74 / 100
Part of a 4-pack purchased from Platinum Liquor.
Pours a vibrant amber colour with good orange tinge. Head is white, foamy and thick, with a great retention to it. Leaves some nice sticky trails of lacing behind. Looks great, really great.
Smells pleasant. Nice melon fruit notes, with some tangy citrus and possibly gooseberry character (note: by 'gooseberry' I mean Sauvignon Blanc, as I've never tried actual gooseberry). Some sweet vanilla-tinged grain dominates though, giving a nice smooth sweetness just adorned by the tangy fruit aromas. Nice.
Tastes standard; maybe a touch underwhelming after the nose, but it's very smooth. Predominantly grainy, with some pale grain notes giving way to an oatmeal kind of character, slight hint of that vanilla sweetness. Develops some very subtle bitterness late that just rounds off the sweet character and gives a very mild grassy and earthy bitterness on the back. Nicely clean, but just a touch of punch on the back that lingers. Underwhelming I guess, but also extremely well-made and pleasant to drink.
Slight carbonation sizzle on the mouthfeel seems a little too busy and kind of intensifies the bitterness in an astringent soda-stream kind of way. Not unexpected for style though.
Drinks smoothly, but enough bitterness to keep my interest. Could definitely throw back a few of these in a night. Thankfully they're not sold individually so I have five more.
69 / 100
Pinot Noir barrel-aged berliner weiss. Tried on Invasion Day night out of (what else?) a champagne flute.
Pours a pale champagne colour with steady flow of bead; not much head to it. I mean I poured it into a champagne glass and really it doesn't look like beer at all. I like it though; I'm looking forward to a champagney beer to be honest.
Smells bretty, and pleasant. Nice vinous oak character to it, with some faint berry character. But yeah not a lot of tartness to it that isn't just oak-driven and -dominated. Definitely adds to the whole champagne ruse at least, so I'm still enjoying deceiving my own senses.
Taste is definitely a bit more beery, at least in a sour sense. Nice tartness upfront with a big melon, cantaloupe kind of character that develops those big vinous characters midway, big oak that's quite fruity with berry notes, adding a touch of tartness and some sweetness as well, then the finish is a little dry but also mildly yeasty giving more beery character to counteract the wine characters and just add a bit more length and depth to the finish. It's a fairly simple sour, but a good oaky character that really does make it a champagnesque experience.
Sizzly, thin feel. Bit dry but somehow more malty and substantial on the finish than it really should be. Otherwise more sense-deception, it could be a sparkling wine.
Drinks well; a light, refreshing and fruity beer with a good oaky complexity that dominates without overwhelming the size of the palate. This is really clever brewing and ageing; the beer has enough character to shine through the oak but otherwise it's a nice set of complementary flavours. It really lends credence to my assertion that beer is superior to all other drinks, simply because you can get these dry and oaky characters as if you're drinking a nice sparkling wine, but it's just 3.5% and able to be slammed down as you like. Pleasant summer drinking.
56 / 100
Kombucha Sour, brewed for GABS 2017 and tried there on tap.
Pours a very, very pale yellow with a slight green tinge to it. Head is white, just a thin rim of foam. Looks intriguing.
Smells of very little. Some light grainy notes and a very faint touch of wood. Just indistinct; too subtle if there's really anything there.
Taste is also fairly non-descript. Some grainy notes to begin with before it becomes decently sour on the mid. Apple and cider characters with a touch of lime citrus zest. Slightly crisp and tart on the back which is cleansing and not bad, but there's very little that's really interesting here. Fairly nothing.
Decent texture with a tingly carbonation. Not bad.
Decent cleanser but very little value to this otherwise.
78 / 100
330ml can purchased from Camperdown Cellars Leichhardt. No canning date, although there's a misaligned blob of ink on the bottom of the can that looks like it might have been an attempt at one.
Pours a very slightly hazed, extremely pale yellow colour, with a fizzy head of white that does persist as a bubbly crest that leaves good lace. Carbonation is vivacious, as you want from the style. Body looks light and clean. Decent looking brew.
Nose is clean and pleasant. There's a pleasant grain backbone to the aroma, but it's freshened and leavened by the subtle presence of hops—even mild as they are, they're perhaps even a little stronger than you'd get in most European examples. They give a very slight fruit tone which is a pleasant deviation: I get some honeydew melon and guava, which match nicely with the more savoury notes.
