Mountain Goat Hightail Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Hightail AleMountain Goat Hightail Ale

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-07-2002

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seriously, how have I gone this long without reviewing this craft beer classic? 330ml amber bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. But it could have been anywhere.

Pours a solid amber hue, probably at the lighter end of the spectrum, with a perfectly clear body, and a fizzling effervescent head which eventually slutters itself out, leaving just some fine foaming across part of the top of the glass. Lace forms in some patchy streaks and dots. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is mild but pleasant. Some faint toasty grain characters with an up-tilt of faint herbal hop notes. Some peppery tones, and a rounded sweetness: perhaps not quite the "toffee" they claim on the label, but there's a glassy smooth character to underline everything. Like I said, it's all pretty mild, but it's quite pleasant.

Taste is still clean and pleasant, with perhaps a little more direct flavour than the nose was giving off. Light roasted characters, and indeed perhaps a toffee-like sweetness, without the weight or cloying sugariness. Some cleansing herb-and-lemon bitterness provides a modicum of balance to the beer, leaving a pleasant crispness on the finish.

Feel is smooth but light, with structure enough to support the beer, but remaining rather refreshing.

It's a very drinkable beer, and at pretty sessionable strength too. It perhaps doesn't have the in-your-face belligerence of some other Aussie craft (even some of the other purported easy-drinking, sessionable-strength brews), but this is a stalwart example of brewing beer well. Very nice stuff. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 13/8/12

A clear reddish copper with a few bubbles feeding a thin film of beige head that's gone in a flash and leaves no lace

S herbal hops with some caramel, a little citrus and a slight nutty aspect. smells quite good, some iced tea as it warms

T some leafy hops I didn't smell with some rye bread and purple candy, well balanced and nice flavors for a 4.5%er, a slight metallic note harms nothing

M light bodied and well carbonated almost too the point of foam, strong aftertaste for a "light" beer

O this one was gone before I made it this far in the review so that says something. a nice pale with balanced flavors

Would work well for a Summer session as it has flavor, very easy too drink and wont leave you walking sideways. Cheers Mikey for dragging this one around the Earth for me. (835 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour with a small and short-lived off-white head. Clarity could be better. Visible effervescence. New packaging is quite attractive.

Nutty, toasty caramel aromas balanced out with floral hop aromas. Good balance and certainly not a malt bomb.

Biscuity malts, toffee, lots of fruity character. Good toast in the finish with a hint of mineral. Moderately strong bitterness balanced by good flavours as well as the malt. The key here is balance and that is done well. Moderately dry finish.

Medium body, maybe actually a bit high for style but still nice. Good carbonation but it is a little bit prickly.

A solid hoppy beer with balance being the key. The hop profile is refined and well matched by the malt. A beer that could be drunk all night long. (761 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at a pub in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark ruby with one finger of white head. Opaque aside from the edges. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Light caramel, nuts, some fruitiness.

T - Nuts, caramel, bread, lot's of malty notes and some subtle hops.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, sweet/nutty finish.

O/D - Not too bad. Lot's of malt complexity but nothing else really going on. Lacked the hop profile that the bottle provided. (458 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  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. (272 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shit, what have I done with this? Opens with a huge pop and pours a glass full of head, with no liquid. Seems to be ruby red in colour and the head, which is Godzilla-esque in proportion, is creamy white and almost nitro-dense. Sinks frustratingly slowly, I want to pour the rest of the beer goddamit! A light bead in the brew and there is some gorgeous sticky lace around the edge. If the head were smaller this would look magnificent. Unfortunately the head makes it a bit silly.

Nose has floral elements, with pleasant hoppy aromas but also a dank or musty aroma, I think also arising from the hops. Hints of blackcurrant, cranberry and leather are evident, but mostly dominated by that musty smell. All in all it's a bit simple and a bit overwhelming, like stepping into a cellar that's been abandoned for years and has a bad case of rising damp.

A lot of malt on the palate, an earthy toffee flavour with a nutty edge. A dried fruit character is evident throughout, sultanas and dried apple coming through with that fairly crisp walnutty character, giving this a slightly sweet flavour with a bit of tartness just lingering behind. Finish is a bit of a trail-off, not much impact on the back palate but aftertaste has a distinct earthy bitterness, very resiny and mineral-esque, very English really, with a very slight savoury yeast character surfacing at the very end.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a slight stickiness indicating a bit of body, pretty well constructed really. I can't say this is my favourite style, but this is a pretty good EPA nonetheless. It's drinkable and inoffensive, fairly well balanced, and a very pleasant feel. An unpretentious drop. (1,667 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One beer I can't believe I havnt reviewed and pours a copper hue with a rather rocky three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is floral hops and a touch of toffee malts nothing over the top but not unlikeable,the mouthfeel is quite well carbonated but quite watery and the tastes are average it's just a mix of floral hops and toffee malts and nothing flash by any means and the mouthfeel doesn't help it's case and overall for its price it's just not worth it cheers. (477 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Somewhat murky orange with good near white head, leaves fast, slick thin head remains and some sudsy cling.

S - Malt base, hops apparent. Some light fruitiness.

T - Big malt center, somewhat held balanced by hops.

M - Light to medium. Lots of stuff here, just not a lot of each and not enough balance for me. Middle palate not there. Malt there, but thins towards end and hops aren't aggressive.

D - Nice beer. Easy to drink. (433 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -43.2%
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. (217 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep red, small tan head steadily shrinks to thin ring & wisps.

