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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emmasdad on 09-12-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
288
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
32.14%
 
 
Wants:
3
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37
For Trade:
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 288
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly sudsy pour in the New Belgium snifter. Amber color with a little more of the orange tinge than most Pale Ales. A nice aroma of the fruitier sort of hops.

Hops greet you with the first sip. Slightly fruity with a fair amount of malt. A touch of orange peel with a little of the biscuit flavor. Rather zingy tartness but some malty sweetness. Distinctly bitter aftertaste along with a woody flavor on the tongue. I'd call it refreshing, and quite hoppy. Fairly well balanced. Light body with a silkier mouthfeel than most in this style.

Not a bad mainstream example of the Pale Ale category. From the 12 oz can bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene, Texas.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small off white to tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored pale ale.

Light sour citrus to grassy hops aroma without any dominate fruit taking center stage.

Citrus, piney, and almost grassy hops taste with some dryness also.

A lasting light dry aftertaste with some of the hops aspects sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting pale but it just seems to miss the mark slightly on being a really recommendable pale ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very fired up to try this pale ale when I learned it had my two of my favorite hops in it (Citra and Simcoe). Then I was let down when I first had it as I expected it to be a juicy citrus forward apa...it is not...in fact it is more of an English style pale ale in my opinion...very strong with the caramel/toffee malt impression....the hops are very secondary and do impart more of an apa touch with some sweeter citrus but this is very light and not a strong take on the hops at all.

With that said....while I expected something totally different this is still a decent drinker and above average.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My thanks to JenRay for sending this beer along to further The CANQuest (TM). It is a football afternoon and while I am not watching the Redskins, this paleface is trying out some Pale Ales.

From the CAN: "Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Get Crazy"; "We utilize two types of Ameri[CAN] hops in such a way that we put the flavor of these hops center stage and let their bitterness fade into the background. The hop-forward character of this Pale Ale shines through in the unique, tropical flavor of two Ameri[CAN] hop varieties. Enjoy this offering with a fresh approach to how a Pale Ale expresses its inner hoppiness."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beuatiful VAIL VALLEY'; "Promoting exploration where we live [-] 1% of all proceeds from sales o toward Vail Mountain Rescue,"

I employed a textbook Crack & Glug and ended up with just under two fingers of dense, rocky, beige head with good retention that created some nice lacing as it fell. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy amber. Nose had a sweetish quality, like mangoes or passion fruit. Definitely very fruity. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a commingling of tropical fruit and pine hops on the tongue. Much better than the previous APA today! Finish was dry and highly refreshing. I could easily devote some cooler space to this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to woodychandler for yet another beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is the same, lots of citrus hops, a touch of malts, a bit IPA like, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of greenbirds
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can with date code 2 02 24 A 2 B A into a tulip. Gonna assume that's Feb. 24, 2012, since I can't find any info about it, so possibly an older can. At least has been in the fridge for a while.

Appearance: Orange-red with an eggshell white head. Aggressive pour yielded only about 1/2" head. Moderate retention, good lacing. Emptied the can, and there are some suspended particulates in the beer, otherwise pretty clear.

Smell: Sweet, tropical hop notes up front. Pretty fresh considering the date, but not powerful or pungent -- if it weren't my first beer of the night, I might not be able to pick it up so well. Reminds me of papaya and peaches; not very citrusy, but has some spicy character. Caramel malts underneath that, not much else. I really enjoyed the nose on this and am eager to try it fresh on tap.

Taste: Malts really come to the forefront here, possibly due to the age of the beer, but it's still relatively balanced and enjoyable. Medium-low bitterness for an APA, does not really linger, but enough to dry out the finish with all those caramel malts there.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with medium-low carbonation. I'm not a fan of the caramel flavor with the higher alcohol; it implies that the body will be medium, but it falls a bit flat. Needs more body to bring it into balance, and I don't think this would hurt the drinkability at all.

Overall: I really like the hop profile of this beer, and I bet it is very nice when it is fresh. I think it could use a bit more body to balance out the alcohol and caramel malts.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours clear reddish amber with a medium creamy off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is biscuity caramel malts with some hops and some vegetal notes.

The flavor is lots of toasted biscuity caramel malts with some earthy plastic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, it's more like a biscuity amber with some off-notes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a malt finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad pale ale, but nothing special. smells like west coast hops, resinous and bitter, with an english style malt backing. flavor is about the same, bitter in a refreshing way, with a sort of floral hop profile, not perfumy like the lava lake wit, but moving in that direction. plenty of body here, but still summery in nature, bright carbonation, crisp clean finish. overall a good beer, but something is missing. not sure what it is, but im not totally satisfied. worth a try because the price is right.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.

This beer pours a hazy copper color with a small head. The aroma is composed of caramel malts, sweet fruits, and citrus hops. The taste is interesting, it's a hop-forward pale ale without a lingering hop aftertaste or bitterness. The flavors I taste immediately are ones I associate with hops, but instead of lingering through the aftertaste, they lead to a clean, slightly caramel-y finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the style, but it's nicely carbonated. The drinkability is also quite good. Overall, it's an interesting beer for a new brewery to my area. Perfectly drinkable, this one would work well outdoors.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a solid APA from a can, drink straight from the can. Sure it's not a hop bomb (for an APA) like Dale's, or hop dominant/headliner like SNPA. This is a nice, snappy, balanced APA that can either be a) an intro to the style or, b) a fantastic camping beer.

There's a grassy/citrus quality to it that provides enough zip to give a dry finish. Last thing you want while camping is a lingering beer taste. This will suffice.

But the malt isn't forgotten. Very soft white bread undertones. I can see this going well with sammiches or grilled dogs...even s'mores if you can wait that long

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Photo of denver10
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice dark amber with a thumbs width khaki head that quickly drops down to a light layer on the surface. Decent lacing. A pretty sweet aroma of caramel and fruit, such as peaches and papaya. Hops show themselves more aggressively in the flavor but still still heavy on the sweet factor. Caramel malt at the get go, the fruit show themselves in the middle, and it closes out with a prickly earthy bitterness to it. Medium bodied, not too much carbonation but enough to give it some life. Enjoying this pale ale, it makes for a nice outdoor drinking beer. Not sure it all comes together as well as it could but its good and I do prefer it to their amber ale.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can to pint glass the beer pours a translucent golden amber color with a small 1 finger white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is mostly caramel malt sweet with hints of both pine and citrus hops though the hops take a backseat to the malt. The beer starts with a caramel malt sweetness on the tongue. In the middle the beer develops a mild bitterness and a more pronounced hop flavor than found in the nose. Tropical and citrusy. Finishes with a lingering mild bitterness and hint of fruit. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes dry and crisp. Overall, not a bad brew. Excited to try another of Crazy mountain's beers.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, floral notes, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, earthiness, peaches, floral notes and light citrus with a crisp dry moderately bitter lingering earthy finish.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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