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Entries in Mountain Goat (8)

Saturday
Mar312018

MOUNTAIN GOAT LIME CRISIS DOUBLE IPA

Mountain Goat Lime Crisis Double IPA> For non-gamers like myself, the name of this beer is a pop reference to ‘Time Crisis’ a first person shoot and kill everything kind of arcade game released in 1995. Due to its popularity it was later ported to PlayStation consoles in 1997 and is somewhat of a classic.

Lime Crisis is a new world double IPA that uses US hops Citra and Centennial combined with NZ hops Wakatu and Taiheke to create a citrus forward flavour. Then in a move that would horrify any purist brewer they added crushed Persian black limes and Himalayan rock salt to create a rounded and mineral finish. It’s 8.2% ABV and 60 IBU.

Golden yellow/orange slightly opaque with a thin white head packed with hop oils. Lime, grapefruit, malt and strange earthy salt aroma. Medium body and relatively low carbonation. Starts with a clean lime flavour that is not overly punchy/zesty, a soft malt balances it nicely with a slightly spicy and salt flavour creeping in. It’s moderately dry with a minerally finish like a NZ Sav Blanc. The booze is well hidden. It’s definitely different but I’m not sure it’s worth the hype. Some people believe it’s a masterpiece while others are underwhelmed. It’s perhaps more like a salty lime cocktail rather than a beer.

 

7/10

Thursday
May192016

FIXATION BREWING CO FIXATION IPA

It sounds too good to be true. An Australian brewing company has dedicated itself to exclusively brewing IPAs - tasty, tasty American style IPAs.

Fixation Brewing Co is a joint venture between Stone & Wood and Tom Delmont of Mountain Goat fame. Their mutual love of West Coast IPAs resulted in the company being formed in 2015.  

Their debut release Fixation IPA is West Coast Style IPA and is a respectable 6.4% ABV and 65 IBU. On the malt bill are Briess Pale, Briess Caramel Munich, Weyermann Vienna and Weyermann Carared, which they describe as creating ‘clean pale malt backbone’. On the hop front are Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo added at multiple stages. Fixation IPA is available in bottles from April 2016. 

Golden yellow/orange colour and slightly opaque. Creamy off-white head. Great citrus and pine aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Citrus and a resinous and dank pine hop flavour dominate with a caramel backbone providing great balance. The resin slides off the tongue with a satisfying bitterness. Hop fiends who like a good dose of citrus and resiny pine will enjoy this.

This is a mighty fine West Coast style IPA which gives US brewers a run for their money. It reaffirms that when Australian breweries are provided with fresh US hops they can deliver big, ballsy US style brews that could easily pass for a US brew in a blind taste test.

IPA fans should keep their eye on this up and coming hop obsessed brewery.

 

9/10

Monday
May252015

MOUNTAIN GOAT THE DELMONT

Mountain Goat The Delmont. This beer pays homage to Tom Delmont, one of the Mountain Goat crew.

I had been looking for this beer for a while around the traps but couldn’t find it. I was at the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival 2014 and the beer name leapt out from the festival guide. I headed over to the Mountain Goat tent and the man himself was standing there.

I looked around and couldn’t see it, so I asked Tom if it was pouring, Unfortunately, it was not. I eventually tracked down this mysterious beer and once I did I started seeing it everywhere.

It’s a West Coast style IPA, 6.8% ABV and 65 IBU. On the malt front are NZ Gladfield Ale, Vienna and Redback malts which apparently deliver a semi dry palate. It was mash hopped with Cascade. Then Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade were thrown into the kettle and whirlpool. Finally it was dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo.

Golden yellow, surprisingly crystal clear with a creamy, hoppy head. Dank pine aroma possibly from the Simcoe dry hopping. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

A clean, hop forward beer with the malt taking a backseat. Primarily dank pine and citrus with an underlying stonefruit and floral flavour. The hop flavours linger with a moderately bitter and resinous mouthfeel. As it warms up the bready malt flavours from the Vienna malt and the stonefruit from the Amarillo becomes more apparent.

