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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 81
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty horrible and sweaty, thin, slight malty, slight hoppy flavours, very metallic character, especially in the finish, gave me the worst f@#$n headache, and it was the only beer i drank that night, pretty horrible.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.01/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Note: This is the regular 4.5% version, not the export version to the US. Australian version.

A-- Pours a dark orange brown color. Good amount of orange hues to the beer. Nearly clear. Half finger of light brown head. Pretty much stuck around the film area once it settled down. Some mixed lacing with this. Couple of streaks and some spotty lacing. Nothing too fancy.

S-- Big toffee nose followed by some orange, grapefruit and some odd metallic smell. As warms up the metallic smell gets larger in the nose profile. Not real pleasing a smell really. Like the toffee nose though.
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T-- Watery, burnt toffee with some orange and pine notes. Hop qualities are nice but not the wateriness of it.

M-- Thinness of this really hampers the nice toffee feel to this. Really thin and quite watery. Little bit of an orange/pine/ grapefruit finish that does linger but the front and mid of this just literally wrecks this. Have to suspect the Double Hightail version is more rounded in the body. Some nice notes but just too thin.

O-- Have found with Mountain Goat that their larger format bottles and "rare breed" are a big improvement over the base range. This has some nice notes to it but overall just dull and unremarkable.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Bought from BevMo because I've never reviewed an Aussie beer before. Reviews have me unexcited. Regardless I will review without purposely clouding my judgment.

A- Very thin khaki head. Vanishes nearly instantly. Caramel-ruby color with heavy carbonation. Some spotty lacing. Shame there isn't a bigger head.

S- Fruity and hoppy. Some citrus notes to go with what are floral hops. Some toffee and nutty smells as well. Not bad.

T- Metallic bitter flavor overwhelms everything. The malts taste overcooked and none of the love toffee smells comes out in the taste. Ick.

M- Thin, but very very smooth.

O- This beer has nice things about it. What they are I can't remember because the flavor is terrible.

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Photo of rec
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another extremely typical boutique brewery ale.

The pour is delightful, with a semi-opaque chocolate brown body and foamy off-white head that bares decent retention and laces well.

The smell, while nice, reminds me instantly of so many brews so very similar to this, which instantly brings a certain negativity with it.

The flavour delivers sweet malt with florals and biscuit, as well as a certain roasted coffee biterness.

The mouthfeel compliments the flavour and grows nicer as the brew warms. It nearly even saves it... nearly.

One to try, but not at all dissimilar to other ale brews found at your local micro-brewery or Australian boutique section at your local alchohol superstore.

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Photo of WHROO
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As in other reviews, this is definately a boutique beer...however I struggled a little with it.

It seemed 2 styles in one...I got the nice darker English Ale, with the sweet toffees, slightly burnt...combined with a Noble Hoppy American Pale Ale - full of floral grapefuit citrus, & quite strong.

This is where I struggled, my palate struggled with what seemed like I poured some Florally beer into my glass of Amber golden ale - just didn't gel with me. This combination made it a struggle to get to the bottom...nevertheless its definately quite a complex little brew.

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Photo of Offa
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep red, small tan head steadily shrinks to thin ring & wisps.

Aroma is slightly dusty pine sap, burnt orange, hint of syrupy caramelized grapefruit, pine bark. For comparison, it’s a bit like the Napa Smith Amber ale but more pleasant.

Taste is caramelized orange and pine sap and bark up front with caramelized grapefruit, toasted barley in the finish. It has a good bitter-sweet balance up front then a stronger light spicy-burnt orange-woody bitterness in the finish. It’s pretty good, but all the elements are a bit thin and subdued, making it somewhat bland, while at the same time it is fairly heavy. It has a thick, full, heavy feel, not quite oily but almost, which is not good for a relatively bland beer.

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Photo of diablo14
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

yet another average beer from these fellows. promises much and on the whole delivers little. considering this is their flagship beer, it sums up their whole operation. no better that an excellent homebrew. and i could drink a dozen homebrew stubbies for the price of one of these.

approaching amber in color, prolly more a deep orange which starts with a good head, but look away and youll miss it, as it goes real quick. has a pretty fair fruity smell with some hops, which promises a lot in the taste, but doesnt deliver. like all their other beers, no balance at all. theres some malt taste, a little summer fruit taste, and a fairly good hop finish thats quite floral, and a passable level of bitterness that again isnt quite in line with everything else that presents itself. good enuff that you could drink a few and get away with it, but at the price theres no way youd get carried away.

ive never really rated these guys. this is supposed to be their best, and its not up to scratch on the whole. about the only thing you can say thats a positive spin is that its better than standard CUB or tooheys beers, but at the price you pay, holy shit youd want to to be.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with little head, a copper colour. Minimal lacing.

