - unique brew, not typical of the style, more flavor than typical Mexican swill yet less than a good vienna, solid effort.