Mountain Goat Hightail Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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1.95/5 rDev -44.8%
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.
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.
07-05-2012 09:28:44 | More by mulder1010
2.88/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
04-26-2012 05:14:00 | More by Offa
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a slightly cloudy (from poor pour no doubt!) dark amber. Fluffy head quick to dissipate into a light dusting on top.
Aroma has sweet malt notes with a touch of hop presence noted. A small amount of grassiness detected.
Taste is a nice balance of toffee and bitterness. Hits of a citrus fruit make up the majority of the hop presence. Bitterness is not hiding, and lasts past aftertaste. What I get as english yeast esters mix in with the taste of toffee/brown sugar from specialty malts.
Overall a decent beer with no spectacular defining qualities. The kind of beer that one could enjoy in quantity without feeling the need to be intellectual about it.
03-23-2012 08:07:47 | More by Toffman
2.13/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
03-11-2012 07:41:47 | More by Murrhey
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-26-2012 21:26:47 | More by tbeckett
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-27-2012 14:12:28 | More by dansmcd
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
01-06-2012 12:17:05 | More by foles
3.28/5 rDev -7.1%
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
12-16-2011 10:47:36 | More by vandemonian
3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
This may have been from the bottom of the keg, but it was a little metallic--more than the other times I've had it, but these are the only notes I took.
Deep honey body with a low head. The taste is very rich bread and sweet. The finishing bitterness has the lingering metallic taste previously mentioned.
Overall a good amber, but I will look forward to having it without the metallic taste.
12-04-2011 23:56:13 | More by DocDownUnder
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-17-2011 09:50:12 | More by soju6
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
10-10-2011 00:41:50 | More by Zorro
3.08/5 rDev -12.7%
Dark amber tending to brown. Very overt, fruity nose - great lift and a real feature of this beer. More of the malty / fruitiness in the mouth. although it does fade in the middle and back palates. Finishes with a nice level of bitterness. Good effort for mainstream drinking.
08-22-2011 12:25:00 | More by Stew41
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
04-29-2011 07:57:24 | More by heygeebee
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-20-2011 03:10:20 | More by danieelol
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
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).
02-17-2011 08:39:24 | More by doktorhops
3.05/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
07-14-2010 23:26:50 | More by rowey77
4.28/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
04-26-2010 08:27:30 | More by istarilord
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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
02-22-2010 12:16:21 | More by Stavage
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-01-2010 08:39:13 | More by juju7
4.35/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
12-12-2009 12:44:41 | More by dgilks
3.08/5 rDev -12.7%
Appearance - Cloudy dark red, 2 fingers of creamy head with good retention and lacing.
Smell - Fairly strong passionfruit-like hops.
Taste - The passionfruit in the aroma is barely detectable in the flavour, which is dominated by burnt caramel-like malts. The hops are too spicy, and do not provide enough fruity counterbalance to the malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Definitely too cloying for the style.
Drinkability - Not an easy drinker by any standards.
Overall - This is certainly a flavoursome beer, but too much of the flavour is burnt and metallic.
12-06-2009 09:09:39 | More by Cs1987
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-10-2009 00:54:56 | More by laituegonflable
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-22-2009 23:52:48 | More by CrazyDavros
Mountain Goat Hightail Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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