1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Cow Catcher Red AleCow Catcher Red Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Trasher
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of all the beers this company produces this one meets all my critera for a great Red Ale. Full malty flavor with a hint of hop. Color, nose, flavor and carbonation are right on the money. I actually like the bottle version of this beer over the draft. This is a keeper.

Trasher, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
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
Photo of CaeserTits
4/5  rDev +14.9%

CaeserTits, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 .

WakeandBake, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists."

--Joan Gussow

Bright ferric oxide orange when backlit with weak December sunshine. The pale caramel colored crown is small despite an increasingly elevated pour. It's creamy enough and is beginning to lay down a decent looking band of feathery lace. Edit: it looks better later.

The nose deserves an above average score because it's classic for the style. It smells sweetish (not hoppy) and is 'red' in some indefinable way. Toasted and caramel malts share the spotlight. This might be the best MPBC beer yet.

Cow Catcher Red Ale is pretty good stuff considering what else I've had from these guys. Like the nose, the flavor really couldn't belong to a beer of any other style. It's probably a little sweeter than some reds, but there's plenty of bitterness for contrast. As the ounces continue to disappear... this is 4.0 beer without a doubt.

Flavors include toasted bread with a thin layer of melted caramel and a thick layer of fruit marmalade. I'm tempted to say cherries, but it may be that the color-flavor association of 'red' is now in my head. Orange peel for sure, though I seriously doubt it was added. Regarding hops... tastes like Tettnang and/or Goldings.

The mouthfeel *barely* fails to keep pace. On second thought, it's just fine for the style. It's much closer to medium than light, and the somewhat zippy carbonation adds a mouth energy that keeps things lively.

Even without tasting the entire lineup, there's no doubt in my mind that Cow Catcher Red Ale is Mt. Pleasant's best beer. With the brewery's train theme in mind, here's hoping this one keeps steaming down the tracks for many years to come.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
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
Photo of DannyDan
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

DannyDan, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of sholland119
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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

sholland119, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of jmich24
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
Photo of prototypic
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
Photo of cates1tg
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

cates1tg, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

CMUbrew, May 03, 2013
Photo of bcuz7
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bcuz7, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of kbeals
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
Photo of EnJeiBee
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
Photo of wingman14
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
Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jduprey007, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Zaphog, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Drknight, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Tone
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
Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Gtg642, Sep 25, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.