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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
77
okay

38 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Cs1987
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Cs1987, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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
Photo of dgilks
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. The head looks like any macro lager's head and is not particularly appetising.

Some hops (citrusy new world type) and some light sweetness. This is backed up with a slight metallic note which isn't great.

Toast, sweet malts and some bitterness. Where is the hop character and flavour here? I don't know what is going on with the flavour but it isn't an IPA.

Medium body with an average carbonation level that just plays over the tongue. Nothing special.

The beer isn't repulsive in any particular way it's just mediocre and while drinkable, not worth it when there is much, much better.

dgilks, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured two fingers of foamy white head with lots of suspended sediment in the cloudy amber-beige body.

Smell - 3.0
Quite a soft aroma, sweetish with an apple juice like fruitiness and not much in the way of malt.

Taste - 2.0
This is a beer that to me suffers from the "Coopers Syndrome" of having far too much yeast. Crisp with bready pale malt, red apple and moderate bitterness. The yeastiness is if anything, stronger than the hop bitterness, which is completely wrong for an IPA, and gives a detergent-like taste and astringency.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Possibly a little over-fizzy.

Drinkability - 1.5
The more I have of this beer, the less I want to take another sip.

OVERALL - 2.45
After the very competent Hightail Ale, this beer is a great disappointment. It is sad to see another Australian ale spoiled by an overly yeasty character. I'm not sure if Aussie micro brewers do it to make their beers more "Coopers-like", but I sure as hell don't like it.

LittleCreature, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden straw colour into my pint glass with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Grain and pale malt, slighty toasty. Some vauge distant floral and fruity hop aromas.
T - A biscuit maltiness dominates then a big bitter kick hits.
M - Medium bodied with a medium-low carbonation.
D - Overall this is a pretty basic, yet drinkable beer. It's too similar to the Pale Ale to make it worth doing both though IMO. There are better, more true to style IPAs around.

brendan13, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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

jarmby1711, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of hefevice
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

vancurly, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

DaveFL1976, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of koolk
2.13/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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
Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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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Mountain Goat India Pale Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.