Mountain Rescue Dry Hopped Pale Ale
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,821
Ranked #35,525
3.73 | pDev: 14.75%
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States
Notes: An invitingly clear golden colored pale ale. Aroma that balances a floral note with a slight malt backbone. Herbal notes dominate the hop flavor which balances perfectly with the malt forward base of the beer. A straight forward pale ale that is true to the roots of the style.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i feel like the american pale is making a slow comeback, not that this is a new beer or anything, but this style seems like it almost died a few years ago as everything went to overly dry hopped ipa types, and i am glad to be seeing more bars carrying beers like this again, its nice to have hop forward beer with some grain balance and drinkability. sure this pale is a bit generic to me, but its well made and clean as they go. deeper than golden, lighter than copper, good clarity, short but pure white head on it, obvious bitterness in the nose on top of some crackery and lightly toasted maltiness, pretty simple, but fresh to me from the tap in this instance, and appealing. the flavor is round and mellow, the hops have more bitterness than taste to me, which i actually dont mind in the classically fashioned pales of the northwest, good bite, a little pine, basic but good. the fermentation profile is pretty clean, the finish is on the dry side, and the hops carry on just a bit longer than the grain. well carbonated, nicely proportioned, and a good beer just for drinking. ive liked just about everything ive had from these guys so far! unexciting but good on this one.

Jan 04, 2020
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mildly hop forward with a light malt backbone, some citrus and pine character, a little spice, light alcohol, medium to light body, medium carbonation, somewhat generic.

Aug 18, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful gold to burnished orange in hue. Fluffy head rises to 2+ fingers and then recedes to a respectable foamy cap that's just shy of a finger. Fluffy patches of lacing.
Piney at first. Then a light floral citrus note enters, followed by an even lighter malt note. A little later I get a peppery hint, maybe rye.
Taste is piney and a tad peppery. Subtle grapefruit pith begins and then dominates the finish. Dry lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a medium level of carbonation. Medium feel, a tad heavier in the mouth than I usually expect for a "session" ale.
Overall, not a standout. Not bad, just not one to jump through too many hoops to get. A tad more distinction in the flavor profile would take this one further.

Jun 06, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $1.50 (I think)
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2018
Consumed: Jan. 13, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 26, 2017; Can read 5 pct. ABV

Picked up seven singles and a 6-pack of Pizza Port, all beers I had never tried, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Had seen this GoodLife brewery on the last visit, but balked at getting some beer. Decided to try it this time. Made the rookie move of not looking at the canned on date and saw when I was logging the beer when I got home of an Oct. 26, 2017 canned on date. Not exactly ideal. Went back and forth on calling this a pale ale or a session, but went eventually went with pale ale because that’s what the brewers called it. Brewers description online read, “An invitingly clear golden colored pale ale. Aroma that balances a floral note with a slight malt backbone. Herbal notes dominate the hop flavor which balances perfectly with the malt forward base of the beer. A straight forward pale ale that is true to the roots of the style.”

Poured a medium amber-to-copper hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky off-white. Just a few slow moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding even layered lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled more malty than hoppy. Specifically got iced tea, rye, herbal, caramel, toffee, pine, bread and some leafy green notes. Got some more tropical notes from the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose with much more malts than hops. Definitely an old can and I felt somewhat guilty reviewing it. Rye, iced tea, toffee, herbal, caramel, pine, brown bread, biscuit, green vegetables and a touch of mint. Almost English Pale Ale or ESB like. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt malty finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was good, but I’ll need to come back and re-rate fresh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.68 | 83 | B

Jan 17, 2018
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ricke49 from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a good old fashioned go-to type pale ale. Beautiful dense yet fluffy head. Priced right as an easy knock back pale ale for spring summer fall. Taste profile is great hop-malt mix. So well fashioned that no favors spike out as odd or off. Smooth finish.

Apr 27, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of malt with a lot of caramel and toffee scent. Little bit of pine board scent and some strong tea aroma but it isn't highly hopped or very aromatic.

Starts out sweet and a lot more bitter than it smells. Toffee candy and a sharp hop bite. Bit of tobacco leaf in the hops tastes a bit like a English ale. Bitterness level is quite high for the beer style but it doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale with a sharp hop finish.

Jun 16, 2015
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ConnorMagee from Oregon

2/5  rDev -46.4%

bomber into a tulip. Really

wondering if I got a bad bottle. It's insanely over carbonated to a point that makes it almost undrinkable. Finding myself burping after every sip. If it weren't for the carbonation, this could be a decently enjoyable beer.

