Mountain High IPA | Mount Shasta Brewing

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Mountain High IPAMountain High IPA

Brewed by:
Mount Shasta Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crotor on 07-26-2004

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Photo of roan22
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer's label and packaging...for a beer label I think it is very arty and cool. Also known as Weed IPA..after the town in California where the brewery is located. I've also had a pint of this at Capone's about a month ago.

Poured into a tulip glass. A typical-to-style, orange color, with some foam which isn't too impressive. Leaves fresh lace on my glass.

Aroma notes I get are of the pungent herbal citrus variety. Lots of hops.

Taste is a subtle blend of different west coast hops..there is a nice grapefruit juice bitterness present, also a minty factor, and a nice spiceyness from the a bit of herbal piney resin.

Mouthfeel: typical to regular Ipa style...lighter than a DIPA, fruitier, with a typical boozy spiciness and a nice bitter drying effect from hop oils..but it finishes pretty clean, which in this beer, I don't think I like [that effect]. The mouth feel could be more fuller bodied. my two cents. :)

Drinkability is very high for me..west coast IPAs go down like water to me. :)

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off white head. The head leaves rather quickly, but laces fairly well. Has a nice hoppy aroma of spruce, citrus, and a touch of sweetness. Has a good carbonation, and a nice mouthfeel. The flavor is hoppy with a good amount of bitterness. Has a watery texture. A medium body and real solid finish with a good aftertaste. A prettty tasty IPA

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of some local stuff while driving through Redding last week. Pours a pretty orange hue topped by a good inch of creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of piney floral hops, tempered by just a bit of slightly sweet malt. A touch of biscuit and citrus peek through in the background. Palate is all about the hops, providing a nice piney backbone that doesn't let through much else. A little bit of orange, a little biscut, that's about it. Body is substantial and a little syrupy - great for conveying the lupulin. A tasty treat from the little brewery in Weed.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I saw this on tap, I figured I just had to try a beer from Weed (I didn't know there was a brewery up there and I don't get up there that often), and it took me by surprise. This is a very nice IPA, qith plenty of hop character, but enough body to really carry it.

Copper, this has a fairly good off-white white head that lasts a bit and leaves some lace.

This beer is very juicy, with some pine and citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit, but the grapefruit is not over done and there is well-rounded character and range in the hops. It also has a good malty body to carr this with lightly caramelly grain and fruit and malty sweetness. I didn't know the ABV at the time, and it was not evident as such, but it also likely contributes to the well-rounded character to support the hops, at least to me, since I usually prefer the higher ABV beers and "double" IPAs when it comes to IPA types.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a bright and semi cloudy orangish red with good carbonation. The malt looks thick as the carbonation in abundant it is slow churning in the thickness, The head is two fingers off white and rocky, it leaves good lace.

The smell is nice lots of big hoppyness but also some sweet malt presents.

The taste is good, it is growing on me as I drink, could use a little more balance but not bad, All the usuall big thick hopy pine grapefruit stuff here.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not great but I am enjoying it. Prosit MK

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber orange color, thin head

Smell- hops

Taste- hops, well balanced flavor, not too bitter so the average person can enjoy it

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, would love to drink more of it

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Shasta's Mountain High pours a clear, deep-amber-somewhat-copper body beneath an average-sized head of white foam. The head retention is pretty good, and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma displays malt with a caramel bent and grassy, piney, and lightly citrusy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and I'm impressed by its balance. It's a basic, straight-forward IPA that doesn't try to impress you by being more than an IPA should be. It's kind of traditional English in a way (there's a hint of buttery diacetyl to it), and kind of American at the same time. It's got a perfectly balanced bitterness that's rigid within the malt wrapped around it, and it comes through dry in the finish. And I like the caramelish (but not overdone) rounded malt with just enough hops to spice it up.

Very drinkable. And although it's 7%, the alcohol never really shows.

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color, nice head, and some carbonation visible.

Beer smells dusty, bitter, and a bit citrus like. Aromas are kind of muted though.

Beer is quite bitter and sour up front. A very grapefruit like quality in the flavor. This does finish nicely with a bit of creamy maltiness. Overall it is does have pretty good balance to it.

Mouthfeel is above average, good roundness on the front, and a nice finish.

Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Not one of the best, but it is solid and quite drinkable. Certainly not my first choice in the style, but still worth a try, and I do grab it off the store shelf from time to time.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly went away.

