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Hightail Ale

The Hightail is an English inspired amber ale. It has a rich malt body and floral hop aroma. Alcohol content comes in at 4.5% (1.2 standard drinks per bottle). We handcraft our ales with the utmost care and avoid all preservatives and additives.

“Nose offers a mixture of toffee and fruit aromas with a lovely aromatic lift. Complex palate offers burnt phenolic characters that are complemented by fresh slightly sweet flavours.” Winestate Magazine.

“the Hightail Ale has plenty of grassy and floral tones to tantalise the fussiest olfactory system, a drinking delight.” The Melbourne Palate.

“this ale has a robust, fruity flavour, well rounded and lively on the palate.” The Age.

“this dark yet slightly fruity Victorian beer, produced by a tiny microbrewery, kicks like a mountain goat and is probably my favourite Australian ale.” Pints Of View Magazine (CAMRA), Scotland.


The Hightail has collected a small bag of awards at the Australian International Beer Awards over the last 8 years including Trophy for Best Draught Ale (Small Brewery section) as well as numerous gold, silver and broze medals.

Posted in 17 COMMENTS


  1. Ben Says:

    Great new labels guys, big improvement. Like the style, very classy!

  2. Mark Powell Says:

    Just tried the Hightail Ale, magnificant! Too bad I’m at the airport about to leave Australia, worth coming back for alone and will certainly be hunting out again.

  3. mathew connelly Says:

    Incredible beer, a strong smooth flavor, will be my go to chill out beer.

  4. roberto Says:

    Just went there today, I was enchanted by your place, very authentic, romantic (not in the romantic way but in the idealistic one), inviting, I’m sure to pay a visit again soon, beers, just perfect, I love people who follow their dreams.

    Keep it up

  5. Dave Says:

    Thanks Roberto!
    Glad you liked it. Look forward to seeing you again.

  6. Brian Frost Says:

    Met Dave at The Albion Newcastle for Craft Beer Week. Mountain Goat had a beautiful IPA on tap. It was a great event I hope it happens again next year. Great to see Dave come out of Melbourne for this.

    I love Mountain Goat Brewery. The Hightail Ale is a really special beer, one of the best in Australia.

    Keep up the great work. You have a lot of fans.

  7. Dave Says:

    Thanks for the stoke-up Brian. We had a great time in Newy last week. Will be back again for sure.
    Maybe see you then,

  8. Paul Ravaillion Says:

    Good work guys, a great beer.

  9. Justin Rogan Says:

    Thanks Guys, the Hightail is really well received here at Clancys Freo. it has quickly become a personal fave of mine. Pop in next time your over.

  10. Stephanie Stelter Says:

    Hi there
    Firstly, congratulations on what you’re doing! Secondly, I was just wondering if the Hightail is also organic but not certified? If yes, how is it that the Steam Ale is certified and not the Hightail and if not, how does it differ from the Steam Ale in production/ingredients?
    Stephanie (Sydney based)

  11. Dave Says:

    Hey Stephanie,
    The Hightail is not organic – we can’t find the right Ingredients to brew it organically. The Steam Ale we can make organically.
    Our process and brewery is certified organic, but we can’t make organic beer if the malt and hops aren’t certified organic, some of which we need for the Hightail.
    We need more organic malt and hop growers producing a wider variety of ingredients!!
    Hope this helps.

  12. Dave Says:

    Hey Steve,
    Sorry you didn’t dig our RIPA – regular IPA will be out and about sometime in June – I’m sorry but you’ll have to wait until then…
    Thanks for the mail.

  13. John Langley Says:

    Hightail ale , still a great beer, but overly filtered these days. I have been buying your beer sinc you started.

  14. Dave Says:

    Thanks for the feedback John.
    We find it’s much more consistent and stable when we filter it…it’s been a long, slow transition.

  15. Steve HK Says:

    Just managed to get all 3 of these in my shop in Hong Kong
    Delicious all 3
    Excellent job to all involved

  16. Dave Says:

    Cheers Steve!

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