Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 656
Photo of LarryV
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber with a minimal head that's quick to fade to a thin ring. I don't get a lot from the aroma, it's pretty muted to me. Taste is big and malty without being overly sweet. A gentle hops flavor kicks in on the end and balances the malt nicely. Creamy mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker, hides the alcohol quite well. I only picked up a single to try it but I would buy more of this, it's quite enjoyable and tasty. Cheers!

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Photo of Pearlyp
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my go to if I can’t decide on anything else and I want relatively cheap beer. Dark, strong flavor I can never quite place. No head (when I poured anyways) Little to no aroma (note that I have a poor nose for scents). But still a good choice.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber/reddish brown, with some tiny floating sediment. A small tan head is generated with a moderate pour. Retention is poor, but a very thin ring encircles the edge of the glass.
The aroma is muted, but I get toffee, toasted brown bread, cashews, peanuts, caramel, and a hint of cherry.
The flavor is quite complex and tasty. Toffee, molasses, and toasty brown bread intermingle with peanuts, cashews, dark chocolate, sweet red apple, and cherry/fig. A very nice complex brown ale palate. Lightly sweet but finishes clean.
Nice enough mouthfeel; still (dangerously) quaffable at its abv point; medium, moderately carbonated, slightly creamy on the mid-palate with a bit of slickness from residual sugars.

A damn fine near-imperial brown ale. So glad I bought this. I will definitely buy this again and now I am interested in The Shed's other offerings.

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Photo of izraelc
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky brown. Doesn't smell too good. The taste is a little suprising. Maltier than I would have thought. A slight sweet finish. Good flavor. Smooth. Would be a good fall offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 2.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.125/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/11/18.
Can stamped “0614185492M” on bottom rim (Canned? Best by ?). In cooler at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 44 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Consumption begins at 54 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Amber, opaque. When held to the light, red-amber, hazy and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Medium amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Caramel. Rapidly weakens.
Flavor – 3 - Really not much. Begins slightly sweet with a bit of caramel and no fruity esters. After a few moments, a gastric warming occurs. No alcohol (7.4%), no hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 - Unoffensive flavor and very easy to drink. The pleasant aroma does not last but fades to nothingness. If you’re looking for a cheap drunk, this’ll do it.

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Photo of Aletheyoungdudes
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer from the tap. Surprising lack of any head. Smooth mouthfeel with a full texture. Slightly smoky with the malt mainly coming though. Doesn't taste like it has the ABV it does.

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark copper with red coloring. The head is a medium sized light tan color. The aroma is sweet malt, yeast and nuts. The taste is a creamy malt and nut blend.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Big Y.

A clear deep red brown with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a nice, bready caramel with burnt sugar, butterscotch, toffee and a little almond. A mild mint note is present as well. The palate opens with a pleasant grainy bitterness, a blend of burnt sugar, toffee, toasted wheat bread and a really on point grainy tannin note. This is followed by a green, earthy bitterness. Lingering toffee on the finish, this beer is excellent medium light in body and moderately carbonated, the alcohol complements the burnt sugar flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always been a fan of this malty-sweet beauty. Formerly brewed by the Shed Brewery, it is now brewed by Otter Creek in Middlebury. There is a dark color sitting beneath a wispy beige head. Little nose, but a subtly sweet malt foundation. Not much bitterness and a clean caramel-like finish makes Mountain Ale a nice sipper.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: January 13, 2018... OCCASION: home from the after-Christmas party at Sara and Brett's... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours a dark brown amber body with confident bubbles rushing upward... the head is a half-finger, off-white and razor-thin... strong pine cone aroma, with tea, faint cinnamon, toasted malts, and some earthy tones... smells hearty, like a good accompaniment to a fire... sips with a mild-mannered, medium-bodied constitution... textured from start to finish, with a syrupy, lingering finish... a hoppy, sweet, strong profile that defies its ABV... the toasted malts actually yield to cherries, light almonds and tree nuts, a bit of cough syrup, and the hops promised in its aroma... tough to reconcile its weight, size and flavor--not offish, but also not as welcoming as others in its style... a supped-up brown--punchy and demanding--but the flavor muddles enough to cause confusion... I enjoyed the initial impression, but the beer wears on me as the glass drains...

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Photo of illpass78
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a short head that doesn't stick around much.

Aroma: Some malt sweetness, grass, faint hops.

Taste: Pretty appealing caramel/malt type flavor with a twinge of boozy bitterness. Light hops. Grass is there. Some faint sweetness. Maybe brown bread.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a brown ale. Drinkable at about 7.5 ABV.

Overall: Not a hop bomb or a huge flavored beer, but it doesn't have to be. Just a very good brown ale. Nice job with a style I frequently think tastes like cough syrup.

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Photo of ThinBlueLine
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a local liquor store in Northern NJ. Nice color. Smells of chocolate and caramels. Easy drinking. Pleasant aftertaste. Have purchased a few times.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, dated 07/06/16. Served in a nonic.

Pours a translucent caramel brown, like a strong cup of tea, with two fingers of soft, pouffy, beige... ecru? ecru foam. Head retention is excellent and leaves hefty, durable lacing.

Strong nose of toasted grain, sawdust, dried leaves and caramel cremes.

Not only does it look like tea but it actually tastes a lot like tea, at least at first sip. Dried leaves and twigs, toasted whole grain crusts, a little caramel and cola, then finishing with that dry, acerbic black tea thing.

Not much happening in the mouthfeel department, thin, creamy, OK carbonation. Sure hides the abv well, though.

Overall, an OK brown ale, some cola sweetness, a little charred bitterness, pretty thin and forgettable.

