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Pale Ale | Mountaineer Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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
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 supernaut
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I must admit I was drawn in by the label on this beer, the first one I've tried from the "Mountaineer Brewing Company". Being somewhat of a mountaineer (in the modern climbing context that is) myself, I pretty much had to give it a shot.

What a disappointment.

Appearance - average at best. A decent gold color, but an utter lack of frothiness, head, lacing...you name it, and it wasn't there. It looked like it might be decent....for a moment, but then it transitioned into sheer mediocrity. I might have well have poured myself some Miller High Life. To be fair, there was a bit more color in the Mountaineer Pale Ale...but still, really really average.

Smell - again, quite average...yet I start to pick up on something a bit different..a scent (and later, a taste) I haven't been able to pinpoint...but its not helping this beer excite me.

Taste - ok, now here is where its interesting. The initial few seconds of taste is pretty typical. I pick up on what I consider to be relatively generic pale ale flavors...for (the very very brief) first few moments anyway....before quickly transitioning into a dry, dirty, resonating nastiness. I wonder if I'm drinking a spoiled/skunked beer...but then, having had certifiably bad skunk-beer experiences in the past, I can tell that this one is different. It simply tastes bad. I just can't enjoy this beer on even a casual level

mouthfeel/drinkability - refer to the taste description which pretty much says it all....pretty hard to delve into such an off-putting beer experience.

I don't know what it is about this beer, but it really just rubbed me the wrong way. I even had my wife taste it to make sure I wasn't going crazy....and sure enough, she noticed the same thing - A taste she simply described as...a "little strange".

Anyway, I'm gonna have to rank this one pretty low. I honestly can say that I'd rather be drinking a macro, ultra-generic beer right now....

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears transparent and light in orange in color. The head is approximately a half inch thick and leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The aroma has a subtle hop presence with a strange scent emanating from the beer. Uh oh. The flavor is mediocre, with very muted hop and citrus. Overall the beer just tastes a bit off kilter. The finish is rather dry, and leaves an unpleasant vegetal taste on the palate. Not my bag, baby.

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Photo of shivtim
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this at the Gov't conference center in Shepherdstown. Looked ok. A translucent, pale gold. Small orangy/white head.
The nose is off-putting. It has some hops that I can only describe as laced with cigarette smoke. Just a very thick wet tobacco smell. Very odd.
Taste is some gentle green hops. Very mild.
Average mouthfeel and drinkability.
Not recommended.

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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 yourefragile
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, thanks Jeff.

Pours a slightly hazed, sickly straw golden color with steady carbonation supporting a massive, dense fizzy cream colored head.

Aroma is intensely lemony and mildly grassy.

Flavor is less offensive than the aroma and appearance suggest, but still mostly forgettable. Strong bready and grain body with light caramel malt sweetness hides underneath a pungent lemon zest.

Medium bodied with low carbonation; finish is very dry and tangy.

A forgettable APA, but there isn't anything toooo wrong here and this makes for a worthy WV tick.

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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 bonbini26
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -13%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear body with just a hint of gold to it. Tiny white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: So light! Just a hint of steeped grains and a mild citrus character.

Taste: Again, so light! Slight taste of grain with a subtle toffee sweetness. Mild citrusy hops. Medium bitterness. Lightly bitter, watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty embarrassing. Poor West Virginia.

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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 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 billab914
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a slightly hazy amber color with a half inch, frothy white head filling the top of the glass.

The aroma has some moderately sweet, pale, grainy malts to it. Just a bit of citrusy, fruity hops come through as well. Could have used a little more hop presence for an APA to overshadow the pale, sweet malts a little more. At least for my tastes in the style.

The taste also shows a lot of the sweeter, pale malts to it throughout the beer. I get a little fruity hoppiness to it up front with a moderate, dry, grapefruit like bitterness coming out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but didn't stand out in the style either. It could have used a little more hoppiness to help balance out some of the malt sweetness a little more. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by Thorpe429. Thanks buddy. This beer is like a light ale, if such a thing existed. I had this rather late in the evening of heavy drinking, I thought it was unremarkable but unoffensive.

Beer is light amber with a diffuse head of nothing and no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy and dry with minimal malt and some grain.

