Mountain Livin' Pale Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 09-12-2011

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Photo of HubrewJr
4.89/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...that's all I have to say. this is beer sets the standard for pale ale's in my book. They definitely boosted the hops by adding a beautiful aroma on it. I recommend this beer to anyone getting into craft beer or anyone having trouble grasping the hop flavors. For a Pale ale this beer has a huge hop aroma with a very lite hope bite on the end. They balanced this beer right on the edge of Pale Ale and American Pale Ale (APA). No enough hop bite on the end to consider it an APA but just the right finish to make me wanna drink this all day/night. I give the guys over at Crazy Mountain Brewery Props on this one. It hits all the right spots i expect when drinking a quality craft beer.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.76/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy, amber color. Looks like honey. Very untypical for a Pale Ale. Thin foamy heady with very good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass that persists through drinking. Strong citrusy, piney smell. Can tell from the smell that it is a very hoppy beer. When tasting, you get a hint of pine with a strong citrus flavor throughout. Great hoppy finish with a hint of caramel at the end. Never heard of this brewery before, but if all their beers are like this, I will definitely try some more of them.

Photo of jordanian2
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pretty tasty pale ale with a slightly complex finish.

Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet melon and malt grain aromas exude from a honey amber body. There is a thin but rich and creamy white head atop. Taste encompasses soft, tasty, grainy malts balanced out with a gently hop bitterness. Smooth, medium-bodied feel with a dry finish.

A very tasty, well-balanced, and nicely complex beer. It is rife with flavor and character. Well worth exploring...

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Smells distinctly of pineapple. Maybe more so than any other beer I have tried, the hops come through smelling like sweet pineapple pieces. Pretty interesting.

The flavor is certainly hop forward, but with mild bitterness. Big tropical notes dominate, with juicy fruit, pineapple, and maybe even a little mango. Distinctly lacking the usual pine, citrus, and basil notes. There is a significant malt presence, but it is well covered by hop flavor. Interestingly, the overall bitterness is much lower than what is typical for this style, and for what is typical for this level of flavor.

The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a tiny bit oily. Lower carbonation, which I like.

Conclusion: Well done! I personally love pale ales and IPAs that present clear hoppy flavor without the usual bitterness that uncreatively tags along. Possibly a new standby.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to woodychandler for yet another beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is the same, lots of citrus hops, a touch of malts, a bit IPA like, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a hazy copper color with a small head. The aroma is composed of caramel malts, sweet fruits, and citrus hops. The taste is interesting, it's a hop-forward pale ale without a lingering hop aftertaste or bitterness. The flavors I taste immediately are ones I associate with hops, but instead of lingering through the aftertaste, they lead to a clean, slightly caramel-y finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, but it's nicely carbonated. The drinkability is also quite good. Overall, it's an interesting beer for a new brewery to my area. Perfectly drinkable, this one would work well outdoors.

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My thanks to JenRay for sending this beer along to further The CANQuest (TM). It is a football afternoon and while I am not watching the Redskins, this paleface is trying out some Pale Ales.

From the CAN: "Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Get Crazy"; "We utilize two types of Ameri[CAN] hops in such a way that we put the flavor of these hops center stage and let their bitterness fade into the background. The hop-forward character of this Pale Ale shines through in the unique, tropical flavor of two Ameri[CAN] hop varieties. Enjoy this offering with a fresh approach to how a Pale Ale expresses its inner hoppiness."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beuatiful VAIL VALLEY'; "Promoting exploration where we live [-] 1% of all proceeds from sales o toward Vail Mountain Rescue,"

I employed a textbook Crack & Glug and ended up with just under two fingers of dense, rocky, beige head with good retention that created some nice lacing as it fell. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy amber. Nose had a sweetish quality, like mangoes or passion fruit. Definitely very fruity. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a commingling of tropical fruit and pine hops on the tongue. Much better than the previous APA today! Finish was dry and highly refreshing. I could easily devote some cooler space to this one.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can with no apparent freshness information present. Excited to try this beer, and it is my third review of a beer in a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a wonderful clear ruby copper looking color with about a finger of off-white sizzling foam head. Nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells of beautiful citrus fruit hops. Peaches, grapefruit, orange. Smells very tasty. Hops sort of fade away to a biscuit malt smell as the beer sits.

