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Pale AlePale Ale

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Mountaineer Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.59%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American style pale ale, brewed with pale and crystal malts and a touch of oats.

Added by WVbeergeek on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by edchicma:
Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow wit ha small initial head, but with great lacing. Smell is slightly faint citrus hops with a definite malt undertone. Taste is a mix of lighthops and understated malt..slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, probably a very good summer choice. Very easy on the drinkability. I'm guessing this is not on the high end of abv range.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle served in a nonic glass. Just recently got a couple of these beer from my distributor in WV to give a try.

Light coppery colored with a golden hue. 1"creamy white head with decent retention leaving several lace curtian down the glass.
Few staggered tiny bubbles constiantly rising.

Very clean fresh aroma,mostly floral with some citrus in the background. Light carmelled maltiness with toasty/nutty aromas.

Very well rounded taste has a nice full taste,tangy with a nutty,toasty lighly carmell malt taste as the aroma would indicate. Clean pleasing lighly bittered finish with a crisp,tart citrusy finish.

Has a light mouthfeel with some cloyingness.
Very refreshing,goes down extremely easy. No doubt a great session beer. A pleasing suprize,it's great to see a very good beer to come from the state of WV.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue with a large foamy off white head leaves behind ueven thick bands of lacing with each sip. Even though the corporate office is located in Maryland I'm proud to see a microbrewed beer produced and bottled in the state. The only production brewery made a nice pale ale with floral and citrus qualities in the nose. A nice caramel malt balance but the citrus hop notes shine. Flavor is balanced with a sugar coated hop quality flowing, between brash vinous green hops and floral spring notes. Biscuit and caramel malts collide with the herbal citrus hop bitterness to make a refreshing and flavorful brew. Mouthfeel wise we're looking at a medium to light bodied offering perfect for quenching thirst and the hophead craving for a West Virginian with limited options. Drinkability is this brews highlights, snapping hop bite with enough mellow malts to make it flow perfectly. No the most in your face but definitely well crafted and has American Pale Ale down to the T.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased from a random gas station in southern WV near Union.

Pours a light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a light biscuit character and mild amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with an indistinct fruit character up front are joined midway through the sip by very light amounts of bready malt that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is by no means a bad beer but it really doesn't have a whole lot going for it. Worth a shot if you're in WV and want to drink local - I'll be looking out for their other beer when I'm up there.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sent by msubulldog25, with an assist from treps. Funny...I've lived in Virginia nine years, and this is my first beer from West Virginia. Never, ever see WV stuff here. So, from treps in WV to Brian in Oregon and back to me in VA. That's beer trading for ya -- thanks guys!

Pours a glaring-white head, about a finger thick, which settles to a soapy skim quickly. Color is quintessential pale ale: a golden/orange-tinted yellow...maybe even "paler" than most, and exhibiting a very light hop haze.

Aroma is not outstanding. But it's different I guess. Mostly floral in nature (no surprises there), but also having a lighter character of boiled veggies, believe it or not, and an almost smoky element to the malt.

Flavor is a balance of toasted grain, grassy hop bitterness (not overwhelming though), a pinch of sulfur, and a faintly fruity edge, especially into the finish, where a peach/pear/green apple character is braided with the grassy hops.

Mouthfeel leans toward the lighter side, but has a nice semi-creamy glide to balance against the tingly carbonation.

This is's probably better on tap at the source, but this bottled version is decent, just nothing stellar. It doesn't do much to shove other APAs out of the way on my must-get-more list, but there's nothing totally out of whack here either. It's just maybe a little timid and unsure of itself.

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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull gold in hue, vaguely hazy; the color is unimpressive and not overly rich. Bright white head, at the apex the foam was a solid one finger tall. Head retention was respectable. Subsequent lacing was a smattering of organized rings. Overall, the appearance is decent and fitting of expectations for an APA.

Modestly hoppy nose; citrus zest and grapefruit mainly with a kiss of pine… very APA-like. Caramelized maltiness further develops the nose and matches what is expected of the style. Hints of ale fruitiness finish the bouquet. While the hops are not thunderous they do provide the aromas desired for the style. Moderate potency; I find the nose to be simple, stylistically sound and inviting.

The first sip was weird… kind of soapy, unbalanced maltiness with a smattering of vegetable. The second sip shows more hoppiness (grapefruit and citrus zest… cheese too), ale fruitiness (apples, berries… grapes?) and lingering nutty/cheesy bitterness. Caramel malts are noticeable throughout; sort of sweet until the finish. The palate has good qualities and it does taste like an APA but there is a certain messiness about it that is distracting. I need cleaner bitterness and/or more vibrate hop flavors to counteract the sweetness. The aftertaste is similar the palate, oddly pleasant. This is a respectable APA but the cheesy-bitter-fruity-sweet vibe is somewhat odd. Odd is okay though…

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is not unusual but it fits this beer well enough.

Easy to drink and more likeable the less I think about it. The beer geek in me is not going to get Mountaineer Pale Ale confused with the best of the style but it is a pleasant quaff. I’d have no problem knocking back a few bottles while grilling some cheeseburgers. WV should be happy to have such a solid APA. Thanks ahatcher78 for my first three WV beers!

