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Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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CaeserTits, Dec 06, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

prototypic, Oct 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

cates1tg, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jduprey007, Oct 19, 2013
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2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 08, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

wingman14, Oct 02, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

buschbeer, Sep 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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3.46/5  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.

metter98, Jun 28, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

StoutHunter, Jan 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Zaphog, Dec 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

CMUbrew, May 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

ROBSTARR, Jul 28, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

GbVDave, Oct 03, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

marcb105, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
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3.58/5  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.

EnJeiBee, Oct 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Drknight, Jan 11, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

jmich24, Aug 17, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

kbeals, Jan 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Tone, Apr 18, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

HeavyMetalBrew, Jun 12, 2011
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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.