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Thursday
May212015

HALF MOON BAY MAVERICKS AMBER ALE

Half Moon Bay Mavericks Amber Ale. This is the signature beer from the little brewery across from the big-wave beach south of San Francisco. So you'd hope it would be magic.

It's not bad, but it's not magic.

With an IBU of 20 and an ABV of 4.8%, it's obviously a beer for long sessions in the sunshine while you're eating languidly in the outdoor sunshine at the brewery. Like we did.

For that, it's indeed pretty good, and considerably better than the saison from yesterday.

It pours a beautiful brown colour, and though the head is small, it's retained all the way to the bottom. Disturbingly, though, we could only get it in a plastic cup. Am I at a brewery or a football game?

There is the smell of nuts and toffee and it's more of the same when you taste it.

It could use a touch more bitterness to finish off each mouthful with a bit of cleanliness, but it's not bad.

It's creamy, with tastes of everything from burnt sugar to hazelnuts to a touch of pine and citrus, but it's mostly roasted caramel that eases off late on the tongue as the citrus comes through.

There's something slightly unremarkable and unfulfillng about it, though. Maybe it could use a silkier mouthfeel or a more dominant flavour profile, but it's a decent enough location beer. And that's about it.

And they lose a point for plastic cups.

 

6/10

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