Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,812
ABV:
6%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,943
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 15.09%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
304
From:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
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SCORE
78
Okay
Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 304
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. ABV is stated as 5.2%. Acquired a while back from a webshop. The label features a fat rodent-like thing with antlers....

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned and extremely lively. A hazy orange-amber colour with insane carbonation and plentiful floating sediment. Produces a vast head of fluffy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of leafy hops with hints of grass/hay, noble hops, subtle fruitiness, a touch of pine, caramel malt, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed hops. OK but nothing special.

T: Tastes of grassy hops with notes of leafiness, hay, mild spice/herbs, subtle fruitiness, a hint of pine resin, caramel malt, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a substantial hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker for the style. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of grassy, leafy hops, caramel malt, earthiness and faint yeast.

O: Lacklustre. Part of the problem is that I have no idea how old the bottle is. Looks OK; the carbonation lives up to the brewery name. Aroma and flavour are a blend of leafy hops with faint fruity notes, underpinned by caramel malt, earthiness and ale yeast. Body is OK. Drinkable, but the character seems lopsided and lacking in personality. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and roasted malt. Slightly sweet with caramel and a citrusy bite.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours brilliant amber gold, permeated with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a lacy 1" light ecru blanket of foam with good retention

S: aromas start ripe with bread crust, tropical fruits, citrus, floral, wet wood, earthiness, and a faint hint of tobacco

T: Mildly sweet biscuit, rich tropical fruits, citrus, and pineapple, begin the flavors with some earthiness and wet wood underneath

F: has a very rich creamy texture with a medium body and medium, very soft carbonation

O: This is a full flavored, very satisfying beer

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale, smells like a pale, tastes like a pale. Yup, it's a pale alright. I get the citrus flavoring, though not so much the tropical description that they provide on the bottle, but this was a solid APA. Lower IBU's than most pales (40), and a drinkable alcohol content as well. Not super hoppy as a result, and you don't get overwhelmed by the bitterness like some APAs slant toward. Nothing too adventurous here, but it works.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow 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, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a nice tasty brew.

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Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Golden yellow color with a nice thick head and decent lacing. Sweet bready smell. Taste was initially dry and earthy. As the bottom of the bottle was reached, a quick swirl produced a residue with a very pleasant funk. This beer seems a bit underrated.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep orange body, fluffy off-white head, few lazy bubbles. Nose and flavor contain soft tropical fruits, good background malt, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness. Body is medium-full, which is mismatched for the light flavors.
An easy drinking APA... nearly too easy drinking. Even in a 'light' ale light this I want a bit more bite.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up mixed and matched at the local Carnivores in Oakmont.

A - Pours a rather dark amber brown color I would have suspected IPA if you didn't tell me the style. Bubbly head makes for no lacing.
S - Well I wouldn't call this "bright" or "Tropical" but it does have a decent pale malt base mild herbal hops and in a way reminded me of passion fruit juice.
T - Herbal and vegital with a sweet malt base and a mildly bitter finish.
M - It goes down rather smooth so I can't knock it for that.

Overall not something I would get again but not as gross as the reviews make it out to be. BTW they changed the ABV to 5.7% so maybe the recipe has changed as well? It's definitely better than an "OK" pale ale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 8, 2015. Look is hazy blond with a white head and spotty lacing. Smell is herbal, vegetal and biscuit and caramel malt aromas. Taste is herb, spice, grass, yeast and biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium to light in body with sweet mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Chaz
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazey orange-gold in color, topped with a pale tan head. Looks okay so far.

Something here smells a bit off-style. I know there are two hops used, but can't recall which ones, but it's a fermenting fruit meets vegetal character (not cooked cabbage, thankfully) and stand out immediately. Thankfully there's nice notes of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) underneath the dominant character and I know that's what the folks like in their pale ales these days, so I can't knock that. Yeasty, and a bit sweet.

More yeast on the first sip, along with some mint and other (oily) hop character, but nothing approaching a classic pale ale or even the "new" light and tropical fruity-dominated hops character. Nope, this one is muddled and much different. Biscuit malt notes (great!) underscore the dominant and confusing hop profile, along with some decent bitterness to carry that dry and biscuity malt.

Drinkability is not bad; At 6% this one certainly drinks lighter, it's just that I can't where I'd take the opportunity to drink very much of it in the first place.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow beer, head vanishes quickly. Don't know what the hell is going on here aroma wise, more essential oils vibe than hops.

Grassy biscuits and your mom's spice cabinet. Bitter soapiness. What the hell is this beer? Belgian pale ale? The mouthfeel is mostly spices, not malt or hops. Maybe its yeast from a hefe, who knows, what a mess.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was an amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. Some light lacing settles around the glass nicely.
The smell had a fairly heavy malty to bready aroma. Some light caramel with some floral hops round out the rest of the aroma.
The taste was moderately sweet through the previously mentioned malts. The floral hops give the bitterness that I get in the flavor. Mild earthiness intrudes in a nice way and leads into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a slight sessionable feel to it. If the malt level was brought down just a tad bit more, I'd say this one could be just a bit more sessionable.
Overall, well, I didn't mind it so much for me, but for an APA, it did seem like the malt level was a bit too much.

