Mountain Goat Rye IPA - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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2.7/5 rDev -28.8%
Pours a rather clear, and surprisingly light coloured amber hue. Head is full, fine and thick, and leaves wonderfully pervasive lacing. Very light-bodied, however, which I feel detracts from it somewhat. It's alright, but it could be better, especially if it were bigger.
Nose is crisp and generically hoppy with hints of musty, oddly sweet grain. There's a greenness to it that says "hops", but doesn't scream "HOPS!". It leaves it feeling like it really needed more dry hopping, perhaps with a variety a little more exciting than whatever they used here.
Taste is also decent enough, but generic and a little forgettable. Some faint, bland "hops" come through early, leaving a hint of spice and lupulin bite above a rather thin and empty body. On the back, the grain pipes up leaving a touch of slightly sickly sweetness that never really gets balanced by enough hops on the finish. Feel is also light and disappointing.
Really, exceptionally disappointed with this. Mountain Goat have done a couple of truly excellent left-of-centre IPAs in their Rare Breed series, and I always think that rye is a lovely addition to the style. But it's like they've forgotten everything that made their other IPAs good, and this is a true outlier in that series.
03-02-2012 08:11:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.14/5 rDev +9.2%
Pint at the brewpub in Richmond 28/3/14 from notes
A clear amber liquid, just a thin beige film for a head but even after it falls it still manages to leave a couple partial rings, my second pint had much better retention and left more lace so perhaps my first glass was dirty
S grapefruit and brown sugar, pine, has some balance working for it, the rye malt holds its own against the hops, good mix of tropical citrus and caramel
T spicy rye comes put much more in the mouth, lemon rind and the brown sugars burnt, tastes a little bigger then the smell, the rye malt plays a big part but still a crap load of hops
M medium bodied, stops just short of foamy, mild bitter kick, spicy finish
O I love a good RyePA and the malt takes center stage without stealing the show, worked for me from start to finish and I took down a couple pints in no time
I normally like a lopsided hop heavy IPA but this one hit the spot, fresh and spicy, I'm surprised it doesn't get a little more love on this site
06-10-2014 00:02:52 | More by wordemupg
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Clear copper colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention. The clarity is particularly good.
Exceptionally rich and bright hop character. This is the sort of beer I've really been waiting for in terms of hop aroma. There are tropical fruits with some pineapple and guava, mango, pine and some alcohol. It is a little sweet but still good.
Moderately malty but not in a dominating way. There is lots and lots of hop including all the fruit flavours mentioned earlier. The bitterness is there but the sweetness sort of balances it away.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.
I really like this. The aroma is phenominal with all the hop character that has been missing from Australian beer. I'm not sure where the rye went but I don't really care.
02-25-2012 08:29:28 | More by dgilks
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a shiny reddish colour, thins out at the edge, with impressive, slightly thinning off-white head. Lace is very decent, sticking around like that kid who eats worms. Looks like a very nice beer indeed.
Smells quite malty, but with a very noticeable resinous hop character as well. Floats above with a hint of pine, rubber, granny smith apple and noticeable lemon. Could use a bit more earthiness from the rye, but it's a pleasant aroma, fresh and intriguing.
Taste is a little bit off, to be honest. Leans fairly heavily on the earthy rye which tastes quite rubbery. Again, a touch of some decent toasty malt upfront that doesn't quite fill its potential. Hops are over early, fruity and citric largely, with lemon and a twist of grapefruit, that gets bitter later. That organic rubber flavour re-emerges late, ending on an odd note that isn't nearly as fresh as it could have been. Not bad, but needs something more on the end.
Bit fizzy on the feel, carbonated from start to finish, contributes to my growing theory that there's not quite enough malt on this.
Not bad, but it's the kind of beer I like, and it doesn't really deliver on all fronts, so I'm left a tad disappointed.
02-04-2013 10:39:41 | More by laituegonflable
4/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at the brewery. From notes.
A - Poured dark copper with good carbonation. Two finger white head. Hazy. Great thick drapes of lace with a full finger of retention.
S - Citrus, rich maltiness, fruity notes, and a blend of citrussy hops.
T - Lot's of malt but not overpoweringly so. You can tell the richness of the rye is adding to a more balanced version of an IPA. Fruity malt notes blending with lot's of citrus from the hops, with flavours like grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, with some passionfruit coming out.
M - Good carbonation with a medium body and a nice bitterness.
O/D - Really cool. Rye adds a nice richness and the hops are in the right place. A pretty solid IPA.
03-08-2012 05:46:06 | More by tbeckett
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose is pretyt fruity, with lots of peach, passion fruit and apricot. Underneath is spicy hints along with big caramel presence and toffee.
Similar fruity flavours, but also showing a lot of malt, combining to create orange marmalade characters. Nice spicy, bready backing from the rye.
Could use more carbonation.
03-13-2012 00:13:54 | More by CrazyDavros
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a dark murky orange hue which leaves a two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is piney hops,fairy floss,potatoes and a touch of eucalyptus,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of piney hops,grapefruit,orange rind,light caramel,a touch of spice from the rye but not too much but it does tweak the finish to make it not as piney bitter but a tad more spicy and overall its nice and would drink again but prefer Feral's version cheers.
02-25-2012 06:43:44 | More by ADZA
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
First of Style
Pours a deep copper - one finger very coarse head which just fades. Gone.
Aromas of citrus and pine. Something else I can't put finger on
Taste is a weaker version of the nose. Doesn't scream out the hops. Citrus well hidden, and much smoother. Moderate hop bitterness on back palate.
Mouthfeel - well carbonated.
