Mountain Goat Steam Ale

Total Score: 6.85/10 CutGrass1 Nut1 HopFlower1 Nonicpint1

Three years ago me: “I got this at the same time as the hightail Ale as recommended by the bottleshop person, and I must say I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of these Mountain Goat guys before.” Now me: “Mountain Goat rocks!” Note this is my first ‘Steam Beer’ which is trademarked by Anchor brewing, a style of Ale made to mimic a Lager which was developed to quench prospector thirsts in 19th century California.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Light amber/golden body, a good colour for a Lager, which is how we rate a Steam Beer. There is pretty much no head to speak of… interesting as the Ale appears quite active with carbonation but no head, strange no? 7/10.

S: Nice! I’m getting a strong hop smell that can only be described as cannabis-like… err, nice as in the strong hop smell, not the cannabis-like part. It’s difficult to register a malt odour over the hops but I’m sure it’s there somewhere. 5/10.

T: As with the aroma the malt completely takes a backseat to the overpowering grassy cannabis-like hops. The flavour of the hops leave a slight expected bitterness and the aftertaste is a hint of Brazil nut, which could only be as a result of the malts, very interesting. 8/10.

M: This Ale explodes in your mouth like a fruit tingle! It’s quite odd and I’m not sure if I like it or not. 3/10.

D: If it wasn’t so crazy in the mouthfeel I could probably drink these all night, however this Ale presents an eclectic mix of hops, nuts, and pop-rocks which holds it back from a perfect score… I’ll still gladly get it again though. Three years later note: As a Steam Beer this holds up comparably well to Anchor’s Steam Beer (the one that owns the trademark) the only place it really loses out to Anchor is in the mouthfeel and aroma. 8/10.

Food match: Thai, grilled chicken with salad or light barbeque fare.

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