Crazy Mountain Cara De Luna Black Ale

I am so happy to be off today. This week was really tiring and I needed some sleep. Today is New Jersey Pride, which I haven’t been to in years. I won’t be attending today either because it’s the first weekend of Philly Beer Week (since PBW and Pride usually are at the same time, this could account for why I haven’t been to Pride in years). Anyways, here’s another beer from the New York stash the lawyer brought home. She said that it was on sale, which may not be a good thing. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This mutt of a beer is truly unique, just like its name’s origin. Cara de Luna comes from a childhood nickname that founder Marisa’s dad came up with to describe her incredibly round and full face. The phrase is Spanish for “Face of the Moon.” We take German hops, Belgian Malt, and American yeast to make this Black German Pale Ale. A light mouthfeel lends itself to the soft maltiness and distinct smooth hop character. Leaving convention behind, this beer paves its own path….just like Marisa and her big ol’ face.”

Random: I like the label on this one. It’s cute.

This brew poured with a huge head. It was about three fingers high and thick. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark cocoa color without any carbonation due to the color. The nose was way more towards to the roasty side of the style. I got dark cocoa powder with dark chocolate and lots of roasted malts. There was a touch of smoke as well. There wasn’t any hop notes on the nose. The taste was also a lot more of the roasty side. There were all the flavors that were in the nose, such as the dark chocolate and roasted malts, but there was a touch of hop at the end. It came across as grassy with a touch of metal as well. I wouldn’t call this balanced for the style or a brew that would be very reflective of the style. The body was creamy and had moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with roasted malts. This was an alright beer, but nothing special.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit

Have you ever had a week from hell? That’s basically this week for me. We’ve been short at work for the past week, so I’ve been picking up the slack. I’ve been going in around 6 or 7 AM and not getting home until late. When I finally get home, I’m absolutely beat, so no posting. I think I’ve tried to put this one up at least three times. Anyways, enough complaining. This was a brew that the other half brought me back from New York. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lava Lake is a hidden little gem off of Highway 131 on the drive to Steamboat Springs from Vail. This idyllic swimming hole is the first place Doobie, the chocolate brewery labrador, learned how to swim. This Ale is our take on a classic Belgian Wit Beer. To make this beer unique, we add un-malted wheat, rolled oats, two varieties of classic European hops, chamomile, curacao orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and a rare yeast strain from the Old Country. This is a beer that can be enjoyed year-round, whether on the slopes on a beautiful bluebird day, or lazily fly fishing in Lava Lake.”

Random: I am really not into all of the ads on YouTube. It’s quite annoying.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. I was surprised at how little head that there was on the beer. The body was a very hazy dark yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The scent had notes of clove and lemon lime soda. The taste had a bit of tartness to it with some yeast and a lot of lemon. The tartness took something away from the beer and it just tasted like a poorly executed wit. The body was on thick side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with tart lemon peel. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again, it just didn’t do anything for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Crazy Mountain Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale

This was another brew that the lawyer picked up for me. This one happened to be on sale. I had never had anything from this brewery, so I was really interested to see how it was.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A healthy amount of wheat gives this beer a very smooth mouthfeel that is accompanied by a fruity yeast character. Belgian candi contributes to this beer’s light body and complex flavor. European hops team up with Juniper berries to offer a soft, subtle spiciness. Wise up and quaff a pint of this Belgian ale.”

Random: The label art on this one is a bit on the boring side.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. Given the style, it was surprising that the beer didn’t leave any lacing or have a larger head. The body was a clear, light amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose had Belgian yeast and tart lemons with some golden raisins and a note of tea as well. The taste has a bit of yeast and tartness with lemons. I also got a medicinal note that must have been from the juniper that was added to the beer. It wasn’t an overwhelming flavor, but it was definitely present. There was also a bit of candi sweetness. There wasn’t any booze that was detectable on the beer. It had a medium thickness body and low to moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with some yeast and candi sweetness. To me, this beer was really boring. But, it would make a decent introduction to the style for a new beer drinker.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0