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Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  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.

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Photo of GbVDave
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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.


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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.