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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Risser09
1.96/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2009?

Appearance: Pours a copper/orange color that is transparent and has very little carbonation activity. A 1" head builds and shows good retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Toasty cereal grains. Earthy, herbal hop aroma. There is sort of a mushroom smell that contains some sweetness. I can't really get passed it.

Taste: Slightly bitter and pretty sweet. Cake batter, pale malts, stale hop flowers. Not complex. Not very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Not very bitter at all. Not much carbonation activity. The 7.0% abv isn't apparent either.

Drinkability: This is probably the worst IPA I have ever had. It's quite hard to mess up this style, but I think this beer nailed it. The flavors are odd and not close to complex. It's way off.

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Photo of largadeer
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Glowing amber with quite a bit of haziness. The head doesn't rise very high, but retains nicely.

Smell: Sweet pine, caramel, dried herbs and mineral. I can tell from one whiff that this isn't the kind of IPA I typically enjoy. Too much malt and not enough fresh hoppy goodness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and resiny up front, a big caramel backbone nearly covers up the hop flavor, though I get a touch of pine, tangerine and dried herbs. The mouthfeel is a touch syrupy and the finish is a bit heavy on the astringent bittering hops. Pretty hard to drink, I have a feeling the sink will be enjoying a large serving of this.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Very light citrus on the nose, bit of caramel and light breaad maybe but simple and boring

T: Pretty malty, actually more malt forward than hop forward. Some citrus but simple and pretty unimpressive

M: A maltier IPA with subtle hops, no standing flavor besides a bit of citrus and caramel

O: Another medicore beer

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Photo of mattcrill
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recieved this as part of BIF 16.

Appearance: Pours a crystal deep amber color with an ivory head. Sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass and carbonation is noted throughout the body.

Smell: Very sweet smelling. Carmel, a touch of alcohol, and a little bittering hops noted.

Taste: Sweet up front, bittering hop presence immediately and throughout with a warming alcohol finish. I know this is weird but it tastes like a hoppy bock to me. Sweet and bitter but not balanced or blended well at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad undercarbonated. Oily with a long finish.

Drinkability: As I continued to drink this, I was disappointed that the alcohol was not hidden well at all. Kind of suprising for a 7% ABV brew. Kind of messy. I think I would avoid this one.

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Photo of willjschmidt
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a light amber color with a decent white head.

S: Citrus with a nice malt base. I pretty good smelling IPA.

T: I didn't really care for this one. It's not well balanced and not all that tasty. The hops are bitter and harsh. There is a long lasting very bitter aftertaste. It's not very smooth.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A decent attempt at an IPA but no where near as good as the dozens of other standout IPA's available in California.

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Photo of ralree
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden, a little head, OK lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit. Very light. The malt also comes through nicely.

T: Malt is overpowering. Hops are OK, but not great. It's a very simple flavor, and not a good one.

M: Dry, non-astringent, over-carbonated, medium-light body.

D: Not too good, hard to drink.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

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Photo of crowsoup
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Irish Pol, Philly, PA

How can anyone turn down trying a beer with a tap head that simply says, "WEED"? That said, this was a bit of a disappointment. Good for one round, but I wouldn't give it much more time than that. It had the punch of an IPA, but not the body/feel.

Poured into a goblet, a hazy orange-yellow with a big, foamy, white head that retained well. Piney, citrusy hops in the aroma, with some sweetness coming through. More of the same in the taste, with a fair balance of piney hops and sweet malts, with a bit of funk going on. Medium mouthfeel, and so-so drinkability.

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Photo of jag21
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper with a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is syrupy and thick, with a warm grassy hop. The flavor is thick, gooey and sweet, with a grassy hop and a round, orangy bitterness on the finish. There is an apple-ish edge. Mouthfeel is syrupy. This is a perfect adequate ipa, but nothing nobody else is doing. And it has a syrupy quality that reminds me of a competent homebrew.

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Photo of SugarbshVTskier
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of idResponse
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eh, this is just an average IPA. it's perfectly tasty and perfectly drinkable and smells like a decent ipa and looks fine and all that jazz... but honestly, this is just another run of the mill IPA only the company hails from a town called WEED, California, so they call it the Mountain High... and the art of the hops around the edge of the main label kind of looks like buds. huhuh, it says weed, let's buy it... yeah dude... cool...

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear, orange color with tan head that is thin and settles quickly.

S: Bread, roasted malt, honey, and caramel. Hops are not pungent but faint pine and citrus.

T: Sweet at first, caramel, roasted malt, honey, bready, then the hops are bitter, piney, herbal, and citrus.

M: Medium body, light crisp carbonation with some alcohol warmth.

D: An average IPA with no flaws but no big strengths either. It is drinkable.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a rich amber color, clear with a wispy covering of white on top. Head falls off to nothing fairly quickly leaving a spotty residue. Smells of an oily, vegetal hop, as well as a strong sickly sweet malt aroma that isn't altogether pleasant. Flavor is better, malt becomes more biscuity, with a nice bitter hop punch thats more grassy than vegetal and even a bit lemony. Alcohol more prominent than it should be, but bitterness sticks around long enough to counter that. Medium bodied, a bit thick maybe. Drinks ok, but doesn't stand up to all these great west coast IPAs that i find all around me these days.

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Photo of Nick4202
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy orange. Tannish head with big open soapy bubbles. Big ole bottle conditioned yeast chunks at the bottom.

A bit of a soggy aroma. Spicy earthy hops with only the mildest citrus/florals. Reminds me a lot of HopDevil.

