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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 32.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 267
Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small off white to tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored pale ale.

Light sour citrus to grassy hops aroma without any dominate fruit taking center stage.

Citrus, piney, and almost grassy hops taste with some dryness also.

A lasting light dry aftertaste with some of the hops aspects sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting pale but it just seems to miss the mark slightly on being a really recommendable pale ale.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight piney hops, earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, decent appearance, weak aroma, good body, but too malty for my tastes (reminiscent of a New Belgium).

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly sudsy pour in the New Belgium snifter. Amber color with a little more of the orange tinge than most Pale Ales. A nice aroma of the fruitier sort of hops.

Hops greet you with the first sip. Slightly fruity with a fair amount of malt. A touch of orange peel with a little of the biscuit flavor. Rather zingy tartness but some malty sweetness. Distinctly bitter aftertaste along with a woody flavor on the tongue. I'd call it refreshing, and quite hoppy. Fairly well balanced. Light body with a silkier mouthfeel than most in this style.

Not a bad mainstream example of the Pale Ale category. From the 12 oz can bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene, Texas.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a solid APA from a can, drink straight from the can. Sure it's not a hop bomb (for an APA) like Dale's, or hop dominant/headliner like SNPA. This is a nice, snappy, balanced APA that can either be a) an intro to the style or, b) a fantastic camping beer.

There's a grassy/citrus quality to it that provides enough zip to give a dry finish. Last thing you want while camping is a lingering beer taste. This will suffice.

But the malt isn't forgotten. Very soft white bread undertones. I can see this going well with sammiches or grilled dogs...even s'mores if you can wait that long

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very fired up to try this pale ale when I learned it had my two of my favorite hops in it (Citra and Simcoe). Then I was let down when I first had it as I expected it to be a juicy citrus forward apa...it is not...in fact it is more of an English style pale ale in my opinion...very strong with the caramel/toffee malt impression....the hops are very secondary and do impart more of an apa touch with some sweeter citrus but this is very light and not a strong take on the hops at all.

With that said....while I expected something totally different this is still a decent drinker and above average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad pale ale, but nothing special. smells like west coast hops, resinous and bitter, with an english style malt backing. flavor is about the same, bitter in a refreshing way, with a sort of floral hop profile, not perfumy like the lava lake wit, but moving in that direction. plenty of body here, but still summery in nature, bright carbonation, crisp clean finish. overall a good beer, but something is missing. not sure what it is, but im not totally satisfied. worth a try because the price is right.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of greenbirds
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of tctim
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.