Mountain Goat Cross Breed Gypsy And The Goat Black Pepperberry IPA | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Cross Breed Gypsy And The Goat Black Pepperberry IPAMountain Goat Cross Breed Gypsy And The Goat Black Pepperberry IPA

Brewed by:
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Mikkeller.

Added by bylerteck on 04-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass at a bar in SoCal. Paired with a pastrami sandwich. Reviewed from notes. I love Mikkeller, so I expected good things from this one.

A: Pours a two finger head of beautiful khaki colour, fantastic thickness, and magnificent retention. Colour is a very dark brown-black. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pepperberry (I guess that's what that spice is), cream, dark malts, and hints of vanilla. Floral hops. Very clean and appealing. Citrus. A subtle hint of pine. I can't wait to try it.

T: Creamy and floral across the board. Beautifully balanced and built. Caramel and clean, balanced dark malt form the foundation. Lightly spiced, I suppose with pepperberry. Impeccable. Very refreshing.

Mf: Luscious and creamy. Smooth and wet. Perfectly suits the flavours. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Gorgeous.

Dr: Reminds me of why I love Mikkeller in the first place. A marvelous black IPA - probably the best I've ever had. Definitely a beer worth trying. It's wonderful, but it does lack complexity. It's a very simple beer, but at the same time so refreshing and effective - as well as subtle. It's all balance here, which is exactly what I want in any IPA. Highly recommended.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation LB.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head which leaves nice rings and spots.

N: Good floral and citrus with some spicey notes.

T: Roast, citrus, floral, and peppery spice.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. The roast and pepper play well then along comes the bitter hop finish.

O: Very enjoyable. Allow to warm to open up.

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Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mulder1010 for this 640ml bottle. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a true black, no light permeating through. Nice lacing in streaks from the tan coloured foam. Excellent head retention.

Smell evolves. Initially fruit salad like with pineapple and a touch of mango there to accompany pine. Then it turns roasted and well roasted with some earthy spice from the pepperberry. Really have to swirl this to open up the best parts of the hops to overcome the roast.

Tastes well roasted with the pine in a support role. At times the roasted flavour just dominates what hop flavour should come through. Not really what i'm seeking in a Black IPA. Some spice from the pepperberry, but it seems more about roast. Strange little fruity galaxy hop flavour late on that makes a not overly welcome appearance.

Medium to big-ish body. Not quite as heavy as the Mikkeller single hop IPA's, perhaps the pepperberry cuts through it a bit better. Slight dryness to the finish.

Interesting beer, the pepperberry is there to play its part. Not the hoppiness that i seek from the style that this is derived from. While there's a few still on the shelves here in Sydney, i'm not rushing out to grab more.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from @Slowbeer shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasant deep brown-black colour, with a solid and appreciable head of off-white beige. Solid colour and lacing. Looks really good.

Nose is indeed peppery, with a clean fresh citric fruity brightness. The pepper adds a pleasant American Barbecue character to the mix, which melds well with the faint roasty characters of the brew. Very decent.

Taste is light, but pleasantly savoury, with a good peppery bite and a dash of roasty dryness on the finish. It almost has a South East Asian spice character to it, giving a freshness like dried coriander and a touch of smokiness without any genuine smoked characters on the malt. It's really quite unusual, but clean and solid and it makes sense as a whole, although being genuinely weird as a beer.

Feel is fresh but solid, providing a genuinely clear basis for the beer as a whole.

Really pleasant beer. I love the spiciness that gives it such a robust refreshing SE Asian street-food character. It's unusual but so coherent. Lovely beer all up.

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Photo of spicelab
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with mahogany highlights when held against the light. Strong beige head rises a little after ceasing the pour, before falling relatively slowly with a thinnish lattice pattern.

Leads with sweet hop aromas of tinned pineapple, peach, passionfruit and lime zest before the spicy, cola-like pepperberry character gains in prominence. It's pretty hard to determine where the pepperberry ends and the roast malt begins at this point. Occasional flashes of chocolate, burnt toast, and booze. Lot going on, if a little ungainly.

Much roastier, but also plenty of piney hop oils. Pepperberry is quite heavy and rasping, and together with roasty notes of toasted bread and coffee grounds, pretty much overwhelms everything else. The fruity hop character struggles to come through.

Leads into a dry, tea-like bitterness, with the abrasiveness of the pepperberry persisting with it. Mildly buzzy carbonation gives it a bit of a lift.

I'm not a pepperberry hater, in fact I cook with it a lot, but for me its use in this was excessive, to the point of extinguishing the hop character and bringing unwarranted harshness to the palate. I probably would have loved this if only a third to a half as much was used.

EDIT: Having consumed 2 more bombers since this review I've upped the scores a little as many of the things that rubbed me the wrong way seem to work a bit more.

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Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown highlights and a large, light tan head.
Nose shows tropical fruit (passion fruit, lychee), honey, roasted malt, coffee and a peppery note. Interesting.
Similar flavours: roasted malt, peppery notes, pine, resin, coffee. The peppery note provides an interesting spin.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok - must admit - a confusing beer experience.

Pours a one finger head over a brown/black body. Lacing forms in sheets/blobs.

Aromas are moderate, some hops, some roast malts, some yoghurt/berries, a little orange peel.

Taste is same. Doesn't fit into IPA - not hoppy enough. Or stout/porter. No real malt to speak of. Some sweetness upfront, bitterness at back.

Mouthfeel creamy, medium bodied.

I give up. Not sure given the dominant berry yoghurt taste whether this is a good bottle.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black under a creamy tan head and quick sheets of lacing. Head fades to a collar before long.

