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Mountain High IPA - Mount Shasta Brewing

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Mountain High IPAMountain High IPA

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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Grabbin2nd

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:36:14 | More by Grabbin2nd
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ironlung

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 23:53:26 | More by ironlung
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Seven beers followed by two Scotches and a thimble of marijuana and it's funny how sleep comes all on its own."

--David Sedaris

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 12:59:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Mountain High IPA poured an orange color with a 2-3 finger foam head and sweet lacing that was everywhere.

The smell was pine, grapefruit and sweet aroma. The taste was a good malt in the background then a raspy hop punch to the taste buds. In the mouth it was pretty thin and left a decent mark. Overall a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 04:00:23 | More by cswhitehorse
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:49:12 | More by SurlyDuff
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willjschmidt

California

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 19:33:18 | More by willjschmidt
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 23:27:27 | More by deltatauhobbit
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shirfan

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 23:06:39 | More by shirfan
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Offa

California

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 18:45:30 | More by Offa
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1whiskey

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 07:24:42 | More by 1whiskey
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idResponse

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 14:39:35 | More by idResponse
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 04:47:54 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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".

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 20:11:41 | More by msubulldog25
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 01:48:55 | More by flexabull
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 06:15:15 | More by ElGordo
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber topped with a thin khaki layer and containing some floaties and bubbles rising up.

Aroma is subtle yet bright with some orange peel and peppery lemon spice.

First swigs: Crisp orange and grapefruit with a backing of malt that creates a butterscotch and fruity meld with a touch of cedar. A sizzle on the tongue as the hops run around. Hops guess is East Kent & Cascade. A stright up version of an Am. IPA.

Feel is fmedium to full bodied with a thick syrupy sizzle. Aftertaste is bone dry and dusty.

Last swigs: Orange sherbert and piny. Worth trying for a hop head. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this as 1 of 24 in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 05:30:39 | More by blitheringidiot
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 19:51:10 | More by Reidrover
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SethB2

California

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 04:39:13 | More by SethB2
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 20:08:22 | More by mattcrill
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 03:02:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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Crotor

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mountain High IPA is as unique an IPA as I've encountered in recent times. I'm not, however, entirely sure how I feel about it...

The beer pours a *clear* med amber with but one finger of light tan head with good retention and low lacing.

The hop nose is the first thing one notices about this beer. It attacks with a big, green, piney, slightly-floral, pungent, citrus hop aroma reminiscent of the taste of grapefruit rind. This huge hop nose is, presumably, from the simcoe dry-hopping. The big hop aroma is certainly appropiate of the style, and is the one big plus of this beer...

Unfortunately, the beer is a big dry on the palate, without much malt backing to stand up to the hop assault. The beer has a medium body and clean, crisp malt, but these huge citrus hops demand more backing. The hops offer a lingering and cloying bitterness. The malt never has a chance to assert itself. This is a well crafted beer, but it could definately be balanced better.

To its advantage, I'd say the use of simcoe hops enabled the creation of an unmistakably Pacific NW yet highly unique beer. I'll certainly drink it again (largely because I'm intrigued by the monstrous and unfamiliar hops) but I wish it had a better balance and was less ruinous on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2004 06:59:41 | More by Crotor
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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.