Mendocino Red Tail Ale

It’s almost the weekend. I have some plans to hit up one of my favorite bar restaurants tomorrow, which I’m definitely looking forward to. It’s also Jersey Shore night and one of my favorite past times is tweeting the things that my sister says during it. She’s absolutely hilarious. So, onto the beer for the night.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Red Tail Ale is our flagship brand. It is brewed in the traditional ‘old world’ manner, using premium two-row malted barley, hops and our own special proprietary yeast strain. It is an amber ale with a rich complex refreshing flavor and a crisp dry finish. Like good wine, Red Tail Ale is a perfect complement to fine dining.”

Random: I love that half of the cast of the Jersey Shore isn’t Italian.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy copper color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose had definite notes of caramel malt, citrus and hops. There was also a hint of a medicinal smell to it. On the taste, there were notes of caramel malt and yeast. I also got a bit of a metallic taste to it. Although I’m not a fan of ambers in general, I think this is probably one of the worst ones that I’ve ever had. The hint of metal lingered around until the finish. The only good thing about the beer? The body thickness was spot on and the carbonation worked well. Other than that, I really did not enjoy this beer at all. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Mendocino Imperial Stout

So, today is my Thursday! I can’t wait until tomorrow (it’s also IPA day) because I’m headed to Philly on Friday. Today wasn’t a bad day, just long. I’m sore from the gym and looking forward to hitting the hay early tonight. Tonight’s selection is an Imperial Stout. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one and I’m really in the mood. My first exposure to this brewery was not the best…so hopefully this selection is a little better.

ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to, this is a relatively new beer to Mendocino’s lineup, as is apparent from this press release from July, 2010: “Our Imperial Stout is an impressive, ebony black beer with gorgeous ruby hued highlights, Brewed with several kinds of rich caramel and roasted malts, this robust, full-bodied stout is packed with sensuous chocolate and coffee flavors. The complex roastiness of this brew is interwoven with rich toffee, subtle dark fruit and a hint of anise to round off the malt experience. The intense maltiness is balanced with a floral hop flavor and the aroma from Cascade and Golding hops. With an immense original gravity of 23 Plato, this opulent beer finishes at 10% alcohol by volume. Imperial Stout is a lavish blend of sumptuous flavors, it is silky smooth and deceptively strong.”

Random: After last night’s less than stellar introduction to Mendocino, hopefully this one fairs better…

This brew poured a jet black color with one finger of tan-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass. On the nose, I got a bit of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Honestly, this was not the most impressive nose that I’ve ever had on a Russian Imperial Stout. The taste was definitely more impressive. I got a lot of roasted malts with coffee following quickly after. I also got notes of chocolate and a hint of licorice at the end. Despite the high ABV, it was hidden pretty well. The finish was long with the notes of chocolate. The body was decently thick for a stout with mild carbonation. This was a pretty solid stout and totally made up for the mistake that was their pale ale last night. Definitely worth a try!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mendocino Blue Heron Pale Ale

Happy Tuesday! Well, today is technically my Wednesday since I’m off on Friday. It actually works out since Thursday is IPA day. Friday, my buddy and I are spending the day in Philly. I think we’re going to hit up a few bars to try some new beers and then have a nice dinner. I hit the gym after work today and again, I had a really good workout. I was surprised because I started cutting my calories and that’s when I usually get weaker. So, again, nice surprise. So, tonight’s brew is from a brewery that I’ve never tried before.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Blue Heron Pale Ale is a delightful, medium bodied smooth ale, with a distinctive crisp mouth-feel and a fresh hoppy finish. It is brewed using premium two-row Pale malted barley, generous amounts of both Cluster bittering hops and Cascade finishing hops and our own special proprietary yeast strain.”

Random: This is part of Mendocino’s Legend Series of beers.

The brew poured with a barely there head that dissipated almost instantly. The body was a clear amber color with moderate minerals with a weird floral smell. This instantly struck me as odd and I started seeing what other people said about the nose. Apparently, I’m not the only one who got this. Someone even said that it smelled like a gas station bathroom. Wonderful. Can’t wait to taste it. On the taste, wow, this is pretty odd. It had this weird chemical or mineral taste to it, followed up by a hint of bitterness and flowers. It tasted pretty medicinal actually. The finish lingered with the odd tastes mentioned above. And it lasted forever, like “want to shave your tongue” forever. The body of the brew was thin with a bit of carbonation, but nothing could save this beer for me. After a few sips, hoping that it would improve, this was a definite drain pour from me. So far, not a great impression of Mendocino for me…

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0