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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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: 173 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by Billolick:
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

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent sized light tan head leaves a biscuit like small mound in the middle of the glass above a clear copper with a hint of red colored beer.

Light caramel malts mix well with citrus to pine hops in the aroma of this amber.

More light caramel malts with pine to citrus hops taste this is not overpowering but well balanced and easy to drink.

Light caramel aspect on a somewhat dry aftertaste on this medium bodied amber ale.

A very easy beer to drink with some good laid back qualities, I think I could go through a 6 pack in a relatively short period of time.

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.

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few cans in an LA Whole Foods. I'm usually not a fan of amber/red ales. I find they're too thick and not flavorful enough. This, however, is a touch lighter and has a great balance of spicy, lightly fruity hops with rich toast and biscuit, almost like a Biscoff, barley. The aroma lacks hops, but has a pleasant caramel and toffee character. Overall, a welcome take on the style. It's not really low enough in alcohol to be a session beer, but I'd be happy to sit down and have a few.

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 kkrez
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crazy Mountain Amber Ale pours a beautiful clear amber copper color with a slightly off white head.

The aroma is predominately biscuity caramel and nutty malt but also has a fantastic floral, citrusy and piney hop presence.

Taste follows in suit, biscuity caramel malt sweetness up front, with a crisp, dry hoppy finish leaving you thirsty for more.

This beer is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy amber ale. Looking forward to trying some of there other offerings

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again woodychandler comes through with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste is a bit malty, some hops and caramel are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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 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 thrawn208
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12 ounce can, bought at Mile High Wine and Spirits, Lakewood.

Good head, good retention. Pours fizzy and pure amber, clear and filtered.

Smell is malty and biscuity, as an amber should be. Small notes of nut. Tastes like a Fat Tire light, mostly due to the mouth feel, which is thinner.

Impressed by color, smell. Underwhelmed by taste. I'd stick with Fat Tire, which is sad cause Fat Tire is not very good anymore.

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 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 twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a small cap of white head...not much retention or lacing.

Nose is plenty hoppy...grassy and floral with a significant nutty-caramel malt backdrop. Maybe a little honey as well. Smells ok, but I cant help but think a more tropical hop varietal might have served better.

Taste throws out some more floral hop flavors with a fair amount of bitterness. The malt is more toasty than sweet and the yeast plays a little bit of a factor in the flavor...perhaps some sourdough bread. Not bad, I was expecting a bit more from a new CO canning operation, and I do like the wit they do more than this.

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 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 JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A pure amber color, dark copper. A cream colored head slowly settles to a film, while thick rings of lacing coat the glass.

Not detecting much from the smell: faint hops and malts.

The beer is hop-heavy for an amber. In fact maybe too much. However a nice sweet malty caramel note balances things out somewhat.

Mouthfeel is sweet and light bodied, very nice drinking.

Overall, just too hoppy, but still quality and delicious.

Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of my haul from pokesbeerdude in the CANs Thrice As Nice BIF. It made for a nice pic, if nothing else.

From the CAN: "This delightfully floral Amber Ale displays a wonderful balance while still maintaining a profound hoppy goodness. We load this beer with a ridiculous and obscene amount of West Coast hops that are added late in the boil resulting in a hoppy beer without any bitterness."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beautiful VAIL VALLEY"; "PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY WHERE WE LIVE 1% of all proceeds from this beer goes toward The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, resulting in a dense finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber. Just beautiful in the dying light of the late fall afternoon. Nose smelled of evergreen and I was dubious of their claim of a non-bitter hoppy beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a more caramel-malt taste than the nose had led me to expect. It was not too sweet for me, but I also found myself wishing for more bitterness, so they may have hoisted themselves by their own petard, as my late Pops used to say. Finish was mellow and slightly sweet, but it just seemed to be lacking something overall. I was not crazy about Crazy Mountain. Does that seem crazy to you?

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Crazy Mountain sounds like my favorite ride at Euro Disney... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted biscuit, light earthy greens, and a kiss of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch extra toast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay amber, but too toasty for my tastes and nothing close to spectacular beyond that. Average all the way.

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 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 kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml blue-green can served into a nonical glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable but appealing.

Sm: Amber hops and clean bland malts. Caramel. Pretty simple and boring. A mild strength aroma.

T: Somewhat hoppy with light notes of pine. Clean malts comprise the foundation. Some light caramelization. Simple and predictably built. Decently balanced, covering up the hop bitterness to a good extent. No real complexity or true subtlety here. No yeast or alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours decently. Adequately carbonated. A touch too thin. Too wet.

Dr: A drinkable, very average amber ale. I wouldn't get it again, but fans of the style won't be disappointed per se. Decently priced.

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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.

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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.