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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2008)
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Photo of metter98
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
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 Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of weeare138
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
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Zaphog, Dec 10, 2011
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 BeerFMAndy
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
Photo of Holland
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Holland, Jul 16, 2011
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 smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

smithj4, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
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
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 buschbeer
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
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 I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Drknight, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

HarmonMW, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of amishbooze
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

amishbooze, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Gtg642, Sep 25, 2012
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 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
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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.