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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%


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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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation when it is held up to a bright light (but appears black when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness and bits of initial malty sweetness. Plums seem to stand out in particular among the flavors of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wouldn’t be a bad beer to sip on a cold day. It definitely lives up to being described as "a rugged brown ale" on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:44:47 | More by metter98
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/19/2012 at The Gridiron Bar & Grill in Warwick, RI served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. The malt character is a bit thin. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other similar beers that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 02:51:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light creamy fizzy 1/3 finger head that rises up on the sides of the glass with some lacing, over murky dark mahogany cranberry reddish brown color.

Nose seems like a robust ale, some slight earthy little herbal bitter like hops, touch grassy, then semi sweet malts, reddish toasty malts, little candy like, caramel, little toffee, light aromatic juicy malt, and just a bit of a darker brownish malt.

Taste starts malty, some darker malts, toasty reddish and some darker brown malts, bit of caramel, toffee, sweet molasses flavors, little creamy. Some hops kick in, little earthy and herbal, slight grassy, slight chewy. It brings a little booze like warmth but just a bit, as well as some light esters from the big booze warmth yeast additions. There is a light creamy caramel almost cocoa like flavor from some darker malt. Finish is still a bit creamy, some interesting tartness in the back end with a bit more bitterness, some more earthy hops, plenty more toffee, candy flavors, and a slight candied apple flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice overall robust winter like ale. I could see downing a few of these while up in the cold mountains, keep me warm and decent flavor, and for what it is it has a big flavor but still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:24:53 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice label.

Don't see enough brown ales out there. Not that I'd really be rushing out to get them anyways.

This is a pretty nice one. Decent body, flavor is bringing something, though it's slightly too tangy. Just a wee bit. Carbonation is a bit too high as well. Overall a pretty good brew. Glad to be able to try something from a new (to me) brewery. Will keep an eye out for more from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 04:56:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dark amber. Modest bar-pour head but it lasts. Lots sticky, spotty lace.

Earthy and dark. Far more malty than hoppy. A bit of chocolate and alcohol to the smell.

Starts with darker malt but, in the swallow is a good dose hop. In short,well balanced. Thin bodied with a level of carbonation above normal. Earthy overall with a low sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 00:47:04 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

definitely one of the better American browns ive come across in awhile. this, from right across the lake in Vermont, is a hopped up version like few ive had. it pours as red as it does brown, especially in the light. its got over an inch off tan head, but the retention is rather poor. still, a creamy rich liquid beckons. the nose is a great balance between sweeter English and American malts, and fresh east coast hops, with mild acidity. a little woody, a little sweet, and a lot yummy. the taste is the best parts of the nose, rich chocolate and caramel malts do their thing, while the beer finished on the bitter end of the spectrum with a wide variety of hop flavors and feels, including pine and sticky ganja. easy drinking for a beer of this alcoholic strength, its fuller in body and the carbonation is pretty good. its got a creamy texture and seems like a nitro tap would make this elite. I like this better than the shed ipa, and I look forward to more of their beers. this is excellent, and its even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 13:27:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger khaki tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Brown hazy color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose, flavor is sweet malty and nutty. Better than the usual brown. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 23:09:10 | More by jdhilt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "A deep Stowe, Vermont heritage, this small batch classic now makes its home in Middlebury, Vermont. Smooth, malty overtones with a pronounced hop finish."; "Born in Stowe, Vermont at the legendary Shed Restaurant & Brewery, moved to Midddlebury to to raise up a family of Vermont ales."; "Unfiltered, Brewed fresh since 1995, established in Stowe, Vermont, a rugged brown ale."

It is early, so I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour that ended up producing some cascading action in the glass. It also produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with burnt orange highlights and just a touch of haze in terms of clarity. Nose had an interesting mix of chocolate malt and minty, evergreen hops. It is Girl Scout cookie season and this made me think of Thin Mints. The lacing that had begun to form was wonderfully sticky. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the chocolate malt was immediate on the tongue with the minty hops following as I breathed in. This was really good, much more than I was expecting and the finish really did have a Thin Mint cookie quality to it. I will be recommending this one to others.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 12:45:54 | More by woodychandler
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: An orangish-brown exit sits a dark ice tea coloring in the glass. Creamy-frothy tan head is an inch high with good standing. Carbonation creeps up along the inner walls at a moderate pace. Lace coverage is about half volume.

