Cow Catcher Red Ale | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
mountaintownbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Trasher
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of all the beers this company produces this one meets all my critera for a great Red Ale. Full malty flavor with a hint of hop. Color, nose, flavor and carbonation are right on the money. I actually like the bottle version of this beer over the draft. This is a keeper.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed six pack today, I have had it at the casino before and liked it, so lets see how it goes this time around. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice amber red color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left some nice lacing.

S- The malts stick out the most in this brew, mainly caramel. There is also a good amount of hops at the end imparting a nice earthy aroma.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but the hops have a much larger presence. The taste starts off bready and full of sweet malts, then the hops kick in with a nice grassy earthy bitter finish. I love the balance between the malts and the hops in this beer, hoppier then you would expect, but it works with this brew.

M- Medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- I find this beer very drinkable. In the past I have had no problems putting down a couple pints at the casino. If I had another one I would drink it.

Overall I thought this was a real nice red ale. This beer is pretty hoppy for a red, but the malts keep the hops in check nicely making this beer pretty balanced. This is one of the best I have had in its style and from the brewery. I wish more brewery's would acknowledge this style, you don't see very many note worthy reds. Good job Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company.

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Photo of CaeserTits
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Chestnut with a slight haze under a 3” root beer float quality foam cap that persists and leaves thick lace.
S: Lightly kilned fresh malt aromas. Not much hop aroma.
T: Attacks with pale malt and then darker sweeter malts enter. Spice in the middle with a hint of cola with a lingering hop bitter finish.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: Very rich, creamy texture makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark amber color pour with a medium sized foamy white head , lots of spotty lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma is of piny hops earthy dark caramel malt , fruity yeast estersand some hints of dried grain . Flavor starts with the same piny, spicy hops with a nice caramel,toffee malt background , fruity yeast notes like apple skins or something. nice balance as promised , nice level of bitterness, long bitter sweet finish , medium body with a smooth mouthfeel , a good sessionable easy drinker . Nice all around beer .

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists."

--Joan Gussow

Bright ferric oxide orange when backlit with weak December sunshine. The pale caramel colored crown is small despite an increasingly elevated pour. It's creamy enough and is beginning to lay down a decent looking band of feathery lace. Edit: it looks better later.

The nose deserves an above average score because it's classic for the style. It smells sweetish (not hoppy) and is 'red' in some indefinable way. Toasted and caramel malts share the spotlight. This might be the best MPBC beer yet.

Cow Catcher Red Ale is pretty good stuff considering what else I've had from these guys. Like the nose, the flavor really couldn't belong to a beer of any other style. It's probably a little sweeter than some reds, but there's plenty of bitterness for contrast. As the ounces continue to disappear... this is 4.0 beer without a doubt.

Flavors include toasted bread with a thin layer of melted caramel and a thick layer of fruit marmalade. I'm tempted to say cherries, but it may be that the color-flavor association of 'red' is now in my head. Orange peel for sure, though I seriously doubt it was added. Regarding hops... tastes like Tettnang and/or Goldings.

The mouthfeel *barely* fails to keep pace. On second thought, it's just fine for the style. It's much closer to medium than light, and the somewhat zippy carbonation adds a mouth energy that keeps things lively.

Even without tasting the entire lineup, there's no doubt in my mind that Cow Catcher Red Ale is Mt. Pleasant's best beer. With the brewery's train theme in mind, here's hoping this one keeps steaming down the tracks for many years to come.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice head, followed by a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Citrusy hops, caramel scents.

T: Bready, grain flavors. Citrus/grapefruit hops. Followed by bitterness.

M: Carbonated pretty well. Easy enough to drink.

Overall: A decent beer, though there aren't as much hops up front to make up for the bitterness this beer brings. I'd definitely try it again if I were at the brewery, but I'm not going to go out and seek six packs of this.

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Photo of sholland119
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one through the generosity of witbier, who brought one back just because he's a nice guy. Thanks, Zeke!

A-Wow is this carbonated! A gentle pour into a tilted glass still raises a foamy three inch head. Settles ok. A bit more peach than amber or red in appearance.

S-Biscuit malt with a yeasty zing in the back. Some nice hop presence but in keeping with the style.

T-Very nice. Solid malt backbone with a pleasant sweetness. Some hop bite in the finish. A very nice flavor.

