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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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by spoony:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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 Homebrew35
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
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 chossboss
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RDW
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jfugeman
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
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 drinkin-beeers
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mike_dawson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jaydoc
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 claspada
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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 JohnyFriday
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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 carteravebrew
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +32.3%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Tone
3.81/5  rDev +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 famous_mortimur
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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