After releasing the satisfyingly drinkable Green Bullet earlier this year, Mountain Man look to step things up a notch with Hairy Goat, their IPA. Like the Amber Ella from 8 Degrees, this was launched at the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival in the RDS this month.
It pours copper, certainly a shade or so darker than the Green Bullet, and has a gorgeous aroma of grapefruit, mango, citrus and pine, with herbal undertones coming through in parts. This is all set against a classic biscuit malt backbone that lets the hops shine and the mouth water.
It tastes good too, but the hop profile isn't nearly as assertive as it appeared to be on the nose. Tasty notes of citrus pith and a coppery prickliness form the main bitter bite of the beer. Thankfully, there's no big sweetness (it is only 4.5%) to overpower the hops that are there, just an almost coarse, dry graininess. It's incredibly drinkable and, like the Green Bullet, cries out for a pint.
Definitely the nicer of the two. Keep it coming Mountain Man.