harrisoni (12485) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 2005. Attractive amber colour with thin white head. Nice hop aroma. Bit thin and tinny in mouth. End has attack of hops. I really rather enjoyed it.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Toffee. Soft. Pleasant. Not much to say. I find this style of attractive, flavoursome, easy drinking beer very appealing. However, there is a lack of edgy character about them, and this one in particular has a lot of that lack of character.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Waited ages for this to turn up in Sydney. It was worth the wait, as this is surely Matilda Bay’s best beer. It looked great in the glass: classic APA burnt orange with a tall head that lasted well and laced beautifully. Great floral aroma combining caramel, violets, mango and grapefruit. Very much to style - all hops. Nice rounded palate, perfectly carbonated. Chewy toffee is the first impression on the tongue with a middle dominated by tangy pink grapefruit and succeeded by a late bitter hop push. To me, this seems like the closest thing Oz has to a genuine US-style APA with its mix of toffee and citrus. Over the past couple of years it has developed into my favourite local APA, over Little Creatures. Kudos to Matilda Bay for this. (345ml bottle, Liquor on Parade, bb21/1/06)
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 Re-rate:- Tasted on draught at the Captain Stirling Hotel, Nedlands. My last tasting must have been a bad sample as this was much better now. Aroma has more juicy citrus fruits and orange peel to marry in well with the bitter, grassy tones and the apple note has disappeared. More citrus fruit in the mouth too; medium-bodied and well charged for carbonation. Zesty oranges, light hint of nuts, apricots and sweet toffee. Bitter in the back with bitter/sweet fruits following long into the swallow. Still not altogether balanced and it did show some acridity and light astringency, but I must say it was refreshing.
I must have caught this one on a bad day. I’m surprised it rates so highly, so I assume I just had a bad pint. Tasted on draught at my usual Northbridge haunt, the Brass Monkey hotel. Sparkling orange-amber body with a short lived soapy white lather that left some legs. Aroma of fresh mowed grass, apples and a little toasted malt, quite subtle. Nothing but hops in the mouth, not resinous but very prominent, bitter, grassy and tangy with a raspy bite down the side of the tongue, like capsicums and limes, that bordered on puckering. Bitter in the back, the swallow was like a vegan salad slipping down the throat. Medium-light bodied and well charged in carbonation, it took a lengthy sum to bring in the next mouthful so it began to warm and only then showed signs of sweet, toasted grains still well hidden under those awful hops. Well finished and on to my third pint of stout to help wash out the flavour I could still taste them, reminded me of a hop and herb soup I once made (once!!!). One for the ’retry’ bin. 4-3-4-3-6
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Who would have believed this beer was brewed in Australia. In the aroma I found citrus, floral hops, spice (miscellaneous), mango and toffee malt. The flavour was quite bitter, but very well balanced. The palate was medium bodied with a pleasant aftertaste containing more mango. Very impressed with this, although to say it’s better than Dogbolter may provoke outrage ;-)
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 From the bottle-- looks fantastic! Clear bright orange, foamy white head with extensive lacing. Very aromatic floral and grapefruit aromas. Delicious palate of solid malt with big flowery hop character and a grapefruit-peel bitter finish. There is a definite toasty element too that cuts through the mild sweetness of the palate. Very well balanced and endlessly drinkable! Definitely Matilda Bay’s best offering-- even better than Dogbolter, and that is saying something! Worth seeking out.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Bottle: Burnt orange with a small but solid white head. Really expressive grapefruit, sweet orange, and mango aromas. Toffee-like malts, hop, and yeast aromas are melded nicely. Slightly harsh grapefruit and sticky toffee flavours. This is a difficult one to rate - the harshness seems to be intentional but tastes like a fault and certainly detracts from the flavour. Nevertheless it does taste nice, but it does lack that juicy quality that good APAs have. However, what really pulls this down is its metallic (rather than resinous) bitterness.8/4/6/3/11=3.2
Re-rate: Much more balanced this time. Nice citrussy bitterness and very pleasant grapefruit and sweet toffee flavours. 8/4/7/3/13=3.5
vanvenlo (1145) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 Dec 2004 - Nice full malt aroma but lacks complexity. Clear orange-red colour, stuff all head and low lacing. Pleasant malt flavour but too simplistic. Hop bitterness that does not leave a pleasant aftertaste.
Lunkie (1362) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Spicy hop aroma. Clear red colour with little head. Hoppy flavour with hint os spicy flowers. Flat palate.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice gold colour. Flat malt freshened up with some hoppy goodness. Nice beer. Not as strong hop flavours as some others (say little creatures, although this could be because of the extra malt) but more likely to be drinkable well into the morning due to the heavier malt flavour.