Crazy Mountain Amber Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: birchstick on 07-30-2010

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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 55
Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No head despite aggressive pour and no lacing after first sip. Looks like dark apple juice in the glass. Smells like the inside of a shop vac and tastes like wet leaves. Mouthfeel is flat with little bite. Poor.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy bronze orange body under a 3” light linen colored lacy foam cap, dissipates to a thick film.
Smell: light grains, some crystal malt and some freshly kilned malt aromas. Some fruit. Hop aromas are low.
Taste: Starts with a slight malty fruity sweetness and then almost immediately dries out and becomes a touch grassy/herbal astringency in the finish with a hint of tart. The fresh malt flavors linger. Hop bitterness is above average but not mind blowing. Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, medium body and carbonation.
Overall: Drinkable, bigger than many ambers but still approachable.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pleasant amber with minimal head and negligible effervescence. Smells of bread, some grains, barely toasted malts and a good amount of floral hops (though rather subdued). Tastes sweet malt forward, pleasant floral hops, biscuit, caramel, no bitterness/hop bite. Mouthfeel was very light almost to the point of being watery (I thought that the can had a leak as it was so flat – but the entire pack was like this). Easy drinking, clean finish.

Overall, the taste was good, the mouth feel was not – just seemed to lack body/texture. It just didn’t feel right. . . I wouldn’t purchase this again (though I wouldn’t turn it down if offered to me at a picnic).

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of biscuit, toasted, and caramel malts, with bits of associated sweetness and notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale seems very malty from the smell and taste, but there enough in a he way of underlying hops to mask any sweetness and keep this beer drinkable.

Serving type: can

Photo of brewqueno
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It is as described - a FLORAL American style Amber Ale. Too flowery for my taste, but if you're into that, this is a good choice.

Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light amber/orange-tinged copper. Thin head. Smells worty, kinda like Grape Nuts. Toast and fruity esters. Taste reminds me of a couple other Colorado flagship brews: has the toasty cocoa of Fat Tire with the big fruity esters of a Great Divide Denver Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with a calm carbonation. Overall, this is far from great, but the characteristics that it shares with the two aforementioned brews gives it nostalgia points with me.

Photo of jocques
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Extremely malty, great nose for an Amber!! Light in hops in my opinion.

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, toast, light roast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light roast, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid amber ale. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can

A) Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Clear amber colored body. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle roasty malt notes. Not very aromatic.
T) Earthy caramel malt. A thin taste profile. Finishes with mellow hop bite.
M) On the lighter side of medium body. Not much carbonation
O) An OK beer. I won't be clamoring to drink this again.

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark amber color, but brief coarse foam. Some pleasant, slightly sweet malt taste with a nice roast flavor. After that the hops make an appearance and linger long. The malt is mellow and caramel flavored, with a slightly rough hoppy edge to give it some balance. A touch of the leafy and herbal but overall a decent aromatic hop flavor.

Unfortunately, this is nearly dead flat after a couple of minutes, which doesn't add to the appeal. It might be quite drinkable in better condition. From the 12 oz can bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

No hiss from opening the can. Pouring the liquid makes me question whether there was a leak, but then the bubbles start to show. Nearly no head, but the rim retains some bubbles throughout the tasting. The liquid is dark amber and crystal clear.

Decent biscuit and light toasted malt nose. A touch of caramel sweetness. No notable hop smell.

Less malt presence in the taste but there's a definitive hop bite. The body seems thin and flat. The swallow is bitter in a black pepper sort of way. The aftertaste is dry and short.

Overall, this is a drinkable amber with a good hop bite, but the flaws detract.

Photo of JAFoley
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin bubbly head off-white head over clear amber body. Head quickly dissipates but leaves some nice sudsy lacing.

S - Bready caramel malts

T - Amber malts are sugary and fruity; apricot, caramel, and biscuits. Very slight earthy hops show up in the after taste.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. While it's slightly sticky, the body is overall fairly thin.

O - Not a bad drink but also not too memorable. While this is very drinkable it also doesn't offer a lot complexity or bold flavors. meh

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark umber like color with a beige two finger head that retains fairly well and leaves sticky thick lacing all the way down the glass. Little bit of sediment, may have been can conditioned (?).
Smell: Breadiness you would expect from this style of beer but with more hoppiness than say Fat Tire. Subtle gingerbread like aroma, sweet but not over powering. Not super complex in the nose.
Taste: Some malt sweetness up front, but quickly overpowered by slap of hops that is both citric and floral. Some acidic bite, but lacking the bitterness of a PA or IPA. Very well balanced but not all that engaging. Expect more lingering and heavy malt from an “amber ale” (Yes, I know it's a made up style) Easy drinking. Would be a good introductory beer for the craft n00b in your group. Honestly tastes a lot like gingerbread, but not artificial. A good session beer.
Mouth: A little light bodied for an amber ale. Okay carbonation, but could maybe use a little more. A bit on the flat side.

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a copper/bronze color with a fluffy one finger white head that leaves multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settles.Chocolate malts stand out most in the nose not the big hops the can promises,mild earthiness is detected.Chocolate and fruity malt flavors dominate with some mild pine resin in the finish,again the can promises big hops and the malts dominate.It's not a horrible beer but it's basically a standard amber with a big chocolate elemant,not big hops.

