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Cow Catcher Red Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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80
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

cates1tg, Mar 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Zaphog, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 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 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 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 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 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 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 Northsider
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Northsider, Jun 15, 2011
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 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 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 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 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 gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Cow Catcher has a huge head, too big for the glass. Under the creamy-white foam was a murky golden-orange/amber looking brew with tons of active carbonation. This foamy mass looks like it could actually be used as a foundation for construction it's so firm and leaves large gobs of lacing on the glass as it recedes. The nose is sweet with caramel, a bit nutty and toasty and maybe just a kiss of some citrusy hops. The flavor reflects the taste, there is more bitterness than was expected but it balances out the sweet caramel and nutty, toasty notes nicely. The hops do have a mild citrusy character but are mostly there for bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but the thick, creamy carbonation helps out. Overall, a decent red, nothing outstanding or terrible. Worth trying but nothing you should lose sleep over.

gmfessen, Aug 12, 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 divineaudio
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

divineaudio, May 20, 2010
Photo of jt31914
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

jt31914, May 03, 2010
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 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 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 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 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
Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.