Mountain Livin' Pale Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
okay
292 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by emmasdad on 09-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of Poloplaya
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juicebox
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chaz
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazey orange-gold in color, topped with a pale tan head. Looks okay so far.

Something here smells a bit off-style. I know there are two hops used, but can't recall which ones, but it's a fermenting fruit meets vegetal character (not cooked cabbage, thankfully) and stand out immediately. Thankfully there's nice notes of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) underneath the dominant character and I know that's what the folks like in their pale ales these days, so I can't knock that. Yeasty, and a bit sweet.

More yeast on the first sip, along with some mint and other (oily) hop character, but nothing approaching a classic pale ale or even the "new" light and tropical fruity-dominated hops character. Nope, this one is muddled and much different. Biscuit malt notes (great!) underscore the dominant and confusing hop profile, along with some decent bitterness to carry that dry and biscuity malt.

Drinkability is not bad; At 6% this one certainly drinks lighter, it's just that I can't where I'd take the opportunity to drink very much of it in the first place.

 1,078 characters

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow beer, head vanishes quickly. Don't know what the hell is going on here aroma wise, more essential oils vibe than hops.

Grassy biscuits and your mom's spice cabinet. Bitter soapiness. What the hell is this beer? Belgian pale ale? The mouthfeel is mostly spices, not malt or hops. Maybe its yeast from a hefe, who knows, what a mess.

 353 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was an amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. Some light lacing settles around the glass nicely.
The smell had a fairly heavy malty to bready aroma. Some light caramel with some floral hops round out the rest of the aroma.
The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned malts. The floral hops give the bitterness that I get in the flavor. Mild earthiness intrudes in a nice way and leads into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a slight sessionable feel to it. If the malt level was brought down just a tad bit more, I'd say this one could be just a bit more sessionable.
Overall, well, I didn't mind it so much for me, but for an APA, it did seem like the malt level was a bit too much.

 816 characters

Photo of julesypop
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, no freshness date

1 finger of white foam, medium to large carbonation bubbles

A: Straw in color with notes of orange. Medium plus lacing on the rim. White foam, some large carbonation bubbles

S: Toasty malt, semi sweet, little to no florality, low hoppiness

T: MALTY translates. metallic after taste, All i taste is aluminum., caramel, little to no intricate spice

M: carbonation is balanced, feels tight and velvety. I enjoyed the sensation of this beer.

O: I find the mouthfeel exceptionally pleasant. Where some find it "flat" I find the "microcarbonation" very appealing. The aroma is nice and toasty. Good maltiness. The flavor is MORE than lacking. Straight malt on the front and aluminum on the back. Overall, not very enjoyable.

 781 characters

Photo of firkingroovin
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mackeyse
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

First I am seeing of Crazy Mountain in NY and grabbed a single. Should have read the reviews here before picking this up.
Reviewers here are being nice. This beer is bad: Tastes flat, aroma was weak, no hop balance to offset the heavy malt. This beer should give anyone hope that they can distribute a beer even if its barely mediocre

 337 characters

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nurt20
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a moderate 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 heaviest of a malty and bready smell mixed with some rather strong aromas of caramel and a little bit of a floral hop. Along with these smells comes some other rather light aromas of a little bit of grass and hay.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested; big and malty with a strong bready taste mixed with a moderately strong showing of caramel. Right from the start there is also a lighter level of a grassy and earthy hop taste as well creating a base taste for the brew. As the taste advances, more hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature come to the tongue, bringing a bit more dankness to the brew. This dankness however is overshadowed by even more caramel sweetness, which in the end leaves on with a malty, sweet, and lightly dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is rather low. A little thinner of a body and a slightly higher carbonation may have been slightly better for the style, making for an easier drinking pale ale overall.

Overall – Ah… It was OK, but a little to malty and sweet with not enough hop balance for me. If you like maltier and sweeter brews this is pretty nice in profile, but if looking for a crisper hoppier pale, then you may want to pass on this.

 1,609 characters

Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.