Mountain High IPA - Mount Shasta Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev 0%
"Seven beers followed by two Scotches and a thimble of marijuana and it's funny how sleep comes all on its own."
Bronzed orange with a light yeasty haze. The 'pffft' on cap cracking was generous, as is the golden beige lid after a gentle pour. The foam filled more than half the glass initially and isn't giving ground willingly. Extensive, delicate lace is a nice accent to an already good looking appearance.
Given the hop bill (Centennial and Simcoe), the nose isn't as wonderful as expected. It's barely toasted malty and is tropical fruity with a whiff of fresh pine. Not bad, just not a gobsmacker.
Mountain High IPA tastes like organic beer (I haven't yet checked to see if Mount Shasta is an organic brewery). The flavor has that earthy muskiness that is often present in beer that uses less than high quality ingredients. 62 IBUs worth of bitterness almost, but not quite, covers up the off-flavors.
With more and better hop flavor, the taste score would be one notch higher... if you're a hophead. Along with more caramel than expected, I can appreciate white grapefruit peel and pine sap. One would think that a beer named Mountain High, brewed in the town of Weed, would have more of a ganja vibe than is present here.
The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and the ABV. It's more glassy smooth than expected, given the amount of bitterness. For some reason, the alpha acids aren't as buzzsaw-like on the tongue as they are dessicating during and after the finish.
Mountain High IPA isn't as impressive as Shastafarian Porter, the only other MSB beer to have entered my glass. The hop bill is well chosen and the amount of bitterness is on the money, but it would be great if the brewers could wring more good hop flavor out of this recipe.
10-07-2008 12:59:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-03-2009 00:52:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours hazy orange amber with a thin bubbly head. Strands of lacing stick.
The smell is of caramel and pine. I can see this going down the caramelly interpretation road...Hops not abounding, but there. There is a mustiness to it.
In the taste a piney/herbal hop character mixes with caramel/toffee. A touch of alcohol shows with a mild bite. It has a dry finish.
It has a medium body, with medium carbonation.
Drinkable for a 7% brew. It certainly has a malty backing. I was torn on the score on this one, hoping for more citrus, but it "grew" on me enough to lift to the the higher of the scores I had in mind for the taste. Was expecting/hoping for more (and less caramel and mustiness), but there is enough hop presence to that is tasty enough to give it a nice taste.
03-18-2009 03:09:21 | More by jwc215
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear copper hue and is topped by a frothy thick light tan head. The aroma is dominated by the citrus notes and caramel that seems a bit stale, but subtly so. The aroma is actually quite malty, and the citrus hop notes are note quite as dominant as is typical. The beer is lightly sweet up front, but then moves to a malty sweet finish that has notes of caramel and toasted malt. There is a fair amount of hops here, but not as much as I would perhaps like. The hops are nicely bitter in the finish with notes of pine, basil and a bit of citrusy grapefruit as well.
07-07-2005 03:02:33 | More by Gueuzedude
3.53/5 rDev 0%
01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Amber in color with a light clouded view. Unfiltered? About a 3/4 inch head and solid small patches and streaks of lace left behind.
Smell- Light nose of pine hops, a touch of grapefruit and some lightly toasted malt-grain scent.
Taste- Almost tastes like and English IPA when I first tried a few sips. Has that English toasted malt flavor to it. Pine hops are noticable and combine well with the malt.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, midrange mouthfeel with a medium bitter aftertaste.
Drinkability- Perfect middle of the road IPA. Good flavors and well balanced and drinkable. Not great, but worth trying.
01-17-2009 00:32:40 | More by GClarkage
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
08-20-2009 00:03:21 | More by weeare138
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
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
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
11-25-2010 03:14:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
11-25-2010 03:07:30 | More by RoyalT
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
A-Hazed orange copper with a wisp of light tan foam that faded to nothing and left spotty lace.
S-Pine with some citrus hop aroma and a touch of caramel malt....not overly aromatic.
T-Wow....much more citrus aggressiveness on the palate than comes through in the nose. Like a caramel covered orange.
M-Medium bodied and quite smooth. Surprising amount of lingering hop bitterness.
D-Not bad....the disappointing appearance and lack of aroma was made up in the flavour and feel profile. Not a bad beer at all but certainly not an Earth shaker.
01-25-2010 18:46:29 | More by Deuane
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
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. Cap reads: "Try LEGAL Weed" & "A Friend in Weed Is a Friend Indeed".
A: Clear, deep amber with a huge rocky/foamy 2-finger ivory head. Great head retention and gorgeous sticky lacing. Tons of vigorously flowing carbonation. A fine-looking IPA...
S: Big spicy/herbal hop nose with traces of grain and sweeter caramel/toasted malt.
T: A more mundane, hop-centric IPA without the malty balance. Hoppiness introduces itself with medicinal bitterness, hints of freshly cut grass and a mild soapiness (glass cleanliness was not an issue). A spicy, zesty and flavorful IPA in general, though nothing memorable.
M: Highly carbonated mouthfeel, a medium body on the brink of fullness. Lengthy bitterness grabbing the center and back of the tongue and not letting go...
D: A good IPA, worth a try. In a world with hundreds of IPAs this one would fall somewhere in the middle to upper areas of the pack. Thanks to flexabull for sending it & giving me a chance to "try legal weed".
02-08-2007 20:11:41 | More by msubulldog25
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color, nice head, and some carbonation visible.
Beer smells dusty, bitter, and a bit citrus like. Aromas are kind of muted though.
Beer is quite bitter and sour up front. A very grapefruit like quality in the flavor. This does finish nicely with a bit of creamy maltiness. Overall it is does have pretty good balance to it.
Mouthfeel is above average, good roundness on the front, and a nice finish.
Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Not one of the best, but it is solid and quite drinkable. Certainly not my first choice in the style, but still worth a try, and I do grab it off the store shelf from time to time.
01-08-2007 01:48:55 | More by flexabull
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
02-21-2009 18:54:57 | More by NJpadreFan
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Picked this up at the Beer Stop for $1.50. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Goose Island shaker glass. The IPA appears a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of off white head. Aromas and flavors consist of grassy hops, pine, citrus such as lemon and hints of grapefruit, lots of caramelized malt, bitter and sweet. The ale is medium in both body and carbonation with a dry bitter finish. Worth a shot.
08-17-2009 21:51:25 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
When I saw this on tap, I figured I just had to try a beer from Weed (I didn't know there was a brewery up there and I don't get up there that often), and it took me by surprise. This is a very nice IPA, qith plenty of hop character, but enough body to really carry it.
Copper, this has a fairly good off-white white head that lasts a bit and leaves some lace.
This beer is very juicy, with some pine and citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit, but the grapefruit is not over done and there is well-rounded character and range in the hops. It also has a good malty body to carr this with lightly caramelly grain and fruit and malty sweetness. I didn't know the ABV at the time, and it was not evident as such, but it also likely contributes to the well-rounded character to support the hops, at least to me, since I usually prefer the higher ABV beers and "double" IPAs when it comes to IPA types.
05-13-2008 18:45:30 | More by Offa
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
03-31-2009 01:33:35 | More by philbe311
Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.