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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Mountain Livin' Pale AleMountain Livin' Pale Ale

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 255
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 32.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 09-12-2011

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 255
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a solid APA from a can, drink straight from the can. Sure it's not a hop bomb (for an APA) like Dale's, or hop dominant/headliner like SNPA. This is a nice, snappy, balanced APA that can either be a) an intro to the style or, b) a fantastic camping beer.

There's a grassy/citrus quality to it that provides enough zip to give a dry finish. Last thing you want while camping is a lingering beer taste. This will suffice.

But the malt isn't forgotten. Very soft white bread undertones. I can see this going well with sammiches or grilled dogs...even s'mores if you can wait that long

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very fired up to try this pale ale when I learned it had my two of my favorite hops in it (Citra and Simcoe). Then I was let down when I first had it as I expected it to be a juicy citrus forward apa...it is not...in fact it is more of an English style pale ale in my opinion...very strong with the caramel/toffee malt impression....the hops are very secondary and do impart more of an apa touch with some sweeter citrus but this is very light and not a strong take on the hops at all.

With that said....while I expected something totally different this is still a decent drinker and above average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad pale ale, but nothing special. smells like west coast hops, resinous and bitter, with an english style malt backing. flavor is about the same, bitter in a refreshing way, with a sort of floral hop profile, not perfumy like the lava lake wit, but moving in that direction. plenty of body here, but still summery in nature, bright carbonation, crisp clean finish. overall a good beer, but something is missing. not sure what it is, but im not totally satisfied. worth a try because the price is right.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some lacing on a brown amber, clear body.

S: pretty funky with pine sap, toasted malts, earthy hops and some sweet, burnt caramel I could better appreciate after a few sips.

T: Toasted caramel malts, earthy hops with slight metallic and pine coming through greatest in the finish. Not very sweet, more on the tart side which may be due to this one being a bit old.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate caerbonation, definitly a touch under carbonated

Overall: the aroma initially wasnt very inviting but after having some on the palate the aroma matched up well and was more enjoyable. Stands out from some standard APAs, just not a great beer but good although this one may be a little old.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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 LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small off white to tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored pale ale.

Light sour citrus to grassy hops aroma without any dominate fruit taking center stage.

Citrus, piney, and almost grassy hops taste with some dryness also.

A lasting light dry aftertaste with some of the hops aspects sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting pale but it just seems to miss the mark slightly on being a really recommendable pale ale.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange/tan colored pale ale, this beer has a slight chill haze and a nose that offers some citrus, bread, and caramel notes. The foam level is good and it leaves a nice amount of lacing as you consume.

This beer has a flavor profile similar to what you expect for the style. Toasted malts, biscuits, caramel, pine, and bread greet the palate first, balanced by the flavor of citrus and peppery hops in the finish. You get some earthy character along with some floral and citrus hops and some peppery spice to keep it interesting.

This pale ale isn’t an amazing representation of the style, but it isn’t too bad and it’s got enough going for it to earn a small stamp of approval. The carbonation seems a little low and the overall taste doesn’t hit it out of the park, but it’s a decent offering nonetheless.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, a copper colored ale with a thin, off-white head. Bready, caramely malt backbone on the nose with some piny, citric hops. Tastes are malty with some earthy, piny hop, bready, caramel, toasted grain in the mix; flavors have a hardtime melding. Medium body, lower on carbonation with a fairly sharp, bitter finish. Overall, not a bad APA, but not one I'd get again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, white, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of a caramel backbone with citrusy and resiny hops highlighting. Very smooth and subtle nose. Flavors are earthy and richly sweet in the backbone and on the forward tongue, with a caramel undertone. Citrusy hops follow, with a touch of spicing that helps to lighten up the initial weight on the palate. Subtle roasting throughout, with a decent blending being reached in the aftertaste between all the different flavors. Full bodied, with a smoothness that compliments the initial rich and sweet flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but still smooth. Interesting take on an APA, but it misses the mark for me.

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Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Traded gf for a single out of her six pack. Bought from Morgans Liquor store.

A&S: Semi-lively transparent copper colored beer. Head pour around a finger fades to nothing pretty fast. Specks of lacing. Aromas consist of sweet malts with somewhat of a citrus background.

T&M: Very bready, hops flavors are again citrus but not very present. Pale malty finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good; nice smooth feeling beer (around medium bodied) with a blunt carbonation.

Overall: Very average APA. not sure about the price so I can't comment on that, but I would hope this wasn't over 10$ of a sixer. This is really picky but the can were in aweful shape: spilled beer specks on the top of the can which would be a hard outside Crazy Mountain because of the plastic covering, on top of that the sides of the can and lip were super crusty. The later could be post-production, but I couldn't image the former being one.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Mountain Livin' Pale Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a small head that doesn't stick around. Some chunky lacing.

Smell - Malts, bready, and some passion fruits. Sweet and malty, wasn't particularly excited at this point.

