Boohai Red Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Boohai Red AleBoohai Red Ale

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JMBSH on 12-18-2012

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 76
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts off with a beautiful toasted amber color with baked brown highlights on the sides, and the head is a beautiful 2 finger popcorn color with tons of lace. Not much to improve on here, just great.

Total pacific hop going on here in the aroma. So fresh, so wet - grassy, piney, floral. Very faint baked malts behind that.

Total pacific hop glory here. Lots of sharp fresh hop, and the baked malts take a back seat yet still hold a formidable weight in the background. Fading notes of pine and grass. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

Feel is extremely electric with carbonation, and a creamy backside.

Overall I usually am not a fan of hoppy ambers, but this drinks more like a Red IPA, and has that great coastal thing going on. I'd have it again.

(Reading the other reviews I'm seeing more sweetness than hoppiness...did I get an exception or did the recipe change? This is seriously a pacific Red IPA right here.)

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled back on 3/2/16. Bought a single 12-ounce can to try. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy orange-amber in color with a decent head. A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped also. Lots going on with the aroma and really hard to pinpoint exactly what. Various fruits, pine, biscuit comes to mind. Pretty much for the taste as well with some pepper-like spice and yeast. Bitterness for the finish but decent. Medium-bodied and same for the carbonation.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive orangey-amber color but quite couldy. Plenty of foam, even the next day when I finished off the open can. Big aromatics and it smells like something new in my experience. Sudsy mouthfeel is also pleasant. Hot and bitter, but fruity. Sharp with hop acids. Some sweetness and a dose of malt. Tastes stronger than the ABV.

This would be a must-try for hop enthusiasts. I"m afraid I don't see the subtleties in it, however. Overall it's pretty murky. I think the whole idea of Belgian malts and New Zealand hops is wonderful, though, and I hope they'll keep working on it. From the 12 oz can purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in southern California.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, blackberry, strawberry, mango, melon, red grape, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, blackberry, strawberry, mango, melon, red grape, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, berry, mango, melon, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderate creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy red with a finger of foam and the foam lasts long.

Big piny nose with lots of citrus, hints of grain and bread and caramel malt.

Pine, caramel malt, a bit too much grain and bread in the taste.

Medium body and carbonation.

Average Red Ale in my book.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Crazy Mountain's Boohai Red Ale last week for $1.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. This one caught my eye and I thought it was worth giving a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a good design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a orange red color that took on more of a red color when held to the light and it had a finger and half worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some caramel malt, light grainy and light dark bread aroma with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart some grassy. floral, piney and berry like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the hop profile is a little unique.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with those same malty aspect being the first to show up with no single one seeming to stick out the most and and there's also a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which are just a little lighter this time, but they still impart the same aspects. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a caramel malt and piney hop aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, I like the hop profile, but I wish it showed up more.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a little above average for the style, the unique hop profile is pretty much what saves it from just being another average IPA. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the flavors and aromas that the hops imparted, they were nice and unique. What I liked the least about this beer is that the hops didn't show up a little more when it came to the taste. I would buy this beer again if I knew it was really fresh and I would recommend giving it a try if the hop profile sounds appealing. All in all this was a nice beer, but it still was a little rough around the edges and with a little work I think it has the potential to be a pretty good beer. This beer made for a nice first impression for this brewery and I'm interested in checking out more of their beers. Nice job guys, I'll be interested to see what else you guys have to offer.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, and pine. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight pine, resin-y hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, good body, but a little heavy on the malt astringency for my taste.

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Photo of jfugeman
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From a 12oz can it pours a dull, cloudy orangish brown with a small bit of lacy off-white head. Little aroma; notes of wet grain, hints of maybe citrus and a bit cheesy. Starts only slightly hoppy with dull earthy undertones and a some malt, a bit cheesy in taste as well. Weak, at times watery mouthfeel with a moderately bitter finish. Overall it has a poor presentation, little aroma, and a muddy flavor profile. Pretty disappointing, definitely wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Crazy Mountain brewing in Edwards, CO. Red color, ok head, looks fine to me. Aroma was an odd graininess, not like any red ale I'm familiar with, hardly any hops. Flavor was like garbage, just gross, none of the promised hop qualities. I could not believe how bad this beer was and how many of Crazy Mountain's beers were bad. I know they can make a decent beer because I tasted one or two but this was bad.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber/brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel, some malts. Taste is balanced, some hops and bitterness up front, caramel malts at the finish, somewhat dry as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although nothing special, is an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark ruby copper with a cream colored head that settles to a chunky film. Light webby lacing.

