Review: Mountain Goat – Summer Ale


September 12, 2013 by 250 Beers

Followers of Richmond-based Mountain Goat Beer will know by now that the first ever Goat in a can will be a seasonal release called Summer Ale (4.7%) for, er, summer.


No kidding

Apart from a couple of beers from The Australian Brewery (and one or two European imports) I have to confess to pouring absolutely no other beer from a can down my throat since my arrival on Australian soil five and a half years ago.

It’s an amazing fact really considering that the land from whence I came consumes more beer from cans than bottles.

During my early beer journey years bottled beer was always viewed as either a little bit posh (like the cartons of French beer that my father acquired on numerous ‘booze cruise’ day-trips to France) or very American (Budweiser for example).

From day one in Australia it has struck me as odd that there isn’t more beer available in cans – especially craft beer.

It’s known that light penetrating the glass of bottled beer doesn’t do the contents any favours. Oxygen can also creep in under a bottle cap. Plus, aluminium cans chill quicker than glass bottles (but will also warm quicker).

For the environment aluminium is as easy as glass to recycle. Also, there is a smaller carbon foothoof-print with cans. Cans = less weight = less transport = smaller carbon foothoof-print. This makes for a cost reduction in transport too.

The necessity for a label disappears with a can as does the need for a bottle opener unless you live in constant fear of breaking a nail…the ring-pull of a can is far simpler meaning the consumer is more likely to prefer cans over bottles on a short trip, for example.

Cans are more stackable in the beer fridge in my garage and they wouldn’t spray shards of glass all over my garage if I was to drop one (which is a royal pain the arse).

Forget the ‘bottle versus can’ shit. What about the beer? Right? Well, it hit the spot after a long, hot day at work (32 degrees) that’s for sure.

Summer lovin'

Summer lovin’

The inclusion of the Motueka hop gives the beer an explosion of citrus which is welcoming and pleasant on the nose. It’s very crisp and dry and left my palate wanting a slurp more each time. It’s ever-so slightly sweet, ever-so slightly fruity and very sessionable at 4.7%.

My only gripe with it is that it’s a bit too effervescent. There’s nothing wrong with that I suppose as ‘fizz’ can go a long way in pleasuring mouths during hot ‘n’ humid days.

I was hoping for a thirst-quencher with this Summer Ale and I got one. There are similar thirst-quenchers out there that will satisfy me but, as long as this Goat is priced fairly, there’ll be more of it gracing the shelves of my beer fridge this summer…and I reckon we’re in for a long, hot one. So, as the can suggests, roll on summer.

Mountain Goat Summer Ale will be available at selected, independent bottle shops from next week.


6 thoughts on “Review: Mountain Goat – Summer Ale

  1. Michael James says:

    can’t wait to try this!

  2. Okay, so where did you get your hands on one of these?

  3. The reason for hardly any canned beer in oz is cost. Canning machines are expensive, and the minimum order for cans is at least 10x higher than bottles, and unless you do that shrinkwrap thing that Australian Brewery do they all have to be for the same beer.

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