Taste is clean, bright and really quite lovely. There's a crispness from the structure of the malt, and enough interest from the (slightly elevated) hops that provides some tantalising hints of those fruits again. But at its heart it's a true lager—a lovely soft but crisp body, a lengthy palate aided mostly by the grainy malt, and a lovely, crisp, refreshing finish.
Feel is excellent—smooth intrinsically on the front, but cut with fine carbonation, and punctuated by a lovely crisp finish.
Lovely brew—delicately made and really true to style. This is hard to get so right, but to have it here—fresh, and drinkable as hell—is a rare treat. Good stuff MP.
62 / 100
Pours an orange gold, clear with very generous big off-white head, foamy and just a little whispy. Lace is also pretty decent. Looks like a standard IPA, but great head.
Smells hoppy. Somewhat fruity, slightly citric with a tinge of metallic aroma. Bit dusty and a touch of caramel malt. Not bad, but doesn't have a lot of complexity. And not just because it's single hop.
Taste is more pleasant mainly because malt is more prominent. Caramel, slight amber malt and a touch of crystal, with some light toffee notes. Hops come through mid-late, somewhat citric and quite dank with a grapefruit bitterness that gets a little ashy but otherwise fairly sweet and mildly tropical. Decent construction, I like the malt and the hops balance well. It's not amazing but a solid IPA.
A bit of bite and pull from the hops. Somewhat acidic. Don't love it, could use a bit more malty padding.
Decent IPA, but really quite middling in that well-trodden IPA territory.
60 / 100
Tried on-tap at Frankie's Pizza, where it was on as a part of a collaboration series Frankie's had done with various breweries. This was spiked with lemon myrtle and hopped with Sorachi Ace.
Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow colour. Head is a futzy ring of white, that leaves good lacing. Body is clean, sharp and light. Carbonation is fine. It looks pretty suitable for what it is.
Nose is immediately sulphurous. It's mostly just that character you can get from lager fermentation, but with a brightness that almost turns it skunky. I don't get much of a hint of Sorachi or lemon myrtle. There's perhaps a slight sherbet character if you search for it. Mostly it smells like an (admittedly fairly clean) lager.
Flavour is similar. It's clean enough, but it's also pretty bland. There's not really much in the way of Sorachi or myrtle here, but it's bright and drinkable. There's a slight bite of something a bit hermal and sharp towards the back. It's more like an unimpressive, albeit clean lager. I'm not loving it.
Feel is clean, crisp and beautiful. Spot on what you want in a lager. It's just a shame that it's not in a better one.
Overall: yeah, it's drinkable. But it's also surprisingly dull. I want more breweries to be giving lagers a crack, but examples like this don't exactly raise the bar of anticipation.
Nitro can tried at Jez's, with lots of people talking around me, and footy on. So much distraction.
Pours a burnished dark amber. Nice nitro cascade when poured. Head settles out at small beige crown level. Decent lace, looks quite nice.
Smells creamy-malty with grassy herbal notes too. Tobacco, orange and fresh lucerne. Not bad, to style.
Taste is lovely and smooth: caramel-vanilla up front. Gets apple and some melon notes, sweet citrus midway. Bitter on the back, herbal and mild earthy spice. Yeah fairly sweet, touch of malty pie spice overall. Nice and clean on the back.
Smooth, decent malty feel. No rough edges. Maybe could use a bit more body.
Tasty clean drop, not hugely flavoursome but it's nice and smooth and pleasant.
"India Peach Saison". High expectations from both a great brewery and following Burleigh's cracking peach saison at GABS 2015. Tried at GABS 2016 on tap.
Pours a gold colour, slight touch of cloud. Head is foamy, white, and a good crown retaining on the sample. Nice-looking saison.
Smells fruity. Not really getting peach per se, but certainly some droop and stonefruit notes - pear, passionfruit, and maybe a touch of peach as well. Some pine wood and organic barnyard notes.
Barnyard is huge on the palate. Funky and hoppy in equal measure, with passionfruit, pineapple dominate, with some slightly bitter and resinous hopping at the back. Tastes kind of familiar, without putting a huge amount of fruit or hops on a fairly generic saison yeast-flavoured finish. Still, pretty nice construction to make it enjoyable.
Body is surprisingly full. Decent texture.
More saisony than anything else. Could use more hops to cut through. Sinks a little on the funky notes.
76 / 100
330ml nitro can, purchased from Camperdown Cellars in Leichhardt. Poured "with enthusiasm", as was suggested on the label, into an imperial pint glass.
