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%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
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 Trent
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and is too dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty with flavors of grain and has ever so subtle hints of caramel and sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty, but doesn't have much in the way of interesting flavors from them.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of marcb105
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ROBSTARR
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CaeserTits
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jkrich
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle. This red ale is actually more brownish-red with a murky appearance. A fluffy and slightly off-white head quickly dissipated leaving plenty of lacing.

The aroma was perfumy sweet with a strong, fruity almost wine like quality; no hop aroma detected.

The flavor begins with a slightly sour and sweet flavor with faint hints of molasses. A very slight hoppiness teases the palate. The taste has a slight candy flavor with an almost puckering sourness lingering in the mouth; not altogether unpleasant, but distracting.

The mouthfeel is decent with a light and soft feel on the palate with restrained carbonation.

This amber was just okay. I believe the ale is not the freshest and lost its hop profile. I would like to have a fresher bottle or even better, on tap.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep caramel color with a creamy and bubbly head. Big and rich head to being with and dissipated but maintained a quarter of an inch throughout.

S - Sweet caramel and malty notes.

T - Sweet and malty with a crisp and nicely balanced bitter finish.

O - This is my favorite from MPBC and I remember this being one of my gateway microbrews at Mountain Town in MP circa 2003. Try this brew!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a big malty and chalky mess. It isn't pleasant to drink. And the only interesting factors about it are the ones that are completely turning me off to this beer. I had high hopes that this might be the saving grace after some disappointing beers from this brewery, but it was not meant to be it seems.

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Cow Catcher Red Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
3.5 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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