Mountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber Ale | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber AleMountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber Ale

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Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Fruity hops on the nose with apple, pear and resinous hops alongside some light toasty malt.
Hoppy flavours too with big resinous notes alongside a little fruit. More caramel and light toasty notes too.
Carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jeschaefer
2.04/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

640ml bottle from Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Road, into a Lost Abbey teku.

Amber with a nice red tinge to it. Nice couple of fingers of beige foam that holds well. Some spotty lacing.

Smell starts with toffee and then has a bit of mango, orange and pineapple. Nice mix, nothing too over the top, just very pleasant.

Tastes of fresh pine sap. Not too harsh, a little bit of fruit comes through mostly oranges. Solid and very drinkable.

Nice creamy feel to it early, backed with increasing bitterness with climaxes very late. Medium body for the style and the ABV, while not American-ish for an Amber Ale is not detectable.

Good solid "Rare breed" offering from Mountain Goat. Good to finally see this in bottles after previously being a tap-only line. Nice beer and a style i'd love to see more of brewed here.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of spicelab
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

640mL bottle

Ruby amber with a modest milkshakey looking head. Falls to a bare ring.

Ample candied toffee melding with orange, pineapple and earthy pine hop notes. Nice savoury nuttiness and a hint of marzipan provides a clean roundness.

Flavours are similar, but more vibrant and distinct than the aroma. Strong orange syrup and robust earthy pine with a floral edge.

Syrupy entry leads to a very mellow bitter finish on the rear palate. A tad more carbonatipn would help cut through the oiliness, which isn't that desirable for a lightish beer.

Really lovely stuff. Very approachable and very Mountain Goat.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a nice copper colour with a one fingered white head that laces from a film

S - Piney Hops ,and not much malt

T - Up front some hoppy notes folloowed by some mild malt tomes before a bitter finish

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - Not sure whether the style fits the flavour profile here. This tastes like an American IPA to me. But nonetheless a nice flavoursome brew.

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Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ironmc43
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soju6
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color wit a nice head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and a bit of fruit and spice in the background.

T: Initial taste of citrus, some toffee and a bit of fruit. Good bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer that is an easy drinker. Reminds me more of a Pale Ale but still enjoyable.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Mendicant
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kitschiguy
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy deep amber - a little bit of head and a bit of lacing.

Nose is a little malty with some orange - a bit dull.

I was expecting a big hop on the palate but it's well balance with some dried fruit, brown sugar and bread - quite malty.

Mouth is good but a slight waxy/oily finish lets it down.

Good overall and recommended for the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of FlyingWombat
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Friday night's during this Summer are Fancy Pants nights at the Mountain Goat Brewery's Goat Bar. With plenty of good word around concerning this small-batch by the Goat Beer boys, I had high expectations for it, especially after waiting 2 months to try it.

A - poured a deep amber colour, copper tones, with a solid head of just under an inch. The beer looked very good sitting on the bar in the pint glass.

S - the smell didn't give too much away to me. A bit of malt, but mainly a soft understated smell.

T - hops and malt, sharper than your standard Amber, but lacking the complexity and depth that I was expecting. In my mind I had interpreted the "fancy" as "smooth and light but full of flavours". However, it was quite the opposite. Tasty indeed, but maybe could be fruitier.

M - medium bodied, low carbonation, it actually felt quite light in the mouth.

D - the absence of any initial surprise or impact from this beer was offset by the increasing enjoyment for it as I drank more and more. Definitely one of those beers that gets better the emptier the glass becomes. The 4.9% ABV provided an excellent balance and I put away two pints very easily, but was done after that. I'd actually recommend drinking this beer by the pot.

