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Mountain Goat India Pale Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat India Pale AleMountain Goat India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

37 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-10-2003)
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Reviews by admiral:
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3.94/5  rDev +18.7%

Very nice IPA - although found it more of an American style IPA than an English IPA

aroma: malt, citrus, spice and caramel

Taste: strong grapefruit presence (especially at start) followed by pine with pepper and spice, along with slight citrus and caramel to support it. A nice clean hop taste with a good back-end kick.

A very good IPA by an Australian brewery which isn't too far behind ferals hop hog - very enjoyable to drink

admiral, Sep 01, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Released in 2002, this was apparently Australia's first 100 percent certified organic beer and boasts that it is "generously hopped."

Unfiltered, we opt to decant carefully and allow it to pour a bright, very clear pale golden brew topped with a rocky white foam head that shows great head retention. Pale malts, rhubarb and floral, fruity esters, with suggestions of caramel sweetness. Incredibly smooth on the palate, surprisingly medium-bodied and round--almost a bit chewy, with a kickass foundation of fresh pale malts. Sweet, but not overboard, with toasty, caramel malts providing depth. The carbonation emerges from the body and provides a gentle crisp edge, with a semi-floral hop character and fruitiness that follows. Residual caramel notes and a toasty sweet linger in the finish.

By today's standards, this leans more toward being a full and malt Pale Ale as opposed to an IPA; but as it stands, it's a tasty organic offering from down under--it's just not an IPA. Not even close. More hops, please.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

Cloudy light brown/bronze in colour, little lasting head. Nose is of sweet malt, some hops. Palate is sweetish with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Smooth mouthfeel, with little carbonation. Very light watery mouthfeel, with a cardboardy metallic aftertaste. Pretty bland and boring. Tasted like a hombrewed bitter that i had at the hombrew shop in Clovelly here in Sydney.

rastaman, Mar 10, 2003
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3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

(Served in a short weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy amber body with a thin creamy head of foam supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The aroma of dry caramel malt with a fruity sweetness but otherwise the aroma is pretty clean even when warm.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt note is soft and is followed by a green hop flavor that is rather no descript when cool. As the beer warms the hops become skunky pungent in the finish but not a rancid hop but more of an herbal skunk flavor. This skunky flavor was still faint and the hops were mostly pungent.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full fizz finish that boosted some of the hop bitterness.

D- This beer had some full caramel malt flavor with a good yet mostly pungent hop support. Still this would lean to the British IPA and not full in the American IPA sense.

rhoadsrage, Sep 24, 2009
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

benimmyeo, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours dark amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows hefty crystal malt along with massive tangerine and toasty characters.
More tangerine and caramel as flavours. A fairly assertive bitterness in the finish but the malt wins out.
Body feels syrupy.

CrazyDavros, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Subdepth
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Pours a deep orange to amber colour, off white head with minimal retention, possibly due to the fact the the glass had a little bit of residue from washing it. Soapy-like lacing that lingers.

S- Fruity, nice amount of malt coming through as well. Slight pine and grassy notes as well.

T- Grapefruit and tropical fruits straight up, bitter hops and the malt is nicely balanced, the citrus flavours seem to become more pronounced as the beer warms, quite impressed.

M- Not as carbonated as I expected, which is good. Low-medium body, almost creamy towards the end.

O- Pretty damn good for an Aussie take on an IPA, goes down smoothly and is refreshing, goes well with the summer weather.

Subdepth, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Super clear copper colour. Long lasting dense fluffy head. Tons of lacing.
S: No real hop aroma. A little bit of sweet malt.
T: Balance of malt and bitterness. Not to much hop flavour. Toffee and a tiny bit of pine. Clean bitterness.
M: Nice crisp finish.
O: Nothing overly complex but still a nice beer.

Hoptron_3000, Jun 24, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

Great Britain Hotel – Richmond
14 October 2005


The Preface to this review is that IPAs are my favorite style...


Mountain Goat IPA pours from the tap a hazy straw color with a fairly thin head. (It's a good looking BEER, but not in the IPA style that I've ever seen, so I'm knocking it 1/2 point) ...Another odd-colored beer to go along with their hightail ale. The nose is a mix of sweet pale malt with a nice hop aroma. The taste begins with a distinct hop zing with citrus or lemon overtones followed by a bit of malt. It doesn’t taste like much bittering hops went in it. Instead it tastes like dry hop city. Not as much of a complexity in the taste, but still quite tasty. This keg is darn near perfectly carbonated to suit the style and mouthfeel is great. Drinkability is also quite good.


I was suprised to see that this beer was in the "not recommended" category. This is a better-than-average beer in my opinion.

DaveFL1976, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of DocDownUnder
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

Imperial Pint

A-Amber colored with a khaki head--great retention and lacing.

S-Herbal spice, sweet and earthy hops with some pine cone.

