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Mountain High IPA - Mount Shasta Brewing

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Mountain High IPAMountain High IPA

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Mount Shasta Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Crotor on 07-26-2004

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 57
Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 ralree
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Deuane
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big surprise is just how far reaching this beer is being sampled in the US, last I heard Shasta had like 2 exits, good stuff on there part. As for the beer, kind of lighter than I would have expected for a 7% IPA, smell was citrusy, not sure of the hops. Taste was caramel with a strong dry finish. This is an above average IPA, but higher marks because of where it's from, went to a wedding up there and it was off the hook, groom did a beer run mid-wedding, just spectacular.

Photo of velosuds
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
2.02/5  rDev -42.6%
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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of number1bum
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off white head. The head leaves rather quickly, but laces fairly well. Has a nice hoppy aroma of spruce, citrus, and a touch of sweetness. Has a good carbonation, and a nice mouthfeel. The flavor is hoppy with a good amount of bitterness. Has a watery texture. A medium body and real solid finish with a good aftertaste. A prettty tasty IPA

Photo of drcarver
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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 philbe311
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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 roan22
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer's label and packaging...for a beer label I think it is very arty and cool. Also known as Weed IPA..after the town in California where the brewery is located. I've also had a pint of this at Capone's about a month ago.

Poured into a tulip glass. A typical-to-style, orange color, with some foam which isn't too impressive. Leaves fresh lace on my glass.

Aroma notes I get are of the pungent herbal citrus variety. Lots of hops.

Taste is a subtle blend of different west coast hops..there is a nice grapefruit juice bitterness present, also a minty factor, and a nice spiceyness from the booze..plus a bit of herbal piney resin.

Mouthfeel: typical to regular Ipa style...lighter than a DIPA, fruitier, with a typical boozy spiciness and a nice bitter drying effect from hop oils..but it finishes pretty clean, which in this beer, I don't think I like [that effect]. The mouth feel could be more fuller bodied. my two cents. :)

Drinkability is very high for me..west coast IPAs go down like water to me. :)

Photo of Risser09
1.96/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly went away.

S - light pine and citrus hops with a nice sweet malt background

T - mild caramel malts and citrus orange and grapefruit hops with hints of grassiness

M/D - Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Nicely balanced beer that would be a nice beer to have several of. I'm definitely glad this one has made it to PA now.

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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.