Pours a pretty damn dark-brown, mahogany up to the light. Head is quite impressive. Sinking in the middle but leaving some beautiful foamy sheets of lacing. Am impressed, for the first time, with an aspect of a Myponga beer.
Smell is fairly weak and oddly dark. Slight chocolatey notes and weird vegemitey character. Really quite sour and something off about it. Don't like it very much, actually.
Taste is sickly sweet, with a huge molasses flavour to it. Some hints maybe of some dark notes, but it comes across as vegemitey, and apart from that it's just dirty-sweet, with rotting fruit. Just very artificial-tasting and nasty. Quite off-putting and very simple otherwise.
A bit of texture, but mostly just thick, actually goes down very flat. Pretty blah.
No. Myponga, you've failed yet again, this time at the one beer I thought you might not totally fuck up. Just give up brewing. I can't finish this.
4 / 100
(Bottom of the Barrel)
Bought at the brewery. I think it must have been some sort of horrible practical joke at my expense, by me.
Pours a golden colour, lots of carbonation bubbles feeding a mediocre head that dissipates quickly. Clear but a slight haze. Lace is non-existent. Extremely meh.
Smell is kind of nutty, but with an odd sweetness. A fair amount of chilli oil character, quite unpleasant really, pongy and phenolic and almost rotten. Certainly not appealing. At all.
Taste is hugely strong and vegetative, yeah lots of fruit tang on the front, then mega massive chilli hit, hugely spicy with just nothing but chilli on it. There's no flavour or complexity, just a massive chilli heat, from chilli. Congratu-fucking-lations, Myponga. You've put chillis in a beer. What talent. What innovation.
Thin and bland feel, just hot from the chillis. Pretty awful.
A boring - yet overpowering - undrinkable puddle of redneck piss. Quite an achievement, really - they've managed to make a beer that is dull as anything, yet also hugely repellent and unpleasant. Should I laud the Myponga brewery for producing undrinkable beer? They've been remarkably consistent and this just crowns it all off.
41 / 100
Pours an orangey-gold colour with modest white bubbly head that disappears quickly, leaving a whisper of foam around. Nice bronzey haze and decent but slow bead. Not bad, not great. More head would be appreciated, but not sure if I can expect that from the style.
Nose is sweet with an orange tinge to it. Maybe a hint of that chilli on there but very, very subdued. I wouldn't pick it if I didn't know it was there. It's mostly tangy with a mild citrus note, no spice really. Unfortunate, as without spice it's the bland smooth lager aroma, and it was a bad beer.
Taste is better. Tangy overall with yeah, more citrus character but a lot more capsicaian spice and savoury character with a big sizzly mouthfeel on the mid. Quite nicely complex on the palate actually, tangy but yeah, the spice works in quite nicely and leaves a nice breath of chilli heat on the back that lingers with the fizzy bite. I would hate to access a brewery like Myponga of craftsmanship but it's a nice touch of chilli that is complemented well by the fizzy, bland smooth lager. It's a decent chilli beer palate but ultimately it is just a bland lager with chilli added.
The chilli is, however, strong enough to lower the drinkability factor, and the feel is nothing exciting - thin body with a strong sizzle. Not a huge fan overall.
Pours a lovely golden copper colour, with a filmy ring of foam around the edge. Lacing is poor, and the body does seem surprisingly thin. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the head, but I do like the colour.
Nose is incredibly sweet - with a big dollop of strawberry jam, and a lingering whiff of spice; perhaps a hint of cinnamon or the chilli - almost a spiritous heat. The sweet and deep fruity characters are dominant though - but rather the leavened light tropical fruits, it's big, sweet and heavy characters. I'm not a huge fan.
Very thin body, with a vague hint of that sweetness before an onrush of chilli heat on the back of the palate, matched with the spicy capsicain flavour of peppers. It's not immediately spicy, but it builds the more you drink. No, it's harsh and very aggressive after a while, and I find it terribly difficult.
Very hard to drink after a while - this is not a well-balanced chilli beer, or one that uses the chilli to accentuate the other characteristics. It just grows as an unpleasant heat on the back of the throat - and it doesn't have the depth otherwise to back it up.
Not quite sure what relationship this beer has to the old Southwark Bitter, if it's a clone or a tribute or just a coincidence. But anyhoo.
Pours a pale golden colour, head is modest white, sinks to a thin crown of visible bubbles. Fast, steady but small bead from the base of the glass. Body is Coopers cloudy. Looks OK.
Nose is good and bad. A fruity sense at the start, with crisp green apple notes and a tart, unripe aroma with hints of pear as well, but the more I sniff the more I get a dirty POR aroma, not quite overwhelming but definitely there, ready to ambush you with dour bitterness.
Taste is bland to begin with, although there are some hints of citrus rind on the front palate. Sinks immediately into an unpleasant bitterness, lots of soil and gravel notes and some wet cardboard to boot. An overdose of POR grit and grain husk. Finish is meek and early, like there isn't nearly enough malt to carry the palate, and the bitterness basically clamps down immediately after the start and nothing else is forthcoming. Tastes bland, unpleasantly bitter, actually quite distasteful.
Feel is a bit harsh, and clearly for the wrong reasons, no delightful alcohol warmth or anything. Unimpressed.
