Cold Trail Ale | Mountain State Brewing Co.

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Cold Trail AleCold Trail Ale

Brewed by:
Mountain State Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An easy-drinking American Blonde beer, the grist bill includes a healthy dose of oats and wheat. Light in body, this beer is the perfect finish to any day's activity.

Added by WVbeergeek on 10-10-2005

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by TheNightwatchman:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Photo of rockidr4
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is plain and simple, a really good beer. It's pretty light on flavor, but that's okay. You don't expect an IPA when you drink a blonde ale. If you do, stop drinking blonde ales, you will be disappointed when you get something that is a blonde ale. Don't get my wrong though, this isn't a macro brew, completely devoid of flavor.

It's got a sort of woody flavor to it. Sort of like the smell of cedar. It's got a pretty smooth mouth feel, not too harsh. It has a good after taste, not disimilar to the flavor it has while it's in your mouth, which is appreciated.

I'm really not doing this beer justice. Here... let me try putting this a different way. You know how bottled water tastes like nothing? That'll be our macro brews. You know how town water can be rich in flavor, not necessarily good? That'll be a beer that's just too harsh, or too... something. You know how water from the tap in a rural home has a clean refreshing flavor? That's this beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - The body is golden in color with straw highlights. There is less than an inch of white head on top.

S - The aroma is fruity with berry coming to mind. It reminds me of a fruit, wheat ale.

T - The taste is light and fruity.

M - Moderate

O - This is way better than I expected. It is enjoyable to drink and easy going down.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
4.68/5  rDev +34.5%

I have been to Mountain State Brewing Company about 4 times now and the Cold Trail Ale they serve is my absolute favorite. This beer exemplifies what an ale should be...light-bodied, drinkable and an excellent taste through and through. I can't wait to go back to Maryland to drink a few more of these. Simply love it!!

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can from WV.
Pours with a moderate white head.
Mild but complex aroma and flavor. Yeast, hops and grains all on display with a pervasive light spiciness.

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Photo of Mtooman
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeyjoey104
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jeffgalat
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drinking12many
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of bamojr
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very clean beer. It pours a very light see through amber with almost no head. I got a lot of citrus in the nose and some coriander in the background. The flavor followed the aroma in being very fruity crisp and a fair amount of coriander. It had a slight bitterness to it, but I think the place I had it at just had it a bit too cold. Very light brew that is not usually my style but a respectable beer I would recommend for folks who like Belgium whites.

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Photo of dgboyer
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BigAl18
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of caburdette51
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhammer616
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dexterk1
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, some lemons. Taste is of biscuit malts, light lemons, a touch of wheat, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good summertime thirst quencher.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Pale orange body color, slightly hazy in appearance, with a touch of clarity. Head creation is barely two fingers, with a quick dissolve, and a simple thin puck and collar of white.

Aroma is pretty non existent of anything. Faint touches of a little bit of citrus and lemon, and not much really else.

Palate pretty much continues this trend. Neutral malt presence with some decent depth but little flavor. Slightly weak grains, almost flour like in the malt bill, but not quite. Not much defining character here at all.

Not always the biggest fan of this style, and here it's just not even getting any semblance of quality going on. Not with a fault, but just bland and boring with nothing going on.

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Photo of marshmarsh
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - dark honey in color, one finger head is white and stable. Appears to be a lot of carbonation.

s - citrus and grainy. Snow smell?

t - it has a wonderful sweetness to it, like syrup at first. Hints of lemon rind and honey Ends in a well balanced hop flavor.

m - high carbonation, creamy in mouth, but a little acidic on the after taste.

o - A nice beer, one probably better suited for the winter than the middle of the summer, but I like the flavor profile.

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Photo of Wrinker712
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DES8888
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Murky gold pour with white foam which disappeared quickly; very little lace. Wheaty aroma. Tastes like Chex cereal. Lite, watery mouthfeel and semi sweet Corn Flakes tongue coating. Minerally linger doesn't help...

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Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Cold Trail Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 95 ratings