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Monday, October 21, 2013

Tin Pants Ale

Tin Pants is a California Common Ale  (also known by its trade marked name "Steam Beer") by the Six Rivers Brewing Company of McKinleyville, CA which is located in Humboldt County.

I don't come across too many beers from Six Rivers, so this is a treat.

This ale was brewed in celebration of the 100th birthday of California State University, Humboldt(HSU). The name derives from the water resistant, warm clothes worn by lumberjacks, the mascot of HSU.

This is a very limited release. I found it at Taylor's Market in Sacramento. 

The aroma has sweet grass hops with some light floral notes. The flavor is subtle, but complex with light toasted malts, grassy hops, stone fruit, and a biscuit malt finish. There's even some honey flavor. There's a slight bitterness that picks up at the end to round out the sweeter front. The mouthfeel is dry and bubbly like a lager, with a light body.

Overall, this is a very tasty version of the iconic California Common. The light, crisp body, sweet malts with a good hop addition. With its limited release, this is a Must Have It.

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