In case you didn’t know, Mt. Shasta Brewing Company is in the middle of a little problem with the federal government. You’d think, hailing from the town of Weed, that tongue in cheek drug references would be pretty old and not funny to the locals, but apparently not. Personally, I chuckle when I drive by the town. So before the bottles with the questionable phrase disappear from the market, I grabbed a bottle of the Mountain High IPA at Whole foods and decided to try some legal weed.
My first impression is of the bottle and packaging. This is a very appealing label and bottle. They use a plastic-like label, similar to those found on Marin and Moylan’s brews. On top of the bottle with the fancy label is the troublesome bottle cap. I see nothing wrong with it, then again, I’m not a beaurocrat in D.C.
On to the beer, this beer pours a nice rich amber with a very pleasant, hoppy aroma. I felt it only appropriate to use the Mt Shasta Ales pint glass I purchased in Mt Shasta City. Not sure if this is the same company, but there aren’t too many people, let alone breweries in the area. I got a little carried away after the pour, and instead of taking a picture with a fresh head, and a full pour, I immediately took a sip. The malt is sweet and carries a honey-like nuttiness. The hops aren’t overpowering but strong enough to balance the sweetness of the beer. This is how I like my IPA, very rich with a taste of fresh, quality ingredients. This IPA carries a fairly strong kick at 7%, which isn’t too intense given current trends, but can definitely warm your soul.
Personally, I think this whole bottle cap issue is ridiculous. Reminds me of a time where Wes and I were drinking beers, watching Cal basketball and using foul language at a bar. Long story short, I drunkenly and sarcastically told Wes that his foul language offended me, which earned me a long stare from the bartender and this classic sentence: “Mocking the rules is just as bad as breaking them,” which was followed by my beer being dumped out and me getting the boot from the bar. Mt. Shasta Brewing company, mocking the drug laws is just as bad as breaking them. Now give me your beer and get the f*&! out! (There goes my foul mouth again)