Mountain Livin' Pale Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emmasdad on 09-12-2011

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63
Ratings:
283
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
32.24%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some lacing on a brown amber, clear body.

S: pretty funky with pine sap, toasted malts, earthy hops and some sweet, burnt caramel I could better appreciate after a few sips.

T: Toasted caramel malts, earthy hops with slight metallic and pine coming through greatest in the finish. Not very sweet, more on the tart side which may be due to this one being a bit old.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate caerbonation, definitly a touch under carbonated

Overall: the aroma initially wasnt very inviting but after having some on the palate the aroma matched up well and was more enjoyable. Stands out from some standard APAs, just not a great beer but good although this one may be a little old.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 metter98
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts and butter are present in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, having buttery flavors of biscuit malts along with notes of tropical fruit flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty for an APA, but has some interesting biscuit and buttery flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of biboergosum
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World in extreme western Denver.

This beer pours a hazy medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and overacting bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar honeycombed lace around the glass as things seep away.

It smells of musty, dank pine needle hops, bready caramel malt, a bit of blood orange, guava, and tropical melon fruitiness, a touch of black pepper, and further, understated earthy, floral hops. The taste is still musty and clammy, but with the hops having sneakily skipped town, leaving only an echo of rotting pine tree and muted stale citrus in its place, with some weakly biscuity bready malt taking up the flag in its sudden absence, a bit of spicy pepper and earthy, weedy hops rounding things out.

The bubbles are fairly well sublimated, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of pithy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt pulling cleanup duty for the near DOA hops.

Bleh. There is mention on the label of 'fading hops bitterness', and while I'm not sure we share the same interpretation of the concept, in the end, all that matters is that this is one bland, muted affair for the style, the overbearing musty, clammy character having no place in a worthy APA. A bit of a shame that I wasted suitcase space on this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with good clarity. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Stale, biscuity malt with some pine and spicy hop notes in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some herbal notes in the middle. Finishes with light pine, more herbal hops, and stale malt as well as a slightly harsh bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not particularly good. it tastes old, but since there is no date, I'm forced to assume that the brewer wanted it to taste like this. I'm not particularly impressed with what I've had from these guys so far.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Love me some craft beer in cans.No date.

Pours a decent looking fluffy head but small 1/4 finger sized, fades semi slowly at least, retains well, decent lacing as well, very hazy slight sediment laden orange nectar color.

Nose brings some sweet malts, grainy toasty malts, not quite caramel but a sweet candy like note to it, into mild earthy hops, some herbal notes, little tea, touch of pine and forest floor, a little orange zest as well, smells fairly decent but also seems like it might be a little old unfortunately.

Taste brings some sweet malts again, candy like flavors but not caramel, biscuit and toasty grain, little straw, nice straight up malty flavor which is nice if you like malts. Then mild hops, quite mild from what I expected, some grassy notes, earthy, little herbal note, very faint citrusy note, but mostly grassy earthy flavors with a sweet candy like toasty grainy malt backbone. Finish is dry but a little sticky and sweet notes, more grainy malts, some grassy hops, and a little bitterness finally, mild pine and spicy hop note as well.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, mild gritty feel.

Overall OK, I do like the malts but not quite on level for what I expeccted, hops are way behind where they should be in every aspect, but still fairly tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, caramel, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but it doesn’t get offensive. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Crazy Mountain is the place to be; Mountain Livin' is the life for me. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet caramel, celery, light leek, mild grass, and a hint of flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, the rindiest part of the grapefruit rind, celery, light tomato, and a hint of orange peel for the sake of it. The vegetal nature and strength of the bitterness don't do anyone any favors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say this stuff is anywhere near my favorite pale ale, mostly due to the overly vegetable-medley tack the hops decided to take.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Nearly clear. Decent head that leaves plenty of webby lace on the glass.

Plenty of caramel aroma. Sweet with little hop to counterbalance the nose.

Better hop presence but the sweet (crystal?) malt is pretty strong. The body is rich, particularly for a pale ale. The finish is very long lasting. Not much hop but it lingers a very long time.

