FlyingWombat (21) - - JUN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer a copped a fair bit of flack over the last year, since it has become an off-site brew, produced under contract by a larger craft brewer to meet national demand and free up the Mountain Goat microbrewery for more interesting, experimental beers (and what a reward that has been!). Hightail is a personal favourite for me, because it is ever reliable. It is also a very unique beer, as a hybrid cross between an English Brown and American Amber. The beer pours a lovely cloudy amber-brown with a little red glow and a small but decent off-white head. The aroma is caramel malts and notes of fruity hops. The taste is of a of a malty English brown but with the late hop twist and mouthfeel of an American amber. The body is on the lighter side of medium and the carbonating on the slightly higher side of medium, it can sometimes leave the beer a little thin but makes it plenty drinkable. Finish is solid but short. This beer is very sessionable. A refreshing and flavoursome beer that is an excellent introduction to craft beer for regular lager drinkers.
frankcolub (81) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle: pours an amber/ brownish with a medium white head, retention. Aroma of caramel malt, honey.
Taste is slightly bitter up front, sweetness and very malty, a hint of citrus l but mostly honey/caramel .
A nice tasting pale ale.
saltyfrog (6) - Baulkham Hills, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You can taste that it is an amber ale. It is malty but not in an over the top way.
There is not much in the way of aroma or bitterness from the hops.
You could easily drink some of these with friends. Your craft beer mates might think it was a bit boring & your generic beer mates might think it was a bit exotic but chances are everyone would drink a few of them.
ANZUShophunter (163) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle into MG-branded shaker. Pours dark copper with modest head and aroma (BB date 10/10/15). Nice nutty taste with a dry finish...reminds me a bit of Newcastle Brown. Does transform a bit as it warms.
TedE (642) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle into glass. Mild toffee malt nose. Red/brown beer with thin tan coloured head. Medium carbonation. Zingy mouthfeel. Creamy malty taste with hoppy finish. A little pepper perhaps. It’s like a standard UK bitter with standard Aussie carbonation. Not outstanding but very drinkable.
moreray (2) - AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer, needs to warm up more than pub temp. Smooths out after a while
English characteristics become noticeable sits a spell.
Don2711 (282) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma malty caramel. Ruby appearance with decent head. Caramel and red fruit tastes with nice bite to palate. All in all a very decent drink.
mr_h (4032) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by hand-pump at Edward Wylie, Glasgow (brewed at Hook Norton, Spring 2015 Festival Beer) - faintest toffee aroma, clear amber brown, bubbly cream head, good lacing, toffee, some fruitiness, creamy, smooth, pleasant, easy to drink
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at playfair. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is dry, chewy toffee, sweet.
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
JDW, Salisbury. Decent best bitter. Good malty flavour. Sweetness balanced by in depth bittering hops.
leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, The William Wygston, Wigston. Golden with a firm off white foam. Aromas are copper with a firm cream foam. Aromas are raisins with toffee and creamy oak. Woody with earthy apple skin and bready yeast. Flavours are sweet toffee with raisins and mellow lemon and dry tea. Earthy with a pithy finish and a cabbage burp.