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Crazy Mountain Amber Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Crazy Mountain Amber AleCrazy Mountain Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 207
Photo of SamN
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mildy hazy, dark honey-amber color. Nice finger-and-a-half head of lusciously thick head with sticky-looking lacing. Smell is inviting enough; nothing overwhelming, but straightforward amber ale aromas. Some sweeter honey like aromas, mildly grassy hops. Exactly what you want in the aroma from an amber ale. Tastes showcase a touch of spicy hops, while still being very mild and subtle. Malts here are second -fiddle to the hops, but overall tastes are subdued almost to a fault, so while the hops are more present than I expected, nothing here really stands out. Touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish with a lingering oily bite.

A bit underwhelming, honestly, but nothing offensive. Love the bottle art Crazy Mountain is doing (combined Colorado animals; this beer's creature is "Seamus", a combo of an owl, a mule deer and a bobcat. Very creative and unique!) I never expect much from an amber, and this beer doesn't change anything or break new ground, but a totally decent amber ale otherwise. Easily sessionable with more character than a faceless corporate beer.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours an amberish color. The head wasn't extremely thick, but is very frothy. The nose is has a hoppiness to it - it smeels a bit grapefruity. The taste is bitter from the hops. It is watery feeling, but the hops are the main attraction. Not too citrusy tasting.

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Photo of akolb
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Your typical amber ale in appearance. Aroma has mild caramel, bread, yeast, and honey. The taste is very mellow, with honey malts and a bit of floral spice. A little thin bodied. An interesting earthy amber. Pretty good and a nice change from the usual.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a good amber, nothing fancy but a solid beer. Obviously they make a lot more interesting beers than this, but I was in the mood for something along these lines. Not quite as malty as some ambers but definitely not a pale. Good on a nice spring or fall day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz. can sampled on September 19, 2015. I bought thjuis on clearance so it it likely on the old side.

Attractive amber pour with a big off-white head and good clarity.

The aroma has a kind of grape and wine note to it but that may be due to the fact that it is several months old. Otherwise I get some thin malts and floral, grassy hops.

Body is medium and smooth.

The taste is more malt forward with a grassy hop finale. This might have tasted better in January.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malt is sweet and chewy, like toffee, but isn't overbearing. The hops deliver, but in subtle ways. The label doesn't lie when it boasts that this Amber is floral and hoppy without being bitter.

Kinda underrated on here at a 3 and a half... I want more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a copper golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a caramel smell with a good showing of a bready and molasses smell accompanying it. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of a floral and grassy smell along with a tiny bit of earth.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested with a big sweet caramel and doughty taste mixed with just a hint of a grassy hop. The sweet remains strong throughout with the hop growing stronger and stronger as the taste advances all while a bit of a floral and earthy hop comes to the tongue. In the end, with all the flavors transitions that have occurred, one is left with a rather sweet, but lightly hopped amber taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thicknes, with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. A little thicker body, in conjunction with the lower carbonation, may have been slightly better for the malt and light hop, but overall the feel was pretty good overall.

Overall – A decent amber ale with a nice easy drinking abv at only 5.25%. Not a bad brew and one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking amber color with a one finger semi-thick foamy white head that dissipated nicely.
The smell had a nice roasty caramel tones over some light nutty aspects. Light floral tones back up decently.
The taste was moderately sweet through the caramel tones, nutty aspects help to balance.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as an Amber.
Overall, I say this was a decent amber ale that I'd have again.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and feel, but otherwise mostly malt, malt, malt.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No head despite aggressive pour and no lacing after first sip. Looks like dark apple juice in the glass. Smells like the inside of a shop vac and tastes like wet leaves. Mouthfeel is flat with little bite. Poor.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy bronze orange body under a 3” light linen colored lacy foam cap, dissipates to a thick film.
Smell: light grains, some crystal malt and some freshly kilned malt aromas. Some fruit. Hop aromas are low.
Taste: Starts with a slight malty fruity sweetness and then almost immediately dries out and becomes a touch grassy/herbal astringency in the finish with a hint of tart. The fresh malt flavors linger. Hop bitterness is above average but not mind blowing. Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, medium body and carbonation.
Overall: Drinkable, bigger than many ambers but still approachable.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pleasant amber with minimal head and negligible effervescence. Smells of bread, some grains, barely toasted malts and a good amount of floral hops (though rather subdued). Tastes sweet malt forward, pleasant floral hops, biscuit, caramel, no bitterness/hop bite. Mouthfeel was very light almost to the point of being watery (I thought that the can had a leak as it was so flat – but the entire pack was like this). Easy drinking, clean finish.

Overall, the taste was good, the mouth feel was not – just seemed to lack body/texture. It just didn’t feel right. . . I wouldn’t purchase this again (though I wouldn’t turn it down if offered to me at a picnic).

