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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012)
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Reviews by ThisLadyLovesBeer:
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

A = A deep, clear, maple syrup amber tone. A short-lived head with minimal lacing.

S = Nice and malty, with a slight alcohol lift courtesy of the 7.4% level.

T = A rich ale, with a slight malty sweetness and an agreeable hop finish.

M = As expected, smooth and a bit chewy, but clean on the palate due to the 7.4% alcohol.

O = I like this one and would drink again. I wish there was a website for the brewer, Otter Creek, so I could read their take on this ale, but it's currently "under construction." I would enjoy this again occasionally and can imagine it pairing with a hearty beef stew and crusty dark bread.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Mar 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of LongTrailer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into an nonic. Pours a dark, opaque brown with a 2-finger off-white head. Nice wispy lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel malts and a bit fruity.

Taste upfront is bready, caramel and some toastiness; nutty with just a hint of chocolate on the back end. The description on the bottle claims a 'pronounced hop finish' but I can't say that I'm getting it. The malt sweetness and bitterness are nicely balanced here. Medium, slightly chewy mouthfeel and a soft carbonation that does a nice job rounding out the flavors.

Overall I was pretty pleased with this beer. Hearty yet drinkable.

LongTrailer, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

woodchipper, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

SuomiHobbit, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JakerLou, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GreenMountainBoy, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jefftuck47, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

KirkFrancis, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JMS1512, May 26, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a dark copper color with moderate white lacing. Unfiltered as labeled on the bottle. Sweet in smell.Tastes slightly carmely. definite malt flavor, not coffee or chocolate but a lighter malt. Sweet with a touch a hoppy, piney bitterness at the finish.

This is great tasting beer. Very smooth. I pegged it for a standard "brown ale" as stated on the bottle, but later found it was classified as an English Strong Ale weighing in at 7.4% abv. You can barely taste the alcohol in this thing which is a great thing.

One of the better brown ales on the scene. Crafted with care to produce a palatable taste.

Ryanm1, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%


A deep amber color with a bit of reddish hues. Tough, thick lace from the off-white creamy foam cap.

A minty, smokey and earthy hop pops out first with a hard wood and maple syrup malt with a touch of cedar aroma.

A very full, and hearty feel, Smooth going down and the 2", well-retained foam cap continues to provide extra fluff and smoothness going down. dry in the finish.

A wonderful balance of slightly smokey, woody, light maple malt, light smoke and wild honey. Pretty darn complex here. The hops keep it earthy, crisp, dry and slightly tangy, earthy, medium-level bitterness, dry in the end.

Complex with an easy-breezy vibe.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

alamode, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Griffith, Saturday at 11:55 PM
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

BamfBacon, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

genovm, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

RyanOooh, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

dantsbeats, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

bras1977, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

renaveg, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Murky brown with no head to speak of. A few bubbles stray to the surface after a vigorous pour. Some lacing manages to stick around.

Smell - Cola with a nutty brown ale aroma. Nothing as deep as chocolate, but getting close.

Taste - Similar to the smell, without being as inviting. More pronounced cola flavor, with a little bit of astringency. Flavor drops off leaving just a little bit of caramel malt and not a lot else.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and nothing by way of a finish. Clean, though, and very drinkable. Stunned to see 7.4%.

Overall - Middle of the road in nearly every category. The nose held a faint promise, but nothing really delivered here.

Alieniloquium, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ChrisL24481, Dec 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Lanstrum, Jun 01, 2013
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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.