Taste - Rich and malty, passion fruit hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky, not overly boozy but at 6% where is the hop blast? Good drinkability.

Overall - Malt bomb, decent, not amazing, would not recommend for hop heads. If you are into maltier APAs then this is likely your thing.

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Photo of morimech
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Grassy hop aroma with quite a bit of biscuity malt. Also strong yeast esters that smell a lot like pears.

The flavor is rather pedestrian. Do not think it is old as it just showed up on store shelves. Does have some grassy hop flavor but the flavor consists mostly of biscuit like malt and yeast esters. Again with pears. BItterness seems moderate.

Medium body but just a tad undercarbonated. Just lacks pop on the palate.

With the shelves jammed with pale ales, this one will get quickly pushed out of the way. Decent but no reason to buy again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tannish orange and mostly clear with a touch of haze, 1/2 finger head and ok lace.

Aroma is nice, plenty of citrus hops and pungent malts.

Flavor is heavily malty, bread, caramel malt, biscuit, along with a fair hoppiness that leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Body is slightly watery and under-carbonated. Primarily I think it needs more carbonation, but otherwise isn't a bad beer at all.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
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 denver10
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice dark amber with a thumbs width khaki head that quickly drops down to a light layer on the surface. Decent lacing. A pretty sweet aroma of caramel and fruit, such as peaches and papaya. Hops show themselves more aggressively in the flavor but still still heavy on the sweet factor. Caramel malt at the get go, the fruit show themselves in the middle, and it closes out with a prickly earthy bitterness to it. Medium bodied, not too much carbonation but enough to give it some life. Enjoying this pale ale, it makes for a nice outdoor drinking beer. Not sure it all comes together as well as it could but its good and I do prefer it to their amber ale.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a light copper colored body with good clarity. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Stale, biscuity malt with some pine and spicy hop notes in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some herbal notes in the middle. Finishes with light pine, more herbal hops, and stale malt as well as a slightly harsh bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not particularly good. it tastes old, but since there is no date, I'm forced to assume that the brewer wanted it to taste like this. I'm not particularly impressed with what I've had from these guys so far.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a balloon glass.

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

Aroma: A faint cedar wood presence, faint hops.

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

Mouthfeel: A tad watery.

Overall: A little disappointed as this beer just seemed flat from the get-go. I'll re-review this maybe another time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a deep crystal clear copper color with an antique white head that last as a thin meniscus. There is a good carbonation that pops to the surface.

S- The clean aroma has some pine hop notes and a cream quality with some buttery diacetyl growing a bit as it warms.

T- The caramel malt leads to a dry buttery note in the finish with some woody hop hints mixed in. There is a spicy hop hint that lingers just a bit in the aftertaste. As the beer opens the taste turns watery.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is malt forward with a hint of hops and a bit to much buttery taste with the fizz scrubbing any hops out of the finish.

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Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can

A) Pours with a finger thick head, slowly settles leaving a sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Slightly hazy bronze colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Citrus aroma. Slightly piney.
T) Hop bite is overbearing for a pale ale. The subtle malt helps to bring some semblance of balance. Piney.
M) Fizzy. Medium body on the lighter side. Chalky finish.
O) An OK pale ale.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Crazy Mountain is the place to be; Mountain Livin' is the life for me. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet caramel, celery, light leek, mild grass, and a hint of flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, the rindiest part of the grapefruit rind, celery, light tomato, and a hint of orange peel for the sake of it. The vegetal nature and strength of the bitterness don't do anyone any favors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say this stuff is anywhere near my favorite pale ale, mostly due to the overly vegetable-medley tack the hops decided to take.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World in extreme western Denver.

This beer pours a hazy medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and overacting bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar honeycombed lace around the glass as things seep away.

It smells of musty, dank pine needle hops, bready caramel malt, a bit of blood orange, guava, and tropical melon fruitiness, a touch of black pepper, and further, understated earthy, floral hops. The taste is still musty and clammy, but with the hops having sneakily skipped town, leaving only an echo of rotting pine tree and muted stale citrus in its place, with some weakly biscuity bready malt taking up the flag in its sudden absence, a bit of spicy pepper and earthy, weedy hops rounding things out.

The bubbles are fairly well sublimated, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of pithy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt pulling cleanup duty for the near DOA hops.

Bleh. There is mention on the label of 'fading hops bitterness', and while I'm not sure we share the same interpretation of the concept, in the end, all that matters is that this is one bland, muted affair for the style, the overbearing musty, clammy character having no place in a worthy APA. A bit of a shame that I wasted suitcase space on this one.

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Photo of W_Des
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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 horshack7
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a clear copper with an off white rocky head upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Lots of grapefruit and citrus hop notes in the front. Tropical fruits, simple syrup light malty sweetness but it's in the back.

Taste: A good citrus hop profile. Light malty sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Notes: A drinkable beer not too much too it but it's decent. Cheers.

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Mountain Livin' Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.