Mountain Goat Hightail Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Hightail AleMountain Goat Hightail Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-07-2002)
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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of Cs1987
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of WHROO
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of smooth cream-to-beige head that steadily reduced over an amber body with great clarity.

Smell - 3.5
A slightly floral aroma with smells of sweet malt, grains, slight staleness, floral hops.

Taste - 3.5
Not bad, but not as tasty as I would have hoped for. The stale grain flavour (think old beer mats) is there along with crystal malt, faint fruit flavour and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Lovely, lively fine carbonation, moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not something I could see myself coming back to a lot, but certainly not a struggle to drink.

OVERALL - 3.65
This reminds me of James Squire Amber Ale, but I must to confess to preferring Chuck Hahn's brew. An above average beer and a good beer to see being produced by an Australian craft brewery.

Photo of joecast
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of WilliamLious
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of rec
2.5/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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.

Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy (from the yeast) coppery amber with a good compact off white head. Aroma is a very pleasant combination of flowery hops and caramel malt sweetness, although it is well balanced without one particular character dominating. Same can be said for the flavour, but it was much dryer than the aroma suggested. A little biscuit on the finish balances the firm but gentle hop bitterness. Soft mouthfeel re-inforces the gentle balance of this beer. A very drinkable well balanced beer. Pity it's so damned expensive.

Photo of rizzo
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a hoppy-ish ale that isn't in the American Pale Ale vein. Way too many micros doing this. Nice drinkable beer that goes the distance on a session. Good balance without over doing it. Enjoyed by beer fans and the average punter alike (at least it was in my mixed group of drinking buddies). Drink it if you can find it.

Photo of vancurly
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warm, burnt orange/amber. Cloudy. Off-white, heavy head, which leaves a nice lace.
Uplifting nose of English hops, and toffee. Some spicy fruit notes.
Flavours of toasty complex malts, some green-leafy hop flavours.
Medium bitterness.
I wonder if the Goat blokes would consider a cask-conditioned version....
Good drop.

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 April 2006

Clear bronze colour with a small white head. Good fruity aroma. Some citrusy, piney and floral hops. Background of toasted malt and honey. Flavour is of sweetish toffee malt with some bitterness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good Australian pale ale.

Photo of Brauluver
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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

Another great beer from the Goat boys. I've had some nasty versions of this around the traps, but it's good to tatse a fresh sample that makes me happy that things are looking up in the Australian craftbrewing industry. Sampled with Teaser.

Poured a nice red amber into the pint glasses, a slight haze from yeast of chill. Dense white head that hightailed (hehehehe) it out of here quickly leaving a layer of lacing to coat the glass on it's way down.

Smelt great, plenty of hop, almost earthy, like Fuggle or Styrians. A candied caramel toffee aroma from the malt and fermentation profile. Plenty of fruityness.

Tasted yummo too. PLenty of malt and hops, but what hits you first is the toffee and caramel, possibly a bit of kettle caramelisation? A lingering hop bitterness is pleasant enough, but needs more hop flavour for my buck. Very rich and full, complex and multi layered from the malts used, and possibly even a hint of alcohol, or I could be dreaming, or drinking...

A great beer, possibly one of the best Australian interpretations of the style.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of jarmby1711
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep bronze ccolour is full of a very small bead that is almost effervescent.
The smell is fruit hops , maybe banana skins in their.Whatever ,it was nice
The smell is carried through to the taste where the hops are gradually replaced by a smooth malty/honey finish
It is clean and the carbonation plays and dances in the mouth.
This is a lovely drink and because it melds the hops and malt so well is very very drinkable

Photo of warmdog
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of diablo14
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

yet another average beer from these fellows. promises much and on the whole delivers little. considering this is their flagship beer, it sums up their whole operation. no better that an excellent homebrew. and i could drink a dozen homebrew stubbies for the price of one of these.

approaching amber in color, prolly more a deep orange which starts with a good head, but look away and youll miss it, as it goes real quick. has a pretty fair fruity smell with some hops, which promises a lot in the taste, but doesnt deliver. like all their other beers, no balance at all. theres some malt taste, a little summer fruit taste, and a fairly good hop finish thats quite floral, and a passable level of bitterness that again isnt quite in line with everything else that presents itself. good enuff that you could drink a few and get away with it, but at the price theres no way youd get carried away.

ive never really rated these guys. this is supposed to be their best, and its not up to scratch on the whole. about the only thing you can say thats a positive spin is that its better than standard CUB or tooheys beers, but at the price you pay, holy shit youd want to to be.

Photo of koolk
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this many times at a Richmond bar that has this one tap, thought it would be time to write a review:

Rich red amber in colour with a weak weak head that I blame more on the bad pouring skills of the bartender not the beer.

Aroma is very very fruity, with a mixture between hop fruits/florals and esters. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

The flavours are...well...different. This batch seemed to be overly fruity. The flavours are of strong tropical fruits and a strange yeast/cheesey flavour. Reminiscent of pineapple yoghurt. After a couple it gets a tad plain and one dimensional.

Its a slightly short finish that is full and round.

I did enjoy this, however as I said this time round it seemed really fruity.

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.

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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.