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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Hightail AleMountain Goat Hightail Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-07-2002)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked these up from my local on special (same price as Matilda Bay Fat Yak). Both this and the Steam Ale are organic beers... good for them! Actually I'm keen to support brewers that make their beers with natural ingredients and without preservatives; if the Germans can do it on a macro scale why can't we?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: This ale poured with very little head, not a bad thing for an ale as far as I'm concerned. The body is a rich cloudy and earthy brown (bottle conditioned). The head (which left a tiny ring of lacing around the glass) is best described as beige... a good colour in this instance.

S: Caramel malts that lead to a fruity hop aroma, with no hint of metallic macro crap... very nice indeed!

T: The caramel malts come to the forefront and fade towards grassy hops that leave a bitter burnt toffee and slight caramel aftertaste. This is a classic English real (pale) ale flavour profile, which I happen to be a huge fan of spending a formative drinking year in the UK (my 21st to be exact).

M: A little bit on the fizzy side for the style but nonetheless acceptable. I suspect this is an ale that would really come into it's own if served at room temperature... that is to say UK room temperature (10-15 celsius) not Australian room temperature (24 celsius right now).

D: Two words: Session. Beer. Yeah I could down a six pack of this quite easily in an evening.

Food match: Dare I say fish & chips? I just did! Also could go a classic bangers & mash with this (with gravy and roasted carrots of course).

doktorhops, Feb 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

csmartin6, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey! That smell is really cool. Like some weird tropical fruit, mango or something, that you don't get in a beer like this too often. Other than that, a slightly above-average ale. Dark amber, the colour of Black Sheep; wow, that pineapply mangoy smell is good, taste is guided by that, so it's unusually good too. Mouthfeel is a little ashen. Man this taste is so weird, the smell is making the taste and the pulpy mouthfeel bits make me think that someone put a passionfruit or pineapple or something in my beer without noticing. Though clearly that's impossible. If I could get this on tap, I'd sure drink it! I'm surprised at how good it is. Smell is unique and wonderful. I love fruity, floral hop smells - amarillo hops maybe?. Maybe it's a little cold and I'm not getting the other ale smells - even so I dig this one.

Weizenmensch, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty horrible and sweaty, thin, slight malty, slight hoppy flavours, very metallic character, especially in the finish, gave me the worst f@#$n headache, and it was the only beer i drank that night, pretty horrible.

rastaman, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a warm amber crystal clear body with a thick light tan creamy head sitting on top. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. When I opened the bottle there was a layer of yeast stuck to the side of the bottle but it did not come out into the glass.

S- The light roasted raw grain notes was balanced by a hint of green grassy hops in the finish.

T- The dry biscuit malt flavor had notes of toasted malt that balanced it and there was a slight tartness in the finish of the malts. The finish of the beer had a green hop note that increase as the beer warmed.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture that really complimented the malt flavors.

D- This is a nice session beer with soft but fresh flavors and a nice balance of malt and hops.

rhoadsrage, May 21, 2007
Photo of WilliamLious
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish brown, high carbonation forming an excessive head but reducing to a thin persistent head. Some small flotsam.
Smell: Grassy and malty. Not a strong odour, rather weak.
Taste: Moderate bitters, and malty. Grassy overtone, biscuit undertone.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthful, fizzy and smooth. A pleasant sensation for the mouth.
Drinkability: A respectable drop of ale.

WilliamLious, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with a small off-white head.
Fruity citrus aroma, some grassy notes. Wholemeal bread malt with some toasty notes.
Bold toasty malt flavour, with some green hoppyness and quite a pronounced hoppy bitterness (slightly over the top?).
Good creamy carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale is a boring beer. The malt profile is bland and I didn't notice hops at all. Disappointing.

A: Amber brown colour with significant sediment. There was a head of large bubbles that faded to nothing pretty quickly. 3

S: Malty without strong hops. 3

T: Acidic malty flavour with some subtle notes of chocolate. There is also a dusty, almost muddy flavour there too in the aftertaste. I don't taste hops at all. Isn't this meant to be a pale ale or amber ale? 3.5.

