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Brewed by Matilda Bay Brewing Co. (CUB)
Style: Fruit Beer
Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pepperjack ale brings together the best in craft brewing and contemporary Barossa winemaking. This rouge coloured alehas been created using the finest malted barely grains, intensely aromatic hops and Pepperjack's very own Barossa Valley Shiraz. Exhibiting profound fruit driven aromatics that add tothe complexity of the uniqueselectionof barley and hop, Pepperjack Ale can be enjoyed on any occasion but is best suited to your fridge rather than your cellar.

Brewed for Saltram of Barossa ( http://www.saltramwines.com.au ) at Matilda Bay's Garage brewery.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
Sweet malt hop flavour with flowers. Clear red colour with fair head and lacing. Hop malt flavour with sweet flowers. Smooth palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Golden-amber. Bright. Complex aroma with syrah, peach/pear cobbler, rich caramel and bready malts. Fairly lean body with subtle vinous notes. Might be a bit fizzy at the back, but a well-rounded, subtlely complex ale.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2008
Lovely aromas of pineapple, ripe apple and blueberry. Pours an amber red with decent head. Taste was rather disappointing given the promising introduction. Bland but crisp, nothing more really. Expecting more from this winery attachment.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2007 vintage, special acquisition. Clear amber with white foam. Hoppy aroma that belies the shiraz. Some copper in nose and palate. Nice, crisp and clean and solid but lacking the special character it promises.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - APR 17, 2008
...well, I was rather surprised at this. I thought it was decent, and much better than I had expected. Nice color, and pretty complex with grape and fruit notes. I would drink this again someday. Worth trying.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2008
I had high hopes for this shiraz-infused brew but sorry, I don’t get it. The concept may have legs but the balance is all wrong here. The end result seemed to me sickly sweet and a lot less than the sum of its parts. Looked fine - gold with a tawny hue and a fair head. The oversweet aroma was the first warning sign - intense dark fruits, crushed blackcurrants and a bit of leather. Spritzy mid-palate and an oily swallow. Good malt base but swamped by sweet Ribena notes. Mild bitterness and a big wash of sugars. Not awful but I have no idea when I would drink this. (Bottle courtesy of Sully, generous host of the RB Sydney Xmas 07 gathering)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle -- Pours deep amber with a quite generous but fairtly short lived off-white head. Citrussy hop aroma quite similar to an APA but lighter. Flavor is citrussy sour with a quite thin feel in the mouth. A bit watery for my tastes but good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
This ruby reddish-amber brew shows notes of cherries, brownies, caramel and milk chocolate. THe body is a bit too thin for my liking, but then I drank it in the middle of several high ABV beers. Light caramel finish. Will revisit on its own to confirm rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jarmby (25) - Lilydale, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2007
Wonderful balance and fruity hops with stewed fruit flavours A great beer

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Bottle (355ml). Poured a sparkling deep amber with red highlights and a creamy, slightly pinkish head, which was mostly lasting. Aroma was almost perfume like with spicy grassish hops, passion fruit, cherries and strawberries, hints sweet toffee and some malt. Taste was sweet and fruity with plums and cherrys, grassy hops, toffee and spices with with a dry, mild bitter finish which was very well balanced. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a good finish.


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