This is highly approachable beer that reminds more of an American Pale Ale than an IPA.

 

8/10

Sunday
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.

 

4/10

Saturday
Sep072013

MOUNTAIN GOAT IPA

Mountain Goat IPA. Over the last few years this beer has hit the shelves as a limited release. It was available as part of their Rare Breed series in 640ml bottles.

After many requests they have decided to make it part of their permanent releases and it is now available in 330ml bottles. The recipe has been tweaked over the years using different malts and hops. The current incarnation uses ale, wheat and crystal malts and is hopped with Citra and Galaxy. At 6.2% ABV and 65 IBU it packs some punch.

It looks like an amber ale and has a sweet malt aroma with a fine detergent-like head. Medium body, relatively low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Sweet caramel flavour leading into a citrus / stone fruit flavour. Flavour-wise it tastes more like a golden ale than an IPA. There’s a strong stonefruit flavour, and the malt flavours are quite sweet creating a bittersweet finish.

It’s like a sickly sweet James Squire Golden Ale with a fuller mouthfeel.

 

6/10

Tuesday
Sep032013

MOUNTAIN GOAT FANCY PANTS AMBER ALE

Mountain Goat Fancy Pants Amber Ale. Part of the Rare Breed range, is this American style amber ale. On the malt bill there is ale, wheat, Munich, crystal and a little roast malt. On the hop front it’s the well-known Cascade and Galaxy duo.

It sure looks tasty – orange amber colour with a fine detergent-like head. Nice citrus and pine aroma. Medium body with relatively low carbonation. Starts with a sweet caramel malt flavour nicely backed up with some citrus and pine. It’s like an American Pale Ale with more caramel flavour.

Is it fancy? Not particularly, but it’s a beer with a decent flavour to it. If you enjoyed this one be sure to check out Feral Brewings Fanta Pants Imperial Red IPA.

 

7/10

Wednesday
Aug212013

MOUNTAIN GOAT HOPFWEIZENBOCK

Mountain Goat Hopfweizenbock. This is a collaboration between Mountain Goat and Brooklyn Brewery.

It’s a Weizenbock which is a strong German wheat beer. The twist is they dry hopped it with Aussie Galaxy hops (2g/L). On the malt front it’s mostly wheat malt with a little bit of Munich and Chocolate malt. It’s brewed with a classic German wheat beer yeast (from Weihenstephan), which adds some fruity and spicy characters.

Opaque honey colour with a fine head. Strong banana aroma, like you’d expect in any Weizen. Smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a banana and strong bubblegum flavour.

After these initial sweet flavours there is a bit of an earthy flavour followed by a firm bitterness. It’s quite strange.  I would describe it as being like a cross between a Weizen and a Belgian ale with a bitter hop finish.

It’s different but nothing ground breaking.

 

6/10

Sunday
Jan132013

MOUNTAIN GOAT HIGHTAIL ALE

Mountain Goat Hightail Ale. Well, I was starting to wonder if my glass was deteriorating or my detergent was off because a couple of my recent beers haven't kept their heads. I'm not worrying anymore.

Whatever else it is and whatever else it has, the Hightail is not short on bubbles. In fact, this was my second attempt at pouring it, 10 minutes after the first. The first attempt is the really, really, really fizzy one. 

It's a beautiful beer, the hightail. There are fruits in the nose, but nothing overwhelming, but the bottle conditioned beer drinks beautifully.

Its mouthfeel is utterly charming, though that gas can get you if you have a few of them. At least your burps taste good.

It's not bitter, compared to some of this ilk, but it's earthy and leaves a slight toffee taste and then some bitterness works its way along the tongue a few seconds after the beer has gone.

It's a tough beer to find (especially here in Italy) and a tougher beer to pour. Chase it down, by all means, but if it's hot and you're really thirsty, have another beer on hand to knock over while you're waiting for theHightail to settle itself down.

Still, all good things are worth waiting for, aren't they? Aren't they?

 

8/10