T - Very interesting flavor concoction. Fruity and floral with the hops, and then dry, grassy, and earthy from the malts. Wonderful contrast of flavors is what really impresses me here. A very tasty beer.

M - Somewhat of a resinous mouthfeel, sticky with some fruit sugar type flavors. Nicely bodied, and fair level of carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty and well-crafted brew from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Highly drinkable, and with a nice 6.0% abv, I'm definitely glad I was able to try this beer. This was a pleasant introduction to their brewery, and I am looking forward to seeking out more of their beers.

Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale ----4/5.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can to pint glass the beer pours a translucent golden amber color with a small 1 finger white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is mostly caramel malt sweet with hints of both pine and citrus hops though the hops take a backseat to the malt. The beer starts with a caramel malt sweetness on the tongue. In the middle the beer develops a mild bitterness and a more pronounced hop flavor than found in the nose. Tropical and citrusy. Finishes with a lingering mild bitterness and hint of fruit. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes dry and crisp. Overall, not a bad brew. Excited to try another of Crazy mountain's beers.

Photo of Hendry
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an apricot color,1 finger soapy white head drops off quickly,good lacing.

Aroma is underwhelming in the way of hops: straight sugary malt nose,melon & white bread.

Taste is malty, carmely, syrupy sweet, not getting that lingering hop bitterness at all,sort of a cinnamon apple pastry going on.

Mouthfeel seems medium heavy,and the carbonation is deceptively active. Malty sweetness lies atop your palate, hop presence comes in too little too late.

Overall, stop reading enticing descriptions on the side of the can/bottle: this one would have you believe it is a hop bomb when in fact it is just another malty sweet APA that offers nothing distinctive in the way of hop delivery. Not bad, but not great either: mediocre and forgettable.

Photo of tctim
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, nice place with plenty of outdoor seating. The interior ceiling could use some work, as it is just unfinished drywall making the place feel like it is in progress. I would almost rather see exposed framing than unfinished drywall, but hopefully they will improve it. The location is easily accessible right off of I-70 in Edwards. Great stop on the way to or from the mountains.

Photo of mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Low to moderate pear and lemon hop aromatics up front. There is a bready malt base in the background but the hop aromatics are forward.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a moderate white head. Head retention is good and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Nice tangerine, lemon, and peach hop flavors with firm hop bitterness. There is a subtle caramel malt base providing a nice foundation but the hop flavors and bitterness are assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a powdery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No oiliness, astringency, or heat.

Overall impression: A hoppy American Pale Ale. Not sure why it hasn't gotten more love here. I found it to be easily quaff-able and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Nearly clear. Decent head that leaves plenty of webby lace on the glass.

Plenty of caramel aroma. Sweet with little hop to counterbalance the nose.

Better hop presence but the sweet (crystal?) malt is pretty strong. The body is rich, particularly for a pale ale. The finish is very long lasting. Not much hop but it lingers a very long time.

This is an interesting beer. I find it to be a bit too sweet for my tastes, but I do appreciate the complexity of the beer.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, caramel, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but it doesn’t get offensive. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a malt finish. There is a medium 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 that is easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a nonic. No date on the can from what I can tell.

A-An aggressive pour produces a thin white head that drops immediately leaving only a collar. The brew is nearly still and amber/orange in color.

S-The brew smells of caramel and toffee malts with lightly bitter hops lurking mostly in the background. It reminds me somewhat of an English mild (except with 6% ABV). While not terribly exciting or inviting, the scent is not off-putting, either.

T-The taste, like the smell, is pleasant but boring. The fruity, toffee-tinged malts provide a decent base for the slightly astringent hop notes. The hops don't really distinguish themselves and play second-fiddle.

M-The feel is pretty flat and watery. Bleh.

