Pale Mountain Ale
Rainier Brewing Co.

Pale Mountain AlePale Mountain Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,553
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,890
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 14.53%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
32
From:
Rainier Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
Pale Mountain AlePale Mountain Ale
Notes: Rainier Brewing Company has been committed to brewing and offering the finest mountain fresh beers since 1878. Rainier Pale Mountain Ale is no exception. Made with two-row barley to provide a solid malt backbone and hopped with Yakima Valley hops, this light-bodied Pale Ale is well balanced with a crisp, citrus finish.
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 10/04/16:

Nice clear, not particularly bright copper. Capped lemon-white to tan fluffy head of lower moderate retention. Caramel, grass, toasted bread aromas, not strong. All of this on palate, and more. Semi-tart and caramel but also toast and semi-harsh grain throughout, melding well with generic resiny to almost soapy hop bitterness strongest in finish. A nice peppercorn retro-olfaction. Tries too hard to be hoppy, to be honest, but the rest seems a little watered down, perhaps juts too subtle for me. At the same time, not that indistinguishable from many other pale ales that you’d think, being quality craft brewed and all, should be far better. Medium-bodied, abundant fine prickles quickly soften to sloshy suds.

Oct 20, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from On the Fly. Clear amber pour with small, tight, creamy head. Sweet caramel malt nose, little bits of toffee and butterscotch. Taste continues on this path, nice slick, medium weight body, goes down easy. Pabst’s Old Tankard. Comes to mind, another blast from the past.

Oct 19, 2016
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Todd from California

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thin, Malt, Fruit, Citrus

A beautiful, clear amber beer with a tall, meringue-like head. Some malts and light fruity hops are present in the nose. Fairly light-bodied and quite smooth, this Pale Ale offers a dusting of malt flavor, faint apple and a very thin and watery citrus hop presence that's bitter—but only for a moment. In fact, all of the flavors are short-lived, right down to the finish, which is very clean. Rainer Pale Mountain Ale is very basic, light, lackluster and nondescript take on the style.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #117 (October 2016).

Oct 14, 2016
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper with a head that fizzed up like soda and receded to a thin white layer that left a sticky mess. The nose is a bit bland smelling primarily of mild biscuit malt and unmasked alcohol. The taste is a bit better with the autumn dried leaves and amber syrup notes dominating. A carbonation tang prickles on the finish with a steel aftertaste. I had high hopes for this beer especially considering it was near 14$ a six pack, but the flavor falls short in a single note kind of way. It tastes like a better cheap beer, but still a cheap beer none the less.

Aug 26, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with a lasting head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of bready grain, soft herbal/floral/citric hop spicing.

The taste is of grainy malt - sweet-leaning. It has a bitter-ish dry spicy herbal/citric hop touch in the balanced finish.

Slightly on the fizzier side, it is smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Light-bodied, it's malt-forward, with just enough dryness from a hop finish, it's a refreshing, balanced "old school" APA. A nice bargain - paid about 10 bucks for a six-pack of 16 oz. bottles at the Safeway in Bremerton, WA. The distributor was just putting it on the shelf - said it just came in, so it was a fresh pack.

Aug 22, 2016
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Spikester from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with two fingers of white ten minute head. Rings of lace.
Smell is mostly malt.
Taste is bready malt with some mild floral hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry.
Overall it needs some more hops! More like an extra pale ale.
I would drink it again but no great urge to have it anytime soon.

Aug 18, 2016
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beer that caused a bit of a kerfuffle here in the PNW, being as this Pabst product was brewed in an Inbev facility in Woodinville WA. Old time NWers were just happy to have some Ranier "come home".

16oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Poured an attractive honey gold color with about an inch of of off-white head that had decent retention and light-moderate lacing.

The aroma was basically solid, good malt & gentle hops, but bland. nothing really stood out. Same thing on the palate, nothing wrong, nothing notable. The body was pretty good; full, smooth, and clean. There was just a bit of residual sweetness on the finish though. Overall, nothing special, but a solid lawnmower brew. probably not worth the $12/6 pack price, but maybe grab a sixer to take to a cookout, so everyone can tick it.

Aug 15, 2016
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NorthwestFresh from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber and clear
Smell: Hints of sweet malt, subtle citrus
Taste: Balanced with roasted malt and just a little bit of hoppy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and a bit thin, but smooth
Overall: Very sessionable and easy to drink. I don’t usually like Pale Ales as many can be too bitter or thick to drink, Rainier Pale Mountain Ale is not like the rest. This beer is malty and slightly bitter, but goes down smooth. The bottle is cool too and the perfect size for the style. Perfect follow up to Rainier’s famous and award winning lager.

Aug 10, 2016
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Monotone from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear, bright copper color, 1/2" creamy light tan head
S: Caramel malt, yeasty/doughy, subtle hops.
T: Nice toasty malts, Great low-key hoppy finish, enjoyable minerally crispness.
M: Very crisp and refreshing beer, great CO2.
O: Like original Rainier, it's sessionable and easy drinking. I was a little spectacle but this beer comes off as surprisingly good. Great drinkability and the 16 oz bottle feels good in the hand. Love the vintage label. On my 2nd 6 pack now. This may be my new craft go to.