Aroma is slightly dusty pine sap, burnt orange, hint of syrupy caramelized grapefruit, pine bark. For comparison, it’s a bit like the Napa Smith Amber ale but more pleasant.

Taste is caramelized orange and pine sap and bark up front with caramelized grapefruit, toasted barley in the finish. It has a good bitter-sweet balance up front then a stronger light spicy-burnt orange-woody bitterness in the finish. It’s pretty good, but all the elements are a bit thin and subdued, making it somewhat bland, while at the same time it is fairly heavy. It has a thick, full, heavy feel, not quite oily but almost, which is not good for a relatively bland beer. (723 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy caramel, bit of pine and some fruit and fresh grain.

T: Nice flavor of a mild malt sweetness, bit of citrus, with a nice subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Has a unique character that makes it stand out. (355 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep amber/murky brownish pour with a finger of white head, nice head retention. smells of sweet caramel malt, honey.. almost like a barley wine in smell. the taste is slightly bitter up front, sweetness of all the malt overpowers this one.. slight citrus feel but mostly honey/caramel sweetness, a subtle nutty character as well. medium body, moderate carbonation.. creamy mouthfeel. a very nice unique tasting pale ale.mostly sweet but there is a hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. wouldn't mind trying some of their other offerings. (551 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with little head, a copper colour. Minimal lacing.

Caramel and almost a bitter treacle/toffee aromas.

Taste is quite pleasingly bitter, more so than aromas. The bitterness creeps up as the bottle goes down. I concur with another reviewer, somewhat akin to James Squire Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel a little thin, and quite highly carbonated.

Not bad. (352 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours into a pint glass a dark orange/amber with a fluffy off white head. Big lacing left.
S - Floral hoppiness with some crystal malt.
T - Very well balanced between floral hops and sweet caramel maltiness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a somewhat high carbonation level.
D - A tasty, refreshing english pale ale. Pretty good in my books. (343 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark ruby amber, thin film of head with some brief lace rings.

S - Sweet malt mainly, red fruits (apple, grape), golden syrup, low hop profile.

T - Malt forward, cooked sweet apples, slightly yeasty, some light hop bitterness.

M - Moderate to high carbonation, thinnish body.

O - Good example of the style. (319 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard crown-top brown 330mL bottle, decent semi-macro label.

Appearance: pours a clear orange-copper colour with some limited fine carbonation steadily streaming. An off-white head pops up and drops to cling at the side of the glass, constantly reinforced by the steady carbonation. Looks decent.

Aroma: citric hops and sweet grains with some earth and nuts.

Taste: toffee and caramel with a bit of citric hops and those earthen characters. Nice, if a bit too sweet for me.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness and malt linger through - still quite sessional.

Mouth feel: light in body and yet quite smooth - goes down quite easy. Moderate- to- high carbonation helps.

Overall: a good quality pale ale - I'm a fan. A good combination of malt, hop and earthen characters. Only problem is the AU$70+ a case price (2013). Found this one for 'bargain-of-the-month' style $10 a 6-pack - best value ever. Prob worth $55 - $60 a case, any more is a bit rich. (962 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Bought from BevMo because I've never reviewed an Aussie beer before. Reviews have me unexcited. Regardless I will review without purposely clouding my judgment.

A- Very thin khaki head. Vanishes nearly instantly. Caramel-ruby color with heavy carbonation. Some spotty lacing. Shame there isn't a bigger head.

S- Fruity and hoppy. Some citrus notes to go with what are floral hops. Some toffee and nutty smells as well. Not bad.

T- Metallic bitter flavor overwhelms everything. The malts taste overcooked and none of the love toffee smells comes out in the taste. Ick.

M- Thin, but very very smooth.

O- This beer has nice things about it. What they are I can't remember because the flavor is terrible. (767 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with decent head and an attractive colour toffee. Nice lacing too, really sticks there. 4

S: hoppier than I expected. Pine mixed in with some caramel. Nice. 4.

T: More pine mixed with caramel. Has noticeable malt and hop presence.. Noticeable but subtle pleasant bitterness. 4

M: Enjoyable, quite highly carbed. 4

D: The maltiness might get a bit much for some during sessions but overall it's a good beer with good drinkability. 3.5

Edit: Had some subsequent bottles which impressed me less. I'm a bit undecided about this beer, but the review will stay for now. Make sure you get it as fresh as possible.

Was pleasantly surprised. (647 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.01/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Note: This is the regular 4.5% version, not the export version to the US. Australian version.

A-- Pours a dark orange brown color. Good amount of orange hues to the beer. Nearly clear. Half finger of light brown head. Pretty much stuck around the film area once it settled down. Some mixed lacing with this. Couple of streaks and some spotty lacing. Nothing too fancy.

S-- Big toffee nose followed by some orange, grapefruit and some odd metallic smell. As warms up the metallic smell gets larger in the nose profile. Not real pleasing a smell really. Like the toffee nose though.
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T-- Watery, burnt toffee with some orange and pine notes. Hop qualities are nice but not the wateriness of it.

M-- Thinness of this really hampers the nice toffee feel to this. Really thin and quite watery. Little bit of an orange/pine/ grapefruit finish that does linger but the front and mid of this just literally wrecks this. Have to suspect the Double Hightail version is more rounded in the body. Some nice notes but just too thin.

O-- Have found with Mountain Goat that their larger format bottles and "rare breed" are a big improvement over the base range. This has some nice notes to it but overall just dull and unremarkable. (1,270 characters)

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