M-Medium bodied and somewhat overcarbonated.

D-A nice drinkable amber ale. Other than the carbonation issue, this is quite tasty.

HV

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Photo of jmich24
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber red color. One finger head dissipates fast. Nice lacing.
S: Way hoppier than expected , getting some carmel malts smells well balanced.
T: Nice well balanced beer. Not your average "Killians Red Beer" Very hoppy in a great way. Bready yeast and carmel nutty malts.
M: Mouthfeel was just okay for me, a bit thin.
D: Nice drinkability, easily finished a few pints.

I tried this on whim because It was on special for $1.25 a pint. Very solid alternative to the BMC choices at the local Casino. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out into a red amber body with a two finger white head that quickly disappears leaving little retention and lacing. The caramel stands out in the nose along with a hint of hops. The taste starts out with bread and caramel and finishes off with some orange and grapefruit in the hops. A nice lite to medium body that has good carbonation and is easy to drink. This beer is a little watery and smooth, but leaves the mouth slightly dry. Overall, a pretty good beer that I can enjoy from time to time.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cow Catcher Red Ale is a copper/amber color. It’s definitely hazy, and has a bit of a crimson look when held to light. A vanilla colored head caps it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s relatively slow to recede, and leaves a web of sticky lace in its wake. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It definitely has a strong, sweet caramel malt base. Caramel/toffee scents are abundant. Some light toasted malts are also in the mix. This is definitely a maltier red ale. There are some light hop notes. They smell mostly earthy or floral. Alcohol is very light. Not very noticeable at all. It’s simple and straight forward, but smells pretty good.

The flavor is quite good. It definitely has a strong malt backbone. It’s a mix of caramel and toasted malts. Caramel seem to be the stronger. It does have a nice sweet flavor that plays well off its toasted counterpart. Hops are more noticeable here. They have a light citric orange flavor, in addition to a few floral notes. It’s a tad bitter, but is pretty well balanced. I don’t think the hop averse will be offended by this one. Alcohol is mixed well. Finishes sweet with a hint of hop bitterness.

Cow Catcher Red Ale has a light medium body. Carbonation feels active and maybe a tad buzzy. It’s not smooth, but it goes down pretty easy nonetheless. I could handle two or three of these. Not bad at all.

This is my first beer from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company. I’m pretty impressed. It’s a straight forward Red Ale that’s big on malts, but features just enough hops to keep things interesting. That approach works well for this one. I suppose you could always throw in more hops and perhaps make it more interesting. But, it really is good as it is. Check it out.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/piney hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/piney hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cates1tg
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bcuz7
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of entenduintransit
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer appears a dark orange/copper color. A bit of creamy white head lays atop the brew leaving a bit of lacing behind. The head doesn't really stick around too long.

S- A bit hoppy, but the malts seems to take most of the aroma. A bit bready, but also a generous dose of sweet malts. Aroma is well-balanced but there's not really much to it.

T- Similar to the aroma but the hops seem to show up just a bit more. Sort of bready right at the beginning balanced out with a sweet malt/hoppy combination. Once again, well-balanced but the flavors don't really seem to jump out at you.

M- Nice medium-light body with adequate amounts of carbonation.

D- Really drinkable. Lower ABV and lighter body makes it an easy quaffer.

If it had a bit more flavor and aroma to it this beer would easily be a great beer just because of the balance in it. But for now, it's just good.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a thin white head

S - Caramel malt backbone with a stronger hop presence than I anticipated from a red

T - The hops take over the flavor much more than the nose would suggest. It's fairly well balanced until the finish, when a bit of a strange "off" taste is left on the palate

M - Medium bodied with a pleasantly (no pun intended) moderate level of carbonation

O - This is a pretty solid red. I could certainly drink it again, but it doesn't stand out as something I would go out of my way to get.

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Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a nice white foam head that sticks around for a few sips. The smell wasn't huge but still inviting, some hoppy tones, a bit of malt, and some sweetness. The beer starts with a slight malt flavor, moves to a nice hop finish with a combination of the two lingering in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is closer to a medium feel, has a nice balance in flavor and is enjoyable. This beer has enough flavor to satiate but isn't packing the layers in. An enjoyable beer, not something I would run out to find, but a good beer nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
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