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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%


Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 09-12-2011)
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tctim

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 23:57:53 | More by tctim
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:38:29 | More by jngrizzaffi
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 21:49:37 | More by smcolw
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minterro

Colorado

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Traded gf for a single out of her six pack. Bought from Morgans Liquor store.

A&S: Semi-lively transparent copper colored beer. Head pour around a finger fades to nothing pretty fast. Specks of lacing. Aromas consist of sweet malts with somewhat of a citrus background.

T&M: Very bready, hops flavors are again citrus but not very present. Pale malty finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good; nice smooth feeling beer (around medium bodied) with a blunt carbonation.

Overall: Very average APA. not sure about the price so I can't comment on that, but I would hope this wasn't over 10$ of a sixer. This is really picky but the can were in aweful shape: spilled beer specks on the top of the can which would be a hard outside Crazy Mountain because of the plastic covering, on top of that the sides of the can and lip were super crusty. The later could be post-production, but I couldn't image the former being one.

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 20:51:57 | More by minterro
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World in extreme western Denver.

This beer pours a hazy medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and overacting bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar honeycombed lace around the glass as things seep away.

It smells of musty, dank pine needle hops, bready caramel malt, a bit of blood orange, guava, and tropical melon fruitiness, a touch of black pepper, and further, understated earthy, floral hops. The taste is still musty and clammy, but with the hops having sneakily skipped town, leaving only an echo of rotting pine tree and muted stale citrus in its place, with some weakly biscuity bready malt taking up the flag in its sudden absence, a bit of spicy pepper and earthy, weedy hops rounding things out.

The bubbles are fairly well sublimated, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of pithy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt pulling cleanup duty for the near DOA hops.

Bleh. There is mention on the label of 'fading hops bitterness', and while I'm not sure we share the same interpretation of the concept, in the end, all that matters is that this is one bland, muted affair for the style, the overbearing musty, clammy character having no place in a worthy APA. A bit of a shame that I wasted suitcase space on this one.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 02:27:00 | More by biboergosum
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Mountain Livin' Pale Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a small head that doesn't stick around. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Malts, bready, and some passion fruits. Sweet and malty, wasn't particularly excited at this point.

Taste - Rich and malty, passion fruit hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky, not overly boozy but at 6% where is the hop blast? Good drinkability.

Overall - Malt bomb, decent, not amazing, would not recommend for hop heads. If you are into maltier APAs then this is likely your thing.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 12:01:41 | More by JMScowcroft
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spoony

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 02:54:59 | More by spoony
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange/tan colored pale ale, this beer has a slight chill haze and a nose that offers some citrus, bread, and caramel notes. The foam level is good and it leaves a nice amount of lacing as you consume.

This beer has a flavor profile similar to what you expect for the style. Toasted malts, biscuits, caramel, pine, and bread greet the palate first, balanced by the flavor of citrus and peppery hops in the finish. You get some earthy character along with some floral and citrus hops and some peppery spice to keep it interesting.

This pale ale isn’t an amazing representation of the style, but it isn’t too bad and it’s got enough going for it to earn a small stamp of approval. The carbonation seems a little low and the overall taste doesn’t hit it out of the park, but it’s a decent offering nonetheless.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 23:24:59 | More by BryanCarey
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours copper. Not much else to note from the 2 oz. sample.

S-Malty. There is also a bit of an 'off' aroma. Bland and very stingy on hops. If you have an American Pale Ale clocking in at 6% ABV, then I would like some hops, please.

T-A recreation of the aroma on my palate. A little bit 'off', a little bit hoppy? A good bit malty.

M-Nothing useful to note.

O/D-Was not a fan of this beer. Below average in my estimation. Don't enjoy slamming beers but this one needs a drawing board close by so it can get back to it.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 23:31:25 | More by VelvetExtract
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 22:17:52 | More by brewdude1982
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Hendry

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 02:09:03 | More by Hendry
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, a copper colored ale with a thin, off-white head. Bready, caramely malt backbone on the nose with some piny, citric hops. Tastes are malty with some earthy, piny hop, bready, caramel, toasted grain in the mix; flavors have a hardtime melding. Medium body, lower on carbonation with a fairly sharp, bitter finish. Overall, not a bad APA, but not one I'd get again.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 01:57:33 | More by barnzy78
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, white, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of a caramel backbone with citrusy and resiny hops highlighting. Very smooth and subtle nose. Flavors are earthy and richly sweet in the backbone and on the forward tongue, with a caramel undertone. Citrusy hops follow, with a touch of spicing that helps to lighten up the initial weight on the palate. Subtle roasting throughout, with a decent blending being reached in the aftertaste between all the different flavors. Full bodied, with a smoothness that compliments the initial rich and sweet flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but still smooth. Interesting take on an APA, but it misses the mark for me.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 01:15:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tannish orange and mostly clear with a touch of haze, 1/2 finger head and ok lace.

