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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

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very good

76 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 522
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 33.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 127 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012

An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.
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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 522
Reviews by ithacabaron:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep walnut. Little or no head, which soon becomes a thin halo around the edges. No lacing evident.

Smell is subtle -- unsweetened chocolate, cherries (both the fruit and the stone), untoasted sesame, milk caramels. Although it's hidden well, what's there is nice.

Taste is complex and malty. Notes of raw pecans start, with allspice and brûléed sugar soon behind. Carefully implemented hops keep things dry, but never assert themselves beyond that. Skillful, mellow, and superb.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, if a bit too foamy. This is really a matter of taste; the carbonation could be taken down a touch, but then the sweetness might become too dominant and the balance of the beer would be lost.

Overall, a nicely done beer, and perfect for a night by the fire. These kinds of brown ales are rapidly being lost under the influences of more hop-forward examples, so it's nice to see the New England style come out to shine. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

A resuscitated beer, as The Shed brand was purchased from Otter Creek Brewery last year. Expressive from start to finish, more complex than expected. An enjoyable sipper, perhaps a bit too drinkable for its size … brawny at that. Definitely a type of brew most will craver in the cooler months.

STYLE: English Strong Ale
ABV: 7.4%

LOOK: Hazed rusty brown, thin lacing

SMELL: Biscuity, wild berries, yeast, birch sap, faint caramel, estery

TASTE: Medium body, herbal, mineral, buttery, peppery, black berries, earthy, green peppercorn, alcoholic warmth, bread crust, minty, custard, nutty yeast, herbal drying finish

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Photo of LongTrailer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JC333
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KirkFrancis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryanm1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of DrewBest
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted more brown ale savory flavors and less hop flavor. Good beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.