S: Roasty dark nuttiness, nice maltiness with some dried tree bark. Some natural tea grind earthiness.

T: Roasty flavor with a fresh nuttiness, dried walnuts and almonds and some caramel toast nut. Earthy tea, dried spruce and some spicy hops with a sweetness of dried honey-toffee. Tea like leave, woody cardamon with a slight hint of dried cypress.

M: creamy, light-medium malt base with a warm nuttiness and tea grinds on the hold. Some presence of carbonation.

O: Overall warm nuttiness with earthy silty tea stands out making this pretty good. decent complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:17:50 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear chestnut body with a thin light beige cap. Modest head retention with a bit of short-lived lacing. Malty aroma, toffee was dominant with fainter brown sugar and nuts. Hints of alcohol, butter, and toast appeared as the beer warmed. Same malty character in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and more pronounced nuttiness. Faint cola, herbal, and alcohol notes towards the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a pleasant beer that drinks easier than the abv would lead you to believe.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:39:32 | More by DrJay
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice looking brew, dark copper red, with walnut brown hints and a real ruby hue. Head is creamy off white and light tan, almost coffee like in appearance. Settles to a good one finger puck and nicely coats and clumps the glass.

Faint biscuit, and chewy walnuts and hazelnut like aromas. Very dense biscuity malts and sweet brown sugar and dough. Almost like a dark cookie. Smells real solid.

Palate coats slightly watery but with plenty of coating action on the palate. Low carbonation with a big mix of toasty malts and nuts. Clean but large finish, and semi-dry. Creamy like sweetness just a bit with the sugar angles kind of buried. A nice mix of floral and faint tea like herbality on this also.

Overall, pretty decent and real easy drinking for 7.4% also.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 22:33:42 | More by smakawhat
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-highlighted brown coloring that looks dark and deep. A thin, sparse, filmy coating on the surface of the beer is all you get for head. Aromas of rich toffee, molasses, and a touch of roasty qualities. Smells very heavy/big, but not overpowering on the nose. Flavors are much more roasted than the nose lets on, with the rich, dark, sweet flavors entering in after the forward punch of earth and roast. Malty profiles overall, with a touch of bitter coffee at the end to draw a bitter close to the palate. Roasty and blended aftertaste, with hints of the dark, earthy sweetness you just tasted, as well as the bitterness that brought everything to a close. Smooth and clean in mouth, with a slight effervescence at the end of the drink. Very easy to drink, with a rich, roasty finish that hangs on just long enough to bring you back for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 00:29:55 | More by GarthDanielson
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, some hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some nuts are present, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:04:50 | More by tone77
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and light chocolate with a hint of earthy hops. Not much of a nose on this one. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate with a touch of earth and mineral water. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick and bubbly mouthfeel. Strong ale is a real stretch for this brew, but at 7.4% I never noticed the abv. This drinks more like a brown ale but even at that its really bland. Nice to try, but I doubt I'd pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:48:29 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 00:01:52 | More by Alieniloquium
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a deep chestnut hue with ruby highlights when backlit. Head is three inches, dense, off-white and creamy. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy, quarter inch cap; textured clusters of lacing adhere to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is somewhat subdued expressing light, toasted malts, a hint of fruit (dates/figs?) and caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose - no aspect really stands out per se but it all coalesces together nicely. There may even be a trace of coffee present in the flavor profile behind the fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, this comes off as a slightly more flavorful brown ale. I think this beer would be quite pleasant on-cask, but I'm afraid it would be dangerously drinkable - the 7.40% abv is very well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:11:02 | More by Jwale73
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. sampled on November 29, 2012

The pour is a handsome looking mahogany brown with a soft, silky beige head and considerable carbonation rising up toward it.

The aroma is sweet and malty up front with a slight earthy hop note on the end. It is subtle yet noticeable and pleasant.

The body is medium to bold.

This is one of those beers that I really like because it moves through several sensations as I drink it. It begins sweet and slightly malty, coats the tongue in a creamy way, and then ends with a low to moderate bitterness which lingers and finishes dry. I had this on tap once in Vermont but the bottle is just as nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:42:12 | More by puboflyons
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Surprised when I poured this out. A dark, hazy brown hue. Mild head. Head leaves only freckles of lacing.

S-Nose is all malt and enticing. Yeast and flat cola with Pumpernickel and molasses. Caramel and a hint of tree bark. The malt ticket is lengthy. Most of all, the specific dimensions of the aroma work well with their counterparts.

