Mountain High IPA - Mount Shasta Brewing
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1.93/5 rDev -45.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?
Appearance: Pours a copper/orange color that is transparent and has very little carbonation activity. A 1" head builds and shows good retention. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Toasty cereal grains. Earthy, herbal hop aroma. There is sort of a mushroom smell that contains some sweetness. I can't really get passed it.
Taste: Slightly bitter and pretty sweet. Cake batter, pale malts, stale hop flowers. Not complex. Not very good.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Not very bitter at all. Not much carbonation activity. The 7.0% abv isn't apparent either.
Drinkability: This is probably the worst IPA I have ever had. It's quite hard to mess up this style, but I think this beer nailed it. The flavors are odd and not close to complex. It's way off.
03-18-2009 12:19:24 | More by Risser09
2/5 rDev -43.3%
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.
09-17-2009 02:42:01 | More by largadeer
2.33/5 rDev -34%
A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap
S: Very light citrus on the nose, bit of caramel and light breaad maybe but simple and boring
T: Pretty malty, actually more malt forward than hop forward. Some citrus but simple and pretty unimpressive
M: A maltier IPA with subtle hops, no standing flavor besides a bit of citrus and caramel
O: Another medicore beer
09-03-2011 00:52:36 | More by barleywinefiend
2.73/5 rDev -22.7%
Recieved this as part of BIF 16.
Appearance: Pours a crystal deep amber color with an ivory head. Sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass and carbonation is noted throughout the body.
Smell: Very sweet smelling. Carmel, a touch of alcohol, and a little bittering hops noted.
Taste: Sweet up front, bittering hop presence immediately and throughout with a warming alcohol finish. I know this is weird but it tastes like a hoppy bock to me. Sweet and bitter but not balanced or blended well at all.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad undercarbonated. Oily with a long finish.
Drinkability: As I continued to drink this, I was disappointed that the alcohol was not hidden well at all. Kind of suprising for a 7% ABV brew. Kind of messy. I think I would avoid this one.
09-03-2005 20:08:22 | More by mattcrill
2.9/5 rDev -17.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.
A: Pours a light amber color with a decent white head.
S: Citrus with a nice malt base. I pretty good smelling IPA.
T: I didn't really care for this one. It's not well balanced and not all that tasty. The hops are bitter and harsh. There is a long lasting very bitter aftertaste. It's not very smooth.
M: Medium bodied.
D: A decent attempt at an IPA but no where near as good as the dozens of other standout IPA's available in California.
07-30-2008 19:33:18 | More by willjschmidt
2.9/5 rDev -17.8%
A: Golden, a little head, OK lacing.
S: Nice grapefruit. Very light. The malt also comes through nicely.
T: Malt is overpowering. Hops are OK, but not great. It's a very simple flavor, and not a good one.
M: Dry, non-astringent, over-carbonated, medium-light body.
D: Not too good, hard to drink.
Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010
07-26-2010 07:11:00 | More by ralree
3/5 rDev -15%
First had: on tap at Irish Pol, Philly, PA
How can anyone turn down trying a beer with a tap head that simply says, "WEED"? That said, this was a bit of a disappointment. Good for one round, but I wouldn't give it much more time than that. It had the punch of an IPA, but not the body/feel.
Poured into a goblet, a hazy orange-yellow with a big, foamy, white head that retained well. Piney, citrusy hops in the aroma, with some sweetness coming through. More of the same in the taste, with a fair balance of piney hops and sweet malts, with a bit of funk going on. Medium mouthfeel, and so-so drinkability.
05-22-2011 03:15:14 | More by Rifugium
3/5 rDev -15%
Pours clear copper with a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is syrupy and thick, with a warm grassy hop. The flavor is thick, gooey and sweet, with a grassy hop and a round, orangy bitterness on the finish. There is an apple-ish edge. Mouthfeel is syrupy. This is a perfect adequate ipa, but nothing nobody else is doing. And it has a syrupy quality that reminds me of a competent homebrew.