Aroma is nice, plenty of citrus hops and pungent malts.

Flavor is heavily malty, bread, caramel malt, biscuit, along with a fair hoppiness that leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Body is slightly watery and under-carbonated. Primarily I think it needs more carbonation, but otherwise isn't a bad beer at all.

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 15:26:52 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a deep crystal clear copper color with an antique white head that last as a thin meniscus. There is a good carbonation that pops to the surface.

S- The clean aroma has some pine hop notes and a cream quality with some buttery diacetyl growing a bit as it warms.

T- The caramel malt leads to a dry buttery note in the finish with some woody hop hints mixed in. There is a spicy hop hint that lingers just a bit in the aftertaste. As the beer opens the taste turns watery.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is malt forward with a hint of hops and a bit to much buttery taste with the fizz scrubbing any hops out of the finish.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 14:01:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-26-2013 01:40:51 | More by WoodBrew
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz can served in a globe, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly clear amber copper color with a two finger cream colored head. It's thin and retention is terrible. Generic and not entirely inviting.

S - Stale breads, light mango, honey, and a bit of a medicinal note. Simple and mild, but well balanced. Not really a lot going on.

T - Departs sharply from the nose. Poorly handled crystal malts lend a noticeable astringency. Watery throughout. Bitter near the end and poorly balanced. Little to no hop character I found on the nose. Simple and poorly built. Not good at all. Lacks any true character.

M - Watery, medium bodied, and strangely chewy.

D - This is the second beer I've had from Crazy Mountain and I'm not looking forward to more. Really a poor example of the style.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 00:50:20 | More by blakelive784
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured out looking blond and a little hazy. White head, dissipates quicker than a white girl's looks after getting married. Weird herbal aroma, not in the herbal hop way, herbal in that they knocked something off the spice cabinet into this. How about some hop aroma bro? A little bit vegetal and plastic like.

Taste was very grassy, still not quite arriving at the level of being hoppy. Biscuit flavors and spice rack accoutrement all over this. Some lager like yeastiness to this. Man, this beer is all over the place. At times tastes like they blend this with a witbier. Soapy exterior in the mouthfeel.

Its got bitterness on it, but it just doesn't taste like a pale ale. Everything about it seems off for style. I wasn't picking up on a heftier malt base or any caramel notes. The herbal spicing was just weird. The lack of hops, or anything they impart flavor wise.

Had they called this a witpale, I might have found it to be above average, but as just a pale ale, its just kind of a headscratcher.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 16:17:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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horshack7

Massachusetts

2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear copper with an off white rocky head upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Lots of grapefruit and citrus hop notes in the front. Tropical fruits, simple syrup light malty sweetness but it's in the back.

Taste: A good citrus hop profile. Light malty sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Notes: A drinkable beer not too much too it but it's decent. Cheers.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 01:42:38 | More by horshack7
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 23:26:12 | More by mfnmbvp
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Crazy Mountain is the place to be; Mountain Livin' is the life for me. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet caramel, celery, light leek, mild grass, and a hint of flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, the rindiest part of the grapefruit rind, celery, light tomato, and a hint of orange peel for the sake of it. The vegetal nature and strength of the bitterness don't do anyone any favors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say this stuff is anywhere near my favorite pale ale, mostly due to the overly vegetable-medley tack the hops decided to take.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 20:23:43 | More by TMoney2591
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beergoot

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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...

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 21:09:10 | More by beergoot
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nickfl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with good clarity. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Stale, biscuity malt with some pine and spicy hop notes in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some herbal notes in the middle. Finishes with light pine, more herbal hops, and stale malt as well as a slightly harsh bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not particularly good. it tastes old, but since there is no date, I'm forced to assume that the brewer wanted it to taste like this. I'm not particularly impressed with what I've had from these guys so far.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 02:33:32 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some lacing on a brown amber, clear body.

S: pretty funky with pine sap, toasted malts, earthy hops and some sweet, burnt caramel I could better appreciate after a few sips.

T: Toasted caramel malts, earthy hops with slight metallic and pine coming through greatest in the finish. Not very sweet, more on the tart side which may be due to this one being a bit old.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate caerbonation, definitly a touch under carbonated

Overall: the aroma initially wasnt very inviting but after having some on the palate the aroma matched up well and was more enjoyable. Stands out from some standard APAs, just not a great beer but good although this one may be a little old.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 02:23:39 | More by kylehay2004
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 01:36:21 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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