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Photo of Jd333
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this during a camping trip through Vermont. Six pack bottles purchased at local supermarket. Since I was camping, I resorted to drinking it straight from the bottle, so I cannot offer a solid point of view on look and smell. Taste was satisfying combination of caramel malts with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was very good. I would definitely buy this again and try it poured into a glass if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark brown and gave the same color body. A light yet creamy, half inch, white foamy head lasted for about a minute before gently dieing into the body. Some lacing lightly speckled the sides of the glass. The smell had robust coffee flavorings up front combined nicely with some caramels and malts. Some light coffee came out as the beer warmed. The taste took these flavorings and added a nice warming sweetness. The palate was about a medium with a nice smoothness all around. A semi-dry aftertaste came out just a bit. This was very drinkable. Overall, this was pretty good.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a hazy deep dark amber color with fine sediment, short tan head flattens out into a thin ring.
Aroma - Toffee, honey, sweet apple, tangy. As it warms a suggestion of aged rum.
Taste - Doughy bread, sweet honey, slightly toasty, very warm and lush malt. Golden raisin sweetness towards the middle. Hops come through towards the end with earthy bitterness and finishes with a nutty aftertaste that reminds me of toasted tobacco. Alcohol peaks through as it warms. Starts sweet and ends refreshing and dry.
Feel - Full bodied, creamy and fine carbonation, faint alcohol warmth, dry finish.

Overall - It's chewy, malty, sweet and complex. Something I could sip on all day and enjoy a cigar with. Delicious.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with almost zero head.
Sweet malt aroma. Subtle.
Caramel and maple syrup taste.
Medium-bodied. Very malt forward. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Holderness
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L -- Very dark and clear amber with a nice off-white two finger head. Moderate lacing.
S -- Malts, oats, maple, bread
T -- Smoky, malty, slightly hoppy, and sweet dough
F -- Full bodied and deceptively alcoholic. Very good
O -- The beer that turned me on to craft beers (I'm from Vermont). Because of this, I honorarily give it a 5.


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Photo of Beowoulf
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ignore all the other reviews. This is the best brown ale I have ever had, with wonderfully nuanced Hops and bitterness, and with a slight chili aftertaste. It is pure and clean ,deceptively strong; a temporary reprieve from all your troubles. Do not drive

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Photo of ibrubeer
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft @ Manchester Crowne Plaza. Dark caramel brown color, with off white head and good lacing. Not much aroma, slightly sweet. Good taste. Initially good malt, a little caramel, soon evolves into an almost medicinal flavor, bitter aftertaste. Is better than it sounds. Med body, lively carbonation. Tasted better first few sips. Gets a little more bitter as it goes. Not bad for a British Ale.

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Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No best by or bottling date.

A: Slightly hazy light brown with nice 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with decent retention and a solid stripe of lacing.

S: Very minimal aroma, maybe some mild caramel and black coffee with spicy, herbal hop notes

T: Flavor is a bit harsh and alcoholic with some medium caramel and spicy hop bitterness. Alcohol is a bit woody and nail polish.

M: Pretty light for the abv with medium body at most with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a great beer -- somewhat hot and alcoholic with pretty light flavors and aromas all-around.

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Photo of Damian
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to our friend Scott for this single.

Terrific appearance. The nearly crystal clear mahogany body was topped by an inch-tall, tight and creamy, khaki colored crown. Decent retention. The head dropped to a thin film that transformed into a lasting, clingy ringlet. A drippy wall of lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass.

Malty notes dominated in the aroma. Rich and robust. Semisweet with some toffee and caramel. Nutty. Bit of brown bread too. Hint of brown sugar and maple syrup. Some chocolate appeared as the beer warmed. Very solid overall.

The flavor was similar to the nose but perhaps not as rich or as smooth. Malty and fairly robust on the front end. Semisweet. Quite nutty. Touch of brown bread. Slightly fruity in the center. The beer dried out as it moved along the palate. Some earthy hops came through on the back end and trailed into the finish. Just a touch bitter.

The mouthfeel was rather nondescript. Medium bodied with a fairly average carbonation. Not notable in any regard but not bad per se either. As the liquid settled, it turned a bit smoother and creamier.

The Shed's Mountain Ale is an interesting and highly quaffable "rugged brown ale" (as stated on the label). Although this is listed as an English strong ale on BA, it drank more like a flavorful American brown with a surprisingly high, yet incredibly well buried, ABV. The folks at The Shed really did a terrific job with this beer.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with short-lived off-white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is subdued caramel malt and black cherry
Taste has hints of root beer, sweet black cherry soda, chocolate malt. If there are any hop notes, my hop palate was probably burned out by the prior IPA that I drank.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this brown ale is quite enjoyable and easy drinking for its 7.4% ABV.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: crystal clear dark mahogany color with a 1/4" head..

Smell: caramel, bread, and some fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: bread, caramel, ripe dark fruits, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. light crispness throughout with mild dryness late.

Overall: this reminds me of a hoppy imperial red ale. Good drinking, but one may be enough in a session.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Mahogany, ruby red brew, slightly opaque, tons of carbonation apparent. Nice head, settles down to a thick film that lingers. Leaves some lace in the glass
S: Light aroma, rather fruity like cherries and sweet. Toasty malt notes present. Notes of caramel.
T: Very balanced. Caramel flavors, some dark fruit flavors, cherry, raisins, some chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Very smooth as well
F: Light, frothy, and smooth. Balanced. Medium carbonation adds a crisp quality. Not dry at all.
O: Super solid brew. Haven't had it in awhile, glad I revisited it.

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 656 ratings