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of biscuit, toasted, and caramel malts, with bits of associated sweetness and notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale seems very malty from the smell and taste, but there enough in a he way of underlying hops to mask any sweetness and keep this beer drinkable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light amber/orange-tinged copper. Thin head. Smells worty, kinda like Grape Nuts. Toast and fruity esters. Taste reminds me of a couple other Colorado flagship brews: has the toasty cocoa of Fat Tire with the big fruity esters of a Great Divide Denver Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with a calm carbonation. Overall, this is far from great, but the characteristics that it shares with the two aforementioned brews gives it nostalgia points with me.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, toast, light roast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, light roast, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid amber ale. Good balance and solid robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of u2carew
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can

A) Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Clear amber colored body. No lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle roasty malt notes. Not very aromatic.
T) Earthy caramel malt. A thin taste profile. Finishes with mellow hop bite.
M) On the lighter side of medium body. Not much carbonation
O) An OK beer. I won't be clamoring to drink this again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark amber color, but brief coarse foam. Some pleasant, slightly sweet malt taste with a nice roast flavor. After that the hops make an appearance and linger long. The malt is mellow and caramel flavored, with a slightly rough hoppy edge to give it some balance. A touch of the leafy and herbal but overall a decent aromatic hop flavor.

Unfortunately, this is nearly dead flat after a couple of minutes, which doesn't add to the appeal. It might be quite drinkable in better condition. From the 12 oz can bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

No hiss from opening the can. Pouring the liquid makes me question whether there was a leak, but then the bubbles start to show. Nearly no head, but the rim retains some bubbles throughout the tasting. The liquid is dark amber and crystal clear.

Decent biscuit and light toasted malt nose. A touch of caramel sweetness. No notable hop smell.

Less malt presence in the taste but there's a definitive hop bite. The body seems thin and flat. The swallow is bitter in a black pepper sort of way. The aftertaste is dry and short.

Overall, this is a drinkable amber with a good hop bite, but the flaws detract.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin bubbly head off-white head over clear amber body. Head quickly dissipates but leaves some nice sudsy lacing.

S - Bready caramel malts

T - Amber malts are sugary and fruity; apricot, caramel, and biscuits. Very slight earthy hops show up in the after taste.

M - Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. While it's slightly sticky, the body is overall fairly thin.

O - Not a bad drink but also not too memorable. While this is very drinkable it also doesn't offer a lot complexity or bold flavors. meh

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark umber like color with a beige two finger head that retains fairly well and leaves sticky thick lacing all the way down the glass. Little bit of sediment, may have been can conditioned (?).
Smell: Breadiness you would expect from this style of beer but with more hoppiness than say Fat Tire. Subtle gingerbread like aroma, sweet but not over powering. Not super complex in the nose.
Taste: Some malt sweetness up front, but quickly overpowered by slap of hops that is both citric and floral. Some acidic bite, but lacking the bitterness of a PA or IPA. Very well balanced but not all that engaging. Expect more lingering and heavy malt from an “amber ale” (Yes, I know it's a made up style) Easy drinking. Would be a good introductory beer for the craft n00b in your group. Honestly tastes a lot like gingerbread, but not artificial. A good session beer.
Mouth: A little light bodied for an amber ale. Okay carbonation, but could maybe use a little more. A bit on the flat side.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a copper/bronze color with a fluffy one finger white head that leaves multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settles.Chocolate malts stand out most in the nose not the big hops the can promises,mild earthiness is detected.Chocolate and fruity malt flavors dominate with some mild pine resin in the finish,again the can promises big hops and the malts dominate.It's not a horrible beer but it's basically a standard amber with a big chocolate elemant,not big hops.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Medium copper. Big carbonation bubbles. Big head fades pretty face.
S- Sweet dough, a bit steely, and an odd but refreshing herbal aroma.
T- Too much of that herbalness here. I don't particularly think that is well placed here. That said, I like the sweet, doughy, ever so slightly toasty malt profile.
M- A little light in the body, and I found it to be kind of flat.
O- Passable, but not great. Would drink again, but won't seek out.

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Photo of Powerturn11
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a basic beer mug. Nice golden to amber color with a really floral aroma. I smell citrus with a touch of pine. Nice head with good glass lacing. The beer tastes great with Carmel undertones and finishes clean. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend again for this style. Very easy to drink. Could be enjoyed with dinner or watching a football game.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into snifter. Appears a nice deep amber hue with nice clarity, heavy white head and tons of lacing. The nose features herbal hops, heavy cereal grain, caramel, and a bit of pine. Taste is uneventful, some hops, some malt, but nothing really stands out. The bitterness is on the light to moderate side and the finish presents a bit of a black tea flavor. Mouthfeel is on par for style, but the taste really isn't. Unfortunately there is no way for me to tell if this is an old can, but as it is, it is a run of the mill amber.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with an impressive, thick frothy cap of foam. Pine hops and caramel malt swirl in the nose along with orange, fresh malt, barley, and toasted grain. Smooth, bordering on creamy, on the palate. The caramel malt is evenly balanced by the dry bitter hops. More bitter than pine, citrus and floral. A nice drinking brew.

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