Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Shed Mountain Ale
Alcohol Content: 7%
Price: $3.50 at Manhattan's Pizza & Pub
Medium: Served in a pint glass
Aroma: Spicy yeast notes are combined with a pleasant maltiness characteristic of molasses. May also be described as a deep caramel sweetness with a complex fruity ale yeast character. I also detected a very lightly roasted character almost coffee-like in nature from the use of dark malts.
Appearance: Poured for a frothy, creamy, and contained tan to light brown colored head about one inch in thickness. Retention looks great with lots of residual lacing throughout the session. Appears to be a dark amber to brown with some ruby hints when held up to the glass. Moderate haziness makes the carbonation difficult to see
Flavor: The first thing that stood out most was its crisp finish with a balance of alcohol and semi-roasted drying effect lingering into the aftertaste. It seemed rather contradicting but they somehow play out very nicely. It starts out super molasses-like with a very mild bittersweet coffee grain character and deep caramel note. Hop aroma and flavors are light, pleasant, and earthy. Perceived bitterness is moderately low, but is enhanced with a slightly roasted malt finish. Well rounded and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Moderately-full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation to follow. Almost a nuttiness to the malts. Some warming alcohol effect in the finish. Feel very clean otherwise.
Overall Impression: This was actually the first time I had ever tried the mountain ale - trying to pick away all of the layers was a delightful experience. A way better offering than their IPA if you're looking for a little more full-flavor experience. This is an "all-encompassing" strong ale for any season. I'm not sure what category this would fall under if it had to be placed in one - Red Ale/ Amber? Winer Red, Strong Ale, Mountain? I would love to have this with my next burger.