Photo of jsprain1
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Medium copper. Big carbonation bubbles. Big head fades pretty face.
S- Sweet dough, a bit steely, and an odd but refreshing herbal aroma.
T- Too much of that herbalness here. I don't particularly think that is well placed here. That said, I like the sweet, doughy, ever so slightly toasty malt profile.
M- A little light in the body, and I found it to be kind of flat.
O- Passable, but not great. Would drink again, but won't seek out.

Photo of Powerturn11
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a basic beer mug. Nice golden to amber color with a really floral aroma. I smell citrus with a touch of pine. Nice head with good glass lacing. The beer tastes great with Carmel undertones and finishes clean. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend again for this style. Very easy to drink. Could be enjoyed with dinner or watching a football game.

Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into snifter. Appears a nice deep amber hue with nice clarity, heavy white head and tons of lacing. The nose features herbal hops, heavy cereal grain, caramel, and a bit of pine. Taste is uneventful, some hops, some malt, but nothing really stands out. The bitterness is on the light to moderate side and the finish presents a bit of a black tea flavor. Mouthfeel is on par for style, but the taste really isn't. Unfortunately there is no way for me to tell if this is an old can, but as it is, it is a run of the mill amber.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with an impressive, thick frothy cap of foam. Pine hops and caramel malt swirl in the nose along with orange, fresh malt, barley, and toasted grain. Smooth, bordering on creamy, on the palate. The caramel malt is evenly balanced by the dry bitter hops. More bitter than pine, citrus and floral. A nice drinking brew.

Photo of LikeARollingStout
4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can picked up from Beer Study in Chapel Hill and poured into a pint glass.

A - A little darker than your average amber. It was more of a brown/yellow. Not too pretty. A fingers worth of head that raced back into the crystal clear brew.

S - Floral floral and more floral. I love it. Biscuity malts too.

T - Wow. I had to check the label again to make sure this was an Amber. Tastes more like a Pale Ale: tons of hop flavor. No bitterness though, as the label indicates that West Coast hops are added late in the boil. That biscuity finish is a true Amber finish though. This is a very unique approach to Amber. I was very pleasantly surprised.

M - Lightly carbonated and medium bodied.

O - A very sessionable yet flavorful Amber. It maintains balance and complexity. Where it lacks it beauty, it more than compensates in taste and smell. I see myself revisiting this brew in the near future.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I popped the can open and beer and foam came flying out. Not sure if it was user error or not... Anyway, lots of foam on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a dull citrus smell with some hay thrown in.
The taste has a good malt backbone with only a mild sweetness. Pine bitterness to end. Enjoyable.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Besides the exploding can, I thought this was a fine drink.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, caramel-amber coloring with a thin, even coating of white, filmy head. Aromas of rich, roasted toffee sweetness with a dry hopping balance that provides some peppery spicing and bitterness. Flavors are richly sweet, with an overall roasting that provides a richness to the caramel and toffee sweetness that provides the backbone. Hops are an accent here, providing a spiced reign on the sweet main profile. A bit more bitter as you venture into the aftertaste, with some resiny character joining the pepper spice. Smooth and robust in mouth, the beer has a smooth, lingering finish that leaves the tangy caramel hanging on the palate. Tasty brew.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can w/o freshness info being offered

A: Almond amber, with a muted ruby hue. Darker khaki head, loose and larger bubbly. Leaves nice looking scattered fields of fine lace and some thicker froth.

S: Malty nose with vanilla and honey

T: Smooth malts, more honey and vanilla. Ample resiny hops late. Balance has been achieved.
M: Nice, carbonation on the lower side adding to smoothness and easy drinkability

O: Real nice amber, worthy sessioner. Nicely done.

Thanks to Joe D for the tasty can

Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (dated, I think, February 10, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces two fat fingers of light khaki head with nice retention and some lacing. The brew is clear and deep amber in color with a few streams of carbonation crawling up the glass.

S-Upon first sniff, I detect a fair amount of roasted, grainy malts and a touch of toffee/caramel. The brew is lightly sweet with some earthy, pine-scented hops for balance.

T-The taste is a little weak up front, with only a faint hint of toffee and caramel from the malts, but a nice spicy, earthy pine flavor comes through on the finish.

M-The brew is water with a fine prick of carbonation. It is medium to lighter body for the style.

O-This is a perfectly drinkable amber ale. The smell is pretty nice and while the flavor is a bit of a letdown, there is nothing upsetting or crazy about this Crazy Mountain brew. I would happily drink this again if the occasion called for it.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tawny with impressively stiff (can pour) creamy off white head.
Nutty brown toast and Cascade citrus/pine on the nose.
Big caramel Crystal hit and pleasant waxy lemon rind hop hit.
Toffee finish and orange peel linger.
Light side of medium, some chew, creamy.

Perfectly sessionable amber. Not ground breaking, but buy it by the case in the summer. Good citrus aroma hop hit, fitting for an APA. Cloys a bit when it warms, though; keep it cold.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the crazy mountain Amber ale it is a very good version. The beer poured a copper clear with thin slightly offwhite head that is leaving a lace. The scent carried rich caramel malt. The taste is a great balance between teh rich sweeter malt and bittering hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this rivals some of the better ambers I've had. This would be a great session ale.

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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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