Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
602 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
Ratings:
602
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
164
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer has some light head that does not last very long. The beer itself is a dark, red copper that seems to have hints of brown.

Smell:
The beer smells smoky and a bit roasted. However, underneath all of that, there is the sweetness of caramel malts that seems to dominate the smell.

Taste:
Caramel sweetness dominates the taste buds. Underneath it are smoky notes and roastedness. The beer has some interesting undertones such a tea-like and honey combination but not strong enough to be very noticeable except to the most careful drinker.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied but feels a little bit watery. Still good though.

Overall:
A decent English style beer and worthwhile. I'm glad that my roommate shared this with me.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown in color with copper edges. The nose is malty and bready but the notes are not as potent as I would suspect for a beer of this ABV. The body and malt flavor are also very fine - but again - they are not quite up to snuff for a strong ale (even the English variety).

This would make for an above average brown ale but since the brewer self-categorizes it as an English Strong Ale, I will say it is a touch below average.

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Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from my local bar as part of a beer incentive program with a pilsner style glass.

This beer was a very cloudy brown with a decent amount of foam. Off the top I pick up a decent amount of malt from this beer. The hopping was kind of light.

This is more like an English Brown, than an English Strong. The flavor was more muted than you would expect. The flavor on this one is deceptive compared to the ABV.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dsshuck
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerLover99
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, copper shimmer, finger khaki head, ok lacing

S: very mild malt, toffee, nutty

T: nutty, caramel, toffee, biscuit malt, mild roasted finish

M: med body, mild bubbly mouth

O: Nice beer, would buy again. Great to see this new brewery
make a name for it's self.

PRETTY GOOD, GIVE IT A TRY!

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Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers I obtained on an Easter Sunday beer swap.

Dark hazelnut to auburn in color with a thin beige head. Horseshoe shaped retention.

Smells like pumpernickel. Brownie batter peaks out a little as it warms.

Bread crust and orange rind with a swamp hop tea finish. Burnt brownie edges emerge after it's been sitting in my glass awhile. A 7.4% it's a big brown and it's got a big brown body. Full and creamy and just plain thicker than most browns.

Toasty and tea-like like a Northern English brown but big and full like an American brown. Neat genre straddler but not something I'd buy again. Or buy in the first place technically.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of DCLAguy11
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty desent beer here in all catagories. It has a nice looking appearance with a brownish amber. The head is small though and there is no carbs. Aroma is nutty malts and biscuit malts though the nose doesn't jump out at you. Still not bad. Taste is all malts. Rich and sweet with a nuttiness too. In the aftertaste it sweetens up a bit. I don't notice much hops in the taste. It is semi dry and slightly bitter in the aftertaste.
All in all a good beer but not one I'd care to have again.

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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