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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 Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some confusion on this beer, It clearly says "Hightail Ale" but is says the alcohol level is 6.8% possibly they changed the recipe?

A brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of Ringwood. Mildly sweet and buttery with scents of grass and citrus. Little bit of mint in the smell.

Starts out sweet with tasty fig and molasses flavor. Mildly bitter with some butter but not as much as the smell would indicate. Something of a raisin bran flavor here. Over all mildly flavored but tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, though a little different.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Stavage
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with two fingers of off white head atop a nice dark amber liquid. Retention was decent and reduced to a good lacing.

The smell was a balance between sweet roast caramel malts and floral hops. A pleasing aroma.

I found the taste underwhelming though. I found the malt profile a little thin. The sweetness I was expecting from the smell was not apparent, though a roasted malt flavour was there and it was well balanced with a zesty hop kick.

Medium bodied and with lively carbonation. I actually found the carbonation a little too much, and I wonder if this killed some of the flavour for me.

Overall a fairly drinkable beer. Looks good, smells nice, a taste that doesn't hit me for six but its certainly pleasant enough and the high carbonation makes it easy to drink. I think it finds an interesting ground between a sticky sweet malty English amber pale ale and a floral hoppy American pale ale. I probably prefer the James Squire Amber Ale but I like this enough to give it a fair chance to change my mind

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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 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 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 laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shit, what have I done with this? Opens with a huge pop and pours a glass full of head, with no liquid. Seems to be ruby red in colour and the head, which is Godzilla-esque in proportion, is creamy white and almost nitro-dense. Sinks frustratingly slowly, I want to pour the rest of the beer goddamit! A light bead in the brew and there is some gorgeous sticky lace around the edge. If the head were smaller this would look magnificent. Unfortunately the head makes it a bit silly.

Nose has floral elements, with pleasant hoppy aromas but also a dank or musty aroma, I think also arising from the hops. Hints of blackcurrant, cranberry and leather are evident, but mostly dominated by that musty smell. All in all it's a bit simple and a bit overwhelming, like stepping into a cellar that's been abandoned for years and has a bad case of rising damp.

A lot of malt on the palate, an earthy toffee flavour with a nutty edge. A dried fruit character is evident throughout, sultanas and dried apple coming through with that fairly crisp walnutty character, giving this a slightly sweet flavour with a bit of tartness just lingering behind. Finish is a bit of a trail-off, not much impact on the back palate but aftertaste has a distinct earthy bitterness, very resiny and mineral-esque, very English really, with a very slight savoury yeast character surfacing at the very end.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a slight stickiness indicating a bit of body, pretty well constructed really. I can't say this is my favourite style, but this is a pretty good EPA nonetheless. It's drinkable and inoffensive, fairly well balanced, and a very pleasant feel. An unpretentious drop.

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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 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 LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of smooth cream-to-beige head that steadily reduced over an amber body with great clarity.

Smell - 3.5
A slightly floral aroma with smells of sweet malt, grains, slight staleness, floral hops.

Taste - 3.5
Not bad, but not as tasty as I would have hoped for. The stale grain flavour (think old beer mats) is there along with crystal malt, faint fruit flavour and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Lovely, lively fine carbonation, moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not something I could see myself coming back to a lot, but certainly not a struggle to drink.

OVERALL - 3.65
This reminds me of James Squire Amber Ale, but I must to confess to preferring Chuck Hahn's brew. An above average beer and a good beer to see being produced by an Australian craft brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rizzo
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see a hoppy-ish ale that isn't in the American Pale Ale vein. Way too many micros doing this. Nice drinkable beer that goes the distance on a session. Good balance without over doing it. Enjoyed by beer fans and the average punter alike (at least it was in my mixed group of drinking buddies). Drink it if you can find it.

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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 ohitsbrad
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 April 2006

Clear bronze colour with a small white head. Good fruity aroma. Some citrusy, piney and floral hops. Background of toasted malt and honey. Flavour is of sweetish toffee malt with some bitterness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good Australian pale ale.

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Mountain Goat Hightail Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 84 ratings