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Photo of julesypop
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, no freshness date

1 finger of white foam, medium to large carbonation bubbles

A: Straw in color with notes of orange. Medium plus lacing on the rim. White foam, some large carbonation bubbles

S: Toasty malt, semi sweet, little to no florality, low hoppiness

T: MALTY translates. metallic after taste, All i taste is aluminum., caramel, little to no intricate spice

M: carbonation is balanced, feels tight and velvety. I enjoyed the sensation of this beer.

O: I find the mouthfeel exceptionally pleasant. Where some find it "flat" I find the "microcarbonation" very appealing. The aroma is nice and toasty. Good maltiness. The flavor is MORE than lacking. Straight malt on the front and aluminum on the back. Overall, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of mackeyse
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

First I am seeing of Crazy Mountain in NY and grabbed a single. Should have read the reviews here before picking this up.
Reviewers here are being nice. This beer is bad: Tastes flat, aroma was weak, no hop balance to offset the heavy malt. This beer should give anyone hope that they can distribute a beer even if its barely mediocre

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a malty and bready smell mixed with some rather strong aromas of caramel and a little bit of a floral hop. Along with these smells comes some other rather light aromas of a little bit of grass and hay.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested; big and malty with a strong bready taste mixed with a moderately strong showing of caramel. Right from the start there is also a lighter level of a grassy and earthy hop taste as well creating a base taste for the brew. As the taste advances, more hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature come to the tongue, bringing a bit more dankness to the brew. This dankness however is overshadowed by even more caramel sweetness, which in the end leaves on with a malty, sweet, and lightly dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is rather low. A little thinner of a body and a slightly higher carbonation may have been slightly better for the style, making for an easier drinking pale ale overall.

Overall – Ah… It was OK, but a little to malty and sweet with not enough hop balance for me. If you like maltier and sweeter brews this is pretty nice in profile, but if looking for a crisper hoppier pale, then you may want to pass on this.

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Photo of W_Des
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Denver Biscuit Co. Poured with a light amber color. Pretty low carbonation almost flat. Nose is really light on pine. Body is lightly bitter complemented by malt sweetness.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What a weird mix. Aroma is awesome! So dank. I expected a hopsplosion but was surprised at how balanced it was. The only problem was a lack of carbonation. Too flat, otherwise tasty.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight piney hops, earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, decent appearance, weak aroma, good body, but too malty for my tastes (reminiscent of a New Belgium).

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Photo of cdragos
2.01/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Who dropped their Fruit-Stripe Gum in my beer! I found it!!!

I loooove Crazy Mountain's stuff! Except this one. Maybe good for a Hipster's attempt to get that 'Coors light drinkin' chick into beer.' Ugh.

Not a good APA. I like piney-citrus flavor in my pale ales -not old chewed up tropical fruit flavored bubble gum. Interesting at first, but, nah. Not for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts and butter are present in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, having buttery flavors of biscuit malts along with notes of tropical fruit flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty for an APA, but has some interesting biscuit and buttery flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A light copper body sits underneath a cream colored head. The head recedes to a film of bubbles while light lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: A faint cedar wood presence, faint hops. Black tea leaves.

Taste: Spicy cedar in the beginning, some apricot fruit notes in the middle, and a hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very dry.

Overall: A simply straight-forward pale ale. Maybe a bit too tangy of an aftertaste but otherwise very standard and easy going.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

seems to have carbonation issues. it seems undercarbonated. anyway, a heavy pour produces very little head. a very one dimensional peach/pineapple fruit flavor on the nose, not in a good way. taste of pineapples with some bready malt.
mouth feel is thin.

I picked up a 6 pack discounted to 2.88. oh well.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, melon, pineapple, caramel, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Pretty malty for a pale ale, but it doesn’t get offensive. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - good color. Kind of a sunsety goldenrod body with a white head. Good lacing.

N - peach flavors and some fruity hop notes followed by a little toasty malt.

T - not unlike the nose but a little... flatter maybe. The taste isn't that exciting but it is good.

M - fair body. Again it comes off a little unexciting.

O - very dede t pale ale offering. Would drink again.

Cheers!

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Photo of mattcrill
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Low to moderate pear and lemon hop aromatics up front. There is a bready malt base in the background but the hop aromatics are forward.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a moderate white head. Head retention is good and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Nice tangerine, lemon, and peach hop flavors with firm hop bitterness. There is a subtle caramel malt base providing a nice foundation but the hop flavors and bitterness are assertive. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with a powdery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No oiliness, astringency, or heat.

Overall impression: A hoppy American Pale Ale. Not sure why it hasn't gotten more love here. I found it to be easily quaff-able and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 304 ratings