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Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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Cow Catcher Red AleCow Catcher Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
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)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 02:33:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-07-2012 20:39:11 | More by WuAnquo1
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Northsider

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 23:43:07 | More by Northsider
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:58:54 | More by Knapp85
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Holland

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:52:48 | More by Holland
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-28-2013 16:54:40 | More by ROBSTARR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:27:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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snowbeard


3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-09-2012 21:43:31 | More by snowbeard
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 00:36:15 | More by GbVDave
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:07:14 | More by weeare138
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marcb105

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

10-03-2013 01:57:12 | More by marcb105
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-14-2014 00:24:55 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Hyouhoshi


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-20-2012 13:40:20 | More by Hyouhoshi
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a classic beer mug.

a standard pour gets me a semi transparent copper colored brew with a finger of dense, foamy, off white head that calms to a thin film pretty quickly. nice leggy lacing in the glass.

smell is carmelly and nutty with a bit of herbal hops and a fruity character that i can't place. i want to say cherry or grape maybe.

taste is carmelly and grainy up front with a dry bittering on the back of the tongue. not very much going on here.

the lighter side of a medium body with a fine co2 profile.

goes down pretty easy and fits the style i guess. worth trying, but not really worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:18:24 | More by divineaudio
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jt31914

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 18:25:11 | More by jt31914
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:44:19 | More by buschbeer
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metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 19:23:11 | More by metter98
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jkrich

Indiana

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:52:39 | More by jkrich
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 18:52:51 | More by andrewjraab
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-18-2013 23:56:03 | More by jduprey007
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2011 20:31:12 | More by Zaphog
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-09-2013 03:01:19 | More by ssimpson89
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-11-2014 16:49:58 | More by Drknight
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:01:28 | More by Tone
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-24-2012 23:32:15 | More by Gtg642
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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.