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Mountain High IPA - Mount Shasta Brewing

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Mountain High IPAMountain High IPA

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mount Shasta Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crotor on 07-26-2004)
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Reviews by shirfan:
Photo of shirfan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks for the bottle, Chris G.

Pours cloudy, chunky ruddy orange-copper with a good amount of sticky lace.

Aroma is thick tangerine and organic, almost "catty" funk, definitely confirms the presence of Simcoe.

Taste: Simcoe hops take the lead again, imparting the same flavors as the aroma. Good balance with slightly caramel-flavored malts. Light sweetness gives way to a drawn-out pucker in the aftertaste; something like a smaller Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

Mouthfeel is just a hair on the thin side, but still very drinkable and flavorful.

A juicy, tasty IPA -- a nice changeup from the usual Cascades + something else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a darkish copper in color with a pretty good head that left some nice lacing.

Smell - I get some vegetative hops and a bit of grapefruit but mostly it's the biscuity yeast that carries this nose.

Taste - The biscuity yeast is even stronger at the taste. I can get the grapefruit OK but it is clearly playing second fiddle in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with some mild carbonation that fails to contribute.

Drinkability - This was OK but didn't impress. The malt I thought was heavy-handed, the carbonation lacking, and the hop profile was good but too soft.

Photo of PeterJ
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ironlung
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: HAZY orange with a ton of yeast floating around. (Bottle-Conditioned?)

S: I expected hops on the nose, but all I can make out is the malt, and some faint grassy notes.

T: This is where this beer shines. Not a hop bomb as I expected. Just a nice balanced IPA. some hints of pine and citrus bcked up so perfectly by the malt.

M: A little heavy, would benefit from more hop "snap".

D: I don't remember what the sixer cost me, but when I see it again if the price is right I'll grab more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance, average head and lace. Aroma comes off hoppy, cascades.

Taste, a little maltier, but the hoppiness is still there for an ipa, might have even a little bit of tree in it, redwood or pine or something, reminiscient of Mammoth and how they put sage or whatnot in it. Only real disappointment with this beer is its inconsistency, I suspect I've had a few older ones, swapping sweet maltiness for hoppiness.

Decent enough to check out. A good beer.

Photo of crowsoup
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Shasta- Mountain High IPA

A- Golden orange with a good moderate size billowy head. Small traces of lacing.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a sugar sweetened grapefruit hop aroma.
T- Sugary yellow grapefruit with a good dose of buttery caramel malt.
M- Thick and syrupy. A bit cloying. Big malty finish.

Overall- More malty than hoppy but still very good. My first from Mount Shasta and definitely a pleaser.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Shasta's Mountain High pours a clear, deep-amber-somewhat-copper body beneath an average-sized head of white foam. The head retention is pretty good, and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma displays malt with a caramel bent and grassy, piney, and lightly citrusy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and I'm impressed by its balance. It's a basic, straight-forward IPA that doesn't try to impress you by being more than an IPA should be. It's kind of traditional English in a way (there's a hint of buttery diacetyl to it), and kind of American at the same time. It's got a perfectly balanced bitterness that's rigid within the malt wrapped around it, and it comes through dry in the finish. And I like the caramelish (but not overdone) rounded malt with just enough hops to spice it up.

Very drinkable. And although it's 7%, the alcohol never really shows.

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of some local stuff while driving through Redding last week. Pours a pretty orange hue topped by a good inch of creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of piney floral hops, tempered by just a bit of slightly sweet malt. A touch of biscuit and citrus peek through in the background. Palate is all about the hops, providing a nice piney backbone that doesn't let through much else. A little bit of orange, a little biscut, that's about it. Body is substantial and a little syrupy - great for conveying the lupulin. A tasty treat from the little brewery in Weed.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and roasted malt mixture.
The taste is a moderate pine bitterness, sweet candy, then a moderate bitter lemon finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable IPA with some bold flavors.

Photo of drcarver
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - an orange (bordering amber) colored beer that looks like it's releasing more head than it does. A small white head tumbles to the top and fades quickly.

S - aroma of hops (floral and pine). Malt cookie aromas rise as the beer warms

T - its is unique. Hop bitterness at the start and hangs through the entire quaff. In the middle somewhere there is a hit of sweetness that is similar to sugar cookies.

M - Medium bodied. A nice bite with the a wet finish.

D - Seems to need to decide between smooth and bite. Right now its stuck somewhere in the middle. Not bad though.

Someone compared it to Troeg's Nugget Nectar. No, N.N. leaves this one in the dust.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a bright and semi cloudy orangish red with good carbonation. The malt looks thick as the carbonation in abundant it is slow churning in the thickness, The head is two fingers off white and rocky, it leaves good lace.

The smell is nice lots of big hoppyness but also some sweet malt presents.

The taste is good, it is growing on me as I drink, could use a little more balance but not bad, All the usuall big thick hopy pine grapefruit stuff here.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not great but I am enjoying it. Prosit MK

Photo of FACEMEAT
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a medium-dark cloudy orange amber with rather large chunks of sediment sneaking their way into my glass despite careful pouring. This beer has a lot of sediment in the bottle. large soapy bubbles make up the half-finger of head that left little lacing.

S: Malt and caramel sweetness dominate the nose.

T: This IPA is on the maltier, sweeter end of the spectrum. Caramel and honey flavors were the first noticed, followed by a faint hop bitterness. When I choose an IPA, I want to taste the hops. I don't want to be beaten over the head by them, but I want to taste them. I had to really try to notice any floral bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity with a lingering, sweet oiliness.