M: Fizzy with small bubbles that really cling to the tongue. 3.5

O: 3

vandemonian, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orangish brown with lots of fluffy/chunky tan head that sticks around for a long time and laces the glass. Smells yeasty with some floral hop aroma and also some maltiness as well. Wow, there's a lot of hop flavor here. Not coppery at all, I guess not all aussie beers use pride of ringwood. It tastes a little citrusy, maybe cascade. Anyway, it's very hoppy and little malty. Finishes crisp, almost like a good IPA. The mouthfeel is very bubbly/tingly. Overall, it's a very nice beer, I'll be getting it again, and in greater quantities.

Kulrak, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose (grapefruit seems to stand out in particular) along with some hints of wild grapes.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops, the latter of which also contributes a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is very well balanced between the malt and hops. It is also a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of foles
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid english style ale to be had here. Nice noble classy, elegant, fruity hop presence on the nose. Nice mild malt backbone with solid bitterness. juicy english hop presence on the palate. This is how I like my english beers - with some carbonation and spritey hops. Only criticism would be a slight metallic edge to the beer.

Very good session beer!

foles, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of rec
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another extremely typical boutique brewery ale.

The pour is delightful, with a semi-opaque chocolate brown body and foamy off-white head that bares decent retention and laces well.

The smell, while nice, reminds me instantly of so many brews so very similar to this, which instantly brings a certain negativity with it.

The flavour delivers sweet malt with florals and biscuit, as well as a certain roasted coffee biterness.

The mouthfeel compliments the flavour and grows nicer as the brew warms. It nearly even saves it... nearly.

One to try, but not at all dissimilar to other ale brews found at your local micro-brewery or Australian boutique section at your local alchohol superstore.

rec, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -15%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of joecast
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

geez. long time since my last review. well, lets get back into it!
served on tap at tonights HOPs meeting.

clear copper color with minimal head. could have been the glassware or just served too cold. anyway decent appearance and we're not here for looking.

aroma was very light. neither hops nor malt taking over and setting an example. nothing off so it could have been the serving temp that had an effect. even when left alone to warm for a bit nothing really stepped up to leave an impression.

taste was very well balanced and left the feeling of being much greater than the listed 4.5%abv. the malt has a definite kick to it that has just enough of a hop presence to keep things from getting unbalanced or too heavy. a really good tasting beer that stood out from the rest.

nice full mouthfeel to back up the full flavor without really hurting drinkability.
the goat boys did a fine job with this one so best of luck to them and hopefully i can make it up soon to have a taste at the brewery.

joecast, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some confusion on this beer, It clearly says "Hightail Ale" but is says the alcohol level is 6.8% possibly they changed the recipe?

A brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of Ringwood. Mildly sweet and buttery with scents of grass and citrus. Little bit of mint in the smell.

Starts out sweet with tasty fig and molasses flavor. Mildly bitter with some butter but not as much as the smell would indicate. Something of a raisin bran flavor here. Over all mildly flavored but tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, though a little different.

Zorro, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of istarilord
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber colored beer with a reasonable white head. LIght hop and floral aroma with a bit of toasted malt.

Light, well-balanced flavor. Slight bitterness and floral hops with a light toasty caramel (hey, another beer that tastes like it smells).