This is an interesting beer. I find it to be a bit too sweet for my tastes, but I do appreciate the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, white, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of a caramel backbone with citrusy and resiny hops highlighting. Very smooth and subtle nose. Flavors are earthy and richly sweet in the backbone and on the forward tongue, with a caramel undertone. Citrusy hops follow, with a touch of spicing that helps to lighten up the initial weight on the palate. Subtle roasting throughout, with a decent blending being reached in the aftertaste between all the different flavors. Full bodied, with a smoothness that compliments the initial rich and sweet flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but still smooth. Interesting take on an APA, but it misses the mark for me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gettin Crazy with a lil Mountain Livin Pale Ale...picked up a can at the singles selve at my local Binny's. The beer pours a clear copper with foamy slightly offwhite head that is leaving a lace. The smell has bitter citrus tones with a touch of bread. The taste has a good initial balance with sweet malt countering a nice citrus....the end turn more of a bitter citrus. The mouthfeel is medium in boday with good carbonation. Overall its a decent pale ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Tone
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight piney hops, earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, decent appearance, weak aroma, good body, but too malty for my tastes (reminiscent of a New Belgium).

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 8, 2015. Look is hazy blond with a white head and spotty lacing. Smell is herbal, vegetal and biscuit and caramel malt aromas. Taste is herb, spice, grass, yeast and biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium to light in body with sweet mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a deep crystal clear copper color with an antique white head that last as a thin meniscus. There is a good carbonation that pops to the surface.

S- The clean aroma has some pine hop notes and a cream quality with some buttery diacetyl growing a bit as it warms.

T- The caramel malt leads to a dry buttery note in the finish with some woody hop hints mixed in. There is a spicy hop hint that lingers just a bit in the aftertaste. As the beer opens the taste turns watery.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is malt forward with a hint of hops and a bit to much buttery taste with the fizz scrubbing any hops out of the finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours copper. Not much else to note from the 2 oz. sample.

S-Malty. There is also a bit of an 'off' aroma. Bland and very stingy on hops. If you have an American Pale Ale clocking in at 6% ABV, then I would like some hops, please.

T-A recreation of the aroma on my palate. A little bit 'off', a little bit hoppy? A good bit malty.

M-Nothing useful to note.

O/D-Was not a fan of this beer. Below average in my estimation. Don't enjoy slamming beers but this one needs a drawing board close by so it can get back to it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up mixed and matched at the local Carnivores in Oakmont.

A - Pours a rather dark amber brown color I would have suspected IPA if you didn't tell me the style. Bubbly head makes for no lacing.
S - Well I wouldn't call this "bright" or "Tropical" but it does have a decent pale malt base mild herbal hops and in a way reminded me of passion fruit juice.
T - Herbal and vegital with a sweet malt base and a mildly bitter finish.
M - It goes down rather smooth so I can't knock it for that.

Overall not something I would get again but not as gross as the reviews make it out to be. BTW they changed the ABV to 5.7% so maybe the recipe has changed as well? It's definitely better than an "OK" pale ale.

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Photo of bark
2.41/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The colour is gold with a tint of brown (not very “Pale”) (15 EBC). The finger thick off-white head sinks quite quickly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is harsh and bitter with distinct notes of bullion and cabbage. Clean sweetness and hints of bread.

The taste is somewhat bitter with dusty notes of caramel malt and (DMS) vegetables. It is overall thin with metallic bitter flavours. Thin body. The aftertaste is mild with notes of beef stock and bitter herbs. The finish is short with hints of wheat flour.

The carbonation is mild with few long-lived mid-sized bubbles; the liquid is smooth.

A very tired and unbalanced APA (the Swedish best before-date is 2015-01-14, I have no idea of when it is brewed).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured out looking blond and a little hazy. White head, dissipates quicker than a white girl's looks after getting married. Weird herbal aroma, not in the herbal hop way, herbal in that they knocked something off the spice cabinet into this. How about some hop aroma bro? A little bit vegetal and plastic like.

Taste was very grassy, still not quite arriving at the level of being hoppy. Biscuit flavors and spice rack accoutrement all over this. Some lager like yeastiness to this. Man, this beer is all over the place. At times tastes like they blend this with a witbier. Soapy exterior in the mouthfeel.

Its got bitterness on it, but it just doesn't taste like a pale ale. Everything about it seems off for style. I wasn't picking up on a heftier malt base or any caramel notes. The herbal spicing was just weird. The lack of hops, or anything they impart flavor wise.

Had they called this a witpale, I might have found it to be above average, but as just a pale ale, its just kind of a headscratcher.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, a copper colored ale with a thin, off-white head. Bready, caramely malt backbone on the nose with some piny, citric hops. Tastes are malty with some earthy, piny hop, bready, caramel, toasted grain in the mix; flavors have a hardtime melding. Medium body, lower on carbonation with a fairly sharp, bitter finish. Overall, not a bad APA, but not one I'd get again.

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