Forms nicely from the nitro, with a little reverse cascading, eventually forming a very sharp interface between head and body. The head itself is just off-white, forming a surprisingly coarse-bubbled crest, but holding some lovely fine carbonation/nitrogenation in the body. The colour otherwise is a mild chestnut brown, made deeper from a pronounced hazing. Looks good though.
Nose is pretty good. Mild, nutty English malts, with a sharp, rugged earthiness from the hops, suggesting turned sod and crushed briars. A slight metallic note comes through, which isn't uncommon with English hops, but it's nicely moderated by the general sweetness from the malts. Perfectly suitable.
Taste is great. There's a very smooth entry, seemingly static and dead from the lack of carbonation, but it's quickly bolstered by some very pleasant malt notes. These are, in turn, balanced by a firm neutral bitterness, earthy and wholesome and filled with old-world charm. Incredibly smooth on the back, making it very easy to quaff, while the bitterness reminds you that this isn't a wimpy, insipid brew.
Overall, this is a really cracking English ale from a non-English brewery. This is clearly someone who knows the charm of the style and of this serving type. My only qualm is perhaps the size of the vessel. This is a beer you need a pint of. 330ml disappears way too quickly.
77 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.
Pours a brownish amber hue, quite clear in the body and lightweight for the most part. Head is off-white, and forms a nice solid crest that leaves swoops of lace. Looks good.
Nose is smoky and a little sweet, with a slight touch of rubber which isn't unpleasant. It gives it a fatty quality like smoky salami dripping onto hot coals. Some eucalyptus comes through as well. I like it.
Light, mild faint smoke on the front, with a touch of biting medicinal spice, perhaps that same eucalyptus character from the nose. Middle is meaty, however, with a nice fatty, chewy salami and pepper note that works perfectly with the smoke. Back has a long linger turning more herbal and spicy again, while the aftertaste clings to that fatty smoky meat note. Yum.
Feel is disappointingly light for everything else that's going on. I think it's really the only bad part about an otherwise very interesting brew.
Overall though, it's really tasty and interesting. I liked it a great deal.
60 / 100
Pours an amber-brownish colour, clear with foamy off-white head. Sticks around a bit. Not bad; pretty par.
Smells lightly of smoke but not as heavily as others I've had. Notes of cereal grain and some nuttiness, plus a touch of spice on the back mingling with that smoke. Not a lot to it.
Taste is somewhat lacking in smoke. It's there, but it's not strong. A touch meaty perhaps with some grain characters upfront and then a very light smoky touch but mingling with spice characters with a distinct clove note. Could have upped the smoke ante a fair bit.
Decent body, glides down nice and smooth. Typical for Mornington.
Drinkable beer, but it just disappoints me on the smoke front.
Tried on tap at GABS 2014 in Melbourne.
Pours a firm brown colour with some definite hazing to it. Body is fairly light, especially for the ABV, and doesn't have a lot of carbonation visible. Head is a firm ring of beige that leaves lots of intricate lace. All things considered, it looks pretty good.
Nose is toasty and pleasant. Some tobacco characters noticeable, along with a slight cannabis overtone. This is unfortunately only backed with a rather thin malt sweetness which lacks the richness to truly express some of the other characters. It's still nice enough though.
Light, thin stretchy entry on the palate that only really develops into a fairly mild mid-palate. Some toastiness, and some slightly bittersweet malt through the centre. Towards the back there's even a hint of smokiness, which is a slightly interesting addition. Finish is fairly light, but with a mild astringency to it. Feel is also quite light overall.
Overall, it's decent without being exciting. Mornington do much better and more interesting beers than this, so while it was solid enough, I think I have higher expectations.
Supposedly an 'imperial brown', brewed for GABS 2013. Tried there on tap.
Pours a deep mahogany colour, not quite dark brown but with a bit of cloud to prevent too much light through. Cream-coloured head, bubbly but sticking around well. Looks pretty nice.
Smells fairly roasty. Coffee notes with a touch of burnt sugar plus some faint hints of spice. Nice roast, some coffee notes. Standard, but good, brown ale aroma.
Taste is quite sweet, particularly upfront with a decent residual sugar note. Develops more standard roast characters towards the back, with a touch of espresso. Good counterbalancing act but remains fairly sweet throughout.
Body is quite thin and there's a touch of dry booze warmth on the back. Bit meh.
Decent brown; not really tasting all that imperial, but good characters. Reliable beer from a reliable brewery.
62 / 100
Had on tap at the Local Taphouse Darlo on launch day.
Pours a pale golden colour. Bit of haze. Head is thin, with a white rim. Lace is unimpressive. Looks OK, but nothing spesh.
