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Nov032013

MOUNTAIN GOAT SUMMER ALE

Mountain Goat Summer Ale. Ah, Summer… Hot days and cold tinnies.

Mountain Goat has identified the huge gap in the Australian market for craft beer in cans. The growth of summer music festivals and ever increasing restrictions on glass at venues has created a demand for more tinnies.

In the past Mountain Goat has dabbled in aromatic, hoppy and sessionable ales like their like Skipping Girl and Goldilocks brews. In Sept 2013 it launched their Summer Ale which is only available in 375ml tinnies.

On the hop front is a blend of Aussie and Kiwi new world hops. Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops from NZ and I’m guessing Galaxy from Oz. It’s a quaffer being a mild 20 IBU and 4.7% ABV.

Very pale yellow colour, the carbonation is lower than expected and it has poor head retention. Slight tropical aroma with a thin lager-like body. It pretty much tastes like passionfruit with a bit of a tobacco aftertaste. It’s easy drinking with a moderately dry finish.

It’s too watery for my taste and I’m not a huge fan of beers with lots of passionfruit flavour. If you’re a fan of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale you will probably enjoy this one. Let’s hope for more Australian craft beer in tinnies. Watch this space.

 

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