Caramel and almost a bitter treacle/toffee aromas.

Taste is quite pleasingly bitter, more so than aromas. The bitterness creeps up as the bottle goes down. I concur with another reviewer, somewhat akin to James Squire Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel a little thin, and quite highly carbonated.

Not bad.

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Photo of rowey77
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Colour was light brown /amber,alt like.

hops subdued on the nose in a slightly citric tang.

Malty taste dominated by subdued toasty crystal hints with a medium body.

Hops are evident in the aroma and finish but not in the flava middle palate.

Looks good,smells fine ,nice to drink.

English with an american twist.

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Photo of ADZA
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One beer I can't believe I havnt reviewed and pours a copper hue with a rather rocky three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is floral hops and a touch of toffee malts nothing over the top but not unlikeable,the mouthfeel is quite well carbonated but quite watery and the tastes are average it's just a mix of floral hops and toffee malts and nothing flash by any means and the mouthfeel doesn't help it's case and overall for its price it's just not worth it cheers.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Cloudy dark red, 2 fingers of creamy head with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Fairly strong passionfruit-like hops.

Taste - The passionfruit in the aroma is barely detectable in the flavour, which is dominated by burnt caramel-like malts. The hops are too spicy, and do not provide enough fruity counterbalance to the malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Definitely too cloying for the style.

Drinkability - Not an easy drinker by any standards.

Overall - This is certainly a flavoursome beer, but too much of the flavour is burnt and metallic.

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Photo of Stew41
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber tending to brown. Very overt, fruity nose - great lift and a real feature of this beer. More of the malty / fruitiness in the mouth. although it does fade in the middle and back palates. Finishes with a nice level of bitterness. Good effort for mainstream drinking.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may have been from the bottom of the keg, but it was a little metallic--more than the other times I've had it, but these are the only notes I took.

Deep honey body with a low head. The taste is very rich bread and sweet. The finishing bitterness has the lingering metallic taste previously mentioned.

Overall a good amber, but I will look forward to having it without the metallic taste.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -
Clean and clear dark copper colour. Pours a 1cm head which dissipates to a thin off-white film. Some lacing. Little carbonation.

Smell -
Burnt toffee, caramel, plenty of malt and biscuit, red orange. Hops are quite faint. I'm also getting a roast coffee smell which is odd for the style. However, I'm getting a slightly stale water smell.

Taste -
Like the smell, it's quite malty - lots of toffee, caramel, biscuit flavours and a hint of roast coffee and almonds. A little bit sweet. Slight hint of grapefruit and citrus rounds it off. Flavour is slightly watery.

Mouthfeel -
Despite observing virtually no effervescence, there's a bit of fizz on the tongue and a tangy feel. Again, slightly watery. Clean on the way down and the fizz adds a bit of foaminess when swallowed. Not over-carbonated however.

Overall -
The malt flavours are pretty well balanced by the hops. Shame that it's a bit watery otherwise this would have been a cracking brew if the flavours were in full swing. Quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of koolk
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this many times at a Richmond bar that has this one tap, thought it would be time to write a review:

Rich red amber in colour with a weak weak head that I blame more on the bad pouring skills of the bartender not the beer.

Aroma is very very fruity, with a mixture between hop fruits/florals and esters. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

The flavours are...well...different. This batch seemed to be overly fruity. The flavours are of strong tropical fruits and a strange yeast/cheesey flavour. Reminiscent of pineapple yoghurt. After a couple it gets a tad plain and one dimensional.

Its a slightly short finish that is full and round.

I did enjoy this, however as I said this time round it seemed really fruity.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale is a boring beer. The malt profile is bland and I didn't notice hops at all. Disappointing.

A: Amber brown colour with significant sediment. There was a head of large bubbles that faded to nothing pretty quickly. 3

S: Malty without strong hops. 3

T: Acidic malty flavour with some subtle notes of chocolate. There is also a dusty, almost muddy flavour there too in the aftertaste. I don't taste hops at all. Isn't this meant to be a pale ale or amber ale? 3.5.

