Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 From a 345ml lottle on 24/1/2010. Has quite a distinct floral, fruity aroma, which is reflected to some extent in the flavours which present on consumption. Itís downfall is that the truckloads of hops mentioned on the bottle donít fully materialise, thus making it slightly too sweet, and a little one dimensional than it should be. Quite drinkable, but not a patch on Matilda Bayís Alpha Pale Ale. Total score 3.1.
Re-rate on 12/5/2011 (bottle): Think I was just a bit generous with my previous rating. This is certainly on the bland side for an APA and just okay. However, it is curiously tastes heaps better on tap (more like 3.3-3.4)
OldMrCrow (1620) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at a pub in Sydney, Jan 1 í10.
Pretty uninspired pale ale, nowhere near the hop presence that one might hope for the style. Again, as with so many of the premium Aussie beers, there are no glaring flaws but any bright spots are similarly lacking.
Pyobon (795) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. From the advertising I expectedto dislike this, it didnít shout out quality beer. I was wrong. Whilst itís not a great beer, itís pretty decent. Itís clear gold with a passable off white head. The aroma is a pleasant mix of honey, caramel and flowery hops. The palate is unusual as the body is medium whilst the carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel. The taste is where it gets diffilcult. The initial taste is great; sweet malty foretaste, with some fruitiness making a nice transition to a reasonable hoppy bitterness, but then it all disappears. The taste collapses in your mouth when you expect the hoppy bitterness to give a long finish. I guess this may be a good idea for a session beer, but it left me a little disappointed.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Damn it, I like this more than I should. Yes, itís a crappy, watered down version of their Alpha Pale Ale. Yes, itís probably aimed at punters who think Little Creatures is too bitter but theyíre really into beer all the same and hey, this is still pretty out there. But itís like every sixth Kylie Minogue single - daggy and dumb but you canít help going along with it. Thatís the best excuse I can come up with. Pathetic. It poured scrumpy-orange with a loose head and smelled of faint caramel, passionfruit and tinned peaches. The mouthfeel is harsh and over-fizzy. Itís only marginally more flavourful than Coopers Pale Ale. Watery lemon barley water flavours, doughy malts and Seltzer notes before a finish so gentle it could appear on a Lambchop album. Itís really not very good. (330ml bottle)
kennyconquerer (1) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2009 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer smelt like the weaker version of honey. It tasted like a weaker version of honey for 0.5 of a second. After that it started to taste like an oyster, this lasts for about another second. After this, an after taste of grass was left over for the duration of 3seconds. Because of this, for about a minute, every 2 to 5 seconds, the after taste of grass comes back with occasional burping back up of the flavour of oyster. Dark brown tone makes the beer look heavy. Nice White head indicates that the beer was a) made excellently or b) the manufacturer added a lot of carbon dioxide. Like cracker barrel cheese, comes to you nicely advertised and humble and once you trust it, it takes a poo in your mouth
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2009
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
330ml bottle. Low carbonation, no head. clear orange color. Caramel aroma. Crisp and clean taste. Unfortunatly, not much flavours. Disappointed...
hawthorne00 (2097) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Stubby. Pale amber with a dense off-white head. Faintly metallic citrus and stone fruit aromas. Thin body with slight early hop bitterness. Modest dry aftertaste. Very lightweight for the style. But I guess a better-than-usual bog-standard Australian session beer was what they were going for here and on that measure, theyíve done well. A gateway beer. [2.8] Coming back to this I didnít do it as many favours as I recalled. I donít mind the modest flavour and itís well-balanced. But itís very watery.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and has notes of citrus, honey, barley and lavender. The flavour is pretty similar to the aroma with the graininess standing out. Medium bodied with a little bitterness, this beer isnít anything too special but is a pleasant enough, thirst quenching pale ale and is better than a lot of the other beers brewed by Matilda Bay.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Coopers Arms Newtown. May have to try this out of a bottle, or somewhere with a bit more turnover of ale. It was all a bit overpowering for mine; aroma like over ripe peaches, tastes like apricot syrup.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 01/09/2009. Bottles - 6 pack of 330ml from a BWS in Maroochydore. Amber, bright, disappearing head. Clean, mildly malty, a little thin, with a hint of malt flavour and a dry carbonic (rather than bitter) finish. Improves a little as it warms but it is a shadow of a good beer. At 5%abv I would expect a lot more character in a beer that sells itself as a hoppy pale ale.