Mountain Ale
The Shed Brewery

Mountain AleMountain Ale
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Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #33
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,838
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
660
From:
The Shed Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  20
Gots
  195
SCORE
84
Good
Mountain AleMountain Ale
Notes: An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.
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Reviews by jofat:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light creamy fizzy 1/3 finger head that rises up on the sides of the glass with some lacing, over murky dark mahogany cranberry reddish brown color.

Nose seems like a robust ale, some slight earthy little herbal bitter like hops, touch grassy, then semi sweet malts, reddish toasty malts, little candy like, caramel, little toffee, light aromatic juicy malt, and just a bit of a darker brownish malt.

Taste starts malty, some darker malts, toasty reddish and some darker brown malts, bit of caramel, toffee, sweet molasses flavors, little creamy. Some hops kick in, little earthy and herbal, slight grassy, slight chewy. It brings a little booze like warmth but just a bit, as well as some light esters from the big booze warmth yeast additions. There is a light creamy caramel almost cocoa like flavor from some darker malt. Finish is still a bit creamy, some interesting tartness in the back end with a bit more bitterness, some more earthy hops, plenty more toffee, candy flavors, and a slight candied apple flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice overall robust winter like ale. I could see downing a few of these while up in the cold mountains, keep me warm and decent flavor, and for what it is it has a big flavor but still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice looking brew, dark copper red, with walnut brown hints and a real ruby hue. Head is creamy off white and light tan, almost coffee like in appearance. Settles to a good one finger puck and nicely coats and clumps the glass.

Faint biscuit, and chewy walnuts and hazelnut like aromas. Very dense biscuity malts and sweet brown sugar and dough. Almost like a dark cookie. Smells real solid.

Palate coats slightly watery but with plenty of coating action on the palate. Low carbonation with a big mix of toasty malts and nuts. Clean but large finish, and semi-dry. Creamy like sweetness just a bit with the sugar angles kind of buried. A nice mix of floral and faint tea like herbality on this also.

Overall, pretty decent and real easy drinking for 7.4% also.

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

definitely one of the better American browns ive come across in awhile. this, from right across the lake in Vermont, is a hopped up version like few ive had. it pours as red as it does brown, especially in the light. its got over an inch off tan head, but the retention is rather poor. still, a creamy rich liquid beckons. the nose is a great balance between sweeter English and American malts, and fresh east coast hops, with mild acidity. a little woody, a little sweet, and a lot yummy. the taste is the best parts of the nose, rich chocolate and caramel malts do their thing, while the beer finished on the bitter end of the spectrum with a wide variety of hop flavors and feels, including pine and sticky ganja. easy drinking for a beer of this alcoholic strength, its fuller in body and the carbonation is pretty good. its got a creamy texture and seems like a nitro tap would make this elite. I like this better than the shed ipa, and I look forward to more of their beers. this is excellent, and its even better on tap.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

A resuscitated beer, as The Shed brand was purchased from Otter Creek Brewery last year. Expressive from start to finish, more complex than expected. An enjoyable sipper, perhaps a bit too drinkable for its size … brawny at that. Definitely a type of brew most will craver in the cooler months.

STYLE: English Strong Ale
ABV: 7.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed rusty brown, thin lacing

SMELL: Biscuity, wild berries, yeast, birch sap, faint caramel, estery

TASTE: Medium body, herbal, mineral, buttery, peppery, black berries, earthy, green peppercorn, alcoholic warmth, bread crust, minty, custard, nutty yeast, herbal drying finish

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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 psweendogg
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LutherBrau
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mikehillman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jacob007
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/19/2012 at The Gridiron Bar & Grill in Warwick, RI served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. The malt character is a bit thin. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other similar beers that I would choose first.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 SupremePie
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Allynhowe
3/5  rDev -20%

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 JerzDevl2000
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week without ever having a beer from The Shed or even knowing that they relocated recently and were not brewed in Middlebury. I thought this would be a Brown Ale based on what I saw on the bottle but this indeed fir the profile of an English Strong Ale and had a bit more bite than a Brown Ale would. This was not outstanding but there was enough to like here, with the alcohol remaining well hidden from start to finish.

The pour to this was a somewhat dark brown with a hint of garnet thrown in for good measure. A nice head combined with beautiful rings of lacing helped the appearance of this beer out to the point that it was its most memorable feature. The aroma of nuts, esters, and brown sugar and all of those were more pronounced in the mouthfeel. A nice malty backbone, some candied sugar, and booze all kicked in once I gave this a sip and put the "strong" into the style of this beer. The hops weren't terribly present but the caramel stickiness that characterize a Brown Ale weren't present here. Instead, this had a reserved strength to it that came out once I finished the bottle off.

While not a session beer, it would be possible to have more than one in a sitting just because there's enough going on here. As the favors faded into a anisette/licorice combination in the end, I couldn't help but notice that I hadn't quite had anything like this before. If there was such a thing as an Imperial Brown Ale, this would be a good example of how to brew it right. This isn't a pushover beer but at the same time, it's hard to imagine anyone being offended by what's going on here.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Str8fromtheGrnMtns
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My go to brown ale. Amazing price for what you get.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jrosol1
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%

Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 660 ratings