Mountain Goat Hightail Ale | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Hightail AleMountain Goat Hightail Ale

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Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-07-2002

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of bfisher91
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of matty_higgins
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jarmby1711
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep bronze ccolour is full of a very small bead that is almost effervescent.
The smell is fruit hops , maybe banana skins in their.Whatever ,it was nice
The smell is carried through to the taste where the hops are gradually replaced by a smooth malty/honey finish
It is clean and the carbonation plays and dances in the mouth.
This is a lovely drink and because it melds the hops and malt so well is very very drinkable

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour with a small and short-lived off-white head. Clarity could be better. Visible effervescence. New packaging is quite attractive.

Nutty, toasty caramel aromas balanced out with floral hop aromas. Good balance and certainly not a malt bomb.

Biscuity malts, toffee, lots of fruity character. Good toast in the finish with a hint of mineral. Moderately strong bitterness balanced by good flavours as well as the malt. The key here is balance and that is done well. Moderately dry finish.

Medium body, maybe actually a bit high for style but still nice. Good carbonation but it is a little bit prickly.

A solid hoppy beer with balance being the key. The hop profile is refined and well matched by the malt. A beer that could be drunk all night long.

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Photo of warmdog
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so this beer has received some harsh treatment I feel! for my money the best boutique beer in Australia, slightly ahead of little creatures pale, i'm sorry but it is. Though i do think the price of a 6 pack could come down to at least $17.

the lovely floral taste just hits your mouth and away you go, unfortunately I've quit cigarettes so i can't enjoy a hightail and a stuyvesant light again! but not to worry, i hope more people give this beer ago in the future!

I will also note I have a strong tendency to fruitier type beers, so maybe that's why I rate this beer so high!

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Photo of istarilord
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber colored beer with a reasonable white head. LIght hop and floral aroma with a bit of toasted malt.

Light, well-balanced flavor. Slight bitterness and floral hops with a light toasty caramel (hey, another beer that tastes like it smells).

Easy drinking ale, went well with my cheesy potato dinner.

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Photo of Hyperionecta
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of vancurly
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warm, burnt orange/amber. Cloudy. Off-white, heavy head, which leaves a nice lace.
Uplifting nose of English hops, and toffee. Some spicy fruit notes.
Flavours of toasty complex malts, some green-leafy hop flavours.
Medium bitterness.
I wonder if the Goat blokes would consider a cask-conditioned version....
Good drop.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a warm amber crystal clear body with a thick light tan creamy head sitting on top. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. When I opened the bottle there was a layer of yeast stuck to the side of the bottle but it did not come out into the glass.

S- The light roasted raw grain notes was balanced by a hint of green grassy hops in the finish.

T- The dry biscuit malt flavor had notes of toasted malt that balanced it and there was a slight tartness in the finish of the malts. The finish of the beer had a green hop note that increase as the beer warmed.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture that really complimented the malt flavors.

D- This is a nice session beer with soft but fresh flavors and a nice balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orangish brown with lots of fluffy/chunky tan head that sticks around for a long time and laces the glass. Smells yeasty with some floral hop aroma and also some maltiness as well. Wow, there's a lot of hop flavor here. Not coppery at all, I guess not all aussie beers use pride of ringwood. It tastes a little citrusy, maybe cascade. Anyway, it's very hoppy and little malty. Finishes crisp, almost like a good IPA. The mouthfeel is very bubbly/tingly. Overall, it's a very nice beer, I'll be getting it again, and in greater quantities.

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Photo of foles
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid english style ale to be had here. Nice noble classy, elegant, fruity hop presence on the nose. Nice mild malt backbone with solid bitterness. juicy english hop presence on the palate. This is how I like my english beers - with some carbonation and spritey hops. Only criticism would be a slight metallic edge to the beer.

Very good session beer!

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Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy (from the yeast) coppery amber with a good compact off white head. Aroma is a very pleasant combination of flowery hops and caramel malt sweetness, although it is well balanced without one particular character dominating. Same can be said for the flavour, but it was much dryer than the aroma suggested. A little biscuit on the finish balances the firm but gentle hop bitterness. Soft mouthfeel re-inforces the gentle balance of this beer. A very drinkable well balanced beer. Pity it's so damned expensive.

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Photo of CaptainHungry
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sorachi
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Hristijan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours into a pint glass a dark orange/amber with a fluffy off white head. Big lacing left.
S - Floral hoppiness with some crystal malt.
T - Very well balanced between floral hops and sweet caramel maltiness.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a somewhat high carbonation level.
D - A tasty, refreshing english pale ale. Pretty good in my books.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from the Goat boys. I've had some nasty versions of this around the traps, but it's good to tatse a fresh sample that makes me happy that things are looking up in the Australian craftbrewing industry. Sampled with Teaser.

Poured a nice red amber into the pint glasses, a slight haze from yeast of chill. Dense white head that hightailed (hehehehe) it out of here quickly leaving a layer of lacing to coat the glass on it's way down.

Smelt great, plenty of hop, almost earthy, like Fuggle or Styrians. A candied caramel toffee aroma from the malt and fermentation profile. Plenty of fruityness.

Tasted yummo too. PLenty of malt and hops, but what hits you first is the toffee and caramel, possibly a bit of kettle caramelisation? A lingering hop bitterness is pleasant enough, but needs more hop flavour for my buck. Very rich and full, complex and multi layered from the malts used, and possibly even a hint of alcohol, or I could be dreaming, or drinking...

