Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2008

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a big malty and chalky mess. It isn't pleasant to drink. And the only interesting factors about it are the ones that are completely turning me off to this beer. I had high hopes that this might be the saving grace after some disappointing beers from this brewery, but it was not meant to be it seems.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Chestnut with a slight haze under a 3” root beer float quality foam cap that persists and leaves thick lace.
S: Lightly kilned fresh malt aromas. Not much hop aroma.
T: Attacks with pale malt and then darker sweeter malts enter. Spice in the middle with a hint of cola with a lingering hop bitter finish.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Very rich, creamy texture makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cow Catcher Red Ale is a copper/amber color. It’s definitely hazy, and has a bit of a crimson look when held to light. A vanilla colored head caps it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s relatively slow to recede, and leaves a web of sticky lace in its wake. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It definitely has a strong, sweet caramel malt base. Caramel/toffee scents are abundant. Some light toasted malts are also in the mix. This is definitely a maltier red ale. There are some light hop notes. They smell mostly earthy or floral. Alcohol is very light. Not very noticeable at all. It’s simple and straight forward, but smells pretty good.

The flavor is quite good. It definitely has a strong malt backbone. It’s a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Caramel seem to be the stronger. It does have a nice sweet flavor that plays well off its toasted counterpart. Hops are more noticeable here. They have a light citric orange flavor, in addition to a few floral notes. It’s a tad bitter, but is pretty well balanced. I don’t think the hop averse will be offended by this one. Alcohol is mixed well. Finishes sweet with a hint of hop bitterness.

Cow Catcher Red Ale has a light medium body. Carbonation feels active and maybe a tad buzzy. It’s not smooth, but it goes down pretty easy nonetheless. I could handle two or three of these. Not bad at all.

This is my first beer from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company. I’m pretty impressed. It’s a straight forward Red Ale that’s big on malts, but features just enough hops to keep things interesting. That approach works well for this one. I suppose you could always throw in more hops and perhaps make it more interesting. But, it really is good as it is. Check it out.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info to be found.

A - My tall pour resulted in a four-finger, off-white, effervescent head. The loosely packed bubbles fade rather quickly and don't leave a whole lot of anything behind. The amber-tinted orange beer is almost clear and mildly carbonated.

S - Yeast comes out right after the tall pour to then fade into the background as the earthy, grassy hops pull forward. I'm not so much a fan of the mulchy aroma to it. Caramel and toasted amber malts fall to the back while a tiny astringent touch finishes it out.

T - Not surprisingly, the earthy, mulch flavored hops coat my tongue in gross yard-clipping flavor. Light toasted malts, once again, fall to the back as the almost-unbearable hops overwhelm.

M - Very dry and lightly bitter, Cow Catcher has a moderate carbonation bite to the dry, medium-light body. A hard finish doesn't help it go down at all.

D - Drain pour. Not cause it's awful, since it really isn't awful per se, it just strongly conflicts with my personal taste. I don't feel like subjecting myself to something I don't enjoy.

Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a nice white foam head that sticks around for a few sips. The smell wasn't huge but still inviting, some hoppy tones, a bit of malt, and some sweetness. The beer starts with a slight malt flavor, moves to a nice hop finish with a combination of the two lingering in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is closer to a medium feel, has a nice balance in flavor and is enjoyable. This beer has enough flavor to satiate but isn't packing the layers in. An enjoyable beer, not something I would run out to find, but a good beer nonetheless.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a cloudy amber/light brown with just a skim of off white head.

S - Caramel malt with some moderate hops. I thought I got a whiff of orange.

T - Some malt up front and finishes with mild hops.

M - Medium with some chalkiness

O - It's alright. I could probably down a sixer if I had to.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and is too dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty with flavors of grain and has ever so subtle hints of caramel and sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty, but doesn't have much in the way of interesting flavors from them.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed six pack today, I have had it at the casino before and liked it, so lets see how it goes this time around. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice amber red color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left some nice lacing.

S- The malts stick out the most in this brew, mainly caramel. There is also a good amount of hops at the end imparting a nice earthy aroma.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but the hops have a much larger presence. The taste starts off bready and full of sweet malts, then the hops kick in with a nice grassy earthy bitter finish. I love the balance between the malts and the hops in this beer, hoppier then you would expect, but it works with this brew.

M- Medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- I find this beer very drinkable. In the past I have had no problems putting down a couple pints at the casino. If I had another one I would drink it.

Overall I thought this was a real nice red ale. This beer is pretty hoppy for a red, but the malts keep the hops in check nicely making this beer pretty balanced. This is one of the best I have had in its style and from the brewery. I wish more brewery's would acknowledge this style, you don't see very many note worthy reds. Good job Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company.

Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears a transparent amber toned red with small white head that fades into a small collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeast, malanoiden, caramel, and cracked grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice mix of grainy ale.
Mouthfeel is of medium bodied, sweet, and light hoppiness.

Photo of GbVDave
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy reddish, brownish, amberish color with an off white head up top that quickly forms a bubbly ring with a faint skim. Tiny amount of lacey webs.

S: Sweet malt with just enough fruity tang to keep things a little interesting.

T: Toasty malt with hints of caramel. Tangy/fruity yeast heads off the sweetness and leads to an odd dusty/dirty flavor. Not quite sure if it's the yeast, hops, or malt but it's there and it's weird.

M: Dry, dusty and slightly fruity. Finish lasts a long time.

D: I was hoping for a hoppy red along the same lines, quality wise, as their Iron Horse IPA. This one isn't quite up to snuff.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a thin white head

S - Caramel malt backbone with a stronger hop presence than I anticipated from a red

T - The hops take over the flavor much more than the nose would suggest. It's fairly well balanced until the finish, when a bit of a strange "off" taste is left on the palate

M - Medium bodied with a pleasantly (no pun intended) moderate level of carbonation

O - This is a pretty solid red. I could certainly drink it again, but it doesn't stand out as something I would go out of my way to get.

Photo of jmich24
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber red color. One finger head dissipates fast. Nice lacing.
S: Way hoppier than expected , getting some carmel malts smells well balanced.
T: Nice well balanced beer. Not your average "Killians Red Beer" Very hoppy in a great way. Bready yeast and carmel nutty malts.
M: Mouthfeel was just okay for me, a bit thin.
D: Nice drinkability, easily finished a few pints.

I tried this on whim because It was on special for $1.25 a pint. Very solid alternative to the BMC choices at the local Casino. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer appears a dark orange/copper color. A bit of creamy white head lays atop the brew leaving a bit of lacing behind. The head doesn't really stick around too long.

S- A bit hoppy, but the malts seems to take most of the aroma. A bit bready, but also a generous dose of sweet malts. Aroma is well-balanced but there's not really much to it.

T- Similar to the aroma but the hops seem to show up just a bit more. Sort of bready right at the beginning balanced out with a sweet malt/hoppy combination. Once again, well-balanced but the flavors don't really seem to jump out at you.

M- Nice medium-light body with adequate amounts of carbonation.

D- Really drinkable. Lower ABV and lighter body makes it an easy quaffer.

If it had a bit more flavor and aroma to it this beer would easily be a great beer just because of the balance in it. But for now, it's just good.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, grain, honey, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, honey, grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little better than average, but nothing special.

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice head, followed by a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Citrusy hops, caramel scents.

T: Bready, grain flavors. Citrus/grapefruit hops. Followed by bitterness.

M: Carbonated pretty well. Easy enough to drink.

Overall: A decent beer, though there aren't as much hops up front to make up for the bitterness this beer brings. I'd definitely try it again if I were at the brewery, but I'm not going to go out and seek six packs of this.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber color pour with a medium sized foamy white head , lots of spotty lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma is of piny hops earthy dark caramel malt , fruity yeast estersand some hints of dried grain . Flavor starts with the same piny, spicy hops with a nice caramel,toffee malt background , fruity yeast notes like apple skins or something. nice balance as promised , nice level of bitterness, long bitter sweet finish , medium body with a smooth mouthfeel , a good sessionable easy drinker . Nice all around beer .

Photo of jt31914
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My least favorite brew other than the Golden Ale (ie the miller lite of mount pleasant brewing co), this beer was pretty boring to drink. The beer is has no taste on the palate, but does have a nice earthy finish. You can taste the hops and all the flavor on the finish, and this is super drinkable, but unfortunately this brew offers nothing in the aroma or initial taste.

