bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a dense white head. Minimal lacing. Big aromas of citrus and resiny hops as expected. Some caramel malt sweetness also. Good aromas. Malt sweetness comes through a little more in the flavours though the usual US hops flavours are there also. Nice balance with the hops not overly dominating. Finish is bitter though not quite as bitter as was expected. More reminiscent of an English IPA to my palate despite the US hops. Good beer.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The packaging for this sure is impressive. Hats off. The beer looks good too - nice head and a deep dark amber colour which looks nice but gives the underhopped-overcrystalled game away from the start. Subtle weedy hops in the aroma much more than flavour, but it’s more malt-driven with caramel marshmallows and fairy floss. Slightly bready yeastiness and tartness on the palate. Some grainy, almost roasty, stuff in the finish. Hops contribute to structure but you can’t really taste them much. Has that nice glassy mouthfeel you get from lots of crystal. It’s a nice enough beer but, to be blunt, pretty underwhelming given the effort they’ve clearly gone to. I also had it on tap at the brewery and it was a little bit hoppier and fresher, but not hugely so - makes sense given how poorly Goat’s bottled beers keep, and this was a fresh bottle stored in the fridge. I wonder if we should start an ’Australian IPA’ substyle for caramelly amber ales that call themselves IPAs? There sure are plenty of examples about.
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Exceptionally good beer. Nice aroma of tropical fruit and a dark amber colour with thick beige head. Flavour is initially sweet malt that gets progressively biscuity and finishes with a firm but not over the top bittering finish. ABV is about right and balance is spot on.
hawthorne00 (2401) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 [2/10] Stylish 650ml bottle. Half 16C straight glass, (better) half 14C tulip. Barely hazy copper, small fading light tan head. Nose has caramel, passionfruit, lychees, pine, galangal, citrus and surprisingly prominent alcohol. Very soft mouthfeel. Lingering pine and grapefruit bitterness with mainly caramel and biscuity malt backing it. Spicy finish. It’s certainly hoppy, but there’s a (pleasing to me) reiteration of the house style: an emphasis on texture and depth over intensity. [rerate 3/10] , old rating 3.9] The lack of sophisticated malty flavours tells a bit on subsequent samplings.
[6/13] Growler. After a few disappointing bottles of this in the new format, liking this as much as ever. Nothing’s fantastic, but everything works together.
bendybenbeer (38) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Love the label. Looks great. Similarities to Rasputin I.S.? Aroma is a little bit muted, can smell a bit of alcohol. Nice but not wow. Cloudy copper colour, with a nice creamy head that lasts. Palate is nice and full, with a good creamy, carbonated mouthfeel. Nicely bitter, but not OTT. Strangely astringent aftertaste. Overall a good brew, but just a few things missing from making it a top brew. Good to see the Goat Boys hitting back with this sort of beer after their Steam Ale....
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Bottle 650ml. Delicious. Aroma of pine, spice, and caramel. The taste has a great balance, with a sweet start and a long-lasting bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium body and a spicy-hot mouth feel. Light brown, with a long-lasting frothy head.
Re-rate: When I tried it on tap the taste seemed much sweeter.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
both bottle and on tap at the brewey. fantastic new version of the IPA, love it! pours a golden copper brown with a little white head. hoppy notes hit you. definatley pine and grapefruit going on here. nice caramel and biscuit flavours going on here, its a shame it a limited release!
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange amber pour with a short beige head that doesn’t last long. Nose is quite hoppy with notes of pine, orange, grapefruit, lime and toffee. Flavour is also very hoppy with lots of citrus and pine, but the malt profile is stronger here than the aroma displaying notes of biscuit, caramel and nuts. Smooth and slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. Pretty good IPA, better than their original one. Good to see Mountain Goat back in form.