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Mountain Goat Rare Breed IPAMountain Goat Rare Breed IPA

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Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Macca on 02-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of joecast
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really like what mountain goat are doing lately (even from afar). Their normal range is good but there one offs have been excellent.

This pours a clear coppery red with a thin off white head. Low carbonation. Sits very still in the glass.

Sweet hoppy aroma. Not as in your face as other hop forward beers, but still get the wonderful citrus and floral character. Cascade and galaxy are mentioned on the label, and while niether really sticks out as obvious over ther other, their blending has created a fine mesh of traditional and new variety hop flavor and aroma.

Yes that flavor. Bitterness is not inconsiderable but is so even and smooth that it doesn't bite or smack you in the mouth. And the hop flavor is very even as well. This is all balanced by a malt profile that supports rather than try and contain those wonderful hops.

Thank goodness this comes in a 640ml bottle. Another easy drinker for tonight even at a hefty 6.2% abv. Also considering the hops I think this fits better as an American IPA rather than English (even though the bitterness isn't as sharp as many of that style). A lovely beer regardless.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head with heaps of lacing,the smell is a combination of fruity hops,caramel and sticky toffee,it has a nice medium fullish mouthfeel with flavours of plums,stonefruit,hard toffee and caramel all on the palette followed by a big kick of mouth puckering bitterness that nicely rounds it out and makes the bitter taste way more memorable than any sweet flavour encountered,overall im glad ive tried it and if you want a nice bitter beer this should be your choice if its still around as its very limited.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: Bottle is marked as 6.2%abv, not 5.7% as stated here.

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of dense beige head which steadily receded to a thin layer over a slightly hazy body of bright copper-orange.

Smell - 4.5
Heavenly! An enticing aroma of pine forest, fresh cut orange and passionfruit and hint of wet tea leaves. Biscuity malt is just present in the background.

Taste - 4.0
Closer to an American IPA than an English. Firm malt base is rich, biscuity and honeyish, but ultimately plays second fiddle to the orange, passionfruit and pine needles coming from the Cascade and Galaxy hops. Bitterness is substantial, but in balance with the rest of the beer. The only negative is a slight medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium bodied with fine and lively carbonation, providing a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall - 4.0
Bloody good! For mine, this is the second best IPA in the country after Feral Hop Hog. A delicious, hoppy yet highly drinkable India Pale Ale.

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Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite a light coloured, but slightly bronzed amber hue, with an initially bubbly and full head of very pale lemon. Some lacing, although it's rather sudsy rather than sticky or intricate. Decent clarity. Looks pretty good.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy and sharp, with some grain and caramel to back it up. Bit of earthiness comes through the more I smell it - to be honest, it started out smelling sharp and fruity like American hops, but it has more of an English character the more it breathes. Nice.

Taste is crisp and sharp, with a level of bitterness which suggests American aggression to me. Crisp start, with a decent body to support some firm hop character on the back. Sharp bitterness, backed with light vanilla hints. Just a touch of phenol on the back.

Feel is crisp in parts, but with an overarching smoothness that is very pleasant.

Yeah, this is a lovely beer, and a very tasty one. We actually put it up against a (slightly old) AleSmith Summer YuleSmith, and this one was our preference. Good work.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished brass colour, with fairly generous off-white head that retains quite well with big bubbles. Lots of carbonation, quite slow and steady though. Clear body, yeah a nice-looking brew.

Smells lovely and fruity. Lots of citric zest melding with a rich English toffee malt. Touch of coppery aroma and some pine resin on there as well. Rich malt, but nice balance with those citric and resiny hop notes. Nice.

Taste is very rich and malty. Lots of burnt sugar notes with caramel malt and an almost rye flake note on the front. Some ascerbic metallic notes towards the mid and an alkaline, soapy flavour as well. Hops are quite resiny and have that dour character I dislike slightly, but they're not used too strongly for bittering, so it doesn't overwhelm the palate. Thinking as an IPA it should be hoppier, but I'm kind of grateful - because the hops being of the kind they are too much would produce the really ashy bitterness that spoiled, for example, Marston's Old Empire for me. Very malty overall and has that English grassiness as well but all in good balance. Quite enjoying this.

Full texture, quite viscous with a slight tingle on the back. Leaves very dry. Not hugely enamoured here; there's too much of everything, needs to be tamed a little.

I could drink quite a few of these though; very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper colour with a small off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Rich fruity and tropical aroma with nice earthy notes. Just a little muddy.

Rounded malt flavour with lots of tropical fruit. I get kiwi and grapes as well as grapefruit. Nice bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A nice beer and not bad for an IPA by an Australian brewery.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Bought 'new' at Vintage Cellars with only 8 months left on the clock.

Pours amber/copper no real head, filmy lace.

Aromas of apricots, stonefruits, a hint of orange.

Taste is of restrained malts, with hop balance, some more apricot, treacle toffee, with more malts as it warms.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy.

Nice as a one-off - will try to source some more before it runs out.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty lovely. A nice 1 and a half finger head in the pint. A relatively cloudy orange beer.