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Photo of MenInVen
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a 4 pack of cans to go at the canned release party and poured into wine glass in my hotel room the next day 29/3/14 from notes

A clear glowing amber liquid with just a few slow bubbles here and there, a finger of foam sits around for a couple sips leaving a pair of rings on the way down

S the nose is a massive tropical fruit bomb, passion-fruit, peaches, pineapple, guava and some sweet orange peel, I get a little spruce and brown sugar but mostly a tropical blast, smells more like juice then beer

T still a hop runaway but slightly more malt then the nose, a hint of spice, most of the tropical notes are still there just not the same level as the nose

M leaning towards medium, fluffs up and flattens out, a nice bitter kick and a little grit, lemon rind and grapefruit linger

O great stuff, I'm wishing I grabbed another 4 pack, big on hops and so juicy

canned 9 days ago I know I got to this one in its prime but much like many beers I've had down-under I'm surprised it doesn't get more love from the local BA's.
I thought it was great from start to finish and would be drinking this often whenever I'm in Melbourne.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

640ml bottle purchased from Red Bottle Liquor in Alexandria. Best before date of 30/11/2013.

Pours a very clear, and very ruby red colour: quite a lovely hue. Lots of large-bubbled carbonation streams through the body and forming a relatively thick and quite slick head of cream-coloured froth. Lacing is excellent, forming big wide swathes with internal intricacies. Really looks very good indeed.

Nose is pleasantly clipped with a crisp hoppiness that gives some citric tones and a dusky, slightly earthy tone. Not the fragrances I expect from the Galaxy listed on the label, but pleasant nonetheless. There's a pleasant grain fragrance to it as well that brings it into proper amber ale territory as well. It's actually a really nice amber nose.

Taste is clean and smooth for the most part, with a fragrant nuttiness from the malts. Hops provide balance, but not very much in the way of bitterness: just a slight metallic character on the back. Slight green leafy character comes through as well to meld with the grain and nut characters through the centre and towards the back. It's nice stuff.

Feel is good, rounded but slick: the hops at the end give it a little twist to finish it off, but the slickness in the mouth means that there's a real gravitas and persistence to the flavours.

Overall, this is well-crafted and very tasty stuff. The malt profile is expertly put together, and even though I feel like the hops might have dropped out of this one just a tad (it was maybe a couple of months ago that I bought it), it stands up very well, showing off its quality and stability. Good stuff.

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Photo of ddaedalus
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A metallic quality lets there beer down. a bit unbalanced, but that would probably mean a a more sessionable beer fit for current consumer standards, but the metallic taste is overwhelming. may be more approachable from keg

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Photo of doktorhops
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber Ale... I like Mountain Goat - these people have a sense of humour, and their beers are of a decent quality. Whilst I wasn't a big fan of the last rare breed (Rapunzel) I'm sure that this one will be better, with trousers.

Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a nice clear copper body with a wispy cream coloured 1cm head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Classic American pine and citrus hops are noted, along with some Australian stonefruit hops (Galaxy no doubt) and an underlying base of caramel malts, toasted biscuit and a light bread yeast. It's a battle royale between the American and Australian hops which I suspect will end in a sound American victory (their hops are much more bitter than ours).

T: Not so says Mountain Goat. If anything this brew is actually lacking in both American and Australian hops, the malt base is the dominant feature of this ale. Don't get me wrong - the hops are there however they are a background note and in terms of balancing the flavours this is well done but in terms of actual enjoyment, well... when the aroma suggests a hop battle and you get muted hops it's not really a victory for anyone. The flavours are: caramel, biscuit, bread, pine, citrus and stonefruit. There is a slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation. A well crafted mouthfeel indeed.

D: As mentioned it is a decent enough brew that promises a hop battle but fails to deliver, it's like watching Rocky only to see both Rocky and Apollo Creed throw the match in the first round. I'm not even sure how they made the aroma so prominently hop-based to have the hops so muted, whatever they did I'm not a fan. I will say it is a reasonable drink otherwise.

Food match: Buffalo cheese pizza Margherita, or pizza capricciosa. It's a well balanced beer so it would suit many cuisines well, pizza is one of the first things that comes to mind though.

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