Drunken Speculation

#56 Mountain Goat Summer Ale

This post is part of Crazy Cellar Clearout Week, where we review some of the beers in our cellar so we can start 2014 fresh. You can see all the beers we’ve reviewed in 2013 here.

mountain goat summer aleIf you’re yet to try this latest addition to the Mountain Goat family, it’s time to go out and buy a six-pack, at least. It’s just what the doctor ordered, and especially so if you’re living in the more northern, hotter and more humid climes of Australia ’cause it’s refreshing as hell.

The Goat website tells us:

There’s plenty of malted and unmalted wheat in the grist make up, and a big burst of fruity Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops on the nose. For the tech-heads the numbers are: 20BU, 7EBC, 4.7%ABV.

Let’s try…

Nice on the pour, decent head (though fading quickly) and a good amount of carbonation by the looks. Colour-wise, you’re probably best to drink it straight from the can: kind of looks like someone weed in your glass otherwise.

It’s strong, fruity hop aroma is pleasant and even just taking a whiff of it you can’t help feeling refreshed. As for the taste, I never thought craft beer in a can could taste this good.

Prominent notes of passionfruit prevail throughout and the end bitterness is only subtle, complementing the beer’s refreshing character.

Essentially, it’s a mighty fine beer, apart from it’s colour. It’s fresh, fruity aromatics and sessionabilty will ensure it’s a main-stay in your beer fridge this summer. Not to mention the added benefit of being able to fit in with your tinnie-drinking and XXXX/Carlton draught-loving mates.

I’ll take a stab and say it’ll probably be my beer of choice this coming Australia Day as I count down the Hottest 100 songs and beers of the year.


  • Website
  • Genre: Pale ale
  • Regionality: Richmond, VIC
  • Strength: 4.7%
  • Rating: 3 / 3 taste + 1.5 / 2 ancillaries = 4.5 / 5
  • Plus: Fruity, hoppy goodness in a sessionable beer.
  • Minus: Urine-coloured is never a good look.
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