T-Strong bitter front, almost sweet, but no predominant hop flavours, though pine lingers.

M-Very smooth, a medium-full bodied IPA

O-Very good, strong bitterness, excellent to welcome the summer in Oz.

DocDownUnder, Dec 04, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a dark bronze color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, roasted malt and carmel.

T: Taste is a bit of grapefruit with a caramel and some roasted malt. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and smooth, nicely balanced.

O:An enjoyable beer. Nice take on the style, a bit more malt than expected but still worth checking out.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

mungus, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of hefevice
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Maybe I should not have tasted this one after their Hightail Ale. Pours cloudy light straw yellow with a good bubbly white head. Aroma is barely there, maybe a little citrus hop, some very soft malt, but that is it. Bitterness stands out in the flavour, although it is a smooth rather than harsh bitterness. Unfortunately there was not enough malt presence or hop flavour to balance the bitterness. Nice soft mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation like its brother the Hightail. While it is great to see brewers here that are not scared to use hops, this one was a little unbalanced. Don't think I could drink two in a sitting, whereas the Hightail I could drink all night. Double disappointment given the high cost of this beer.

hefevice, Nov 22, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

CaptainHungry, Aug 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 27, 2014
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2.13/5  rDev -35.8%

A murky orange that in certain light can look brown, just like a murky creek. Has to be, without a doubt, one of the most unappealing micro beers to look at (at least it aint filtered!).

Fruity nose that has the usual 'mountain goatie-ness'. Hard to describe. Kinda yeasty, kind fruity. Sweet honey aromas also present.

One dimensional palate that stops halfway down. Hoppy kick at the front and then...nothing. Very ordinary. Fruit flavours of peach and passionfruit. Very unexciting palate - almost soapy. No real aftertaste.

Whats up with this beer? Its about as non-IPA as an IPA can get. It has been out 1 month as a seasonal. Thankfully that means it will go away after summer. Best thing going for it is that it is an organic brew, reportedly Australias first. Pass.

koolk, Nov 19, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

Tasted this at the Australian Beer Festival, September 2006.

Strange IPA, I reckon. The aroma & flavour were dominated by the malt & cereal grain components. Some hop, but not as much as I would have expected for the style.

The bitterness is moderate, and could be better.

More of a plain ol' Pale, I reckon. To call it IPA is a bit of a stretch.

vancurly, Oct 01, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

This is the second incarnation of this brew, sounds like the recipe has been changed quite a lot. Had on tap at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a ruby-tinged amber colour. Head is generous, puffy. Nice off-white colour. Clear, not much fizz but I can forgive for the sake of the beautiful head. Great-looking IPA.

Ooh, hop bomb on the nose. Lots of lemon, juice and zest with passionfruit, tinge of pine wood, yeah hops all over that. Not overwhelming though, strong but not complex. Could use a touch more malt to balance but otherwise an ideal IPA smell.

Taste also very hoppy. Not much to start with or at least you don't really remember the front once the hops kick in. Lovely woody character to them, pine and oak with lots of citrus rind. Genuinely fresh bitterness and fruitiness with slight leathery bitterness to finish. Lingers with lovely citric hop. They've really got the IPA flavours spot on here as far as bitterness goes, if only the start were more interesting, there's just a bombardment of hops on the back.

A bit harsh on the feel, has a bite to the bitterness which is slightly off-putting. Good body to it though.

Yeah, the bite and bitterness are strong enough to lower drinkability slightly, but it's pleasant. I can picture non-hopheads disliking this.

laituegonflable, Jul 09, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse.

Pours a deep slightly reddish amber colour. Good thick and frothy head of eggshell white foam. Lacing is excellent. A very nice looking beer.

Grassy lucerne characters front on the nose. Certainly green notes from the hops. Little fruit, but it's quite a fresh aroma. Bit of caramel as well, but only subtle, to remind you this isn't purely about hops. (Which, it arguably should be).

Taste is a good clean IPA palate - fresh and direct bitterness, with clean notes of pine and resin. Little body, or malt at all on the palate. This promotes the hops more than would be in the beer otherwise - it doesn't have a huge hop presence for an IPA. Quite thin, which aids the drinkability - it feels suitable for the amount of character in the beer.

Sinkable. Nice. Clean and fresh. I've had better, but this is not a bad example.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Nick09, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

hopnerd, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

jpd7374, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Cs1987
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

Appearance - Amber, cloudy, 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Pretty fruity, but not up with the best IPAs.

Taste - A fair whack of grapefruit-like bitterness, well balanced with the malts. Some may complain about the yeast presence, but I think it gives this beer a surprisingly Belgian character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - Another beer where I will never understand the reason for the low average rating. A fine IPA in my opinion.

Cs1987, Dec 11, 2009
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Mountain Goat India Pale Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.