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Amber Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,348
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
223
pDev:
13.43%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 70
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Photo of LikeARollingStout
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can picked up from Beer Study in Chapel Hill and poured into a pint glass.

A - A little darker than your average amber. It was more of a brown/yellow. Not too pretty. A fingers worth of head that raced back into the crystal clear brew.

S - Floral floral and more floral. I love it. Biscuity malts too.

T - Wow. I had to check the label again to make sure this was an Amber. Tastes more like a Pale Ale: tons of hop flavor. No bitterness though, as the label indicates that West Coast hops are added late in the boil. That biscuity finish is a true Amber finish though. This is a very unique approach to Amber. I was very pleasantly surprised.

M - Lightly carbonated and medium bodied.

O - A very sessionable yet flavorful Amber. It maintains balance and complexity. Where it lacks it beauty, it more than compensates in taste and smell. I see myself revisiting this brew in the near future.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was part of my haul from pokesbeerdude in the CANs Thrice As Nice BIF. It made for a nice pic, if nothing else.

From the CAN: "This delightfully floral Amber Ale displays a wonderful balance while still maintaining a profound hoppy goodness. We load this beer with a ridiculous and obscene amount of West Coast hops that are added late in the boil resulting in a hoppy beer without any bitterness."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beautiful VAIL VALLEY"; "PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY WHERE WE LIVE 1% of all proceeds from this beer goes toward The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, resulting in a dense finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber. Just beautiful in the dying light of the late fall afternoon. Nose smelled of evergreen and I was dubious of their claim of a non-bitter hoppy beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a more caramel-malt taste than the nose had led me to expect. It was not too sweet for me, but I also found myself wishing for more bitterness, so they may have hoisted themselves by their own petard, as my late Pops used to say. Finish was mellow and slightly sweet, but it just seemed to be lacking something overall. I was not crazy about Crazy Mountain. Does that seem crazy to you?

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scruffwhor
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Beer hearing about these guys for a little while and randomly noticed this made it to Denver…in purple cans. Pretty eye catching, which is likely a good idea these days.
Pours a coppery-brown color. Head was par for the course.
Slightly hoppy on the nose initially, but subsequently tends to favor a malt note. Again, pretty normal.
The taste is semi-sweet initially with a pumpernickel bready flavor. A little bit of an herbal zing kicks in from the hops. Some pear-like fruity character sneaks in from the yeast, too. The finish is slightly bitter, but gives way to a lingering caramel malt flavor. That herbal character from the hops is a nice compliment and shows up more as the beer warms.
I’d say it reminds me of many American beers loosely defined as an ESB, which I admittedly usually enjoy.
In a world with amber beers usually being a bit boring, this one kept my attention and didn’t taste just like all of the others.
I can see this one working well in any season, too.
Not a bad flagship at all. Hopefully we’ll get some more from them…and if not I might just have to make Edwards a stop on my next western slope trek.

EDIT: My initial cans of this were good, but subsequent ones have been anywhere from having low carbonation to being literally dead flat. I bought another single can just to make sure it wasn't an issue with mine and it was about 90% still, too. There's definitely something up with their canning process that isn't keeping this beer carbonated.
My initial impression was positive I'd say it was one of the better amber beers in the state. As a flat beer it leaves a lot to be desired. I didn't mess with the other scores, but I took mouthfeel way down.
While that didn't affect the overall score all that much - know that you're taking a bit of a risk with these.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this guy at Mondo Vino. Another can!

I'm calling this a summer amber, which means to me that it's amber yet crisp, but not overly hoppy. And I first had it in the summer.

Light amber and copper color when poured. Off-tan head, some lacing. It is a bit lighter than most other ambers.

Has a nice floral nose with caramel dipped citrus. Malty is the strong undertone. Seems as though the bitterness will be snappy

And it isn't all snappy. Still the malt carries the beer, but the hops provide a little something extra. The florals turn to citrus then back to more of a green flavor. Sweet bread is light and nice throughout. Would go well with some grilled meats in the sun

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can

Poured into a DFH glass a nice clean/clear amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice citrusy note. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a nice tasty brew.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light amber/orange-tinged copper. Thin head. Smells worty, kinda like Grape Nuts. Toast and fruity esters. Taste reminds me of a couple other Colorado flagship brews: has the toasty cocoa of Fat Tire with the big fruity esters of a Great Divide Denver Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with a calm carbonation. Overall, this is far from great, but the characteristics that it shares with the two aforementioned brews gives it nostalgia points with me.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few cans in an LA Whole Foods. I'm usually not a fan of amber/red ales. I find they're too thick and not flavorful enough. This, however, is a touch lighter and has a great balance of spicy, lightly fruity hops with rich toast and biscuit, almost like a Biscoff, barley. The aroma lacks hops, but has a pleasant caramel and toffee character. Overall, a welcome take on the style. It's not really low enough in alcohol to be a session beer, but I'd be happy to sit down and have a few.

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Photo of GimmeAGuinness
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of deanhead
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this beer even with a moderately vigorous pour. The color is spot on amber to almost a garnet hue. Deep and rich colored.
Hints of grainy notes in the aroma. No hop presence at all.
Malty and biscuity taste. Although it is slightly thin in mouthfeel is certainly followed by a clean finish. The beer is as advertised, "not bitter" by an stretch, but lacks flavor and aroma. meh. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a small cap of white head...not much retention or lacing.

Nose is plenty hoppy...grassy and floral with a significant nutty-caramel malt backdrop. Maybe a little honey as well. Smells ok, but I cant help but think a more tropical hop varietal might have served better.

Taste throws out some more floral hop flavors with a fair amount of bitterness. The malt is more toasty than sweet and the yeast plays a little bit of a factor in the flavor...perhaps some sourdough bread. Not bad, I was expecting a bit more from a new CO canning operation, and I do like the wit they do more than this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.32/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked up a sixer of this because the description led me to believe it was hoppy. It was not. Total waste of $9. Reddish amber color, decent lace, looks pretty good. The smell is malts and buttered popcorn, uh-oh. The flavor was more malts dripping with butter. I'm no brewer but I've been told this buttered popcorn flavor is diacetyl and I can't stand it. I'd try this again on tap but I won't be buying any more cans, yuck.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of biscuit, toasted, and caramel malts, with bits of associated sweetness and notes of earthy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale seems very malty from the smell and taste, but there enough in a he way of underlying hops to mask any sweetness and keep this beer drinkable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and feel, but otherwise mostly malt, malt, malt.

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Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of scottyshades
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aroma of carmel, fruittiness, graininess and earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, fruittiness and light graininess with a smooth lingering malty finish.

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Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Blue Moose in Vail, CO

A - pours an amber color without much head

S - biscuity malts dominate the nose, without much else going on

T - the taste follows the nose. The biscuity malts are the most dominate flavor; the malts are balanced by some grassy hops

M - full bodied that goes down nicely

D - This tastes awfully similar to fat tire, but the biscuity malts are a tad bit sweeter and the hops a little bit more noticeable. Pretty enjoyable amber ale. I would definitely get this again if I am in the area.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent sized light tan head leaves a biscuit like small mound in the middle of the glass above a clear copper with a hint of red colored beer.

Light caramel malts mix well with citrus to pine hops in the aroma of this amber.

More light caramel malts with pine to citrus hops taste this is not overpowering but well balanced and easy to drink.

Light caramel aspect on a somewhat dry aftertaste on this medium bodied amber ale.

A very easy beer to drink with some good laid back qualities, I think I could go through a 6 pack in a relatively short period of time.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Amber Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 223 ratings