05-24-2010 10:48:44 | More by Seanibus
3/5 rDev -15%
eh, this is just an average IPA. it's perfectly tasty and perfectly drinkable and smells like a decent ipa and looks fine and all that jazz... but honestly, this is just another run of the mill IPA only the company hails from a town called WEED, California, so they call it the Mountain High... and the art of the hops around the edge of the main label kind of looks like buds. huhuh, it says weed, let's buy it... yeah dude... cool...
03-25-2007 14:39:35 | More by idResponse
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
A: Clear, orange color with tan head that is thin and settles quickly.
S: Bread, roasted malt, honey, and caramel. Hops are not pungent but faint pine and citrus.
T: Sweet at first, caramel, roasted malt, honey, bready, then the hops are bitter, piney, herbal, and citrus.
M: Medium body, light crisp carbonation with some alcohol warmth.
D: An average IPA with no flaws but no big strengths either. It is drinkable.
05-28-2010 02:47:29 | More by scottbrew4u
3.15/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a rich amber color, clear with a wispy covering of white on top. Head falls off to nothing fairly quickly leaving a spotty residue. Smells of an oily, vegetal hop, as well as a strong sickly sweet malt aroma that isn't altogether pleasant. Flavor is better, malt becomes more biscuity, with a nice bitter hop punch thats more grassy than vegetal and even a bit lemony. Alcohol more prominent than it should be, but bitterness sticks around long enough to counter that. Medium bodied, a bit thick maybe. Drinks ok, but doesn't stand up to all these great west coast IPAs that i find all around me these days.
12-19-2008 02:57:39 | More by aforbes10
3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at specialty beer store for $1.59.
Caveat emptor: just because a specialty beer store offers a beer doesn't mean it should be purchased. I selected a number of IPAs recently and have been disappointed with all of them. Glad I only bought a 12 oz. single.
A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with average retention and moderate lacing. Very pleasing appearance.
S-Piney hops with some citrus aroma present. Very inviting.
Looked like an IPA, smelled like an IPA....
T-Taste did not measure up at all. Would have been a drain pour if I had started with this tonight. Worst IPA I have tried.
M-Decently balanced with good carbonation. Rated lower to get overall where should be.
D-If offered one to drink I would drink it but only after concluding nothing better is available. A bit pricey compared to better West Coast brewed IPAs.
11-08-2009 01:29:13 | More by velosuds
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
08-02-2008 00:49:12 | More by SurlyDuff
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, wispy, white head.
Smell: Pale maltiness with scents of pine needles and citric-smelling grapefruit.
Taste: Pale malts with a mild caramel sweetness. Pithy grapefruit, a taste of pine, and a medium hop bitterness that rides out until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty par for the course when it comes to IPAs.
12-29-2008 01:00:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
From the top "A friend with weed is a friend indeed". Should I drink it in the closet alone, or share?
The appearance was a bright gold, medium clarity. The head wasn't anything to write home about, lace as well.
The aroma isn't what I hoped for. The hops are in there, but not in that juicy West Coast way. The overall intensity was a little poor as well. For the most part it was malty, graham crackers, honey, and caramel.
The flavor is still not too extreme in the way of IPAs, but it's better than the nose. The hops are of the herbal grassy variety and do deliver good bitterness, especially through the long finish. A bit of citrus flavor peaks in, to blend with toasty malt flavors and diacetyl. The same dashes of honey and caramel round it out.
The body is a bit light, but not thin. The carbonation is strong, and has a presence through the long dry finish. This one flirts with being a pilsner, just from the character of the hops. Hopheads shouldn't expect a big juicy WCIPA, and cropheads shouldn't expect too much of the sticky icky funk. However it's not a bad brew.
03-30-2011 01:05:41 | More by climax
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
Saw this brew at a local beer store and decided to give it a shot. I'm a fan of IPAs, and I had never seen this before. Please bear in mind that this is also my first review here, so if it looks a little bad, bear with me.
Served out of a bottle in a AB pint glass.
