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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Seven beers followed by two Scotches and a thimble of marijuana and it's funny how sleep comes all on its own."

--David Sedaris

Bronzed orange with a light yeasty haze. The 'pffft' on cap cracking was generous, as is the golden beige lid after a gentle pour. The foam filled more than half the glass initially and isn't giving ground willingly. Extensive, delicate lace is a nice accent to an already good looking appearance.

Given the hop bill (Centennial and Simcoe), the nose isn't as wonderful as expected. It's barely toasted malty and is tropical fruity with a whiff of fresh pine. Not bad, just not a gobsmacker.

Mountain High IPA tastes like organic beer (I haven't yet checked to see if Mount Shasta is an organic brewery). The flavor has that earthy muskiness that is often present in beer that uses less than high quality ingredients. 62 IBUs worth of bitterness almost, but not quite, covers up the off-flavors.

With more and better hop flavor, the taste score would be one notch higher... if you're a hophead. Along with more caramel than expected, I can appreciate white grapefruit peel and pine sap. One would think that a beer named Mountain High, brewed in the town of Weed, would have more of a ganja vibe than is present here.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and the ABV. It's more glassy smooth than expected, given the amount of bitterness. For some reason, the alpha acids aren't as buzzsaw-like on the tongue as they are dessicating during and after the finish.

Mountain High IPA isn't as impressive as Shastafarian Porter, the only other MSB beer to have entered my glass. The hop bill is well chosen and the amount of bitterness is on the money, but it would be great if the brewers could wring more good hop flavor out of this recipe.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber in color with a light clouded view. Unfiltered? About a 3/4 inch head and solid small patches and streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Light nose of pine hops, a touch of grapefruit and some lightly toasted malt-grain scent.

Taste- Almost tastes like and English IPA when I first tried a few sips. Has that English toasted malt flavor to it. Pine hops are noticable and combine well with the malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, midrange mouthfeel with a medium bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfect middle of the road IPA. Good flavors and well balanced and drinkable. Not great, but worth trying.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single into a regular pint glass. Glad to see this brewery coming into SEPA.

A- With a nice hiss upon cracking, mountain high pours a golden to a light bronze color. A nice foamy 1 inch cap graced the surface for a while before settling down. Good head retention and great lacing.

S- This weed has a mild hop smell with a very slight bitterness to it. A bunch of toasted malt backs this with some graininess as well. The other usual ipa scents such as grapefruit and pine come to mind but only in hindsight.

T- A tasty IPA but nothing over the top. Getting alot more malt presense than hops which is dissapointing given this is from the west coast. Not much bitterness at all and much toastiness. Caramel as well from the malt.

M- thin to light medium mouthfeel with a slick feel while the carbonation is felt. Only a slight bitterness on the tounge towards the end of the 12oz.

D- A decent IPA but i expected a higher hop profile. Not entirely sessionable but good enough for two. I would like to try this on tap to see any differences. I'm excited to try more from this company.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear copper hue and is topped by a frothy thick light tan head. The aroma is dominated by the citrus notes and caramel that seems a bit stale, but subtly so. The aroma is actually quite malty, and the citrus hop notes are note quite as dominant as is typical. The beer is lightly sweet up front, but then moves to a malty sweet finish that has notes of caramel and toasted malt. There is a fair amount of hops here, but not as much as I would perhaps like. The hops are nicely bitter in the finish with notes of pine, basil and a bit of citrusy grapefruit as well.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 weeare138
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny bits of fallout are floating in suspension.
Smell is of doughy, biscuits, caramel, honey, with herbal, and citrusy hops.
Taste is dulled down a little from the aromas with caramel, vanilla sweetness, and bitter hops mixed throughout. It's not overly complex but it's passable with Pale Ale/IPA flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chewy, medium bodied, with a residual sweetness that hangs around.

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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 BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance, average head and lace. Aroma comes off hoppy, cascades.

Taste, a little maltier, but the hoppiness is still there for an ipa, might have even a little bit of tree in it, redwood or pine or something, reminiscient of Mammoth and how they put sage or whatnot in it. Only real disappointment with this beer is its inconsistency, I suspect I've had a few older ones, swapping sweet maltiness for hoppiness.

Decent enough to check out. A good beer.

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Photo of anteater
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a darkish copper in color with a pretty good head that left some nice lacing.

Smell - I get some vegetative hops and a bit of grapefruit but mostly it's the biscuity yeast that carries this nose.

Taste - The biscuity yeast is even stronger at the taste. I can get the grapefruit OK but it is clearly playing second fiddle in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with some mild carbonation that fails to contribute.

Drinkability - This was OK but didn't impress. The malt I thought was heavy-handed, the carbonation lacking, and the hop profile was good but too soft.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
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