Mountain Goat Rare Breed Double Hightail | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 10-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

(US Version is labeled as just "Mountain Goat Hightail Ale")

LOOK: Brownish amber

SMELL: Lots of caramel, dried plums, raisins, brown bread, yeast, faint whiff of alcohol

TASTE: Dry, smooth, moderate body, toasted grain, slight roastiness, animal feed, brown sugar, figgy, herbal, leafy, ample hop bitterness, very dry finish

Described as an English-inspired Amber Ale, this craft beer from the other side of the globe reminds us of early craft brewers in the US. Overall, a solid offering that would pair well with aged Gouda. Best enjoyed at cellar temperature.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with an off-white small head.
Nose shows lots of peach and passionfruit hops along with more tropical fruit. Underneath is rich caramel malt.
Similar flavours but more malty, with a little alcohol showing and a soft bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high.

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Photo of joecast
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the labeling on this. The process description is apt. And it still has that goat bent to the humor.

Spot on amber color with a nice foamy light tan head. Medium carbonation. Fairly light, but certainly attractive. Ingredients mention a shot of black malt, must be a shot glass.

Galaxy hops? Really? Bitterness is nice and full but aroma hops are no where to be...smelt? Light floral, malty sweet presence but overall the aroma is nothing to get excited about.

Tough to score this within style as it's obviously not brewed as an EPA. What it is though is a full flavored strong ale. Nice balance of crystal malt without being too sweet or heavy. Well fermented too as the yeast finishes clean leaving the malt and hops to show themselves. Not big on flavor hops but enough to round out the beer.

Really nice beer overall. Missing some hop aroma, but otherwise something I could drink heaps of. Matter of fact, the 640ml bottle is nearly gone. Thanks!

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Photo of Macca
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very cloudy burnt orange amber colour with a generous slightly off white head. Looks good.

I know this has had it's malts beefed up from the normal Hightail but it's the punchy Galaxy hops that really dominate the nose. I'm getting more pine resin than I would normally expect with Galaxy though. Maybe only a touch of the passionfruit.

There's the malt sweetness. Comes through on the palate but it's very well balanced with the bitterness. Getting a bit of alcohol warmth.

I see a few complaints about the mouthfeel of this in the past but I think they have really nailed it for this batch. Rich and round.

Another cracking brew from the Goat.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A-Beautiful burnt orange-red body, with an off-white frothy head.

S-Sweet and dense bread

T-Spicy sweetness, heavy bready malt. Hops are balanced with moderate lingering bitterness.

M-Smooth and full.

O-This is a delicious imperial amber ale. Much sweeter and softer than a double red ale (such as G'Night from Oskar Blues).

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant coppery amber colour, solid and meaty, with a frothy head of off-white bubbles, that sustain themselves really nicely. Plenty of intricate, honeycombed lacing as well. Good clarity to the body. Looks really nice.

Nose is balanced, with a struggle between big, sweet, slightly grainy malt characters and a fragrant, fruity hop buoyancy. It's probably fair to say the malt wins out, but the style probably calls for that, and it still does feel pleasantly balanced despite this. Nice.

Palate is certainly more skewed towards the malt here, with a deep grainy character and a slightly too obvious sugary sweetness from the crystal malts. Feel is smooth and liquid, which allows the flow of the beer towards the backā€”here, there's just a touch of clean, vaguely fruity bitterness, a little like kiwi skin. It still feels balanced in a way, but the malt sweetness does get a little bit too cloying after a while.

A decent brew, but it's let down in some key ways. It ends up a little bit too sweet, and perhaps not interesting enough to warrant the effort it ends up being to chew through each mouthfeel.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew comes in a nice sleek 650ml brown longneck with a fairly descriptive label telling you all about the brew and a few other details in a newspaper layout label,the brew pours a dark murky copper hue which looks fairly thick,the smell is very fruity indeed with aromas of pungent piney hops,passionfruit and grapefruit all on the nose,it has a nice lucious sticky mouthfeel which is very hop orientated and coats the lips with tastes of pineapple,piney hops,passionfruit,caramel,soft toffee and finishes with a rather fruity tropical bitter end,overall i find these brews show the best of this brewery i mean im not a fan of their usual lineup but the beers they produce in little batches always get me excited and will buy them everytime they release one cheers.

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Photo of shambeano
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very very murky browny red, about 1 cm of head that dies down to a constant whisper. an ugly colour, but in a good way, seems rustic.

S- A whole bunch of malt, a little bit of sweetness in there kinda like boiled lolly, as well as some raisin, sultana and dried fruit. Just the tiniest touch of hop, but you really have to have a deep whiff to get it. it smells pretty damn good.

T- a lot of malt, and then that sweetness comes through, raisins, sultana and dried fruit just like in the smell, hop presence comes through a little after getting used to the other flavours, but it is always in the backround and quite grassy and herbal. the alcohol comes through a tad on warming up, but not overtly and it really adds to the overall experience rather than detracting. (just burped, and the grassy hop was the main taste in the burp). the flavours in this are big, and i am very very impressed.

M- here is the main fault of this one, if anything the carbonation is a little too prickly. the taste would be accentuated if the feel was thicker, and creamier and with less of the prickly carbonation.

D- this is not a beer that i could have more than one of in an evening. but given that, it is pretty easy to drink.

Cant help but feeling that this would go very very well with fried eggs and bacon as a breakfast beer. has the flavour and carbonation to cut through the greasiness of a fry-up.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with @TheCraftyPint over at Beer Deluxe in Melbourne.

Great packaging - longneck bottle with an old-timey classifieds ad feel to it. Probably more info than needed, but it presented a nice aesthetic.

Poured a ruby, deep coppered, blood in water, rusty amber. Nothing "pale" about it. Modest white head with decent retention.

I picked up lots of dark fruits, cherry, earthy and sweet on the nose.

Flavor was real nice - but I don't get how this is a pale ale? Tastes more like a thinner, more carbonated, English-style barley wine. The sweetness is big but kept in check with the tart fruit-thing going on. Carmel, decent amount of toast, there is a real humanness to this thing that gives it a memorable character.

Really enjoyed this and could see a few months in bourbon barrels making this great beer even greater.

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Mountain Goat Rare Breed Double Hightail from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 9 ratings