Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

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3.74/5
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635 Ratings
Mountain AleMountain Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States
theshedbrewery.com

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.

Added by Jason on 05-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,426
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
635
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
3.9
 
 
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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Aletheyoungdudes
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

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Photo of shreead
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Kelly10359
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlanAndrews
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Velivolus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abalipadi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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 whitey27
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coshag
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanm3850
4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of necoadam
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coachp73
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +11.5%
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 northos
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Phoodcritic
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerGray27
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coltron23
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 635 ratings