O-This is my third or so beer from Crazy Mountain, and my third disappointment. The brew isn't terrible, but it isn't noteworthy, either. Hops are lacking on the taste, but I could overlook that if the feel wasn't so bleh. The bleh mouthfeel drags an otherwise decent (but boring) beer down.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gettin Crazy with a lil Mountain Livin Pale Ale...picked up a can at the singles selve at my local Binny's. The beer pours a clear copper with foamy slightly offwhite head that is leaving a lace. The smell has bitter citrus tones with a touch of bread. The taste has a good initial balance with sweet malt countering a nice citrus....the end turn more of a bitter citrus. The mouthfeel is medium in boday with good carbonation. Overall its a decent pale ale.

Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - good color. Kind of a sunsety goldenrod body with a white head. Good lacing.

N - peach flavors and some fruity hop notes followed by a little toasty malt.

T - not unlike the nose but a little... flatter maybe. The taste isn't that exciting but it is good.

M - fair body. Again it comes off a little unexciting.

O - very dede t pale ale offering. Would drink again.

Cheers!

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, floral notes, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, earthiness, peaches, floral notes and light citrus with a crisp dry moderately bitter lingering earthy finish.

Photo of brewdude1982
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 12 oz can poured into a Snifter.

A: pours a dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly and has low to no retention.
S: I smell black pepper more than anything but then hops.
T: the taste is big pepper and then it fades to hops with a little spice. Maybe one of the spicy hops like sorachi or warrior.
MF: the body is decent and the carbonation is on par.
O: this is an ok beer and I am glad I tried it.

Big ups to JTD1968 for this one.

Photo of greenbirds
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can with date code 2 02 24 A 2 B A into a tulip. Gonna assume that's Feb. 24, 2012, since I can't find any info about it, so possibly an older can. At least has been in the fridge for a while.

Appearance: Orange-red with an eggshell white head. Aggressive pour yielded only about 1/2" head. Moderate retention, good lacing. Emptied the can, and there are some suspended particulates in the beer, otherwise pretty clear.

Smell: Sweet, tropical hop notes up front. Pretty fresh considering the date, but not powerful or pungent -- if it weren't my first beer of the night, I might not be able to pick it up so well. Reminds me of papaya and peaches; not very citrusy, but has some spicy character. Caramel malts underneath that, not much else. I really enjoyed the nose on this and am eager to try it fresh on tap.

Taste: Malts really come to the forefront here, possibly due to the age of the beer, but it's still relatively balanced and enjoyable. Medium-low bitterness for an APA, does not really linger, but enough to dry out the finish with all those caramel malts there.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with medium-low carbonation. I'm not a fan of the caramel flavor with the higher alcohol; it implies that the body will be medium, but it falls a bit flat. Needs more body to bring it into balance, and I don't think this would hurt the drinkability at all.

Overall: I really like the hop profile of this beer, and I bet it is very nice when it is fresh. I think it could use a bit more body to balance out the alcohol and caramel malts.

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts and butter are present in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, having buttery flavors of biscuit malts along with notes of tropical fruit flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty for an APA, but has some interesting biscuit and buttery flavors.

Serving type: can

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Love me some craft beer in cans.No date.

Pours a decent looking fluffy head but small 1/4 finger sized, fades semi slowly at least, retains well, decent lacing as well, very hazy slight sediment laden orange nectar color.

Nose brings some sweet malts, grainy toasty malts, not quite caramel but a sweet candy like note to it, into mild earthy hops, some herbal notes, little tea, touch of pine and forest floor, a little orange zest as well, smells fairly decent but also seems like it might be a little old unfortunately.

Taste brings some sweet malts again, candy like flavors but not caramel, biscuit and toasty grain, little straw, nice straight up malty flavor which is nice if you like malts. Then mild hops, quite mild from what I expected, some grassy notes, earthy, little herbal note, very faint citrusy note, but mostly grassy earthy flavors with a sweet candy like toasty grainy malt backbone. Finish is dry but a little sticky and sweet notes, more grainy malts, some grassy hops, and a little bitterness finally, mild pine and spicy hop note as well.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, mild gritty feel.

Overall OK, I do like the malts but not quite on level for what I expeccted, hops are way behind where they should be in every aspect, but still fairly tasty and drinkable.

Photo of funkydrumma
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What a weird mix. Aroma is awesome! So dank. I expected a hopsplosion but was surprised at how balanced it was. The only problem was a lack of carbonation. Too flat, otherwise tasty.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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