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Cold Trail Ale - Mountain State Brewing Co.

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Cold Trail Ale
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain State Brewing Co. visit their website
West Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 10-10-2005

An easy-drinking American Blonde beer, the grist bill includes a healthy dose of oats and wheat. Light in body, this beer is the perfect finish to any day's activity.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of ValpoExpo
4.68/5  rDev +34.1%

I have been to Mountain State Brewing Company about 4 times now and the Cold Trail Ale they serve is my absolute favorite. This beer exemplifies what an ale should be...light-bodied, drinkable and an excellent taste through and through. I can't wait to go back to Maryland to drink a few more of these. Simply love it!!

Photo of bamojr
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very clean beer. It pours a very light see through amber with almost no head. I got a lot of citrus in the nose and some coriander in the background. The flavor followed the aroma in being very fruity crisp and a fair amount of coriander. It had a slight bitterness to it, but I think the place I had it at just had it a bit too cold. Very light brew that is not usually my style but a respectable beer I would recommend for folks who like Belgium whites.

Photo of rockidr4
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is plain and simple, a really good beer. It's pretty light on flavor, but that's okay. You don't expect an IPA when you drink a blonde ale. If you do, stop drinking blonde ales, you will be disappointed when you get something that is a blonde ale. Don't get my wrong though, this isn't a macro brew, completely devoid of flavor.

It's got a sort of woody flavor to it. Sort of like the smell of cedar. It's got a pretty smooth mouth feel, not too harsh. It has a good after taste, not disimilar to the flavor it has while it's in your mouth, which is appreciated.

I'm really not doing this beer justice. Here... let me try putting this a different way. You know how bottled water tastes like nothing? That'll be our macro brews. You know how town water can be rich in flavor, not necessarily good? That'll be a beer that's just too harsh, or too... something. You know how water from the tap in a rural home has a clean refreshing flavor? That's this beer.

Photo of marshmarsh
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - dark honey in color, one finger head is white and stable. Appears to be a lot of carbonation.

s - citrus and grainy. Snow smell?

t - it has a wonderful sweetness to it, like syrup at first. Hints of lemon rind and honey Ends in a well balanced hop flavor.

m - high carbonation, creamy in mouth, but a little acidic on the after taste.

o - A nice beer, one probably better suited for the winter than the middle of the summer, but I like the flavor profile.

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - The body is golden in color with straw highlights. There is less than an inch of white head on top.

S - The aroma is fruity with berry coming to mind. It reminds me of a fruit, wheat ale.

T - The taste is light and fruity.

M - Moderate

O - This is way better than I expected. It is enjoyable to drink and easy going down.

Photo of bubseymour
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Private Quinn's Tavern in Harper's Ferry WV.

Appearance - Nice yellow appearance with minimal head.

Smell - can't remember so I'll give it a 3.5 instead of making up something.

Taste - Remember this being slightly crisp with some decent flavor and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - a decent pale ale but nothing special. It is easy to drink and has some unique qualities to it.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler from brewery. Pours a medium yellow/golden color with a frothy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is light and sweet, grains, and a hint of yeastiness. Flavor is sweet malts, a hint of hops. Very light on the palate, very drinkable but not great.

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a white 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: very little aroma here as only some malt sweetness and a hint of lemon comes through to the nose.

Taste: light malt profile with some grass, hint of lemon zest, and some golden apple sweetness comes through.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy to drink beer with a milder flavor profile. Refreshing and several of these can be had in a single session.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery. Pour is apple juice with thin white head. Nose is faint, light lemon, metallic twang, faint yeast. Taste is same, a light caramel malt added up front. Sweeter than it should be, no spice and almost no yeast. Moderate carb, light body.

Photo of JamesS
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice American blonde ale. Poured out smooth with a nice head and lacing. It had a very nice scent, crisp and slightly wheaty/oaty. Nice light coloring, without being too clear. Very refreshing and clean taste, not quite a wheat and not quite a 'true blonde' but a wonderful combination of the two.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal clear medium straw colored body. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Thin white head that stays as a thin layer of bubbles.

S- Wet grains, maybe a hint of dried wheat. Not much going on.

T- Slightly more flavor than the nose would indicate. Hints of sweet malt, some dried grass/wheat flavor.

M- Medium carbonation, light on the body side, but just enough to not be watery.

O- Not a bad take on a blonde. No real hop presence, but drinkable.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask pour into a mason jar at (where else?) the Mountain State Brewing Company...Thomas, WV.

Pours a cloudy, hazed goldenrod of a body with hints of gamboge. A thin cap of manila head settles to a stubborn ring of bubbles that add a few spackles of lacing to the inside of the jar. Aroma is heavy on the wheat, with a corn-like sweetness (not DMS, though) in the background. Light hopping adds a hint of balance, while some oats linger in the background.

I can envision Cold Trail tasting much better in the summer after a long bike ride or jog through the Appalachians--that's not to say it doesn't taste good in the winter, but I definitely warmed up to MSBC's Coal Miner's Daughter more during my visit ;) Slightly hoppy with some floral notes and a light bitterness on the finish, but again, the wheat and oat base are the strongholds here. Body is creamy and smooth, with a light carbonation level from the cask that aided in its near-effortless and rapid consumption. All in all, a solid blonde ale from probably the best West Virginia brewery to date.

Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a bit dark for a blonde, but otherwise seemed pretty decent, with a light amount of head. I couldn't get much from the smell, but seemed lager-ish.

The taste did have a definitive oat taste (listed as having heavy dose of wheat and oat). The wheat (if I presume hefe) didn't play as much, but a small hint of banana is perceived. The beer is malty, but also dry, but it feels like it's grain-related more so than hops. Note that's it's conceivable I am talking out of my ass.

I'm not sure how "blonde" it is, but it's an enjoyable light beer with some body and taste, but does tend towards a lighter style in flavor profile, to me.

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Cold Trail Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.