A - Look great. Medium amber color, clear with a nice one-finger had that last for a little while. Lacing is mininal, but that doesn't detract from the overall appearance.
S - Hops and a lot of them. Toasted malts come through and add a little sweetness to offset the brew. All in all, nice.
T - Different. Not saying that is a bad thing, but this doesn't taste like any IPA I have had to date. The very first sip was very metallic and the sweet malts didn't make much of an impression on the hops. After warming for a bit, it got a little better. Not bad, but not great either.
M - A little too much carbonation for me. The bubbles dancing across my tongue make it difficult to determine what is actually going on with this beer.
D - It would be easy to drink a few of these, but for an IPA, there are other selections that I would look to first.
02-20-2006 04:39:13 | More by SethB2
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
Served in imperial pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy deep honey color, with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lace.
The aroma was very weedy, as expected from a Norcal brewery, with some pine and floral notes over the light malt base. Those descriptors cover the taste as well, weed, pine and floral floating and the mellow malts.
The body was the typical light-medium you find in so many of the style. Drinkability was decent, I'd probably only have one at a sitting, but having a few while gazing at Mt. Shasta would be enjoyable as well. Overall, a solidly decent, if unspecial, brew. Worth trying if you see it.
08-02-2012 18:01:54 | More by beertunes
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
01-23-2009 03:27:30 | More by FACEMEAT
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
01-24-2009 01:44:06 | More by 1000Bottles
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
OK saw this at a local store..ive seen more of this brewer here in Salem in the last few months. And was impressed with their porter and amber..so this looked like a sure thing.
In appearance it is certainlly an attractive IPA deep orange/amber with a gorgeous bubbly ,creamy tan head.
the aroma however is puzzlingly subdued for a IPA..i really cant pick up much hoppiness at all..just some malts.
mmm again the taste is very mellow and mostly well balanced until the end where the hops eventually show through mainlly in the aftertaste..Nice enough on the palate..quite smooth ( though this is not a good thing for an American IPA).
Overall i found this drinkable..but in my opinion this is more an English styled IPA than an American one.
02-22-2006 19:51:10 | More by Reidrover
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a clear amber color with about two fingers of light beige head. Settles to a mostly full lace and leaves a a thin ring of stick on the sides.
Smell is pretty weak, making it a struggle to get a whole lot. I do get some caramel and toffee sweetness, with a bit of a buttery quality to it, and some citrus and herbal hop aromas. It's lacking for an IPA.
Taste is more robust, with herbal and pine hop flavors with a bit of bitter pith and grapefruit peel as well. Not as buttery as the nose but there is a toffee quality to the sweetness, rather than just straightforward caramel. Gives it a bit of an English feel to it. It's definitely an American IPA, though, with a big blast of bitter hops in the finish. Leans more toward hop bitterness than flavor, but it's not too bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, with moderate carbonation. Bitterness really lingers in the finish, giving it an herbal, somewhat dry feel.
This is not to bad overall. A pretty average IPA, but worth a shot.
06-11-2009 20:54:21 | More by number1bum
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
12oz single into a regular pint glass. Glad to see this brewery coming into SEPA.
A- With a nice hiss upon cracking, mountain high pours a golden to a light bronze color. A nice foamy 1 inch cap graced the surface for a while before settling down. Good head retention and great lacing.
S- This weed has a mild hop smell with a very slight bitterness to it. A bunch of toasted malt backs this with some graininess as well. The other usual ipa scents such as grapefruit and pine come to mind but only in hindsight.
T- A tasty IPA but nothing over the top. Getting alot more malt presense than hops which is dissapointing given this is from the west coast. Not much bitterness at all and much toastiness. Caramel as well from the malt.
M- thin to light medium mouthfeel with a slick feel while the carbonation is felt. Only a slight bitterness on the tounge towards the end of the 12oz.
D- A decent IPA but i expected a higher hop profile. Not entirely sessionable but good enough for two. I would like to try this on tap to see any differences. I'm excited to try more from this company.
02-27-2009 02:50:39 | More by BARFLYB
Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.