Thick flavor of spicy hops and rather unrefined malt. It really reminds me of a homebrew, kind of unrefined and recipe not quite perfected. There's way to much yeast on the bottom of the glass, suspended as chunks, the recipe still needs some tuning. Its too slick and sweet, tastes of wort...and is that priming sugar in there i taste?

Sappy resin finish and aftertaste. Overall it makes me want to keep drinking it, but not because its exceptional, just because it makes the aftertaste go away.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Way darker than your average ipa appearance, this one comes in SRM wise above even an amber ale. 1/2" white head. Uniform lace. Aroma gives off some C hop cascade mostly notes. Dunno if dry hopped, but the hop usage in one form or another is evident.

Taste reveals why this beer is so dark, it uses a lot of heavier roasted malts, crystal malt seems to be all over this one. Has some tree like flavors and feels to go along with the woody caramel.

I've had some good, some bad in these bottles. No bottle date so I dunno what to make of the inconsistency.

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Photo of velosuds
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at specialty beer store for $1.59.

Caveat emptor: just because a specialty beer store offers a beer doesn't mean it should be purchased. I selected a number of IPAs recently and have been disappointed with all of them. Glad I only bought a 12 oz. single.

A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with average retention and moderate lacing. Very pleasing appearance.

S-Piney hops with some citrus aroma present. Very inviting.

Looked like an IPA, smelled like an IPA....

T-Taste did not measure up at all. Would have been a drain pour if I had started with this tonight. Worst IPA I have tried.

M-Decently balanced with good carbonation. Rated lower to get overall where should be.

D-If offered one to drink I would drink it but only after concluding nothing better is available. A bit pricey compared to better West Coast brewed IPAs.

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Photo of kornkid8600
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the top "A friend with weed is a friend indeed". Should I drink it in the closet alone, or share?

The appearance was a bright gold, medium clarity. The head wasn't anything to write home about, lace as well.

The aroma isn't what I hoped for. The hops are in there, but not in that juicy West Coast way. The overall intensity was a little poor as well. For the most part it was malty, graham crackers, honey, and caramel.

The flavor is still not too extreme in the way of IPAs, but it's better than the nose. The hops are of the herbal grassy variety and do deliver good bitterness, especially through the long finish. A bit of citrus flavor peaks in, to blend with toasty malt flavors and diacetyl. The same dashes of honey and caramel round it out.

The body is a bit light, but not thin. The carbonation is strong, and has a presence through the long dry finish. This one flirts with being a pilsner, just from the character of the hops. Hopheads shouldn't expect a big juicy WCIPA, and cropheads shouldn't expect too much of the sticky icky funk. However it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness with scents of pine needles and citric-smelling grapefruit.

Taste: Pale malts with a mild caramel sweetness. Pithy grapefruit, a taste of pine, and a medium hop bitterness that rides out until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty par for the course when it comes to IPAs.

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3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a medium-dark cloudy orange amber with rather large chunks of sediment sneaking their way into my glass despite careful pouring. This beer has a lot of sediment in the bottle. large soapy bubbles make up the half-finger of head that left little lacing.

S: Malt and caramel sweetness dominate the nose.

T: This IPA is on the maltier, sweeter end of the spectrum. Caramel and honey flavors were the first noticed, followed by a faint hop bitterness. When I choose an IPA, I want to taste the hops. I don't want to be beaten over the head by them, but I want to taste them. I had to really try to notice any floral bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity with a lingering, sweet oiliness.

D: This beer was almost more reminiscent of a brown ale rather than an IPA. However, even the best of both worlds failed to equal a great beer. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in imperial pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy deep honey color, with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lace.

The aroma was very weedy, as expected from a Norcal brewery, with some pine and floral notes over the light malt base. Those descriptors cover the taste as well, weed, pine and floral floating and the mellow malts.

The body was the typical light-medium you find in so many of the style. Drinkability was decent, I'd probably only have one at a sitting, but having a few while gazing at Mt. Shasta would be enjoyable as well. Overall, a solidly decent, if unspecial, brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK saw this at a local store..ive seen more of this brewer here in Salem in the last few months. And was impressed with their porter and this looked like a sure thing.
In appearance it is certainlly an attractive IPA deep orange/amber with a gorgeous bubbly ,creamy tan head.
the aroma however is puzzlingly subdued for a IPA..i really cant pick up much hoppiness at all..just some malts.
mmm again the taste is very mellow and mostly well balanced until the end where the hops eventually show through mainlly in the aftertaste..Nice enough on the palate..quite smooth ( though this is not a good thing for an American IPA).
Overall i found this drinkable..but in my opinion this is more an English styled IPA than an American one.

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Photo of number1bum
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with about two fingers of light beige head. Settles to a mostly full lace and leaves a a thin ring of stick on the sides.

Smell is pretty weak, making it a struggle to get a whole lot. I do get some caramel and toffee sweetness, with a bit of a buttery quality to it, and some citrus and herbal hop aromas. It's lacking for an IPA.

Taste is more robust, with herbal and pine hop flavors with a bit of bitter pith and grapefruit peel as well. Not as buttery as the nose but there is a toffee quality to the sweetness, rather than just straightforward caramel. Gives it a bit of an English feel to it. It's definitely an American IPA, though, with a big blast of bitter hops in the finish. Leans more toward hop bitterness than flavor, but it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, with moderate carbonation. Bitterness really lingers in the finish, giving it an herbal, somewhat dry feel.

This is not to bad overall. A pretty average IPA, but worth a shot.

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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
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