D: This beer was almost more reminiscent of a brown ale rather than an IPA. However, even the best of both worlds failed to equal a great beer. I'll pass in the future.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Glowing amber color with the a very very slight haze... Very compact ultra fluffy white head... Great lacing... Good Stickiness... Minimal carbonation...

S - Surprisingly sweet... Candied Sugar... Caramel... Malt... This beer smells good, but I'm struggling to pick up any hop scent... This is an IPA, right??? An IPA brewed with Centennial and Simcoe hops none the less... If left up to the nose, I would have never guessed this was an IPA... The nose is much more reminiscent of an ESB...

T - Terrifically well balanced... Quick hit of Simcoe hops up front, followed by all the sweetness noted by the nose... Malt... Caramel... Biscuit... The hops really surface and challenge the palette as part of the after taste...

M - Medium bodied... Good amount of fizzy carbonation... Taste fills the mouth completely... Bitter aftertaste lingers... Really nice...

D - Extremely drinkable and enjoyable... An all around solid offering that I could see me enjoying in the future... Definately not a hopheads IPA, but there's terrific balance... It's also an interesting interpretation of the style... A very pleasant surprise form a brewery that I wasn't too familiar with prior to popping this open...

Photo of dukew456
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass. On a side note, I will be pimping my home state's lone brewery's glassware as much as possible in my future reviews. Lazy Magnolia, cheers to you.

Nice one-finger head on the intial pour, which dissapates into a thin layer that stays the whole way, leaving lacing. The color is pretty nice for a standard IPA, clear orange, a little bit lighter than usual, but appetizing.

Smell is citrusy hops up front, but then an almost vanilla-like malt presence in the back. Good stuff, but a little bit sweeter-smelling than I was expecting.

The taste is similar to the smell, with an overly sweet caramel malt presence initially, which gives way to a bitter piney hop flavor, and then back to a sweet, malty finish. The hops are just strong enough to push this beer over the threshhold from a pale ale to an IPA, especially in the aftertaste.

A pretty standard IPA, nothing particularly special but also nothing particularly bad about this beer. A little bit on the malty side for my tastes. I could definitely see this as a good summer party beer.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber orange color, thin head

Smell- hops

Taste- hops, well balanced flavor, not too bitter so the average person can enjoy it

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, would love to drink more of it

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Glowing amber with quite a bit of haziness. The head doesn't rise very high, but retains nicely.

Smell: Sweet pine, caramel, dried herbs and mineral. I can tell from one whiff that this isn't the kind of IPA I typically enjoy. Too much malt and not enough fresh hoppy goodness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and resiny up front, a big caramel backbone nearly covers up the hop flavor, though I get a touch of pine, tangerine and dried herbs. The mouthfeel is a touch syrupy and the finish is a bit heavy on the astringent bittering hops. Pretty hard to drink, I have a feeling the sink will be enjoying a large serving of this.

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for including

Pours a light amber color with a good amount of frothy head that leaves a great ring of lace.

Smell has a decent earthy hop aroma, bitter to the nose, a little caramel is noticeable.

Taste hits right away with that earthy hop kick and leaves a long lasting bitterness, not very smooth though.

Photo of 1000Bottles
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden to amber in color with a thin light tan head. The aroma is biscuity, malty and floral hops. Flavor is almost tart with a hop tang. Decent bigger IPA, though the hops seem a but unremarkable compared with so many in your face citrus and piney IPAs these day.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny bits of fallout are floating in suspension.
Smell is of doughy, biscuits, caramel, honey, with herbal, and citrusy hops.
Taste is dulled down a little from the aromas with caramel, vanilla sweetness, and bitter hops mixed throughout. It's not overly complex but it's passable with Pale Ale/IPA flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chewy, medium bodied, with a residual sweetness that hangs around.

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

Deep cloudy orange. Tannish head with big open soapy bubbles. Big ole bottle conditioned yeast chunks at the bottom.

A bit of a soggy aroma. Spicy earthy hops with only the mildest citrus/florals. Reminds me a lot of HopDevil.

Thick flavor of spicy hops and rather unrefined malt. It really reminds me of a homebrew, kind of unrefined and recipe not quite perfected. There's way to much yeast on the bottom of the glass, suspended as chunks, the recipe still needs some tuning. Its too slick and sweet, tastes of wort...and is that priming sugar in there i taste?

Sappy resin finish and aftertaste. Overall it makes me want to keep drinking it, but not because its exceptional, just because it makes the aftertaste go away.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 11/7/08: Mt. Shasta Brewing Co.
Mountain High IPA 7% abv. into a pint glass.

Appearance=2 finger head after a vigorous pour. Good head retention.

Smell=mild, nothing overpowering. Hops are present.

Taste=Ok, mild. I would describe the finish as "meh."

Mouthfeel=alright, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability=Highly drinkable because nothing is overpowering and alcohol is average. 7% is not noticed. I would definitely say its an average IPA, good not great.

Photo of 1whiskey
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out a pretty copper-orange with a creamy white pancake head.

Smell is of ripe fruits and pine. Yep, it's an IPA!

Nice burst of resinous hoppy goodness...grapefruit and pine, just as you'd expect. This does have a nice biscuit-like maltiness to it, along with more earthy and spicy hop notes in the finish. Very interesting...sort of a English/American IPA hybrid.

There's a lot of viscosity in the body...I'd almost call this syrupy. And yet, I find it highly drinkable. Maybe I just love IPAs.

This is a slightly atypical IPA, but certainly one worthy of passing over one's palate. Recommended.

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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.