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Mountain Goat India Pale Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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BA SCORE
77
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Australia

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-10-2003

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Photo of Nick09
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of hopnerd
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of lamergod
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Cloudy caramel body with no almost no head

Smell of sweet caramel that is followed by hops and floral scent. Added hint of citrus.

Taste of sweet caramel followed by bitter hops that is nicely balanced. Bitter aftertaste

Overall. Well balanced beer that is easy going. Fantastic beer.

Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Cs1987
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The latest in Mountain Goat's permanent line of brews, Mountain Goat India Pale Ale, is a different breed to their previous IPA incarnation asserting itself as a hoppier more IPAish IPA (if that makes sense). As the other standard Mountain Goat beers are already in a craft sweet spot it will be interesting to see how they approach one of the most popular craft beer styles around.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents itself with a nice clear copper body and a cappuccino froth white 0.5cm head.

S: Stonefruit Galaxy hops on right on the nose with a decent sweet caramel malt base centre. There is a grapefruit citrus tang but the most evident part of the aroma is the battle between the stonefruit hops and caramel base.

T: The flavour has a real tight balance between that sweet caramel malt base and the stonefruit/grapefruit hops that finishes with an above average bitterness. We would have another winner from Mountain Goat however it does seem to be lacking a flavour, perhaps some sour yeast would really have mixed/livened things up.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and some sticky characteristics.

D: It's goood, however as mentioned above the flavour feels like it is lacking one small thing. Which can be irritating because the potential for more flavour is enticing due to the hops and malt being balanced so well in this brew. Other than that it is only sold in a 4-pack at a 6-pack price and there is little more to motive one to purchase it again unless it is on tap.

Food match: Thai food is a decent match for an IPA of this bitterness, fresh Asian salads, Vietnamese too, pretty much any SE Asian country would have food with a sharp enough flavour profile to suit this brew.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Format: standard 330mL solid brown bottle, standard Mountain Goat-esque craft label.

Appearance: a deep orange-copper body with light red highlights. Looks quite viscous, with small fine carbonation across the profile. A very thick one-finger beige head sits on top before slowly dropping to an extremely creamy and rocky half-finger. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: a pleasant aroma of pine and resin hops and some citrus fruits, grass and some floral, with a touch of malt behind.

Taste: again the pine and resin up front with a good dose of bitterness. Quite heavy for an IPA in that it has a strong earth and caramel malt flavour behind. Dulls the hops somewhat.

Aftertaste: the bitterness lingers with a lasting sweetness, but most importantly the hop flavour lingers, not just hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy and viscous body with moderate carbonation. Possibly a bit too heavy, with too low a carbonation to bring those hops forward as much as possible. Still, very drinkable.

Overall: quite a nice English IPA, but funnily enough this one has a bit too much enphasis on the malts rather than the hops. A nicely complex beer and great on the nose, but to taste it is almost a bit too malt-heavy. Still, a really good-quality and easy-drinking English IPA. AU$85 a case.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hybrid English/US style. Lots of malt, but also a lot of quite bitter and resinous hops. Really quite a big bitter flavour. Lots of burnt toffee/caramel.
Unsure

Photo of jarmby1711
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Of all places I had this at the Pancake Parlour.It fits into their 'organic" inclinations.
The cloudy mid golden ale had a yeasty smell underpinning the bitter hopiness.
The flavours were middle of the road.Nothing to distinctive but certainly nothing unsavoury.Hoppiness complete feel in the mouth .
A good drink but didnt quite grab me

Photo of Subdepth
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Mountain Goat India Pale Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.