Beer is thin and watery with some hop flavors, mild graininess on the finish, and overall a bland mouthfeel. The beer is uninteresting. I doubt I'd have it again unless it were the only thing at a party I wanted to get a buzz at.

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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 okay...it'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 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 CharlatanSin
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks boatshoes for the bottle. (I think.) You the man! (Now THAT I know.)

A: Poured into a New Belgium tulip a slightly hazy golden orange. Body looks nice, but little to no head even on an aggressive pour. What little is there leaves a very thin ring.

S: Grainy. Light citrus hops. Not a whole lot going on.

T/M: Pleasant enough, but nothing special. Grain, especially in the finish. Some orange-y hops. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent. I'm trying to figure out more to say, but it's thoroughly middle-of-the-road. Mouthfeel is thin, with pretty low carbonation for the style.

D: A thoroughly average pale ale. I'd go for it in a West Virginia watering hole, but it's not really a beer to show off to your friends.

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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 nick76
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fairly hoppy with both citrus and pine. There is also malt to balance. The appearance is hazy gold with a head that falls fast. The taste is like the aroma with a strong hop presence and enough malt to balance. The palate is smooth from carbonation. Overall a solid APA.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to an 'Oregon Bounty Fresh Hop' pint glass...appropriate as I read the side label and learn that 'generous amounts of Northwest Ahtanum and Tomahawk hops' were used in the making. Special thanks to BA 'trep' for a first taste from both Mountaineer Brewing and the Mountain State.

Below the label's description, an odd slogan that could be interpreted a couple ways: "West Virginia does deserve better beer." Not sure where the emphasis belongs, but the way I read it first seemed more like an apology... :) But let's try it and see...

A: Among the 'paler' of the Pale Ales these eyes have seen: a bright golden, maybe the slightest lean toward 'orange'. Faint hazy fog, not cloudy but enough to distort the view through the pint. Plenty of carbonation, a glass-filling swarm of larger bubbles ascend to a modest 1/2 finger of whitish cream. Thin bands of creamy lace hang askew, partially broken.

S: Pleasant aroma, a flowery/honeyed sweetness, a light biscuity malt. A notable 'oyster cracker' smell that's somewhat dry and flour-y, even a little buttery; unleavened yeast?

T: Greeted upfront by a fine light citrus: orange blossoms, a squeeze of Meyer lemon. Breadiness of biscuits, scones possibly. Lasting flavor that's fruity, but not really 'citrus': it's more like a melon rind, even a little sweet white grape. An innocuous pale that could probably stand more hop 'punch' for most craft beer palates - but actually suits my malt-centric leanings quite nicely.

M: Finer carbonation, creamier than expected, light and airy. The feel seems too slick, the body a little puny. Decent bitterness in the background,

D: A pretty enjoyable brew, truth be told. Though neither aroma or flavor 'wows', it exhibits a good balance in general and refreshes/withholds alcohol well enough to session a couple more. Given the multitude of fine options here in the Northwest, I probably wouldn't seek it out here...but I'd certainly drink it if and when in Appalachia.

Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of JamesS
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a very pale yellow, almost like a macro lager. It did have a nice head and good lacing, though. Very nice smell, a nice hit of hops in it. All right taste, a nice bit of hops an all right bitter after taste, but nothing special. Goes down fine. I would drink it again, but it would not be my first choice for a pale ale.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden blond with slight amber hues. Fluffy two-finger head with decent retention. Smell of light citrus hops, apple juice and perhaps apricot. Caramel malt flavors prevalent. Biscuity and slighty nutty in the finish. Well balanced with herbal hop flavors. Medium body with a very smooth, velvety feel. This one has enough flavor to keep it interesting while remaining very sessionable. Overall a tasty pale ale with some interesting malt flavors and just enough hop presence for my kind.

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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 dmamiano
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time ever drinking on tap so I had to review...
Rather small head, slightly off white with a good lacing going on.
Smelled of slight raw hops and malt. A bit citrusy with bready malts also noticed.
Taste was good. Nie balance between the hops and malt. Good slick mouthfeel.
Had along side a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and this beer held its own.
I actually preferred it.

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Pale Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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