Mustang Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.26 | pDev: 18.1%
Mustang Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of TH28
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: deep golden orange, mostly clear with a very thin off white head. Almost pours still Aroma: Caramel malt, and only a very light herbal and pine hop notes. Taste: Caramel malt with some toast, a bit of oxidation, and a sharp bitterness with only a faint touch of citrus rind Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very light carbonation Finish: Astringent bitterness lingers with a touch of Toasted malt Overall: Unimpressive take on an American Pale Ale. Strong malt character and lack of hop flavor and aroma makes it seem more like an English pale ale. Really low carbonation, and a nonexistent hop character outside of straight bitterness

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.37/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Dark gold but fairly clear. Good amount of visible carbonation and a thin off-white head that fades quickly. Certainly darker than expected for an APA – more like an Oktoberfest.

S: Resin and grassy hops under toasted malts with a good bit of toffee sweetness. Again, reminiscent of an Oktoberfest.

T: Mild grassy and resin hops, more toasted malts again with more toffee and light bits of caramel. Light grassy hop bitterness with fading malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium-bodied overall, but a heavy body for the listed style. Low alcohol presence, and carbonation sensation a bit on the low side for style.

O: If you told me this was a Marzen or an Oktoberfest, I would say it was passable. As an APA, it’s an absolute abject failure. It’s nearly balanced (but a bit heavier on the malt) with minimal dry hopping, or hop flavors or aromas. Really would recommend avoiding if you’re looking for an APA. Scores given are to style. My guess would be a rating of 3.0/5 overall.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a plastic cup at a AA baseball game. Amber color with a fingernail head that slowly recedes and doesn't leave lacing (due to the plastic up). Odd nose of metal and bitter hops. Taste is a surprisingly malty body with a twinge of bitterness and an earthy finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation with a slight note of booze as it warms. It actually hides the ABV decently.
I primarily got the beer since I don't really see any of Hanson's beers normally. It's name is gimmicky and cringe-worthy, but effectively grabs attention. It was drinkable but under-hopped for an APA. It's fine for a non-macro ball park beer, but I'm probably not getting it again.
Update: The only rating that changed is look and smell so here is the updated look/smell section: On tap and poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with a short head that leaves two inches of lacing at the top of the glass. Metallic and sweet malt nose with no trace of hops.

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Photo of Pencible
2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like sweet bready malt, with a hint of copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet bready malt, with a hint of copper hops. It had a dirty aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a bit of carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was not a very good beer, even for a mail order pale ale. Everything about it was wrong. Poorly done, Hanson. Nearly a drain pour.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was curious enough about this to try it, as I've heard for a long time now that the Hanson brothers are craft beer fans even before they developed their own beer. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear amber/copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface. A fizzy white head that's about an inch thick when first poured before quickly dissipating to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some cluster spots of foam dotting the surface here and there. Aromas of beady, sweet caramel malts along with some spice notes and an astringent hop aroma and some earthy and spice notes too. The taste is pretty much the same, with some nice bready, caramel malty sweetness with hints of molasses that gives way to some earth and spice notes and some nut brown roastedness along with a subtle, slight astringent, pine and citrus hop presence. The hop presence is nicely refined here. Has a somewhat crisp, fairly smooth, slightly chewy and syrupy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good beer all around.


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Photo of Chico1985
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Yep, here it is, ladies and gentlemen, a beer from, and I quote: "the guys that invented mmmbop". I will judge this beer just like one that wasn't though, I swear.

A - 12oz poured to vintage Grimace glass. Color is a straight-up translucent reddish amber, off-white head. A mostly full cap and thick remain at the end, a few lace spots left.

S - Scent, not a very pleasant one. It is more or less straight malt, and not in a good way. Just kinda faintly getting mineral, grains, a touch of metal? The slightest bit of buttered bread and citrus fruit back there.

T - Taste thankfully is an improvement. Dominant herbal hop and a bit of citrus, but certainly not hop-centric overall. Big red malts and caramel, definitely reminiscent of an ESB to me. Bit of toast on the finish. Pretty muted on the whole but not unpleasant.