M: Fizzy with small bubbles that really cling to the tongue. 3.5

O: 3

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Photo of WilliamLious
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish brown, high carbonation forming an excessive head but reducing to a thin persistent head. Some small flotsam.
Smell: Grassy and malty. Not a strong odour, rather weak.
Taste: Moderate bitters, and malty. Grassy overtone, biscuit undertone.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthful, fizzy and smooth. A pleasant sensation for the mouth.
Drinkability: A respectable drop of ale.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mountain Goat Hightale Ale
Sept 12 2005 – Niagra Hotel
Mountaingoat Hightail pours a cloudy (almost Metamucil-like) orange color with a head that dissipates rather quickly. A subtle citrus hop note fills the nose, alongside a malty sweetness. Upon tasting, the most notable flavour up front comes from the citrussy(?) hops combined with the sweetness of the malt. It really tastes like they were going for a Coopers Sparkling-type beer. The taste isn’t at all bad, but the Halloween-like colour is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and while I can imagine that it comes from a combination of pale and crystal malt along with heaps of spent yeast that account for the cloudy body, I would imagine that your average beer drinker would be afraid of drinking such a concoction that looked like this that wasn’t some sort of orange juice. All in all, it’s certainly not a bad tasting or beer, and the relatively carbonated-yet-smooth mouthfeel is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, it’s a weird looking beer. Very little head. Orange. Cloudy. It looks like something that a person maintaining their regularity would drink.
Appearance: 2.0
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

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

A - Somewhat murky orange with good near white head, leaves fast, slick thin head remains and some sudsy cling.

S - Malt base, hops apparent. Some light fruitiness.

T - Big malt center, somewhat held balanced by hops.

M - Light to medium. Lots of stuff here, just not a lot of each and not enough balance for me. Middle palate not there. Malt there, but thins towards end and hops aren't aggressive.

D - Nice beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at a pub in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured dark ruby with one finger of white head. Opaque aside from the edges. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Light caramel, nuts, some fruitiness.

T - Nuts, caramel, bread, lot's of malty notes and some subtle hops.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, sweet/nutty finish.

O/D - Not too bad. Lot's of malt complexity but nothing else really going on. Lacked the hop profile that the bottle provided.

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Photo of Toffman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy (from poor pour no doubt!) dark amber. Fluffy head quick to dissipate into a light dusting on top.

Aroma has sweet malt notes with a touch of hop presence noted. A small amount of grassiness detected.

Taste is a nice balance of toffee and bitterness. Hits of a citrus fruit make up the majority of the hop presence. Bitterness is not hiding, and lasts past aftertaste. What I get as english yeast esters mix in with the taste of toffee/brown sugar from specialty malts.

Overall a decent beer with no spectacular defining qualities. The kind of beer that one could enjoy in quantity without feeling the need to be intellectual about it.

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Photo of Mosant
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 330ml bottle.
Appearance: pour a beautiful golden tan colour. Small off white head. Very clear.
Aroma: some light malty aroma but not much complexity evident.
Flavour: light bodied mouthfeel. Some limited caramel or toffee flavour a mild finish. A very pleasant drinking brown ale. Well balanced but not overly complex.
Overall: Easy drinking and worth a second or third glass for sure.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with a small off-white head.
Fruity citrus aroma, some grassy notes. Wholemeal bread malt with some toasty notes.
Bold toasty malt flavour, with some green hoppyness and quite a pronounced hoppy bitterness (slightly over the top?).
Good creamy carbonation.

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Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was with much hesitation I picked up this bottle. I've had more gushers and infected bottles from these guys than anywhere else. But given some recent praise for this beer I thought I'd revisit. No freshness date....of course, I love a lucky dip! Fortunately it's not too old, isn't infected and doesn't gush which is a great start. Pours really nicely with a tight, creamy head. Dark copper body. Nose doesn't reveal too much. A bit of fig, dried fruits and some plum like sweetness. Medium carbonation, a smooth mouth feel some more of the fig like sweet dark fruits and some mildhop presence. This is pretty good. A pleasnt beer I would be happy to have a again but probably won't unless I can be guaranteed of it's freshness.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard crown-top brown 330mL bottle, decent semi-macro label.

Appearance: pours a clear orange-copper colour with some limited fine carbonation steadily streaming. An off-white head pops up and drops to cling at the side of the glass, constantly reinforced by the steady carbonation. Looks decent.

Aroma: citric hops and sweet grains with some earth and nuts.

Taste: toffee and caramel with a bit of citric hops and those earthen characters. Nice, if a bit too sweet for me.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness and malt linger through - still quite sessional.

Mouth feel: light in body and yet quite smooth - goes down quite easy. Moderate- to- high carbonation helps.

Overall: a good quality pale ale - I'm a fan. A good combination of malt, hop and earthen characters. Only problem is the AU$70+ a case price (2013). Found this one for 'bargain-of-the-month' style $10 a 6-pack - best value ever. Prob worth $55 - $60 a case, any more is a bit rich.

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