S - light pine and citrus hops with a nice sweet malt background

T - mild caramel malts and citrus orange and grapefruit hops with hints of grassiness

M/D - Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Nicely balanced beer that would be a nice beer to have several of. I'm definitely glad this one has made it to PA now.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber topped with a thin khaki layer and containing some floaties and bubbles rising up.

Aroma is subtle yet bright with some orange peel and peppery lemon spice.

First swigs: Crisp orange and grapefruit with a backing of malt that creates a butterscotch and fruity meld with a touch of cedar. A sizzle on the tongue as the hops run around. Hops guess is East Kent & Cascade. A stright up version of an Am. IPA.

Feel is fmedium to full bodied with a thick syrupy sizzle. Aftertaste is bone dry and dusty.

Last swigs: Orange sherbert and piny. Worth trying for a hop head. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this as 1 of 24 in a trade.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Shasta- Mountain High IPA

A- Golden orange with a good moderate size billowy head. Small traces of lacing.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a sugar sweetened grapefruit hop aroma.
T- Sugary yellow grapefruit with a good dose of buttery caramel malt.
M- Thick and syrupy. A bit cloying. Big malty finish.

Overall- More malty than hoppy but still very good. My first from Mount Shasta and definitely a pleaser.

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Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks for the bottle, Chris G.

Pours cloudy, chunky ruddy orange-copper with a good amount of sticky lace.

Aroma is thick tangerine and organic, almost "catty" funk, definitely confirms the presence of Simcoe.

Taste: Simcoe hops take the lead again, imparting the same flavors as the aroma. Good balance with slightly caramel-flavored malts. Light sweetness gives way to a drawn-out pucker in the aftertaste; something like a smaller Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

Mouthfeel is just a hair on the thin side, but still very drinkable and flavorful.

A juicy, tasty IPA -- a nice changeup from the usual Cascades + something else.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Mountain High IPA poured an orange color with a 2-3 finger foam head and sweet lacing that was everywhere.

The smell was pine, grapefruit and sweet aroma. The taste was a good malt in the background then a raspy hop punch to the taste buds. In the mouth it was pretty thin and left a decent mark. Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Deuane
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazed orange copper with a wisp of light tan foam that faded to nothing and left spotty lace.

S-Pine with some citrus hop aroma and a touch of caramel malt....not overly aromatic.

T-Wow....much more citrus aggressiveness on the palate than comes through in the nose. Like a caramel covered orange.

M-Medium bodied and quite smooth. Surprising amount of lingering hop bitterness.

D-Not bad....the disappointing appearance and lack of aroma was made up in the flavour and feel profile. Not a bad beer at all but certainly not an Earth shaker.

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Photo of dukew456
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass. On a side note, I will be pimping my home state's lone brewery's glassware as much as possible in my future reviews. Lazy Magnolia, cheers to you.

Nice one-finger head on the intial pour, which dissapates into a thin layer that stays the whole way, leaving lacing. The color is pretty nice for a standard IPA, clear orange, a little bit lighter than usual, but appetizing.

Smell is citrusy hops up front, but then an almost vanilla-like malt presence in the back. Good stuff, but a little bit sweeter-smelling than I was expecting.

The taste is similar to the smell, with an overly sweet caramel malt presence initially, which gives way to a bitter piney hop flavor, and then back to a sweet, malty finish. The hops are just strong enough to push this beer over the threshhold from a pale ale to an IPA, especially in the aftertaste.

A pretty standard IPA, nothing particularly special but also nothing particularly bad about this beer. A little bit on the malty side for my tastes. I could definitely see this as a good summer party beer.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out a pretty copper-orange with a creamy white pancake head.

Smell is of ripe fruits and pine. Yep, it's an IPA!

Nice burst of resinous hoppy goodness...grapefruit and pine, just as you'd expect. This does have a nice biscuit-like maltiness to it, along with more earthy and spicy hop notes in the finish. Very interesting...sort of a English/American IPA hybrid.

There's a lot of viscosity in the body...I'd almost call this syrupy. And yet, I find it highly drinkable. Maybe I just love IPAs.

This is a slightly atypical IPA, but certainly one worthy of passing over one's palate. Recommended.

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Photo of ironlung
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: HAZY orange with a ton of yeast floating around. (Bottle-Conditioned?)

S: I expected hops on the nose, but all I can make out is the malt, and some faint grassy notes.