The beer smells slightly sweet and malty with a hint of caramel but is soon overtaken by New Zealand hops which offer some pine notes with faint fruit notes.

Taste is where this beer excels with said sweet malt beginnings followed by pine, bitter hops, and faint grape-like notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this is just really nice with a lot of good pine notes. I like it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday as the result of my trip to CANorado to visit The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille. I shipped a boatload of CANs back from Mecca and I aim to review every daggone one of them. Slainte! My thanks to the peeps at Colorado Liquor Mart for allowing me to break a sixer.

From the CAN: "Get Crazy"; "We bring in the hops for this brew from New Zealand, where locals use the term "Boohai" to describe being thoroughly lost in a remote or non-existant [sic] place far from civilization. To us, that sounded like a pretty good place to be."; "These unique hops present a noticeable aroma of blackberries, Sauvignon Blanc grapes and pine which come together nicely with a complex blend of Belgian malts to make a deep, yet sublimely pleasant beer."; "Locate in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beautiful VAIL VALLEY"; "Empowering Those Fighting Against MS Where We Live".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN by virtue of a little spritz of beer across my hand. The inverted Glug netted me a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention which created some nice lacing as it fell. Color was a deep coppery amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting grape scent, kind of like jelly or juice, along with a light pine bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and this was an instance where the taste corresponded well with the nose. It started with a very vinous white wine flavor and followed that with a wash of pine hops. Finish was accordingly very dry, more like drinking white wine than beer. Good in terms of changing up what CAN be a stagnant style, but really, if I wanted to drink wine, I would do so.

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Photo of DoshBeerBalla
4.71/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This had been one of my go-to beers for the summer.
A-Pours a beautiful color...due to my colorblindness, its hard for me to label it as a color. Not light, but still transparent.
S-Smells like incredible barley/malt...not very heavy on the hops.
T-On the sweeter side, without actually being a sweet beer. For me, the complexity and combination of the ingredients put into this beer make it the most drinkable red I have ever had.
M-Just the right amount of carbonation. Very light and goes down super smooth.
O- Great spring/summer beer. Did I mention I love the design on the can as well? Crazy mountain does some solid work. For summer drinkers, I would put this alongside Steamworks Third Eye and Odell's St. Lupulin

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Photo of southdenverhoo
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice beer. On tap at World of Beer, Glendale. Malty, only very slightly roasty ( I always get this wrong when homebrewing reds--trying to get the color right I get too much roastiness every time), Impeccably deep amber/red, clear as a fucking bell, nicely carbonated, bartender poured about a 3/4 inch head which declined to 1/4 inch but held on, depositing nice lacing as I worked through it, perhaps more bitter than typical, also slightly more hop aroma and taste (primarily piney, earthy, slightly floral only minimally citrusy). Probably not a textbook red, although I didn't look up the guidelines, but it's a red for the way we drink now, if that makes any sense--a little bigger, a little more bitter, a little more hoppy.

I really enjoyed this and if I hadn't had somewhere to go would have had several. A nice quaffer (even at 6%) on a saturday after a work-out at my gym down the street from this joint. I'm probably way into the green numbers on the rDev but fuck it, this was nice.

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Photo of alexipa
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really great deep red color, while being crystal clear. Two inch off white head that calms to a film. Lots of lacing.

S: Complex malt dominated with a lot of herbal undertones. Some caramel, toasted malts, pine, and definitely a strong blackberry presence. Wow, this is a REALLY great smelling beer.

T: Pretty hop forward but with a nice caramel malt foundation. This has more bitterness then I expected, which is a bit of a downer. Lots of pine and herbal hop flavors, some fruity blackberry, and some biscuit/bread.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium body. The mouthfeel is more akin to an ESB, which I actually appreciate a great deal.

O: This is a pretty darn good red ale and much better than 90% of American red ales on the market. The taste has really grown on me as I drink through my first can, I bet the second will be even more outstanding.

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Photo of larryi86
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you JMBSH for this!
12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A nice clear red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Dank resin hops, piney hops, juicy berries, some nice bready malts.

T- Piney hops, berries, black tea, toasted malts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid red ale. If I could get this locally I would pick up, a good easy to drink ale for a hot day.