Smells Belgian, with mild hints of fruity hop. Slight phenolics, but mostly a light summery hop note. Fairly light, and could use a bit more oomph.
Taste is alright; fair hop notes early. Apple, pear and touch of mango. Some Belgian phenolic spice notes towards the finish. Fairly light, a bit of bitter Belgian spice toward the back, but yeah drinkable, enjoyable enough, but doesn't really capture my attention.
Decent body, bit boozey on the back.
I'm not a big fan of the style, and I wasn't particularly excited when I heard this was the style the St Kilda alestars had settled on - it seems a bit 'on the nose' for a collaborative style mashup. That said, this is pretty decent; nice balance and quite approachable if a little hot.
77 / 100
Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. This was brewed as a collaboration between Mornington and the Local Taphouse's Melbourne AleStars, coupled with the Sydney AleStars' collab with Hunter Beer.
Pours a hazed golden colour, quite bright and vivid. Head is a foamy white that falls down rather inconsistently. Some streaky lace forms in patchy, loose ribbons around the glass. Body is light and fine, holding powdery carbonation. Looks pretty good.
Nose is full of Belgian spice, phenolics and pepper, but with a ripe fruity overtone from the hops. Characters of leafy bracken, green pepper, lemon sherbet and citrus leaves. It's a very nicely constructed amalgam of the hops and Belgian yeast characters. Very nice indeed.
Taste is similarly done. Round, slightly sweet Belgian characters, giving estery fruity characters that dry out to a peppery hoppiness on the back. Organic and bright and very nicely balanced. Spicy, slightly earthy finish, with a little hop bitterness building up on the back over time. The malt provides some structure, but nothing more, this is a work choreographed for hops and yeast.
Feel is light but smooth. Quite drinkable and fluid.
Yeah, this is really nice stuff. Very nicely balanced, superbly drinkable and with a structure that provides meaningful character and complexity. Really excellent stuff: in with some of the best Belgian IPAs I've had.
82 / 100
Pours a rich amber-red colour, clear throughout with foamy cream-coloured head that's a little thin. Good emulation of an American amber look.
Lots of malt on the nose: nutty and sweet. Plenty of US hop character with a slight roasty-toffee note towards the back. Lots of malt but well backed-up hops. Toffee, roast, spice, pine resin. Very nice.
More malt upfront on the palate, with spicy notes and nice floral US hop character towards the back. Bags of complexity and loads of flavour. Nice hops are doing exactly what they should: counterbalancing the malt and cleaning up the palate. Great job.
A little bit of warmth from the booze. Finishes dry.
Great amber ale that's been amped up with confusing, or losing the essence of the style.
79 / 100
330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
Pours an intense, deep red colour, with enough haze to capture and refract the light. Head is a voluminous yellow-white to begin with, but settles to a foamy centimetre or so that leaves solid, sudsy lace. Carbonation forms in fine, rather fast-moving streams, and the body looks solid if not really thick. Overall, it looks very good.
Nose is a lovely bright mixture of hops and malt, with some pleasant toffee and cake characters balancing a fresh, bright, fruity and slightly citric hop aroma. Gorgeous. Slight peppery notes come through, but in a supple flavour-accentuating way, working off the sweet toffee malt and binding zesty citrus character. This is really excellent stuff.
Taste is smooth on entry, with some subtle toffee characters coming through, before the hops give a rather brusque uplift of bitterness, giving a slightly herbal or peppery tone to the rest of the palate. The hop flavours are minimal, in some regards, there's not much of the fragrance present on the nose, but the bitterness is undeniable. It's a bit plaintive by the end.
Feel is full and rich, and very pleasant.
Overall, though, there's no denying that this is a very good beer. You're in safe hands with MP Brewing, and when they do such a great style you know you're going to get something special. Excellent stuff.
61 / 100
On-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.
Pours a reddish amber hue with some mild hazing. Head is off-white forming a firm ring that leaves no lacing. Minimal carbonation. Perhaps the most disappointing part is the body, which looks really surprisingly thin for its ABV. Hrmm...
Slight sweet hops on the nose, with some faint peachy aromas or sweet orange. There's a hint of greenness to it as well and a bit of spice. Overall, it flirts with a number of different hop characteristics, but doesn't embrace any of them.
Light crystal sweetness on the front palate leads to some crisp, lightly carbonic characters part way through. There's a greenness again, but it's another pretty generic character. Back is empty, like all the characters deserted it without really thinking about it. The only exception is a slight resinous buildup of bitterness on the back which becomes more prominent over time.
