Mountain Rescue Session Ale | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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84
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88 Ratings
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Mountain Rescue Session AleMountain Rescue Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States
goodlifebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Mountain Rescue Pale Ale

Sometimes, pursuing the GoodLife here in Bend, Oregon takes you to the edge. And over it. Our Mountain Rescue Session Ale is named for those gutsy men and women who put their lives on the line to save ours.

Who rescue us when bad things happen and we go over the edge. We toast them and say, “Here’s to a long, happy, GoodLife – for all of us!”

This life-enhancing brew is a balance of NW hops and light alcohol. Clean and crisp with hints of citrus and pine. It’s a savior to savor anytime. Enjoy the GoodLife and be safe out there!

Added by jdense on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Mountain Rescue Session Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
3.74 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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