Crazy Mountain Amber Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a slightly murky dark copper with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some earthy, herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very earthy aftertaste. There is a fairly mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but probably not something I would go after again.
07-20-2012 03:15:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +14%
Single finger head with decent lacing on a clear amber with slight golden hue body. Nice caramel malt aroma with earthy hops slight burnt toast note. Flavor is more smokey also with a burnt toast presence on a toasted malt background. Light caramel notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very nicey hopped amber beer. Very good.
08-23-2012 21:32:51 | More by kylehay2004
3.33/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
12-04-2013 22:18:26 | More by oberon
3.05/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
02-26-2013 18:23:35 | More by TMoney2591
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
from a can. my first beer from these guys. pours a light mahoganay color, with a one inch white head. smells hoppy, real hoppy, but not so in the taste. sweet and interestingly malty. not at all congruent with the nose. a slightly dry finish and a good mouthfeel. mellowly carbonated but a light to medium body. will definitely be looking for these guys again. careful not to overlook the can, this is wonderful
11-16-2011 05:13:55 | More by StonedTrippin
3.28/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
04-08-2014 18:59:25 | More by mactrail
3.18/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
03-27-2014 22:42:41 | More by smcolw
2.85/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
06-03-2012 07:59:11 | More by kojevergas
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
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?
10-16-2011 20:26:01 | More by woodychandler
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-08-2012 01:50:58 | More by tempest
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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
04-28-2013 14:17:40 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev +4%
On-tap at The Boulevard, on to the beer:
A lovely amber color sits in the mug. Colors of orange, brown, and red are visible in the mug as well. To top that is a head which holds its ground, and leaves good lacing. The nose screams fudge, and there's a wave of tea-like hoppiness too. A hint of cocoa adds an extra simple note to the nose. It smells more like a hoppy altbier, but I'm not complaining.
Taste is fudge upfront. Lemon tea notes sit in the background. A bitter ctirus note arrives and lingers in the aftertaste with the fudge. It feels like a battle between flavors on the palate, though in this case the result is a little bittersweet. It's light bodied with a pleasant crispiness.
A fine amber ale. My one nitpick is that the hops are a bit aggresive to the maltiness, yet it's still an acceptable brew to down.
01-05-2013 00:59:10 | More by DoubleJ
3.38/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
08-10-2014 19:09:16 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
Found this guy at Mondo Vino. Another can!
I'm calling this a summer amber, which means to me that it's amber yet crisp, but not overly hoppy. And I first had it in the summer.
Light amber and copper color when poured. Off-tan head, some lacing. It is a bit lighter than most other ambers.
Has a nice floral nose with caramel dipped citrus. Malty is the strong undertone. Seems as though the bitterness will be snappy
And it isn't all snappy. Still the malt carries the beer, but the hops provide a little something extra. The florals turn to citrus then back to more of a green flavor. Sweet bread is light and nice throughout. Would go well with some grilled meats in the sun
06-19-2011 01:38:23 | More by Mebuzzard
3.9/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
11-19-2012 22:31:18 | More by LXIXME
3.56/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-10-2013 23:54:19 | More by GarthDanielson
4.04/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
03-28-2013 00:56:25 | More by WoodBrew
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-01-2011 16:10:04 | More by tone77
3.43/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-03-2012 21:40:48 | More by twiggamortis420
Crazy Mountain Amber Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.