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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SupremePie, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ScaryEd, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of SaintClock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

SaintClock, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Boone757, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jongullotti, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of rjvanston
2/5  rDev -46.1%

rjvanston, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Willytee3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Willytee3, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

AOShabaz, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of goldenM13
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

goldenM13, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

CurtFromHershey, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

jdhilt, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle

A: Dark brown color with some ruby red tinges coming through in the light. One finger head that died rather quickly into a little ring. Moderate lacing.

S: Nutty perhaps toffee like smell. If you really search in the smell you can find the booze but its pretty undetectable.

T: Nutty flavors typical of a Northern English brown ale. Mild hop bitterness in the beginning of the sip but it finishes with nice toasty malts. Caramel and toffee are slightly evident but far less present then the nutty backbone of the beer. Alcohol is masked very well and is barely noticeable after the first couple sips.

M: Nice body to it. Not too thin and a nice feel going down.

O: Third time I've had this beer now. They were all given to me as gifts. Its a pretty good beer. Nothing that astounded me or made me want to go out and get some but the experience was enjoyable and memorable.

Haydn-Juby, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from my local bar as part of a beer incentive program with a pilsner style glass.

This beer was a very cloudy brown with a decent amount of foam. Off the top I pick up a decent amount of malt from this beer. The hopping was kind of light.

This is more like an English Brown, than an English Strong. The flavor was more muted than you would expect. The flavor on this one is deceptive compared to the ABV.

ummswimmin, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sailracer, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JessicaLeigh, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

flyingmick, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mattparsons, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bigfnjoe, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

BigJohnny, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

smcolw, Feb 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JohnK17, Jan 31, 2013
Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.