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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

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

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Reviews:
63
Ratings:
283
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
32.24%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 rodbeermunch
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Grassy hop aroma with quite a bit of biscuity malt. Also strong yeast esters that smell a lot like pears.

The flavor is rather pedestrian. Do not think it is old as it just showed up on store shelves. Does have some grassy hop flavor but the flavor consists mostly of biscuit like malt and yeast esters. Again with pears. BItterness seems moderate.

Medium body but just a tad undercarbonated. Just lacks pop on the palate.

With the shelves jammed with pale ales, this one will get quickly pushed out of the way. Decent but no reason to buy again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can with no apparent freshness information present. Excited to try this beer, and it is my third review of a beer in a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a wonderful clear ruby copper looking color with about a finger of off-white sizzling foam head. Nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells of beautiful citrus fruit hops. Peaches, grapefruit, orange. Smells very tasty. Hops sort of fade away to a biscuit malt smell as the beer sits.

T - Very interesting flavor concoction. Fruity and floral with the hops, and then dry, grassy, and earthy from the malts. Wonderful contrast of flavors is what really impresses me here. A very tasty beer.

M - Somewhat of a resinous mouthfeel, sticky with some fruit sugar type flavors. Nicely bodied, and fair level of carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty and well-crafted brew from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Highly drinkable, and with a nice 6.0% abv, I'm definitely glad I was able to try this beer. This was a pleasant introduction to their brewery, and I am looking forward to seeking out more of their beers.

Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale ----4/5.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet melon and malt grain aromas exude from a honey amber body. There is a thin but rich and creamy white head atop. Taste encompasses soft, tasty, grainy malts balanced out with a gently hop bitterness. Smooth, medium-bodied feel with a dry finish.

A very tasty, well-balanced, and nicely complex beer. It is rife with flavor and character. Well worth exploring...

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Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
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 emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a nonic. No date on the can from what I can tell.

A-An aggressive pour produces a thin white head that drops immediately leaving only a collar. The brew is nearly still and amber/orange in color.

S-The brew smells of caramel and toffee malts with lightly bitter hops lurking mostly in the background. It reminds me somewhat of an English mild (except with 6% ABV). While not terribly exciting or inviting, the scent is not off-putting, either.

T-The taste, like the smell, is pleasant but boring. The fruity, toffee-tinged malts provide a decent base for the slightly astringent hop notes. The hops don't really distinguish themselves and play second-fiddle.

M-The feel is pretty flat and watery. Bleh.

O-This is my third or so beer from Crazy Mountain, and my third disappointment. The brew isn't terrible, but it isn't noteworthy, either. Hops are lacking on the taste, but I could overlook that if the feel wasn't so bleh. The bleh mouthfeel drags an otherwise decent (but boring) beer down.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

seems to have carbonation issues. it seems undercarbonated. anyway, a heavy pour produces very little head. a very one dimensional peach/pineapple fruit flavor on the nose, not in a good way. taste of pineapples with some bready malt.
mouth feel is thin.

I picked up a 6 pack discounted to 2.88. oh well.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tannish orange and mostly clear with a touch of haze, 1/2 finger head and ok lace.

Aroma is nice, plenty of citrus hops and pungent malts.

Flavor is heavily malty, bread, caramel malt, biscuit, along with a fair hoppiness that leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Body is slightly watery and under-carbonated. Primarily I think it needs more carbonation, but otherwise isn't a bad beer at all.

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Photo of denver10
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A light copper body sits underneath a watery, cream colored head. The head recedes quickly to a film of bubbles while light lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: A faint cedar wood presence, faint hops.

Taste: Spicy cedar in the beginning, some apricot fruit notes in the middle, and a hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery.

Overall: A little disappointed as this beer just seemed flat from the get-go. I'll re-review this maybe another time.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
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 mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Low to moderate pear and lemon hop aromatics up front. There is a bready malt base in the background but the hop aromatics are forward.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a moderate white head. Head retention is good and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Nice tangerine, lemon, and peach hop flavors with firm hop bitterness. There is a subtle caramel malt base providing a nice foundation but the hop flavors and bitterness are assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a powdery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No oiliness, astringency, or heat.