Feel is particularly light: it really needs more.
Overall, no it's not a bad beer. But MP do much better than this, so I found this something of a disappointment.
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.
Pours a very pale yellow colour, with a slight cloudiness giving it a sense of translucency. Good "pilsenery" frothy white head. Minimal lacing, although we do get a few rings of suds. Fine carbonation, with some potential to the body. Not bad.
Nose is sharp and quite clean, with what I identify as "generic Euro hop character"âlike the quality of a green-bottle lager, rather than the more herbal noble hop fragrance. Slight hay, a bit of grain and something a bit starchy. It's not bad all up, but a little flat.
Taste is similarâmeaning it comes across much like a generic Euro pilsener. Light and clean and quite summery in its way: hay characters with a bitter lemon finish. It's not bad, but it's very light and lacking in some interest.
Feel is crisp and bright with the lingering bitterness.
Not a bad drop. It's clean and obviously well-made. It's just a bit dull. I compare this to a similarly easy-drinking and light beer from the same stable, their Sorachi Ace KÃ¶lsch, and there's miles of difference in terms of complexity and intrigue.
77 / 100
Birthday present from Slowbeer from the lovely @epiclurk.
Pours a fine, deep brown colour, with a firm and pretty persistent head of light ochre. Patchy speckled lacing forms as the beer goes down. Body looks a little thin, but suitable enoughâthe carbonation is rather loose, however.
Nose is light with touches of roasted malts and sweeter dried fruit notes. Above this is a surprisingly crisp fragrance, almost like a clean hoppiness giving some lift and buoyancy to the nose. Almost a touch of preserved lemon or pawpaw. Very pleasant.
Taste is very light and mild, but with some lovely toasty characters on the back, giving a hazelnut smoothness and a lightly cleansing dark bitterness. Quite a smooth mouthfeel despite the relative lightness of the bodyâthe carbonation is very subdued on the palate.
Very easy-drinking brown ale, with enough characters to tickle the palate, but a smoothness that makes you want to gobble it down. MP seem to have the uncanny knack of making flavoursome beers that are rippingly easy to drink. Great work.
73 / 100
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.
Deep amber colour, quite dark, but the hazing fractures the light coming through it. Looks delicious. Head is full and fine, lace is frothy, patchy and complex. Looks good.
Nose is hoppy, but a little generic. Not particularly sharp, with a bit of crisp green appleskin. Touch of talc to it. Quite smooth and integrated, but missing something.
Taste is slightly sweet and full-bodied, but balanced with a good, direct but again generic hop bitterness. Sweetness is almost cherry sorbet; as though the sweetness itself lends a little astringency.
Nice beer. It's truly a Double IPAâthe sweetness and depth to the body ensures that. There's a strong enough bitterness to balance it, but the focus is having a big malt presence.
73 / 100
Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. They seem to have had a good range of MP's brews in recently, which is great.
This one pours a cloudy deep golden colour, almost tending to orange, which I think is quite dark for a saison. Head is fine, but a little bit filmy, leaving some slight white sheeting lacing. Very fine bead. Good depth in the body. Looks good.
Nose is surprisingly spicy, and certainly lacking some of the saison organics and funk. Slight peppery notes and a leafy banana character, that doesn't have enough grunt to be earthy. More of a sweetly spicy and rubbery note. Interesting.
Taste is good. Smooth and sharp, but leavened with a spice character which refreshed and cleanses the palate. Organics come through here, giving a bit of earthy bitterness. Still, not a lot of acidity or funk, but it's pleasant. Finish is smooth with an almost vanilla sweetness.
Again, it doesn't strike me as classically "Saison", as it's missing some of the funk, the rawness, the acidity and the rustic genesis. However, it's a tasty and drinkable brew, and a nice one to see on MPBrew's rotation.
79 / 100
Pours a pale straw colour, light haze and steady bead. Head is white and dense and retaining a very nice crown with some sticky off-white lace. Lookin' good, there, Kölschy.
Smell is gawwwgeous. So light, floral and tangy. Lots of citrus with some apricot jam, orange sherbet and plum sauce for sweetness and richness. Rich and tangy like good barbecue sauce and yet light like a good champagne. Wonderful complexities, and the best kölsch I've smelled in a long time.
Taste is tangy from the get go with huge citric notes and pepperberry - orange and lemon flavours with a touch of lavender providing slight floral bitterness, plus some lemongrass and white peppercorns come through on the mid that last until the end. The characteristic kölschy dryness is distinct late-mid but it just adds to the weird, wonderful array of fruit and spice assaulting my palate. Bit of a chemical, soapy flavour on the back is the only dud note in an excellent palate. Front is just beautiful though.
