Total Score: 8.05/10
Another Rare Breed (i.e. single batch) from this fine brewer – worthy of the many accolades I have bestowed upon it, such as: “alf decent”, “yeah alright”, “good on a hot summers day”, and “better than a swift kick in the dangly bits”. I must admit ever since my first sip of Hightail Ale, and their many Rare Breeds, I have awaited each new goat with the anticipation of a school kid before the summer break, and this West Coast styled IPA, The Delmont, is no different.
Poured from tap into a Schooner.
A: Clear deep copper body with a thin wispy white head. Pretty decent body, the head is a little weak but we generally expect that with most beers over 6% ABV (and this is a hearty 7% brew). 7/10.
S: Citric/pine/earthy hops in plentiful abundance. There is a hint of a malt base in there as well, but rightfully so they take a back seat to what is hopefully an assertive hopping. 8/10.
T: Great big grapefruit/pine/earthy hop characters with a nice toasted biscuit middle, which finishes with a medium bitterness. Slightly more bitter hops than I like in the aftertaste, though this is generally expected with such a bold hopping. Surprisingly the alcohol feels much lighter than 7%, they hid it well at least. 8/10.
M: Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. Spot on again Mr. Tap. 9/10.
D: Pretty damn drinkable, not as great as Feral’s Hop Hog or Little Creature’s Pale Ale (those are two of my all-time favourite Aussie brews as you may well know) but Mountain Goat has pulled together a big hoppy brew, shame it’s a Rare Breed. Another thing about this beer is it really sneaks up on you with the ABV, if they ever release this one again do yourself a favour and catch a bus in to your local craft pub (in my case The Durham, Kingston), take a load off and enjoy a few other good craft brews while you’re at it ;-). 8/10.
Food match: Again you can’t go wrong with Thai or Vietnamese cuisine with a nice hoppy IPA, or a decent Indian curry for that matter.