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 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 philbe311
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of roan22
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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 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 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 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 dukew456
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 1000Bottles
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden to amber in color with a thin light tan head. The aroma is biscuity, malty and floral hops. Flavor is almost tart with a hop tang. Decent bigger IPA, though the hops seem a but unremarkable compared with so many in your face citrus and piney IPAs these day.

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

Here's a solid IPA, not a great one, but a good one. It goes for more of a piney, resiny hops flavor, with a decent amount of malt. The hops is a bit restained, which results in a pretty well balanced IPA. Decent lacing action on the glass, a just a little pine aroma on the nose. The malt gives a decent heft in the mouthfeel and overall, a pretty drinkable 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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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 Grabbin2nd
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ironlung
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for including

Pours a light amber color with a good amount of frothy head that leaves a great ring of lace.

Smell has a decent earthy hop aroma, bitter to the nose, a little caramel is noticeable.

Taste hits right away with that earthy hop kick and leaves a long lasting bitterness, not very smooth though.

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Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Offa
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 1whiskey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Mountain High IPA from Mount Shasta Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 86 ratings