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Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish bronze with a dirty white head. Loving the aroma, I am getting some dank ganja and berry on top of light caramel. That's also kinda what I am getting from the flavor too with some moderate amount of piney bitterness. A crisp, medium mouthfeel. Overall, love the aroma, and the rest aint bad either. A little more bitterness than I need in a red, personally, but not a buzzkill either. My opinion towards Crazy Mountain has really grown with these last few beers of theirs I have tried. Would drink this again.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice two fingers worth of a foamy white head. Some retention and lacing. Crystal clean deep red body.

Great aroma on this one. Its as advertised, blackberry fruit mixed with some light earthiness and a clean sweet malt aroma.

It tastes of bready malts, biscuity cracker like, carmel, a bit herbal, some english ESB character.

Medium thin bodied and medium to low carbonation. Fairly resinous and coating on the tongue with a bit of hop bitterness lingering.

Overall I liked this one quite a bit. Great aroma, great looking clear body, a balanced malt to hop profile. The nose is quite interesting with the blackberry and earthy character. I'll definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber red color with ruby highlights throughout. Crystal clarity. A fizzy head with a limited retention that didn't last.

The nose is hop forward on par with an IPA. Citrus and pine notes upfront with some minor herbal backings. Hints of malt but very limited. Minor biscuit and touch of toast. Mostly clean yeast.

Taste is a bit different. The malt comes out more with tasty and biscuit notes. Some dirty malt undertones as well. Hops come out nicely with a good citrus and cascade note. Some bitterness to back as well both lingering into the finish. Mostly clean yeast but a light ester fruity note.

Body is moderate to dry. Would like a touch more complexity for a red. Carbonation is light, seems limited. Some minor astringent malt notes but nothing overly off. Overall a decent hop forward red. Some malt and carbonation issues distract

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is exactly what an American red should taste like. to me its a perfect example of the style. the pour is luxuriously rich brick red, with an inch of thick fluffy caramel colored head. its darker than a lot of red beers, obviously with more body, and I certainly welcome that from I is arguably the least developed style of American common beers. the nose is buttery and sweet malty, with some bitter hopping approaching a pale ale in that regard. a touch of smoke too, just right. the flavor isn't as sweet as the nose, which again I really appreciate. huge grain profile on this one, complex and rich, like fresh baked bran muffins or something, sturdy. the finish is long and increasingly bitter, I like this beer a while lot. creamy mouthfeel works great. big old round body on this, with enough carbonation. filling, not a slammer, but there is something good about that in this case. I like that crazy mountain has revived a style of beer that to me is dead in a lot of ways. very very very well done.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear red amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is biscuity malts and tropical fruit hops with some mint.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with some grassy fruity hops that have decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's OK. Too much biscuity malts.

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Photo of claspada
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark copper/amber color with a small egg shell head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some moderate caramel and toasted bready maltiness with accompanying lightly citrus/pine hoppiness and some emerging black tea notes as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with the tea and minerally yeast flavors up front then some caramelized toasted maltiness and some bitter hops on the backend. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is farily forgettable and slightly watery. It lacks the hop flavors necessary for this style really.

Overall this is a forgettable red ale and a good reason why many people overlook this style. For every great example of an American Red (Loakal Red, Tocobaga, Nugget Nectar) there are 20 subpar ones. Guess where this one falls...

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, honey amber body with lots of small carbonation bubbles; one and one-half finger thick creamy, rocky head. Pine, citrus and melon notes combined with a sweet, graham cracker and spice scent. Solid malt sweetness with a stronger hop bitterness make up the bulk of the taste; primarily a light caramel flavor with the bitterness showing up almost immediately and lingering for a long time afterwards. Medium-light body with a crisp, dry finish.

A pretty good red ale that lets its hop profile do most of the talking.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Burnt orange in color with a bit of a hazy floating there. After a hard pour, lots of head that quickly shrinks to a nice coating on top. Some lacing as the beer leval drops. Almost no carbonation is seen in the glass.

S - With the pour, citrus and pine notes. After the pour sits a couple minutes, the smell of bread now comes to play with the pine dropping now to more of the background.

T - Sweet up front from the malts but with a fairly strong hop bite in the back of the throat.

M - Even though there seems to be little to no carbonation on the tongue, the beer doesn't seem to "coat" the mouth with the stickiness of hop oils.

O - Not a bad beer but not one that I feel is that much to talk about. A bit more carbonation to make it feel not so flat would be nice but don't know if that is enough to make it rise over an "average" rating.

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Boohai Red Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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