Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
609 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:
609
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
165
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 609 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Holderness
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

90/100

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Photo of Beowoulf
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Budlum
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pantz9
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the reservoir waterbury vt.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ibrubeer
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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 jmoses11
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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 +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
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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 Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottP
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sachie23
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Havasu_Hank
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 redbarnbikes
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morebeergood
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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