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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (4713) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2009
Bottled, thx to NoiZe. Clear redbrown color, short head. Aroma of caramel malt, some grapes. Sourish taste, quite dry, skin of dark plums, some cherry pits. Quite dry palate. Strange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gramoit (346) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2013
Little surprise this, was not expecting much at all. Caramel dominates the taste, with a little hop bitterness to round it off. Not a great beer but a very drinkable beer that was above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4345) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2009
Bottled. Tnx to Noize. Aroma has caramel malts and lots of grapes/wine. Clear, amber coloured beer with a lasting, off-white head. My first impression was that this beer was highly carbonated, but that’s not the case. It justs tastes carbonated. The carbonation is in fact some sort of fruity sourness. Quite dry and a bit too thin. This beer has potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. Pours clear golden with a creamy white head. Grain, pepper and fruit. Sweet malty. Caramel and earth. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2011
From a 345ml bottle on 10/4/2011. Pours a dark orange approaching amber. Has a relatively slight aroma of fruit, nuts and malt. This is a bit of a weird one taste wise. Most prominent is sweet dark fruit, with some blackcurrant coming through, followed by a relatively short, tart, slightly peppery finish. Notwithstanding the presence of some fruity notes, I’m not sure this has been correctly charcterised as a fruit beer. Reminds me a bit of White Rabbit Dark Ale, but more a bit more harsh and less well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
andreic (53) - IRELAND - AUG 10, 2008
Some malt and slightly fruity hope aroma. Crystal clear red, almost pinkish in colour. Thin head that disappears fairly fast, light-moderate carbonation. Tastes of malt, some crystal, slightly fruity and a dry, peppery finish. I find it fairly thin. A reasonable, fairly easy drinking beer but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rangamike (28) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2014
From the bottle. Malt characters, some hops and caramel flavours. Generally smooth drinking and ok without much interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
highlandlad (1402) - 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)

   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.

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