Mountain Goat Double India Pale Ale | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 03-17-2008

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jbowers56:
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2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice to start off with. A fluffy off white head sitting on a goldish brown body. However, by the end of the 310 ml glass there is no head left and very little lacing offered.

Smells damn good. Abundant fresh hop scents. I get tropical fruits like pineapple, passionfruit and kiwi fruit as well as more typical sharp citrus and zesty scent. Also some crystal malt sweetness in there.

Regardless of whether or not people enjoy this beer, this is not how a double ipa should taste. Malt flavours were running wild. Overly strong caramel and crystal malt tastes dwarfed the bitterness present to make for a fairly cloying beer. Hop flavour, like the aroma, was nice but it was mixed with overt sweetness from the malts which gave it a sickly candied fruit kind of taste. To quote the BJCP: 'Malt flavor should be low to medium, and is generally clean and malty although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable at low levels'. This was not the case here. It tastes underattenuated too, though mountain goat are a brewery who seem to have pretty good practices so I doubt this is the case.

Mouthfeel was sticky at the end due to a lack of sufficient bitterness to clean up the sweet malts. For me, this much crystal malt is off putting in an IIPA with adequate bittering, let alone one without. I did enjoy the actual slickness of the liquid and the carbonation levels while it was in my mouth, however.

I would rate the drinkability low on this. Again to quote BJCP 'Drinkability is an important characteristic; this should not be a heavy, sipping beer. It should also not have much residual sweetness or a heavy character grain profile.' This is exactly the problem with this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of therealJAYZ
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA was the winter 2011 release. Not only was it a double IPA, but at the brewery tap they ran it through a hop infuser of galaxy and cascade hops--which explains so many of the wonderful qualities that followed:

On tap/infuser into a tulip glass.

A-Cloudy orange with a lace white head. There were actually tiny fresh hop leaf bits floating in this--normally unwanted, but they were visible evidence to the freshness of the taste!

S-Very strong hop smell, fresh pine and grass smells. So far as fresh hopped beers, this one was by far the freshest smelling one I've had.

T-The front of this one is a bready malt and biscuit sweetness which last only long enough to set the stage for a very sweet wave of citrus and grapefruit hops, followed by a bit of a metallic bitterness. The more you drink the more you can taste the alcohol (over 8%). And after you're halfway through you begin to have a lingering sweetness in your mouth, similar to the way you can taste honey in tea after it's starting to cool down. The effect is amazing and provides an amazing balance of bitterness to sweet fresh hops.

M-Smooth and coating. This double is very drinkable but a bit thick. Not quite like a quad, but a strong ale nonetheless.

O-A wonderful beer put through an amazing process (hop infusion). This gives the strongest impression of what fresh hopped beer should taste like.

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Photo of emachine
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbeerlover
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer at 6.8%abv certainly packs a punch,

A - perfect for the style, a big fluffy head fell away at moderate pace, lacing well, pours a hazy orange

S - a highlight for me, big Amarillo hop aroma, citrus, fruity no negatives in the aroma dept.

T - a little bit less than a std DIPA bitterness but still kicked liked a wild goat, beautiful flavours, crystal or other malts coming through

M - well controlled and certainly right for me.

D - A little too drinkable for a DIPA compared to others I have tried, the danger is at that abv level it can quickly be a big night with just a few.

great work on this one and perfect balance of malt and hops for me, no sweetness that you sometimes get from DIPA which to me is unpleasant.

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Photo of Stew41
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably Goat’s best beer beer. I didn’t find this beer mega malty and the hop bitterness, whilst certainly present, didn’t overwhlem either. Possibly toned down from a year ago, and if so, and better drinking beer. Good sweetness and creaminess right through the palate but very much in proportion. You could drink a few of these.

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Photo of brendan13
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mountain Goat Brewery 14/3/08.
A - Poured into a pot glass a hazy orange colour with a centimetre of white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Nice fresh fruity hops hit first. Some bready malt and piney notes follow.
T - Along the same lines as the smell; fruity, bready & piney.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. It lacked the bitterness that I've come to expect from a DIPA.
D - This is a nice beer for what it is but it doesn't quite get to DIPA levels.

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Mountain Goat Double India Pale Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
3.66 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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