M - The highlight, pretty smooth, light body for the ABV, carbonation a bit on the high side, Honestly hard to believe this is 7.5%. Would probably guess this is barely above 5%.

O - Well definitely confused as a pale ale, not all bad but pretty bland. Really quite a misleading name as the most prevalent thing going on here is malt, which is not particularly impressive either. Seems very obviously a marketing-first kind of beer with indifference towards the actual product inside.

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Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > tulip glass
A - Slightly hazed amber with half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt, slightly astringent hop aroma, odd.
T - Sweet caramel malt, even a little roasty, barely any hop presence, more of an amber or brown ale feel.
M - Easily drinkable, but kinda sticky
O - Not a Pale ale, more on an english pale side, but that's even a stretch. This is an American Amber at best.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I really bought this beer for the novelty aspect. But I've had much better Pale Ales - Dales Pale Ale comes to mind. Not that it's a bad beer, but it just wasn't what I was expecting for something with the word Hops in the name. The presence of hop flavors is low. The malt however is high, and I'm just a fan of malty beers.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.75. Damning with faint praise? Not necessarily. The Hanson brothers have brewed what they like and Mustang Brewing did a fine job delivering an easy drinking and accessible ale. People are rating this beer poorly because the name promises "hops" but the beer is really more balanced and malt heavy (which is also out of vogue). Lighten up, its just a name. Also this beer ignores the trend toward highly attenuated and PNW citrus and pine hop oriented IBU warheads. Earthy, spicy hops played in balance with strong malt flavors, ample residual sweetness and ale yeast that contributes some detectable flavor. What a concept. This beer is a bit of a throwback to the 1990's interpretation of ESB and Pale Ales. (Before the Hansons were of legal age to purchase or manufacture. Hmmm.) Now, on to the review.

Pours out to a permanent and mildly lacy buff head and hazy orange copper color. Aroma is malt dominant with caramel and toasty malt, some slight fruity esters from an assertive and very British ale yeast and spicy/earthy hop undertones. Flavor delivers on the malt aroma with a sweet malt front, pecan-like middle and a fruity and bittersweet subtle hop finish. Mouthfeel is big for the style with a sugary fullness and alcoholic warmth from the 7%ish abv. Overall a malty, tasty, very un-trendy pale ale in my opinion, more of a traditional ESB on the high end of the gravity scale.

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Photo of 22Blue
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste is artificial citrus and malt. Just didn't find anything exciting here.

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Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hops, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, poor appearance, weak aroma, weak body, and poor blend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of threephase
3/5  rDev -8%

Had it at the Disney Food and Wine Festival.... With a name like Mmmmhops you would think it would have a bit more than a hop character to it. Tastes more like an Amber than a Pale; notes of toffee, caramel.... A bit on the sweet side...
Mediocre (at best) band.... Mediocre beer

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Photo of tronester
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a thin, creamy off-white head. Aromas of toffee, and a hint of citrus peel. Taste begins with some spicy black pepper, then toasted oatmeal. After that is a bit of citrus peel. The finish is of very ripe apricots with some clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and smooth. Overall a good pale ale, that tastes more like an amber to me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Sweet caramel with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of jeagleton
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

If you don't like the flavor of IPAs but want to drink them anyways, this is the beer for you. Super malty--hits the mouth like a bottle of soy sauce. I tried it a few times and it's OK.But if I can only drink Oklahoma beers, I'll stick with my Prairie and my Coop f5 and my Marshall.

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Photo of bmwats
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Amber hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, whitish head. Settles slowly, leaving behind some dry residue as it does. Pervasive lacing.

S: Hops, honey, nuts, and dish soap.

T: Hops, rubbing alcohol, cotton candy.

M: Lightly hoppy, synthetic sweetness, rubbing alcohol finish... that sadly, lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable... if you can finish it.

Atmosphere is nice. Lots of effervescence, great head, and persistent lacing. Nose is hoppy with sweet and nutty components and a distinct odor of soap. Bitter and synthetically sweet with a really off-putting finish. Overall, this is a fair quaff.

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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 90 ratings