S - Sweet tropical fruit hops, passionfruit, mango with some spice and light chocolate.

T - The hops up front followed by dark chocolate, ash, black pepper and sweet blackcurrant. Lovely.

M - Dry light to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - Falls short of Mountain Goat's magnificent Thorny Goat but another quality black IPA with a distinguishing feature in the pepperberry.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep dark Mahogany colour with a large offWhite bubbled head that retains well

S - Heavy on spice and orange peel as well as hops. A littel bit of chocolate and toffee also.

T - Up front some nice chocolate notes however the dominant flavour is chicken stuffing. The following is spice , orange peel and chocolate.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very unusual flavours in this one and I like how it all blends together. A must try.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems Mikkeller has been doing a few collabs down here lately and this is another one of them which pours a dark kola beer hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and some nice clingy lacing,the smell is spicy pepperberries which are quite dominant with also aromas of peaches,fresh orange peel,rock candy and rockmelon,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and sessionable with tastes of orange zest,rock candy,blackberries,a touch of spicy pepperberries,tropical fruit and finished with a piney,citrus hoppy bitterness and overall its one of those beers that you have to try but i didnt find it as exciting as i hoped it to be but the use of pepperberries was done without overtaking the beer and comes across as just another nice Black Ale nothing great but nothing really wrong with it either.

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Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark brown colour with a smooth, creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Interesting nose with a combination of earthiness, light spicing, herbal character and some piney hops. Mild citrus. A little disjointed but still enjoyable.

The flavour is slight confusing. There is definitely a black IPA in there with a slightly dry, roasty malt character and some fruity hops up front. Underneath comes the pepperberry in all of its lightly spicy, herbal glory. The herbal earthiness of the pepperberry really does start to dominate the beer in an almost medicinal way.

This is better on a second review with the messy, medicinal character dying away a bit. Much smoother and more interesting.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly silky which is nice.

I quite like this but can't see myself going through a case. The flavour of the pepperberry is quite powerful against the base beer and tends to dominate.

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Photo of danieelol
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell the pine revving up when I open the bottle.

Appearance is dark black, good head and great lacing.

Smell is pine, metal and lots of Galaxy. The hop vapour scratches at my nostrils. Also an interesting funky pate-like quality. Juniper and black pepper. This is hoppier than usual from Mountain Goat, kinda like how I remember the Rare Breed IPA used to be before they started skimping on the hops and sending it out 6 months after it was bottled. Thank Mikkeller I guess. Lots of herbs and tea and just Green Flash-esque hopping. Guava and a bit of booze.

Taste is hop oils (Galaxy), fruitiness and soot. Intensely hoppy. Just good stuff.

Mouthfeel is capuccino-esque. Fruity, hop-oily, quite bitter really. Bitterness is a touch unhinged.

Yer this is a good beer. Hops are present in the aroma and even more so in the mouth. Difference between this and Thorny Goat is this is really astringent like a Green Flash beer whereas Thorny Goat had the decadent, smooth, ice-cream esque malt base to help it down. Nevertheless I got a case of this and I'm always down for some hops so I'm happy.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

640 ML bottle poured into a...
Mikkeller Tulip (that works)
Thanks to ME. I ordered the beer so I can credit me.
Solid night of Collaborations

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Lots of ruby when shown to light. One finger light brown head that settled to a nice ringed collar. Left a a good ring of soapy looking lacing. Good head retention on swirling as got a solid finger of head. Went back to a collar pretty quickly though.

S-- Slightly sweet and slightly spicy at the same time. Grilled pineapple, black pepper, some pine and no real nose of malt or body. This is about the pepperberry and would guess galaxy hop. Interesting mix and a good nose.

T-- Orange, Pineapple, chocolate, black pepper, and spice. More like fruits being grilled than anything else. Slight amounts of coco but the fruit and spices stand out in this.

M-- Medium high carbonation and medium feel. Oily body but with an orange black pepper finish. Some sour lemon citrus in the front of the palate that is not the most pleasing but it works as it develops into citrus bitterness.

O-- Works on a lot of levels but missing that wow factor. Works as it showcases the pepperberry very well but not too sure on the galaxy hop choice. Good beer but nothing I personally would go crazy over again. Mountain Goat has done well with this but not as good as the previous collaboration beer. Nothing wrong with that though.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared pre-release. Bottled the day before, refrigerated since. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention. Good carbonation.

S - Pepperberries came out a fair bit with hops blending in. Really well integrated. Pepperberries have a spicy yet sweet aroma complimenting the citrus character of the hops with a lighter than expected malt profile. Apprarently there is no roasted malt in this, it is purely black wheat that gives the colour so the roasted element doesn't come out. There was also some spice in the form of nutmeg and some fruity notes.

T - A sort of charred character with citrus and less pepperberry in the taste. Chocolate was present. Lot's of good hop character and pepperberry blending to create a subtley spicy and citrus/berry-like character. Very mild rich maltiness as well.

M - Really dry finish. Nice carbonation and a creamy full body with a silky smooth texture I'm assuming is from the wheat.

O/D - A really nice take on the Black IPA style with an interesting flavour from the pepperberries. They really took hold but didn't so much as to make the hops play second fiddle. I'm so glad to have tried this so fresh. Smooth, tasty, and oh so drinkable. I certainly wasn't blown away, but pleasantly surprised by the interesting interpretation and creativity. A collab for the ages.

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Mountain Goat Cross Breed Gypsy And The Goat Black Pepperberry IPA from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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