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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of ithacabaron


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:29:45 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of DCav

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-04-2013 02:43:48 | More by DCav
Photo of brewtus


3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber. Had it on tap at JAX right off Killington mountial. Tastes great, a boarder line American Pale ale but had a hint of dark Belgian after taste. I had never never heard of this brewery before coming to VT but this was a great ale and I'd love to try some of their happier offerings

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 01:55:38 | More by brewtus
Photo of nafredet1


4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-02-2013 19:06:46 | More by nafredet1
Photo of fdig23


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-31-2012 16:48:56 | More by fdig23
Photo of tpauer

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-31-2012 01:13:41 | More by tpauer
Photo of genovm

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-28-2012 23:10:34 | More by genovm
Photo of Beermaine


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-28-2012 02:17:26 | More by Beermaine
Photo of msondel


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-23-2012 21:39:17 | More by msondel
Photo of noremac423

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-23-2012 15:39:51 | More by noremac423
Photo of Orange


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-23-2012 06:39:03 | More by Orange
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-21-2012 00:04:39 | More by rcatalano
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of DLS168


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-14-2012 18:11:44 | More by DLS168
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original beer recipe designed by Shaun Hill from Hill Farmstead.

Poured into my Tired Hands stemmed glass. Deep ruby brown color with finger worth of tan, frothy head. Head drops down to some bubbly lace. Attractive brown ale, but I have seen better.

The aroma is familiar, but hard to pin down where I've smelled this before. Notes of brown bread, herbal hops, cherry cordial (yum!) and candied ginger, with a mostly lightly sweet malty aroma dominating this beer. It's a robust aroma and certainly fits their designation of this beer as a "Rugged Brown Ale." It's not very hoppy, but it's not one-dimensional either. Good. I like this complex malt aroma.

Flavor is full of rich, delicious rich malt notes and only a balancing bitterness in the finish. This dark brown ale shows no flavor of chocolate or coffee or any other roasted flavor, but what we do get is sweet notes of plum pudding, dark fruits, and brown sugar.

Carbonation is spot on and it has a medium to heavy body. Not overly sharp or effervescent, and enough carbonation to lighten up this 7.4% alcohol beer.

I found this brown ale to have a very unique character in the flavor and aroma. I'm not completely blown away by this beer, but I would buy this beer again and certainly would recommend this over some (most) of the other duller brown ales out there. Better example of an American Brown Ale than most.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:44:34 | More by MusicaleMike
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-14-2012 02:14:04 | More by jackrodgers77
Photo of jeanphony

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-08-2012 01:30:25 | More by jeanphony
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1/5  rDev -73%

12-05-2012 00:56:31 | More by Granny
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-04-2012 14:40:25 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of BeerLover99


3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:34:07 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of horshack7


4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a dark beige head one inch high.

Aroma: Figs, dark fruits, molasses, brown bread, raisins, grape notes. Lots of malty sweetness.

Taste: Quite a malty sweetness in front. Raisins, dark fruits all through it. Very bready and chewy, molasses mild traces of brown sugar.

Notes: A very large malty backbone but still very smooth and drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:24:49 | More by horshack7
Photo of Chas58

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: This beer pours a brownish red, with a thinness that is initially unappealing. It tends to settle into a more full looking brown. The head is active with a full two fingers of a loose brownish appearance. It tends to dissipate fairly quickly with a lacing on the glass and a persistent small head remaining through half of the glass.

Smell: The only description i can find, because very little jumps out at me is a normal malty brown ale. The smell is very non-descript, little hop nose, and only a slight hint of maltiness.

Taste: The taste is unremarkable, with a limited amount of maltiness and a slight hop bite. The overall taste is good, but nothing that sticks with you. Very limited hint of alcohol, and for a 7%, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: A slight malty stickiness remains after the moderate carbonation that bites at the tongue.

Overall: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this brown ale, and if it was available, I would drink it, but it is not memorable and does not warrant going out of the way to find. Otter Creek taking over The Shed brewery, may have made this more mainstream, but it is just OK.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2012 23:23:15 | More by Chas58
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +10%
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
Photo of Proclarush


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-29-2012 22:02:14 | More by Proclarush
Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.