Photo of jkrich
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle. This red ale is actually more brownish-red with a murky appearance. A fluffy and slightly off-white head quickly dissipated leaving plenty of lacing.

The aroma was perfumy sweet with a strong, fruity almost wine like quality; no hop aroma detected.

The flavor begins with a slightly sour and sweet flavor with faint hints of molasses. A very slight hoppiness teases the palate. The taste has a slight candy flavor with an almost puckering sourness lingering in the mouth; not altogether unpleasant, but distracting.

The mouthfeel is decent with a light and soft feel on the palate with restrained carbonation.

This amber was just okay. I believe the ale is not the freshest and lost its hop profile. I would like to have a fresher bottle or even better, on tap.

Photo of DannyDan
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out into a red amber body with a two finger white head that quickly disappears leaving little retention and lacing. The caramel stands out in the nose along with a hint of hops. The taste starts out with bread and caramel and finishes off with some orange and grapefruit in the hops. A nice lite to medium body that has good carbonation and is easy to drink. This beer is a little watery and smooth, but leaves the mouth slightly dry. Overall, a pretty good beer that I can enjoy from time to time.

Photo of sholland119
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one through the generosity of witbier, who brought one back just because he's a nice guy. Thanks, Zeke!

A-Wow is this carbonated! A gentle pour into a tilted glass still raises a foamy three inch head. Settles ok. A bit more peach than amber or red in appearance.

S-Biscuit malt with a yeasty zing in the back. Some nice hop presence but in keeping with the style.

T-Very nice. Solid malt backbone with a pleasant sweetness. Some hop bite in the finish. A very nice flavor.

M-Medium bodied and somewhat overcarbonated.

D-A nice drinkable amber ale. Other than the carbonation issue, this is quite tasty.

HV

Photo of Northsider
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled from Mt Pleasant Brewery.

Nothing about this beer stood out as exceptional to me. Appearance was deep red with white head. Smell was a bit hoppy.

Taste had something funky on the backend. Perhaps the hops? Either way, not a pleasant taste.

Overall not a good beer, certainly not for this style either. Skip.

Photo of Holland
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - kind of light brown to amber, with a small head but good lacing. Not that sticky looking.

S - holy citrus! I first smelled malts and hops and sourness, but upon further review it's stacked with citrus smell. Nice! Smells a bit skunky though....

T - lightly malted, sweet, and then bitter with the finish. Nice change of scenery during the taste, but the actual tastes could be improved greatly. The skunky smell comes into play a bit.

M - a little thin for my liking. There is a lot of carbonation, but it lacks the silky smooth feeling that the better ambers/reds have.

O - could be better. I may have purchased it when it was old, I'm not sure. Still, I have to rate on what I have, so it's not that great. Complex, yes; delicious, not that much.

Photo of gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Cow Catcher has a huge head, too big for the glass. Under the creamy-white foam was a murky golden-orange/amber looking brew with tons of active carbonation. This foamy mass looks like it could actually be used as a foundation for construction it's so firm and leaves large gobs of lacing on the glass as it recedes. The nose is sweet with caramel, a bit nutty and toasty and maybe just a kiss of some citrusy hops. The flavor reflects the taste, there is more bitterness than was expected but it balances out the sweet caramel and nutty, toasty notes nicely. The hops do have a mild citrusy character but are mostly there for bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but the thick, creamy carbonation helps out. Overall, a decent red, nothing outstanding or terrible. Worth trying but nothing you should lose sleep over.

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a pretty typical looking red ale with a white head. Not much lacing here. There are some hops on the nose along with some malts. The taste of the beer is kind of watery and doesn't have much going on flavor wise. The mouthfeel is light also. Overall not really impressed by anything that this beer brought to the table.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep caramel color with a creamy and bubbly head. Big and rich head to being with and dissipated but maintained a quarter of an inch throughout.

S - Sweet caramel and malty notes.

T - Sweet and malty with a crisp and nicely balanced bitter finish.

O - This is my favorite from MPBC and I remember this being one of my gateway microbrews at Mountain Town in MP circa 2003. Try this brew!

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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
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