Beer: Amber Ale
Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Style: American Amber Ale
Serving Style: Can
Drinking Establishment: Broomfield, Colorado
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear dark amber body with a thick, bubbly golden meringue-like head.
Smell: It smells like being surrounded by a forest of conifers. According to a Colorado resident, it is reminiscent of an autumn day in Vail.
Flavor: The first sip is almost off-puttingly bitter. However, it quickly mellows out to a super balanced sweet caramel and bright grapefruit taste. While that combination might sound atrocious, it’s actually quite delicious.
Feel: It’s a little thin, a little oily, and wildly carbonated.
Concluding Remark: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company produces a slew of beers in the beautiful Vail Valley, Colorado. While New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale is largely modeled after European precedents, Crazy Mountain’s Amber is an homage to the fresh ingredients of the region. Brewed in a high altitude with fresh mountain water, Crazy Mountain uses tons of West Coast hops–the ever so floral and citrusy Cascade and the ever so less interesting Centennial. The result is a crisp, refreshing Amber Ale. However, this beer is not for the hop-faint of heart. It’s bold, flavorful, and tastes like what I imagine a hike through the Vail Valley would taste like if you could taste a hike.