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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: birchstick on 07-30-2010)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2012 03:15:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

07-14-2012 18:16:52 | More by kjkinsey
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duff247

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-14-2012 17:03:17 | More by duff247
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-18-2012 20:17:08 | More by carteravebrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 01:50:58 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Low C

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 07:59:11 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-25-2012 07:55:54 | More by beernads
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GatorBeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +14%

04-29-2012 13:57:09 | More by GatorBeer
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

04-17-2012 18:27:43 | More by HamGlade10
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%

03-28-2012 18:46:22 | More by Elfastball7
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denver10

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark ruby red with a thumbs width khaki head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is crisply sweet, fruity, and a touch floral. Flavor starts off sweet with some mild toffee and is followed by some earthiness and hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. I've been wanting to check this one out for a while but always put it off. Glad to have finally tried it but can't say my built up expectations for it were met. Its a decent beer that got better the more of it I drank. I'd gladly drink it again but won't be going out of my way for it.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 23:01:47 | More by denver10
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

03-05-2012 17:49:49 | More by JAHMUR
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-25-2012 20:19:05 | More by rsdaugherty
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Ratman197

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aroma of carmel, fruittiness, graininess and earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, fruittiness and light graininess with a smooth lingering malty finish.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 23:51:40 | More by Ratman197
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this brewery from buddies that live in the hills. I've driven by it many times when I'm up in Edwards but never stopped it. I was fairly excited when I saw a 6-pack on the shelves down in Parker so I picked it up.

A - Poured from undated can to a pint glass. The beer pours a brilliant clear amber/copper color with a nice 1 finger slightly off-white head. Decent retention and some lacing throughout.

S - The can boasts ridiculous hop character but I didn't really find it on the nose, that isn't to say it's bad, it's just not a hop-forward aroma. The caramel malt and biscuity sweetness are prevalent first with hints of piney hops.

T - Very similar to the nose. The malty sweetness heavy on the caramel malt flavor dominate. The piney/grassy hop character blends nicely and provides a mild bitterness. The yeast provides a clean brew.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - A solid brew, I would easily buy this again. I can see myself drinking a fair amount of this this summer. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 19:43:49 | More by hopfacebrew
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-09-2012 03:08:02 | More by ucsbmullet
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deanhead

Vermont

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this beer even with a moderately vigorous pour. The color is spot on amber to almost a garnet hue. Deep and rich colored.
Hints of grainy notes in the aroma. No hop presence at all.
Malty and biscuity taste. Although it is slightly thin in mouthfeel is certainly followed by a clean finish. The beer is as advertised, "not bitter" by an stretch, but lacks flavor and aroma. meh. I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 02:56:57 | More by deanhead
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 05:13:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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kkrez

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 19:27:01 | More by kkrez
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, rubyish-red to auburn. Almost reminds me of a rbown ale as this is a lot darker than some of the other amber ales I've seen. The head is pretty tight and foamy. At first I wondered if this was under carbonated but it all came together nicely and left some lacing inside the glass.

Aroma - Tootsie-Rolls, honey, brown bread, pumpernickel bagels, caramel and Fudgesicles. Lots of maltiness in this one with only some faint hints of citrus from the hops.

Taste - lots of those malty flavors come out on the tongue. That Tootsie-Roll aroma certainly is a major flavor component. Lots of caramel malt and again some slight hints of hoppiness but not much in the way of bitterness. Well put together ale with some nice toasty notes and a brown sugar sweet finish.

Overall - There is plenty of flavor packed into this 12 oz. can of amber ale that is for sure. If you're a fan of a malt-forward brew in this category than this is for you. We could easily find our way through a six-pack of this in no time at all. Crazy Mountain Amber Ale is crazy drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 00:15:08 | More by indiapaleale
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Rayek

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crazy Mountain Amber pours a straight amber with a light haze. A small eggshell head falls fairly quickly to a thin film and leaves a bit of lace.

This is a pretty basic amber. Bittersweet toffee and toasted bread provide the malt backbone. The hop character is mild and carries the citrus bite I expect from American hop varieties. The citrus carries through the finish, while the malts fade away. The beer gets a hint metallic at the very end. A light and slightly dry body rounds out the experience.

Overall, this is an OK beer. There are more exciting amber ales out there, but this was worth the pickup.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 23:28:21 | More by Rayek
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BrewerB

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one during a daytrip Boulder, CO, after a couple GABF sessions the prior two days. Popped into Harvest Wine & Spirits after a long hike and a stopover at Avery Brewing.

Poured into my Firestone Walker nonic pint glass this brew is a copper/orange with a 2-3 finger off-white head that settled down into a thin, rocky form. Lacing.

Orange candies, caramel malts, and a mild chocolate note perk their way up. Prominent toasted maltiness presents itself after a short while.

Rich toasted malts at the forefront of the palette with a charcoal character underlying an earthy hoppiness. Bitterness is moderate. Dry finish leaves a lingering, subtle astringency.

Overall, this amber ale seems focused on the toasted/darker malts. Chocolate, brewed coffee, charcoal all make a statement. Hops are harder to detect though an earthy quality persists. Not sure I'd go back for seconds but I certainly don't regret trying it.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 03:52:37 | More by BrewerB
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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?

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 20:26:01 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 16:10:04 | More by tone77
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked up a sixer of this because the description led me to believe it was hoppy. It was not. Total waste of $9. Reddish amber color, decent lace, looks pretty good. The smell is malts and buttered popcorn, uh-oh. The flavor was more malts dripping with butter. I'm no brewer but I've been told this buttered popcorn flavor is diacetyl and I can't stand it. I'd try this again on tap but I won't be buying any more cans, yuck.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 16:26:08 | More by ArrogantB
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