T-Caramel and Root Beer with that tree bark again. I think I enjoy the nose more. Powdered cocoa and dried fruit. Figs. A very submissive hop bitterness. Not much describable flavor frm the hops; more just a lingering subtle bitterness.

M-Now that I am focusing specifically on the feel, I can detect the bitterness more. This is decently bitter. It is also syrupy and a bit sticky. Soft bubbles. Mild booze. Decent drinkability.

O/D-A good 6-pack of "Strong Ale". Definitely a hybrid tht balances between styles. I enjoyed this single. Vermont to the rescue!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:28:00 | More by VelvetExtract
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tall, slim pint glass with a dark brown body. Light tan head forms to a size of about two fingers and retains decently but falls to a foamy cloud and ring. Lace starts with some nice patches at the top of the glass and just a few small spots down at the bottom.

S- Nutty malts lead the way to my nose along with some roast, molasses and caramel hints from the grains. Really not a big aroma for any English Strong Ale, stressing to pick it up sometimes. Hints of toffee and dark fruit.

T- A mixture of nuts and raisins starts things off on the palate with notes of caramel and substantial dark fruits right behind them. There is a roast, milk chocolate hint but it is fairly tame as well as hints of spices (sort of like Belgian yeasts). Hops add earthy, floral and a fairly substantial bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

MF- The first thing I noticed about this beer is the silky and creamy feel that the body carries. It is moderately thick, somewhere where it feels great and still doesn't drink too heavily. Carbonation is like silk and at a medium level.

Feels like an English Brown Ale with a slight Belgian influence thrown in there and a decent amount of hops. I would be very interested in what yeast strain they used. Interesting beer for sure and not what I expected going in.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:55:07 | More by cbutova
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers I obtained on an Easter Sunday beer swap.

Dark hazelnut to auburn in color with a thin beige head. Horseshoe shaped retention.

Smells like pumpernickel. Brownie batter peaks out a little as it warms.

Bread crust and orange rind with a swamp hop tea finish. Burnt brownie edges emerge after it's been sitting in my glass awhile. A 7.4% it's a big brown and it's got a big brown body. Full and creamy and just plain thicker than most browns.

Toasty and tea-like like a Northern English brown but big and full like an American brown. Neat genre straddler but not something I'd buy again. Or buy in the first place technically.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 20:59:02 | More by donkeyrunner
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body and gave a light yet creamy, one finger, white foamy head that lasted for about a minute before gently dieing into the body. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some lacing lightly speckled the sides of the glass.

S: robust coffee flavorings up front combined nicely with some caramels and malts. Some light coffee came out as the beer warmed.

T: took these flavorings and added a nice warming sweetness, perhaps the alcohol came out a bit.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, really smooth all around. A semi-dry aftertaste came out just a bit. Drinkable - slightly.

O: this was pretty good. This would be nice on a cold crisp fall afternoon or even take it into the long winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 18:32:43 | More by BeerKangaroo
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3/7/13

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:14:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty desent beer here in all catagories. It has a nice looking appearance with a brownish amber. The head is small though and there is no carbs. Aroma is nutty malts and biscuit malts though the nose doesn't jump out at you. Still not bad. Taste is all malts. Rich and sweet with a nuttiness too. In the aftertaste it sweetens up a bit. I don't notice much hops in the taste. It is semi dry and slightly bitter in the aftertaste.
All in all a good beer but not one I'd care to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 14:29:35 | More by micromaniac129
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, copper shimmer, finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: very mild malt, toffee, nutty

T: nutty, caramel, toffee, biscuit malt, mild roasted finish

M: med body, mild bubbly mouth

O: Nice beer, would buy again. Great to see this new brewery
make a name for it's self.

PRETTY GOOD, GIVE IT A TRY!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:34:07 | More by BeerLover99
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Otter Creek. Pours opaque dark brown with a good sized cream colored head. Solid retention and excellent lacing; very nice overall appearance. Aroma is quite malty and sweet, somewhat toasty, with light fruitiness, brown sugar, and very faint herbal hops.

Flavor is again on the sweet side, with caramel and brown sugar, toasted, slightly nutty malt, distant fruity and herbal hops that really only emerge as a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite dry despite the initial sweet flavor. Hint of booze in the finish as well.

Medium body and carbonation; feels smooth and has a little heft to it. Average drinkability. Tasty but not super exciting; a little one dimensional, perhaps.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 04:08:28 | More by tobelerone
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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.