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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 245
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 245
Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
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. (458 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of horshack7
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. (407 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of beergoot
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... (367 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
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. (727 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Grassy hop aroma with quite a bit of biscuity malt. Also strong yeast esters that smell a lot like pears.

The flavor is rather pedestrian. Do not think it is old as it just showed up on store shelves. Does have some grassy hop flavor but the flavor consists mostly of biscuit like malt and yeast esters. Again with pears. BItterness seems moderate.

Medium body but just a tad undercarbonated. Just lacks pop on the palate.

With the shelves jammed with pale ales, this one will get quickly pushed out of the way. Decent but no reason to buy again. (690 characters)

Photo of HubrewJr
4.89/5  rDev +43.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (667 characters)

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. (483 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of greenbirds
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,561 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours clear reddish amber with a medium creamy off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is biscuity caramel malts with some hops and some vegetal notes.

The flavor is lots of toasted biscuity caramel malts with some earthy plastic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, it's more like a biscuity amber with some off-notes. (423 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (509 characters)

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.