Overall, this leaves me wondering what is the diff between an IPA and a rye IPA - I really can't tell from this - unless it's overall just a less hoppy taste..
Good but not up to previous Rare Breeds in any way. As such 0.5 off for value.
03-11-2012 08:35:27 | More by heygeebee
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Drank from my Mane tulip. Not sure how old the bottle is.
A - Pours a slight cloudy copper colour. White head, dies quick.
S - Plenty of malt, and yes you can really smell the rye. Grapefruit and Pine also present
T - Plenty of mandarin, grapefruit, pine. The Rye is somewhat subdued. The finish is malt before the bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation and mouth feel
O - Very drinkable and hard to fault, despite the lack of wow factor.
12-27-2013 09:18:26 | More by eric5bellies
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
A - Dark burnt orange with two fingers of frothy eggshell head with great retention and excellent splotchy lacing.
S - Strong rye bread smell, flour, stonefruit and honey.
T - Big bready taste, sour dough with some peach sweetness and a solid hop bitterness.
M - Creamy medium body with moderate carbonation and late bitter kick.
O - Nice balance of lovely flavours. I had this side by side with a fresh Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and it compared very favourably, in fact in won the day for my money.
02-12-2012 09:28:28 | More by dansmcd
4.13/5 rDev +9%
Love the adventurousness of these guys. While they obviously dig their hops, they still manage to change things up a bit.
Lovely bright copper color. Head is thick and fluffy. Medium carbonation gives good stability. Nice lacing to boot.
Aroma shows off both sides of the beer. Nice (without being overpowering) floral spicy and citrus hops tempt the nose. Behind that some sweet malt fills the gaps (was going to mention the spicyness as a quality of the rye, but could be hops as well).
I'll mention the rye first though it seems to impact the aftertaste the most. A drying spicy, almost like a light pepper, sensation seems to hang around letting you know there is something a bit different here. Bitterness is considerable but clears up quickly letting some residual sweetness and hop flavor shine before the rye finishes things off.
A really solid ipa. I like the way the beer comes together and everything really seems to match up well with other aspects.
02-04-2012 08:58:16 | More by joecast
3.05/5 rDev -19.5%
640 ML poured into a tulip
A-- Poured a hazy, darker golden amber color. Some nice orange hues to this. One finger of light tan colored head. On swirling get two fingers of head and very nice retention to this. When finally receding get a thick ring of lacing. Decent looking enough.
S-- Peach, orange, stonefruit, and just bits of a carmel backbone. Once warmed up more pine and grapefruit appear. More fruity than anything else really.
T-- Once again more about peach, orange, and soft grapefruit. Backbone is more evident in each sip. More of a APA than an IPA but taste is pretty good.
M-- Lighter medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish. Rye makes appearances in the feel. Gives off slight grainy, spicy and earthy tones in the mid palate. Does pick up more rye notes as warms. Workable.
O-- More of a rye APA to me but not bad at all. Needed more rye notes I thought but still a decent enough effort. Maybe a tad bit too light for me as an IPA.
04-01-2012 10:32:29 | More by mulder1010
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
Previously tried at least 18 months ago but never reviewed. 640ml bottle.
Mildly hazed amber with a strongly resistant cream head. Eventually abates to a 1cm raised curtain.
Pleasantly malty, with a slight spicy rye sharpness. Moderate pungent oniony hops, backed up by tropical notes of guava and apricot.
More rye in the taste, mingling with plenty of candied tangerine, mango and lemon sorbet. Demure but intriguing.
Light entry with a silky heft from the rye. Smooth and smashable.
Good sterf. Hugely drinkable with enough hop character and some spunk from the rye. MG really nail beers of this ilk.
11-02-2013 08:27:04 | More by spicelab
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
This pours a cloudy dark amber with a generous white head.
Very aromatic hops. Lots of floral talc like notes with an assertive pine resin aroma in behind. Smells great.
Pine resin comes through on the palate but the malts kick in as well. Big malt body but nicely balanced bitterness.
Medium to full bodied.
Another great IPA from Goat.
01-30-2012 07:15:19 | More by Macca
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
640ml from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
Has an amber-orange look about it. Nice creamy, beige head of foam on top that measures a couple of fingers, looks creamy and laces well.
Takes a while for the smell to come through. Initially a little rye-bread and that's it. Later some pungent pine needles comes out, but not massively.
Taste also takes a while to open up. Initially rye and pine and not much of either. Later it becomes a nice dank pine flavour that emerges.
Decent bitterness once it opens up, solid to big body and consistent bitterness helps keep this pretty drinkable.
Needs the large format bottle to make this work. Small format (tiny penis as some refer to them) bottle would really work as it takes a while to open up. I've gone from being disappointed with this to being pleased, so average seems to fit about right with it.
03-25-2012 09:10:19 | More by MrKennedy
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
Great beer, enjoyed it immensely, hope to get my hands on more of these
aroma: sweet-malty-citrus with some floral notes
taste: sweet-malty-citrus with spice and orange peel with some slight brown sugar and toffee
very tasty and enjoyable beer that seemed to improve as it warmed up. A brewery still going strong and in the top percentile for Australian breweries.
12-10-2013 08:16:29 | More by admiral
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
Nice fresh 640ml bottle, had with dinner at a BYO Thai restaurant. Smell is nice - very IPA-like. Maybe a hint of rye but it could be in the imagination. Hops hit the palate- pine like with a dash of tropical fruit. Only problem for me was the strong caramel sweetness. Cloying in my opinion and covers up any rye character that might have been there. I found myself not enjoying the beer as much once I got halfway through as a result.
02-15-2012 11:57:44 | More by foles
Mountain Goat Rye IPA from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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