T: This is where this beer shines. Not a hop bomb as I expected. Just a nice balanced IPA. some hints of pine and citrus bcked up so perfectly by the malt.

M: A little heavy, would benefit from more hop "snap".

D: I don't remember what the sixer cost me, but when I see it again if the price is right I'll grab more.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange amber with a thin bubbly head. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel and pine. I can see this going down the caramelly interpretation road...Hops not abounding, but there. There is a mustiness to it.

In the taste a piney/herbal hop character mixes with caramel/toffee. A touch of alcohol shows with a mild bite. It has a dry finish.

It has a medium body, with medium carbonation.

Drinkable for a 7% brew. It certainly has a malty backing. I was torn on the score on this one, hoping for more citrus, but it "grew" on me enough to lift to the the higher of the scores I had in mind for the taste. Was expecting/hoping for more (and less caramel and mustiness), but there is enough hop presence to that is tasty enough to give it a nice taste.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big surprise is just how far reaching this beer is being sampled in the US, last I heard Shasta had like 2 exits, good stuff on there part. As for the beer, kind of lighter than I would have expected for a 7% IPA, smell was citrusy, not sure of the hops. Taste was caramel with a strong dry finish. This is an above average IPA, but higher marks because of where it's from, went to a wedding up there and it was off the hook, groom did a beer run mid-wedding, just spectacular.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. Cap reads: "Try LEGAL Weed" & "A Friend in Weed Is a Friend Indeed".

A: Clear, deep amber with a huge rocky/foamy 2-finger ivory head. Great head retention and gorgeous sticky lacing. Tons of vigorously flowing carbonation. A fine-looking IPA...

S: Big spicy/herbal hop nose with traces of grain and sweeter caramel/toasted malt.

T: A more mundane, hop-centric IPA without the malty balance. Hoppiness introduces itself with medicinal bitterness, hints of freshly cut grass and a mild soapiness (glass cleanliness was not an issue). A spicy, zesty and flavorful IPA in general, though nothing memorable.

M: Highly carbonated mouthfeel, a medium body on the brink of fullness. Lengthy bitterness grabbing the center and back of the tongue and not letting go...

D: A good IPA, worth a try. In a world with hundreds of IPAs this one would fall somewhere in the middle to upper areas of the pack. Thanks to flexabull for sending it & giving me a chance to "try legal weed".

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hoppy IPA with citrus and pine. Hop residual left on palate after swallowing. True to its style. Coppery color, with quarter-inch head with some lacing.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 11/7/08: Mt. Shasta Brewing Co.
Mountain High IPA 7% abv. into a pint glass.

Appearance=2 finger head after a vigorous pour. Good head retention.

Smell=mild, nothing overpowering. Hops are present.

Taste=Ok, mild. I would describe the finish as "meh."

Mouthfeel=alright, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability=Highly drinkable because nothing is overpowering and alcohol is average. 7% is not noticed. I would definitely say its an average IPA, good not great.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Beer Stop for $1.50. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Goose Island shaker glass. The IPA appears a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of off white head. Aromas and flavors consist of grassy hops, pine, citrus such as lemon and hints of grapefruit, lots of caramelized malt, bitter and sweet. The ale is medium in both body and carbonation with a dry bitter finish. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice lemon and roasted malt mixture.
The taste is a moderate pine bitterness, sweet candy, then a moderate bitter lemon finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable IPA with some bold flavors.

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Photo of philbe311
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Glowing amber color with the a very very slight haze... Very compact ultra fluffy white head... Great lacing... Good Stickiness... Minimal carbonation...

S - Surprisingly sweet... Candied Sugar... Caramel... Malt... This beer smells good, but I'm struggling to pick up any hop scent... This is an IPA, right??? An IPA brewed with Centennial and Simcoe hops none the less... If left up to the nose, I would have never guessed this was an IPA... The nose is much more reminiscent of an ESB...

T - Terrifically well balanced... Quick hit of Simcoe hops up front, followed by all the sweetness noted by the nose... Malt... Caramel... Biscuit... The hops really surface and challenge the palette as part of the after taste...

M - Medium bodied... Good amount of fizzy carbonation... Taste fills the mouth completely... Bitter aftertaste lingers... Really nice...

D - Extremely drinkable and enjoyable... An all around solid offering that I could see me enjoying in the future... Definately not a hopheads IPA, but there's terrific balance... It's also an interesting interpretation of the style... A very pleasant surprise form a brewery that I wasn't too familiar with prior to popping this open...

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