The Brown Ale is a clear dark amber color with a malty flavor and slightly dry hoppy finish. The Imperial Stout exudes a roasted aroma that accompanies its medium-light body and sharp aftertaste. The Honey Wheat appears a clear gold color, with a very mild slightly sweet flavor. This light-bodied brew features subtle hops and goes down well on hot summer nights. The Summer Gold Ale is amber, topped with a white head, the hops-over-malt flavor balance is matched to a light body and hoppy finish. The Palisades Pale Ale is a clear dark gold with a light hoppy flavor, light body, and hoppy aftertaste. The IPA is dark amber in color and leads off with a hoppy aroma followed then by a medium body, and hoppy flavor and aftertaste.
Open since February, 1997, the comfortable, easy breathing atmosphere makes it very easy to sit and stay a while. Seemingly incongruous, cigars are sold here! Two dartboards are available and radio sounds set the background mood. The small mirrored mahogany bar offers six taps for house beers. A half dozen tables provide outdoor seating to take advantage of the usually good weather. Tasters are 75¢, pints $2.75, 10 oz $1.75, pitchers $7.50 and full gallon growlers $12/$15. The bottling line should be on-line shortly and then six packs will start appearing throughout the region. In the mean time, stop by and check it out.
Mount St. Helena Brewing Company
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - August, 1997