Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mountain Brew Ice

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chad9976 (1424) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2015
If you’re from Upstate New York like me you’re familiar with the Stewart’s chain of convenience stores (the 7-11 of our state). For some reason they felt the need to have their own brand of beer. Why they choose to go with the cheapest, nastiest recipe possible I do not understand. That’s what Mountain Brew Ice is – pretty much the lowest form of fizzy yellow adjunct lager there is.

This was previously known as “Mountain Brew Beer Ice” and was literally Genny Ice in a different package up until about two years ago when the contract went to City Brewing Company in Lacrosse, Wisconsin (the makers of Four Loko). Since this beer has a new name and is being made by a different brewery I’ll consider it a separate beer and this an original rather than a re-review. 

I poured a 16oz can into a frosted liter mug. It was canned on February 13, 2015 and cost $0.99 ($0.06 per ounce).

Appearance: Surprisingly dark gold color with a clear body. Not much visible carbonation, though it does pour to a large, bright white, fluffy head. It fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Probably the best aspect of the beer since it’s so faint. Minor corn water scent and a generic adjunct lager aroma. Though it’s actually more neutral-smelling than it is foul.

Taste: Not being a professional brewer I don’t understand how it’s possible to make a beer taste this bad on purpose. Is this brewed with the cheapest ingredient possible, or perhaps with spoiled/stale/contaminated ingredients? I always though the major macro lagers were bad, but this is even worse. It’s nothing but corn, metal and quite frankly – dirt. There is a bit of a cereal corn flavor at the beginning, but it’s quickly overshadowed by a foul metallic flavor of some sort. It’s not lacto or any character associated with non-pasteurized beer (I assume this is pasteurized to give it a long shelf life). I can find not hop presence whatsoever. This could probably be considered a malt liquor, though most brews of the style aren’t as foul tasting.

Drinkability: I was actually a bit disappointed that this beer wasn’t fizzy. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and slick and it leaves a starchy yet metallic aftertaste (higher carbonation would’ve fixed this). Mountain Brew Ice is 5.9% ABV which is about normal for a generic “ice” lager (it’s not a true eisbock, though). Each swig is worse-tasting the previous; and I drank it from a frosted mug! Imagine how bad it must be at fridge temp.

RATING: 1/10

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