Not a very pleasant experience, has too much bitterness and not enough flavour. Can't say I expected a lot, but meh. A bad beer.
Bought in a mixed six-pack from the brewery.
Pours a cloudy, dirty orange colour, huge haze in the body with healthy off-white head that fizzes down to a thin crown, leaves some thin spots of lace. OK, bit too much haze for the style.
Nose is quite fruity on the front, hints of apricot and orange. At the back is a bit of a dirty POR character, unpleasantly sour and gritty, even ashy. Needs more of that fruit, less hop. Not very impressed.
Taste is not as dirty, but also not as anything, really. Bit of a rich earthy character with a hint of bitter lemon zest, some bready malt, but mostly a bland bitterness, lots of Pride of Ringworm here, tastes rather like cardboard. A weak sourness on the back gives it a slight medicinal edge. Yeah, cardboard and medicine don't sound like the ideal flavours from a beer. Not very pleasant, really. Weak, bland and slightly unpalatable.
Lots of texture to it, but too much in face. Feels like I'm getting far more air than beer, just swallowing tiny bubbles. Not nearly enough body to it. Bad, in fact.
Not unswallowable as a beer but not much to recommend this. Am not impressed.
Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow colour, very turbid and with a huge frothy head of white foam. Sticky lacing doesn't leave patterns so much as huge globs of the head itself. I like the cloudiness, and the big full head. Looks pretty good.
Very little on the nose, a light sawdust character, and a bit of Australian hops - not quite the stink of Pride of Ringworm, but maybe just the whiff of it. Also a light carbonic acidity - some seltzer water. It's not huge, and very weak. Not that great.
Taste is also very plain. Some chlorine character, a bit of chalky bitterness and a smooth, if not particularly sweet roundness. It leaves it drinkable, but not very exciting. If anything, the characters that give it interest are by themselves rather unploeasant, but together they work ok, providing a beer that's at least easy to skull. Mouthfeel moderate, and quite subdued for something marketed as "sparkling".
Not a great beer, but a pretty easy drinking beer. Altogether it comes across and pretty bland, but pretty drinkable. Not something I'd seek out, but something I'd be happy to drink if there's nothing else available.
(For what it's worth, I was served this blind, and guessed it was Coopers Sparkling Ale, which it resembles a great deal. At the least, I think this beer is probably modelled pretty closely after it).
Tried as a sampler from the brewery.
Paly yellow and very fizzy, with modest white head. Lace is nice and sticky. Looks alright, but way too much fizz for a pale.
Slightly floral on the nose but hijacked by lots of POR grittiness. Slight earthy and dour in its bitterness. Little bit of vanilla malt hides behind, but not enough to excite me. A bit simple.
Tastes very POR throughout, light on the front then growing stronger on the mid. Hints of spice towards the back, aspects of paprika with some soil character as well. Very earthy, and some really unpleasant bitter notes.
Mouthfeel is over carbonated and a little sharp.
Not the easiest to get down, and not a great pale ale example.
Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with cream-coloured thin head. Light bead, and good sticky lace. Pretty nice.
Nice malty smell, with slight caramel notes, hints of some spicy hops with the aroma of capsicum and tobacco. Not bad at all.
Taste has a lot of tang on it. Some citrus, mandarin and some pine resin. Litle bit sweet on the mid, with a bready malt character as well. Finish is quite bitter, but short with a little bit of a dank hang. Not great, but alright.
Nice bit of stickiness on the feel, quite full overall. Bit of a tingle. Quite good actually, gentle on the palate.
Fairly drinkable, but could have been more. Bit more of a bitter finish, maybe a bit more malt for the front.
Had as a sampler from the brewery.
Pours a slightly burnished gold with large effervescence, huge aggressive stream of bubbles. Head is quite modest, but good retention, dense and white. Lacing is dense and thick. Too much carbonation but otherwise good.
Malty at first on the nose, hint of cream with some gentle grass notes and some citric bitterness. That's really all there is, not much, pretty subdued and simple.
A lot of bitterness on the front palate, with flavour of lemon rind, some earthy POR character that trails off towards the back. Some orange and tangerine as well on the mid, fair amount of fruit but lacks complexity. Not very much of a finish at all, which makes this - compared to the bitter lager - not so much 'smooth', as lacking flavour. Lowering the hops probably makes it smoother but it needs something else here to keep me interested.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh at times, very drying on the back. Not great, fairly thin.
Drinkable enough though, have definitely had better beer but it could be okay on the patio during Summer. Just a bit bland.
59 / 100
Pours a pale yellow with lots of fizz and head as well, made up of dense white bubbles which leaves some nice dense lace around. Looks maybe a bit too fizzy, but otherwise impeccable for the style. Looks crisp and refreshing.
Has a slight lemon smell reminiscent of air freshener, some sherbet notes. Light bitterness at the back with a slightly phenolic edge. Overall it smells like a lemon vodka pop, not great for a beer.
Tastes very bitter right from the start, hints of lemon rind and quinine with a slightly tangy tartaric edge at the front, with an earthy bitterness that comes through at the back, reminds me of eating gravel. Because I do that a lot. Interesting, the flavours are unusual but not too bad and the balance is OK - average, anyway.
A nice foamy mouthfeel with a fair amount of body.
Pretty tasty and drinkable overall.