ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2007
Should have seen this coming….in the land of IPAs, double IPAs, and more, I’m confronted by perhaps the most flavorful, but reserved mild ale I’ve ever tasted. On cask at PP Solana Beach on 3/23/2007 beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Dark mahogany brown body is accentuated with light maroon and chestnut hues. Medium-sized, dark beige head is very well-retained and laces moderately. Clarity is medium-high.
Very subtle in the nose, though still a fair bit of dry chocolate and well-attenuated, but very aromatic barley malt, it seems to produce a fine, almost creamy-like yeast essence that is soft, pleasantly bland and just immensely clean. Very elegant hazelnut and mild vanillla notes sit on the finish, with just a touch of light roast that never disturbs the balance or takes away from the mild character of the beer. Creamy malts continue on after the finish, with a soft, glowing fruitiness that is lightly apparent as well. Very strong aroma from a pint glass and at a crowded bar. No flaws.
If the aroma was well-done and lovely, then the flavor is just jaw-dropping. At the very first sip I was uttering expletives. How they worked this incredibly clean, but still very fresh and apparent yeastiness in to this beer, I’ll never know. It works hand-in-hand with the creamy pale malts, while the chocolate, hazelnuts and light vanilla dance about lightly through the middle, ending with very soft cherry-vanilla-like esters and light chocolate suggestions. Almost a wheat-like smoothness to the body which is held together by a surprisingly firm texture, despite the fact that the stuff never seems remotely "heavy" or "thick". Even the requisite wateriness, part of the style, which gives it its quenching drinkability is there, though the beer is so flavorful, you barely notice it. Coffee is perfectly done, no way else to describe it. Nips of caramel are glimpsed as well. A true masterpiece of subtle, low gravity brewing. This must have been very fresh. I want more......
Medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, dark fruit and sweet. A medium bodied mild. Malts are fruity, malty and sweet. Mild flavors. Slightly spicy hops. A nice mild. Would be a great session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
On tap at Solana Beach (cheers fordest). I really liked this one. Malty aroma and flavour. Notes of dark fruit, caramel and a hiint of chocolate. Yummy. ladnewton (2053) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
On tap at CBC, London on 23rd April 2013. Sepia with tan head. Spicy, yeasty nose. Roasty and nutty in-mouth with biscuit malt, cherries, soft berry fruits and alcohols. Tangy finish with notes of fresh apple, cookies and spice. A very flavoursome mild indeed. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Had this on draft at P.P. San Clemente’s Nov roof top party. This is a Mild Ale, not a Brown as listed. This pours a clear reddish brown color and has a malty nose. The flavor is slightly sweet. This beer is an extremely easy to drink beer, but it’s a session ale, by defintion, at 3.7% abv
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2004
This brew pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruity and malty with a very slight bitter roastiness. The aroma seemed a little weak to me. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with nice roasty notes and slight bitterness. Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is light molasses syrup color....smell is delicious with syrup and vanilla...lots of toasty flavors in the mouth...sweet...nice... nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Growler shared by bring from BA. Don’t hate because this is a mild. It is one hell of a session beer. Dark brown with a fairly large tan head and good lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel malt, and nuts. Flavor is more of the same, maybe with some hints of dark fruit. Really tasty for the low ABV. Dry and somewhat bitter on the finish. Palate fairly full for the style. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Sampled at PP San Clementes Rooftop tasting. How is it that some beer that is coming in at 8-9% can be so bland when this one is so flavorful at 3.7%? Brown pour with a decent head. Malty, nutty nose. Reminds me of a nut brown but better. Light but not watery body. An excellent session brew. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
I liked this beer pretty well, I was expecting it to be a little sweeter, but it was very nice nonetheless. Slight Hop Bite, nice Malt character, a little smokey taste to it. Nice thin head. A good brown.