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BeerSox
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1st beer from WV.

A thin pearl white head develops after a rather aggressive pour. The hue is a deep golden-amber, with a little bit of haze. Stringy lacing.

Sharp grapefruit aroma, behind some strange dark-fruit-like smell. It's a little sour and smokey. I'm not sure I've ever detected this in a beer before.

The odd aroma makes itself known in the flavor as well, almost rotten tasting. The hops add something to savor for, as they are well done with very sharp citrus notes. The malts give a little bit of a toasty base.

Very odd beer. If it wasn't for that weird aroma/taste, this wouldn't be a bad beer.

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Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: bone white head over a bright golden body falls back to a nice ring

s: subtly resinous tropical hop nose - not bad - over a standard pale malt body, also a weird aroma - not sure whether to call it rotten pineapple or moldy potatoes, perhaps oats out of place in such a light ale?, nothing particularly special here, but it seems to be balanced and well constructed

m: carbonation light-medium, lighter body, a little thin

t: plain pale malt structure, mild citrus juice hops, the same strange aroma comes through a little less here on the tongue - but it's still present, okay

d: not bad I suppose

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here goes folks, my first beer review for BA. Quite honestly, I never pictured myself doing this. But I am a native of West "by God" Virginia, and since this beer comes from the only bottling-brewery in the state, I thought I'd take a whack at it...even though it was 3:12am Eastern when I started writing.

Mountaineer Pale Ale reminds me of Lamar Street Pale Ale, a house brand of Whole Foods, produced by Goose Island that I used to enjoy.

Personally, I don't think they should call this a Pale Ale. To my eyes, shnozz, and palate - this falls somewhere between a Pale Ale and a Pilsner. So I'm not going to review it based on a stringent criteria of how it compares with other Pale Ales. To do that would mean a lower than average review. Instead, let's look at it based on the principle of: "is it any damn good?"

Yes sir, it is.

It pours to a good thick head that gets a little thin, but hangs in there and leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass. The appearance is on the orange side of copper with a slight and desirable haze (again...falling between a Pale Ale and a Pilsner)

Fans of Pale Ale should prepare to have a lighter, more refreshing version of the style. In some ways better suited for summer, but generally good all year round. Both the smell and taste have sweet, lingering notes of tea, which I kind of like.

This is balanced by what I like to call the "Cereal Factor": that wonderful (some say biscuit) characteristic that connects you to the past, reminding you of the origins of beer itself. The very basic essence of what beer is.

I burned myself out on Pale Ale a long time ago when I became a hophead. Couldn't hardly drink the stuff anymore. Got to the point where I was almost exclusively drinking either IPA or Pilsner - one extreme to another (Stouts and Porters being the ones thrown in for good measure).

During the last year, I have come back to Pale Ales and am actually enjoying them more. Even so, I do not buy and enjoy Mountaineer Pale Ale based on that, nor for the Pale Ale profile.

I do it because it's a damn good beer...

...and it's made in my home state!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ahatcher78, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malt and floral hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweet flavors of citrus fruits and caramel to start out. Then a nice burst of floral hops quickly comes in. There’s a heart malt character but it’s not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's nothing fancy but this is a nice beer to drink for the duration of an evening. I could see myself drinking several of these.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwatts for this one he received from decaturstevo:

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a thin off-white head.

The smell is bready, grainy, slightly carmelized, some citric notes.

The taste is grainy/biscuity with a touch of carame and a hint of butterscotch. Mild citrus - could be heftier and still balanced - peeks through. Finishes sweetish.

Smooth in a light side of medium bodied (at most - though not watery).

An easy-drinking, milder interpretation of an APA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderate copper color with a thin white head that dissipates too quickly and leaves behind only a tad bit of lacing. The nose is faintly reminiscent of the fact that at one point someone might have considered adding a hop cone or two to it. In honesty, there is a very, very, very (enough of those) faint presence of light citrus and herbal hops. Malt is there in a bready form, not really lending anything on its own. The taste echoes the nose, and not in a good way. Finish is ever so slightly dry with moderate carbonation. Not something I would have again.

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Photo of weller1js
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly golden yellow with faint cloudiness, average carbonation

smell: mild scent of hops, no other distinguishable aromas

taste: mild clean taste througout the start and middle, hoppy taste does not become apparent until the finish, undertone is clean and does not contain any undertones

drinkability: a basic pale ale, nothing outstanding, but very drinkable and has just enough flavor to make it worth your while

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Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden color. Pours about a 1 and a half finger bubby white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a foamy blanket on your brew to keep it cozy. Some sparse lacing remains.

S: Pine, hint of orange citrus, and a slight indistinguishable sweet note.

T: Lightly malted, very piny. Kind of semi bitter, and a little semi sweet... not like cloying sweet, but just an interesting slight counterbalance sweet.

M: Light body, bitter palette, dry finish.