Cloudy amber hue. Strong cardamom aftertaste.

Dec 12, 2014
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at Top Notch in VT. Difficulty with this review is I am in beer heaven so my palate is expecting a lot from this one. Never heard of this beer when I lived in Oregon. Pours a nice light amber color, with a slight head. Has a florally smell, and the taste is pretty much the same. Slightly nutty and grapefruit taste. Mildly hoppy - kind of a poor mans Sierra Nevada. A drinkable beer likely nice on a hot day. May come back again for this

Apr 05, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Argh. BA password changes have made me re-enter this review, so it will be more terse and less helpful than it might have been.

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze, strong effervescence, and a finger of ivory foam. Nice.

Smell: very floral for the style; there are notes of lavender here.

Taste: much like the aroma. Good, if you like floral APAs.

Mouthfeel: quite creamy for the style; I approve.

Overall: I could drink a few of these. Worth a try if you like floral APAs.

Nov 01, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed dark amber shows lots of tiny bubbles in the glass. Better than average head retention. Bright and sudsy on the tongue. The body seems pretty full for the moderate alcohol content. Can you smell caramel? That and some herbal notes.

The warm malt is the dominant flavor at first, followed by the leafy, herbaceous hops. The dry hopping provides a lot of aromatics without as much bitterness as many bigger Pale Ales. This seems like a nice version that is well within the style-- hoppy but not too hopped up, and pleasantly malty. A touch of roasted malt that is reminiscent of a Märzen.

Another good Pale Ale from Oregon. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Oct 07, 2013
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RJLarse from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 22 oz bottle of Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a burnt orange/gold color, hazy with a thick foamy white head. The bottle has some nice artwork on it, silk screened not a paper label.

Smell is a light sweet citrus aroma, lemon blossoms and sweet orange scents.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor upfront, with a hint of caramel, and then a mildly bitter citrus and pine finish. It's a mild dry hop bitterness, not like an IPA.

Mouthfeel has some body to it, but it's a clean feel and appropriate for the style.

Overall a very good, full flavored and tasty pale ale. I'd have this again. A solid offering from Good Life Brewing. And yet another reason to queue up a trip to Bend, Oregon.

Jul 29, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This stood out due to the artwork and the fact that it's a brewery that just got picked up around here.

Pours a nice copper with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Plenty of lacing lines the edges of the glass.

It certainly is dry-hopped and nice balance of pine and citrus in the nose. There's also a hint of tasty malt underneath.

Very bitter upfront with more of that excellent citrus/pine hop balance in the flavor.

Lingering bitterness "scorches" and coats the back of the throat. There's not much else to enjoy except for some butteriness from the malt.

Too strong to be a pale ale. I'm thinking extra pale. Worth a try at least.

Jul 02, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Hazed amber, creamy lacing

SMELL: Juicy grapefruit, piney, mint, nutty grain, leafy

TASTE: Big smoothness, medium body, extra juicy, citric bomb, evergreen, vegetal, dry, biscuity, bitter orange peel, pithy

Starts off strong with a huge hoppy nose. It being a Pale Ale and all, we were surprised to see less balance here, as the hop flavor draws too much from the palate. Hop heavy without a massive hop bitterness.

Jun 29, 2013
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the ridiculous 22oz format. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy orange-amber color with way over an inch of off-white head that very good retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was neutral at first, but after a minute some pine and citrus hops popped up, with just the faintest hint of malt in the background. The taste was a bit more hop forward, I'd say this tastes more like an IPA than a Pale, and had a bit of sweetness that didn't show in the nose.

The body was a bit thinner than I like in the style, but wasn't at all watery. Drinkability was decent, it went down quickly and easily, but not memorably. Overall, a decent enough brew, one that probably would have gotten a bit higher score if it were approached as an IPA. Worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 14, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head on a clear, copper colored body.
Nice aroma of spruce and pineapple.
Pine taste at first, then building dry lemon bitterness to the end.
Soft texture with lower carbonation and medium body.
It has great aroma, and good taste and texture. As a pale ale it is pretty hoppy though.