Overall impression: A hoppy American Pale Ale. Not sure why it hasn't gotten more love here. I found it to be easily quaff-able and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Mountain Livin' Pale Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a small head that doesn't stick around. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Malts, bready, and some passion fruits. Sweet and malty, wasn't particularly excited at this point.

Taste - Rich and malty, passion fruit hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky, not overly boozy but at 6% where is the hop blast? Good drinkability.

Overall - Malt bomb, decent, not amazing, would not recommend for hop heads. If you are into maltier APAs then this is likely your thing.

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Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can

A) Pours with a finger thick head, slowly settles leaving a sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Slightly hazy bronze colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Citrus aroma. Slightly piney.
T) Hop bite is overbearing for a pale ale. The subtle malt helps to bring some semblance of balance. Piney.
M) Fizzy. Medium body on the lighter side. Chalky finish.
O) An OK pale ale.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.76/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy, amber color. Looks like honey. Very untypical for a Pale Ale. Thin foamy heady with very good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass that persists through drinking. Strong citrusy, piney smell. Can tell from the smell that it is a very hoppy beer. When tasting, you get a hint of pine with a strong citrus flavor throughout. Great hoppy finish with a hint of caramel at the end. Never heard of this brewery before, but if all their beers are like this, I will definitely try some more of them.

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Photo of Hendry
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an apricot color,1 finger soapy white head drops off quickly,good lacing.

Aroma is underwhelming in the way of hops: straight sugary malt nose,melon & white bread.

Taste is malty, carmely, syrupy sweet, not getting that lingering hop bitterness at all,sort of a cinnamon apple pastry going on.

Mouthfeel seems medium heavy,and the carbonation is deceptively active. Malty sweetness lies atop your palate, hop presence comes in too little too late.

Overall, stop reading enticing descriptions on the side of the can/bottle: this one would have you believe it is a hop bomb when in fact it is just another malty sweet APA that offers nothing distinctive in the way of hop delivery. Not bad, but not great either: mediocre and forgettable.

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Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Traded gf for a single out of her six pack. Bought from Morgans Liquor store.

A&S: Semi-lively transparent copper colored beer. Head pour around a finger fades to nothing pretty fast. Specks of lacing. Aromas consist of sweet malts with somewhat of a citrus background.

T&M: Very bready, hops flavors are again citrus but not very present. Pale malty finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good; nice smooth feeling beer (around medium bodied) with a blunt carbonation.

Overall: Very average APA. not sure about the price so I can't comment on that, but I would hope this wasn't over 10$ of a sixer. This is really picky but the can were in aweful shape: spilled beer specks on the top of the can which would be a hard outside Crazy Mountain because of the plastic covering, on top of that the sides of the can and lip were super crusty. The later could be post-production, but I couldn't image the former being one.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Chaz
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep orange body, fluffy off-white head, few lazy bubbles. Nose and flavor contain soft tropical fruits, good background malt, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness. Body is medium-full, which is mismatched for the light flavors.
An easy drinking APA... nearly too easy drinking. Even in a 'light' ale light this I want a bit more bite.

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Photo of horshack7
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear copper with an off white rocky head upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Lots of grapefruit and citrus hop notes in the front. Tropical fruits, simple syrup light malty sweetness but it's in the back.

Taste: A good citrus hop profile. Light malty sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Notes: A drinkable beer not too much too it but it's decent. Cheers.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Smells distinctly of pineapple. Maybe more so than any other beer I have tried, the hops come through smelling like sweet pineapple pieces. Pretty interesting.

The flavor is certainly hop forward, but with mild bitterness. Big tropical notes dominate, with juicy fruit, pineapple, and maybe even a little mango. Distinctly lacking the usual pine, citrus, and basil notes. There is a significant malt presence, but it is well covered by hop flavor. Interestingly, the overall bitterness is much lower than what is typical for this style, and for what is typical for this level of flavor.

The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a tiny bit oily. Lower carbonation, which I like.

Conclusion: Well done! I personally love pale ales and IPAs that present clear hoppy flavor without the usual bitterness that uncreatively tags along. Possibly a new standby.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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