Mountain Rescue Session Ale | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Mountain Rescue Session AleMountain Rescue Session Ale

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

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +1.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -19%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Brad007
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Mountain Rescue Session Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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