Jan 02, 2013
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.99 Clear light amber colored ale with a nice thick,bubbly off white head. Sweet malty aromas..caramel, some nuttiness. Taste is very well balanced there is caramel mats and grassy hop but they seem totally intertwined..and none dominate until the end when a nice grassy bitterness takes over. Nice enough on the palate..maybe a smidgen too sweet and sticky in the end. An OK beer somewhere between and amber and a APA

Sep 03, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a nice two finger off-white head and lots of lacing. Great aroma of bready and caramel malt, citrus and light pine hops, bordering on IPA country. Pleasant flavor of sweet malt and herbal and pine hops, light citrus and hop finish. Nicely balanced and integrated flavors. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess, not what I'd expect from a low ABV pale ale, but appreciated. Flavors are somewhat muted, but in style for a pale ale. A pleasant, refreshing pale ale for a rare hot Seattle evening. Very glad I got to try this; it's a worthy tribute to it's title mountain rescuers.

Aug 17, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a 16 Tons nonic, mountain rescue is auburn with an off-white head that leaves very heavy foamy lace.

Smell is fairly citrusy, mandarin oranges, a touch of hop resin.

Taste is also pretty heavy on the orange notes, some citrus hops possibly amplified by English ale yeast esters. I like the fruitiness, and lower bitterness, but it's a touch sugary.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a really flavor pale ale whose profile I'm digging. Also really like the whole tribute to the rescue crews. And the whole idea of the good life. These guys are worth keeping an eye on.

Jul 18, 2012
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Docer from Washington

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a lightly cloudy copper with a quickly fizzing bubbly white head. Scattered bubbles, and various blotches of foam left about and a medium ring of chunky lace left about the glass. Nice looking ale.

Smell: (3.5)

- The malt forwardness is strong, and something I don't really favor in a beer, especially a pale ale. A super bready malt aroma with a backbone of caramel and husky grain. On a positive note, a nice pine and grassy hop hits hard up front, and finishes with a very pleasant floral aroma. I do like the hop aromatics quite a bit in this one.

Taste: (4.0)

- Biscuit, bread, subtle and not-so-sweet caramel, pine and earthy hop bitters, and a super balanced floral hop. So glad the flavor made up for the aroma. Nice full flavor, and all grain goodness with a great hop presence. I almost have to cutoff air intake via the nostrils though when I enjoy this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Nice full body for a light pale. Creamy, crisp, only a touch dry, and certainly chewy. No super sweet syrupy chewiness though. Perfectly carbonated. Drinks more like a robust IPA.

Overall: (3.5)

- This beer does indeed stand out. The feel, and balance is unmatched.. yet not something I would expect in a light drinking pale ale. It is a full bodied, full flavored ale that could almost be considered a meal. That's very good, but I am rating a pale ale here. A standard table ale? An amber? Might get even higher marks from me. Solid, and certainly worth the purchase. I look forward to more offerings from this long time and well know brewer in the Northwest.

Jul 05, 2012
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Spikester from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber. Pours hazy amber with two fingers of cream white head. Good amount of fine lacing. Floral hop aroma with some dark leather scent. Taste is full resinous moderately bitter hops with a plentiful amount of malt support. Mouthfeel is quite full for the style. Carbonation is a bit less than average which makes it quite drinkable. Overall a fine APA and well worth a bomber purchase and contributes to a good cause as well.

May 12, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a bottle of this in Bend, OR.

A - Pours a cloudy, dark orange wtih a red tint. A small tan head forms with good retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy pine and grass, some lemon tones also come through.

T - Bitter grass and light lemons.

D - Good carbonation with a thinner body.

O - A hoppy pale, solid and it supports a good cause.

Mar 24, 2012
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djbreezy from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Dig a Pony in PDX.

appearance - gold, transparent, white foamy head

smell - floral and pine hops

taste - bright floral and pine hops, exceptional hop profile

mouthfeel - light/medium body with heavy carbonation

overall - west coast style, hop forward, amazing flavor

Jan 07, 2012
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jdense from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at GoodLife Bier Hall, multiple samples 12/29 and 12/30.

One finger white head, medium dissipation with nice lacing, over deep gold fairly clear body, no visible carbonation, unfiltered. A lot of citrus in the nose, good hop aroma, grapefruit and meyer lemon with some white pepper almost coriander aromas. Taste is fairly hop forward for an APA, good citrus notes up front, fairly clean malt bill in the middle with a bit of sweetness from melanoiden, leading to resiny finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side of medium, pretty dry finish, not a lot of effervescence. Overall nicely balanced, easy drinking, very sessionable. IMO GoodLife's signature beer, will be interesting to see how this takes off when bottled.

Jan 03, 2012
Mountain Rescue Dry Hopped Pale Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 94 ratings