Aug 09, 2016
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Cheattle from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try Rainier's new beer! I had this in a bottle at my local watering hole. I pored the beer into a pint glass. Great light amber color, the beer starts off with a light malt and hop body and a nice citrus finish. this was a great light Pale Ale!

Aug 08, 2016
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Nwguy40 from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty coppery for a pale. Smells malty with hints of citrus. Taste malty in the front and citrusy in the back. Clean finish. Overall an easy drinking pale. The 16oz bottle is awesome!

Aug 08, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a three finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the brew is strongest of caramel smell mixed with some bready aromas. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a grass and herb.

Taste-The taste begins with a quite bready and lightly caramel flavored taste. Along with these flavors are some lighter hop notes of herb and grass. As the taste advances the herb and grass get a bit stronger and are joined by a hint of grapefruit. All the while the bready fades a bit all while some fruity flavors develops on the tongue with the fruity being of a harvest fruit and citrus nature. In the end, one is left with a modestly sweet, and mixed hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mix of sweet and light hop the feel is rather nice and makes for a nice sipping and easy drinking brew.

Overall – A decent pale, but nothing all that special. For the price of 10.99 a 6 pack of 16 oz bottles you are much better off going with other pales like Sierra Nevada or Oskar’s Dale Pale which are better and per oz. cheaper. A fun try, but too expensive for the overall quality and taste of the brew.

Jul 25, 2016
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pianoguy from Washington

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle. No discernible bottling date info but I got this beer when it was still cold from the beer truck that delivered it so I am reasonably sure it is a fresh one...

Clear dark copper body .An aggressive pour yielded a big, slightly off white head. Lot's of retention, Good lacing.

Smell is fairly prominent. Mostly malt forward with a little bit of grain and a very slight hop citrus scent

Nothing about the taste really jumped out at me. Taste is grainy, malty and kind of average with a very slight bitter hop finish.

Medium feel

I really wanted to like this new Rainier product that's now brewed in Washington again... I suppose as a macro it's good. As a craft beer, it's just ok. This was brewed by Red hook brewing. It reminds me of a blander version of Red hook's Longhammer IPA.

Jul 23, 2016
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jwilhelm3 from California

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep copper color, slight beige head. low to medium head retention and moderate lacing.
Aroma: Nice aroma of biscuit malt and some with some earthy/grassy hop notes.
Taste: nice biscuit and graham cracker flavors, with moderate bitterness. More English hops bitterness that is earthy and grassy.
Mouthfeel: well balanced, with a medium body
Finish: finishes nice, with a bit of grassy/earthy bitterness on the finish.

Overall a very nice session pale ale.

Jul 22, 2016
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WritesOne from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

To keep it brief, I was excited to see and try it. However, the taste was bland. I wanted more. My thoughts are that Redhook should build upon this recipe and make it closer to an IPA.

Jul 02, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt, a bit grainy, and light grassy hops. Profile is a little like an English bitter. Flavor is grainy biscuit malt, with a little brown bread, moderate dry grassy hops; flavor drops off rapidly into a light, but pleasant biscuit / grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. This new ale looks and smells pretty good, exceeding expectations. Flavor starts well with a nice biscuit base, but drops off quickly, revealing the expected mild grassy hops with just a bit too little support. The overall flavor is nice, with some English bitter notes, but overly mild. A huge step up from the bland thing regular Rainier has become, but sadly Pabst pulled the punch on this one. They have a nice base beer here if it was a little more assertive. Probably not going to satisfy experienced craft drinkers, but hopefully may introduce regular drinkers of Rainier to a more robust malt body and some more assertive hops, which can't be a bad thing. Pleasant enough and I happily finished the bottle, but wished for a bit more. Looks and smells quite nice.

Jun 26, 2016
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Jonnymoxie from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just moved from Arizona to work at Mount Rainier National Park. I heard on the radio that they were releasing the first Rainier beer to be brewed in Washington in ages. Why not get a six-pack of pints? Heaviest six-pack I've ever lifted off the liquor store shelf, but it was worth the trip to the cash register.

This is my first beer review, and it may be the first review on this site for this particular ale. Be gentle, please.

I don't have a lot of tasting notes to share (lack of experience) except to say that I drank it out of the 16-oz bottle and quite enjoyed the simple elegance of the brew. To me, it's like a smoother, lighter Anchor Steam. It's less bitter than Sierra Nevada's pale ale, and it is certainly less nuanced. It seems like it was crafted to be a nice summer session beer - it's clean, crisp, and refreshing. It has a slightly bitter citrus finish with a malty heft behind it.

I think this one's a very tame pale ale that will please those, like me, who don't cross over into the IPA realm but still like a slightly bitter edge. I think the beer retains some of the classic Rainier Beer working man characteristics while adding a new level of craft complexity. I give it a 4 rating because it won't be something I obsess over, but while I'm working in the park, I think it's a local brew I can enjoy regularly and recommend to others. Maybe they'll stop drinking that other crap Rainier makes in Irwindale.

Jun 25, 2016
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