D: Good however you choose to drink it.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice appearance.... nothing great, but a nice rich golden color and a part bubbly / part foamy head. Nose is really good. Hard for me to place the components, but a very nice balance. Flavor is the same... not transcendental, but very full-flavored and well balanced. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head. Some spots of lace stick tot he glass.

Smell: orange citrus and a hint of fruit sweetness is all you can detect with the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear sweetness, and a floral hop bitterness create a mild flavored APA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp to finish. Pretty short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this mildly refreshing beer is easy to drink but won't blow you away.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a copper color with thin off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mixture of grassy-floral hops, and the flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel is non-exciting, probably due to the low carbonation. This leads to a finish that is at first satisfying, but that quickly fades to stale grass. Not a bad beer, but not nearly as good as a couple others I’ve had from this little start-up brewery.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light copper pale ale with a nice white head that left a decent lacing.

Aroma is a nice balance of malts and citrusy hops, with neither being at all strong. Taste is of pale malt and some hops, with a slightly bitter finish that does not linger.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. I could drink a few of these. Really closer to an English style pale ale than any APA that I have had recently. I know the APA is overdone as only Americans can do and this is actually a welcome change.

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Photo of Rhettbuck
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a copper amber color, light head on the top

Smell - smells like a normal pale ale with a hint of citrus

Taste - pretty disappointing, has a kind of metallic aftertaste, better than a generic pale ale from Bud or Miller, but not on the same level as most smaller breweries

Mouthful - evenly balanced, good

Drinkability - if you like pale ales and you don't want to drink horrible can beer, then it might be a possibility, though i'd recommend getting something better

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Photo of 321jeff
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a finger of soapy white head that fades to a thing layer across the top.

Aroma is of sweet dough and yeast with minimal citrusy hops in the background. Not as hoppy as I prefer, but it's pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is very sweet up front, some breads again and hints of citrus. Finishes with a faint resin bitterness. Honestly, it reminds me more of a Kolsch than an APA with the exception of the slight bitterness in the finish.

Lots of prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel and it's light in body. Goes down smooth overall and would be a nice refreshing choice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle. Blurb on back of bottle describing beer. Brewed with Ahtanum and Tomahawk hops.

Appearance: Pours a clear and dark golden in color with a minamal white head that dissipates very quickly to a sheer lacing topping the beer. Streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Faintly fruity with just a hint of grapefruit rind in the aroma. Very clean.

Taste: Starts with a nice, light caramel maltiness with again, a slight fruitiness before the hops come into play. Has a slight lemon like quality, which I attribute to the Ahtanum hops, with a nice hoppy bitterness showing up in the finish. Not your typical 3 C hops, as there is only a slight citrusy quality. Finishes fairly clean with hints of more caramel and a subtle hoppiness lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin but not watery, plenty of carbonation makes it lively in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Picked this up in Shepherdstown, WV while in town for a wedding and enjoying this right before kickoff of the WVU v. Western Michigan game. Moutaineer Pale Ale is very drinkable. A little unique for a pale ale since it uses two different hops that most don't attribute to the style. Has a light caramel sweetness followed by lemony, slightly grapefruity like hop bitterness. Very easy to drink. Not outstanding but a solid Pale Ale and one I wouldn't hesistate buying again. Would make for a good session beer. Recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber in color with a sizeable head on top. Low aroma-some citrusy and spicy notes but not much in general. Good bitter flavor-grapefruit and citrus flavors. Good body. Has a fairly dry finish. Overall a good pale ale for a brewery I have never heard of. I'd buy this locally for sure.

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Photo of Duff27
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I have ever had anything by Mountaineer Brewing Company... from West Virginia.

A- Medium to dark golden color. Small white head. Minimal lacing.

S- Tried to pinpoint that smell...couldn't...checked other reviews for help...seems I'm not the only one. Some citrus added to the mystery smell.

T- Flower hoppy, more citrus.

M- Crisp. Medium mouthfeel, some "tongue tingles"

D/O- Per it's style, drinkability is high. If given a choice though, I may reach for a different APA 6 pack.

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Photo of rabsten
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass. Orange-tinted golder with good head that didn't stick around for long. Not much lacing either. Nice hop aroma, more on the floral side than citrus or pine - wouldn't have thought Cascasdes at first, but that's what I'm told are in there. Pleasant, though.

Tastes like a fine, middle-of-the-road APA. Nice hop twang at first with mild malt finish. Decently balanced overall. No aftertaste of note. Slightly astringent mouthfeel, yet solidly drinkable.

One of the better options for WV drinkers. I've had this on tap a few times and it's a better beer that way (but I didn't take notes and don't want to review from memory). Glad to see it's available in the southern part of the state now. Bottom line, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa Adam for the brew. I poured this brew into a Sam Adams pint glass and it produced a two finger white head that lasted the length of the brew. The body was a clear golden yellow in color. Aromas of bread yeast and malts with a light hop finish. You get the same from the taste. It was nice and crisp in the mouth with ample hops for a pale ale. This was an enjoyable pale to drink and I would have loved to drink a few of these I am beginning to really like this brewery.

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Pale Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Co.
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