Easy drinking ale, went well with my cheesy potato dinner.

istarilord, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mountain Goat Hightale Ale
Sept 12 2005 – Niagra Hotel
Mountaingoat Hightail pours a cloudy (almost Metamucil-like) orange color with a head that dissipates rather quickly. A subtle citrus hop note fills the nose, alongside a malty sweetness. Upon tasting, the most notable flavour up front comes from the citrussy(?) hops combined with the sweetness of the malt. It really tastes like they were going for a Coopers Sparkling-type beer. The taste isn’t at all bad, but the Halloween-like colour is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and while I can imagine that it comes from a combination of pale and crystal malt along with heaps of spent yeast that account for the cloudy body, I would imagine that your average beer drinker would be afraid of drinking such a concoction that looked like this that wasn’t some sort of orange juice. All in all, it’s certainly not a bad tasting or beer, and the relatively carbonated-yet-smooth mouthfeel is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, it’s a weird looking beer. Very little head. Orange. Cloudy. It looks like something that a person maintaining their regularity would drink.
Appearance: 2.0
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

DaveFL1976, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Brauluver
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour was light brown /amber,alt like.

hops subdued on the nose in a slightly citric tang.

Malty taste dominated by subdued toasty crystal hints with a medium body.

Hops are evident in the aroma and finish but not in the flava middle palate.

Looks good,smells fine ,nice to drink.

English with an american twist.

Brauluver, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -15%

bostonryan, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Stavage
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with two fingers of off white head atop a nice dark amber liquid. Retention was decent and reduced to a good lacing.

The smell was a balance between sweet roast caramel malts and floral hops. A pleasing aroma.

I found the taste underwhelming though. I found the malt profile a little thin. The sweetness I was expecting from the smell was not apparent, though a roasted malt flavour was there and it was well balanced with a zesty hop kick.

Medium bodied and with lively carbonation. I actually found the carbonation a little too much, and I wonder if this killed some of the flavour for me.

Overall a fairly drinkable beer. Looks good, smells nice, a taste that doesn't hit me for six but its certainly pleasant enough and the high carbonation makes it easy to drink. I think it finds an interesting ground between a sticky sweet malty English amber pale ale and a floral hoppy American pale ale. I probably prefer the James Squire Amber Ale but I like this enough to give it a fair chance to change my mind

Stavage, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of warmdog
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so this beer has received some harsh treatment I feel! for my money the best boutique beer in Australia, slightly ahead of little creatures pale, i'm sorry but it is. Though i do think the price of a 6 pack could come down to at least $17.

the lovely floral taste just hits your mouth and away you go, unfortunately I've quit cigarettes so i can't enjoy a hightail and a stuyvesant light again! but not to worry, i hope more people give this beer ago in the future!

I will also note I have a strong tendency to fruitier type beers, so maybe that's why I rate this beer so high!

warmdog, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of WHROO
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As in other reviews, this is definately a boutique beer...however I struggled a little with it.

It seemed 2 styles in one...I got the nice darker English Ale, with the sweet toffees, slightly burnt...combined with a Noble Hoppy American Pale Ale - full of floral grapefuit citrus, & quite strong.

This is where I struggled, my palate struggled with what seemed like I poured some Florally beer into my glass of Amber golden ale - just didn't gel with me. This combination made it a struggle to get to the bottom...nevertheless its definately quite a complex little brew.

WHROO, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus hops with some lighter notes of pine hops.

T: Moderate flavors of darker malts with some light caramel malt sweetness. There are strong flavors of citrus hops along with some lighter amounts of pine hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very enjoyable with the strong hop aromas and flavors but lighter bitterness. Pretty big for the style but the alcohol is well hidden. Not the easiest to drink because of the intensity of flavor but a very nice sipping beer.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was with much hesitation I picked up this bottle. I've had more gushers and infected bottles from these guys than anywhere else. But given some recent praise for this beer I thought I'd revisit. No freshness date....of course, I love a lucky dip! Fortunately it's not too old, isn't infected and doesn't gush which is a great start. Pours really nicely with a tight, creamy head. Dark copper body. Nose doesn't reveal too much. A bit of fig, dried fruits and some plum like sweetness. Medium carbonation, a smooth mouth feel some more of the fig like sweet dark fruits and some mildhop presence. This is pretty good. A pleasnt beer I would be happy to have a again but probably won't unless I can be guaranteed of it's freshness.

juju7, Feb 01, 2010
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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.