A great beer, possibly one of the best Australian interpretations of the style.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, filtered with lots of carbonation, topped with 1 finger of beige head.

Smells of toffee, black tea, light fruity esters, dark toasted notes and carmelized sugar.

Dark toasted notes, hints of yeasty dough notes, and a light bitter hop finish.

Medium, bready body, and soda like carbonation.

Found in Perth at some random bottle shop, drinking in Chiang Mai, August 27th 2017. Really well done for the style.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked these up from my local on special (same price as Matilda Bay Fat Yak). Both this and the Steam Ale are organic beers... good for them! Actually I'm keen to support brewers that make their beers with natural ingredients and without preservatives; if the Germans can do it on a macro scale why can't we?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: This ale poured with very little head, not a bad thing for an ale as far as I'm concerned. The body is a rich cloudy and earthy brown (bottle conditioned). The head (which left a tiny ring of lacing around the glass) is best described as beige... a good colour in this instance.

S: Caramel malts that lead to a fruity hop aroma, with no hint of metallic macro crap... very nice indeed!

T: The caramel malts come to the forefront and fade towards grassy hops that leave a bitter burnt toffee and slight caramel aftertaste. This is a classic English real (pale) ale flavour profile, which I happen to be a huge fan of spending a formative drinking year in the UK (my 21st to be exact).

M: A little bit on the fizzy side for the style but nonetheless acceptable. I suspect this is an ale that would really come into it's own if served at room temperature... that is to say UK room temperature (10-15 celsius) not Australian room temperature (24 celsius right now).

D: Two words: Session. Beer. Yeah I could down a six pack of this quite easily in an evening.

Food match: Dare I say fish & chips? I just did! Also could go a classic bangers & mash with this (with gravy and roasted carrots of course).

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Photo of danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with decent head and an attractive colour toffee. Nice lacing too, really sticks there. 4

S: hoppier than I expected. Pine mixed in with some caramel. Nice. 4.

T: More pine mixed with caramel. Has noticeable malt and hop presence.. Noticeable but subtle pleasant bitterness. 4

M: Enjoyable, quite highly carbed. 4

D: The maltiness might get a bit much for some during sessions but overall it's a good beer with good drinkability. 3.5

Edit: Had some subsequent bottles which impressed me less. I'm a bit undecided about this beer, but the review will stay for now. Make sure you get it as fresh as possible.

Was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 13/8/12

A clear reddish copper with a few bubbles feeding a thin film of beige head that's gone in a flash and leaves no lace

S herbal hops with some caramel, a little citrus and a slight nutty aspect. smells quite good, some iced tea as it warms

T some leafy hops I didn't smell with some rye bread and purple candy, well balanced and nice flavors for a 4.5%er, a slight metallic note harms nothing

M light bodied and well carbonated almost too the point of foam, strong aftertaste for a "light" beer

O this one was gone before I made it this far in the review so that says something. a nice pale with balanced flavors

Would work well for a Summer session as it has flavor, very easy too drink and wont leave you walking sideways. Cheers Mikey for dragging this one around the Earth for me.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy caramel, bit of pine and some fruit and fresh grain.

T: Nice flavor of a mild malt sweetness, bit of citrus, with a nice subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Has a unique character that makes it stand out.

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Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

geez. long time since my last review. well, lets get back into it!
served on tap at tonights HOPs meeting.

clear copper color with minimal head. could have been the glassware or just served too cold. anyway decent appearance and we're not here for looking.

aroma was very light. neither hops nor malt taking over and setting an example. nothing off so it could have been the serving temp that had an effect. even when left alone to warm for a bit nothing really stepped up to leave an impression.

taste was very well balanced and left the feeling of being much greater than the listed 4.5%abv. the malt has a definite kick to it that has just enough of a hop presence to keep things from getting unbalanced or too heavy. a really good tasting beer that stood out from the rest.

nice full mouthfeel to back up the full flavor without really hurting drinkability.
the goat boys did a fine job with this one so best of luck to them and hopefully i can make it up soon to have a taste at the brewery.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus hops with some lighter notes of pine hops.

T: Moderate flavors of darker malts with some light caramel malt sweetness. There are strong flavors of citrus hops along with some lighter amounts of pine hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very enjoyable with the strong hop aromas and flavors but lighter bitterness. Pretty big for the style but the alcohol is well hidden. Not the easiest to drink because of the intensity of flavor but a very nice sipping beer.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey! That smell is really cool. Like some weird tropical fruit, mango or something, that you don't get in a beer like this too often. Other than that, a slightly above-average ale. Dark amber, the colour of Black Sheep; wow, that pineapply mangoy smell is good, taste is guided by that, so it's unusually good too. Mouthfeel is a little ashen. Man this taste is so weird, the smell is making the taste and the pulpy mouthfeel bits make me think that someone put a passionfruit or pineapple or something in my beer without noticing. Though clearly that's impossible. If I could get this on tap, I'd sure drink it! I'm surprised at how good it is. Smell is unique and wonderful. I love fruity, floral hop smells - amarillo hops maybe?. Maybe it's a little cold and I'm not getting the other ale smells - even so I dig this one.

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