Plenty of passionfruit and other tropical fruits on the nose. Galaxy and Riwaka hops maybe? A hint of sweetness too.

Hmm. The American hop profile of the nose suggested a more robust taste. As an english ipa, which i'll now think of it as - it is well balanced. The bitterness is firm, but does not dominate the malt. The fruity hop varieties go well with what tastes like a quite english malt profile. Quite tasty, but heaps better on tap. Note: after pouring the bottom of the beer in, a slight yeasty trub character becomes present. Not offputting though.

Moderate carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. Wish this was more like what I had on tap. That seemed to have more balls.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby-tinged dark amber with a small off-white head.
Nose shows resinous pine and some juicy fruits alongside loads of caramel and bready malt.
Same story with the flavours, lots of rich sweet malt with some resinous pine. Bitterness doesn't quite manage to balance the heavy malt.
Carbonation could be a fair bit higher, it might even cut through the sweetness then.
Extremely malty for an IPA but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear dark orange with 2 centimetres of dense white head that falls slowly. Fair bit of lace is left down the glass.
S - Tropical fruit hoppiness with some light caramel touches.
T - Also lots of nice fruity hop character in the taste with more caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, noticeable bitterness but too too full on.
D - A nice enough beer but I'd buy others over this. Sort of a Hybrid American/English IPA.

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Photo of Macca
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy dark golden amber with a solid beige head of a centimetre or two that hangs around. Looks good.

Hops dominate the nose as you would hope with an IPA. Some pine resin and tropical fruit. Tinned pineapple perhaps? Some caramel coming in behind them.

The hops are still there on the palate but the malt characteristics come through a lot more. To be honest I think it is a bit hollow. Just missing something to give it a bit more body.

Definitely not as bitter as I was expecting although the flavours do keep rattling around for a while.

Well I was excited right up until I put it in my mouth. from there it was just ok. A shame really.

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Photo of spicelab
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Vintage Cellars. This batch is 6.2%

Deep and clear amber with a strong creamy head. Falls very gradually leaving plenty of lacing and a thin film.

True to the description on the label, nose displays Cascade and Galaxy character in spades, with mandarin, rockmelon, passionfruit, pineapple and tea swimming in candied and biscuity malt aromas.

The big citrus and tropical aromas don't come through quite as well due to a sharpish pine bitterness. The tea character is more prominent and joined by oodles of mild toffee and caramel character.

Light to medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and mild back-palate bitterness.

Gotta say I had this on tap at the Australian beer festival and it was much livelier - had I been in a position to review it I would have rated it higher than I have here. Still, this is a highly drinkable IPA with no bad bits.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark copper red colour with a two fingered tanned head that reduces to a film

S - Nice classic hops and pine with mandarin and pineapple aromas.

T - Taste up front is quite citrusy before developing into the more classice piney flavour and finishes in a very bitter way.

M - Slightly over carbonated for me, with a nice medium body.

D - Not a classic but highly drinkable

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Photo of rarbring
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded amber brew with an off-white head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling of pine, resin, needles and bitter grape-fruit.

Sweet bread, toffee, pine soap, citric juices and peels.

Medium carbonation, fresh texture, medium low body, a slightly dry finish.

Very much in the smell, a bit short in the body. But not bad ...

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep honey amber colour with slightly off white frothy head that diminishes to a thin film

S - Fruity including passionfruit, pineapple with a little caramel biscuit.

T - Similiar to the nose with pineapple, tangerine, orange peel but finishes with a nice balanced bitterness.

M - Medium to high carbonation with medium body

O - Not bad but a little too bitter for me. However very easy to drink and worth a crack.

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Photo of Stew41
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really new world as I might have expected. That is, not over hopped or malted relative to the style. Bravo to the 5.7% and fantastic packaging. Heaps of balance and flavours are very faithful to the IPA style. Hops show mineral and iron, authentic in my book. Some sweetness to finish. One of MG’s best beers me thinks. Over-priced at $10 for a 660ml but hey, this is Australia.

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Photo of personpitch
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danieelol
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm so I just looked at the date on this and it's almost 4 months old. Yet it just arrived in stock. Had a similar problem with Icon from Vintage Cellars.

Anyway, this is my second go at this beer. Last year when I bought it it seemed markedly hoppier, so your mileage may vary.

Pours a nice burnt toffee colour with nice head and lacing.

Lots of caramel (and crystal...I think) malt in the nose and a muted and smoothed out tomato.

Taste has caramel, toffee, alcohol and some weakish hop syrup.

Mouthfeel is thinnish with decent carb. Overall enjoyable enough but really a bit muted and I think they may have reduced the hopping for this (in addition to the obvious age issues).

Edit: the "mineral and iron" comments below are very accurate and heavily encapsulate this beer and the English IPA style in general.

Edit: Had another tonight and it seemed substantially hoppier. Not a bad beer but it's just a bit frustrating that the hops are kind of reserved.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of vancurly
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Mountain Goat Rare Breed IPA from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 22 ratings