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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
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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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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
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 lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 04, 2013
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 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 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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

dmorgan310, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  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.

wordemupg, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

dgilks, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  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.

tbeckett, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 10, 2009
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 ADZA
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

ADZA, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of srandycarter
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

srandycarter, Aug 23, 2012
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 Offa
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Offa, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

soju6, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -15%

bostonryan, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.63/5  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.

facundoCNB, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -15%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

brendan13, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

heygeebee, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  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.

dansmcd, Jan 27, 2012
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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.