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Cold Trail Ale - Mountain State Brewing Co.

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Cold Trail AleCold Trail Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 73
Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (649 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ValpoExpo
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%

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!! (319 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Mtooman
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeyjoey104
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of drinking12many
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bamojr
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of dgboyer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BigAl18
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mhammer616
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dexterk1
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rockidr4
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of marshmarsh
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Wrinker712
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of DES8888
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Murky gold pour with white foam which disappeared quickly; very little lace. Wheaty aroma. Tastes like Chex cereal. Lite, watery mouthfeel and semi sweet Corn Flakes tongue coating. Minerally linger doesn't help... (214 characters)

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of WMD-1002
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bubseymour
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Cold Trail Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.