Lots of carbonation is mostly padded by the decently full body, but it does border on harsh at times.
Excellent drop, great use of hops to carry a beer forward, nicely flavoured and rounded off and refreshing as a dip in the pool after several years in Hell.
83 / 100
Tried on tap at The Local Taphouse in Sydney.
I tried this one (which was labelled at the Taphouse as merely the "Mornington Peninsula Kölsch") without realising this is the one that prominently features Sorachi Ace. What a difference it makes, what a unique hop! It was clear from early on that this was a unique-flavoured beer.
Pours a hazed but translucent golden yellow colour. Head is fine and with, with sudsy lacing that doesn't stick quite as much as it could. Minimal carbonation, and what appears to be a light body, but amazingly, when swirled, it forms some good static bubbling. Overall, a good looking beer.
Nose is where you start to notice the uniqueness here. It's fresh and fruity; very sweet, with almost a raspberry character coming through (notes say "this isn't the Sorachi Ace one is it?"). But to balance the sweetness, there's a good dose of clean and crisp organics. Some hay aromas sharpen the sweetness. Lovely.
Taste is similar, with a raspberry leaf kind of sweet organic freshness. Clean light bitterness at the back which isn't overdone. The light body gives it that crisp lager style. Thoroughly enjoyable.
A very drinkable brew. So refreshing, and different enough to give it buckets of interest. Very unique, very different. It's a cracking brew, worthy of a place in the Australian Craft Brewing zeitgeist with the likes of Stone & Wood Pacific. Try it!
Tried on tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.
Pours a deep golden copper colour, with a little bit of hazing. Not particularly opaque, but quite deeply coloured. Head is a fine and minute crest of white, that leaves some proper English-style lacing down the inside of the glass, cobwebbing itself beautifully. Looks very good.
Nose is sweet and fragrant, without a big citrussy fragrance. Indeed, although the main fragrances are more stone-fruit inspired, the lack of punch almost puts me in mind of an English style IPA. Pleasant enough.
Taste is round and smooth, with a decent, but not particularly scorching bitterness on the back. Indeed, again this tastes quite toned down, giving some resiny character through the front to mid, but leaving a smooth and rather mild finish. Feel is good, very smooth and soft, and only very lightly carbonated, again giving nuances of the English style.
It's a tasty beer, no doubt. Not a huge, wailing, exciting IPA, but a drinkable one.
78 / 100
Tried on tap at the brewery.
Slight pale gold colour, mild brown tinge to it and considerable haze with light bead. Head is off-white and sunk quickly to a ring of whispy lace. Could use a more opaque haze - or at least it wouldn't be unwelcome in the style - and more head, but decent anyway.
Smells very funky. A salty, corporeal aroma with complex bouquet of fresh orange, barnyard animal smell, some peppery spice and lavender. Maybe a bit on the rank side, but it's plenty saison-y and there's plenty to like here as well.
Taste strikes me as a bit subdued at first. Quite sweet on the assault with mild caramel malt that then starts to gather steam, developing rich earthy flavours midway. Some barnyard funk with soil, hay and a corporeal edge round out the mid-palate. Some nice bitterness late, slightly phenolic with a twang of citrus at the very back. Really quite a drinkable saison with good complexities that aren't too heavy to lower its accessibility.
Fine tingly texture with a slight viscous body. Very nice.
Great beer here by the MP brewery. Saison seems to me a difficult style to get right and not many Aussie breweries are trying it. But this is stylistically bang on the money and has enough pleasant flavours not to put off the average lager drinker.
(Once I'd finished my reviews of my four-beer sample paddle, I put the half-full glasses in the midst of my three not-really-beer-drinking friends to taste, and this one came out the favourite.)
75 / 100
Tried on tap at the brewery.
Pours a murky soil colour, cola-esque really with orange tinge. Head is beige, sunk to a thin cloud with some unimpressive lacing. Decent colour, not all that great overall.
Smells decent with a very chocolatey aroma. Lots of cocoa butter on there with slight vanilla and a touch of glacé cherry. Brown sugar as well, and a mild dark fruit adding both sweet and tart at the back. Excellent brown ale smell, all the right sweetnesses and darker notes.
Taste is quite pleasant. Darkish caramel on the front is rich and fairly sweet. Develops darker chocolatey notes towards the mid with cocoa and some brown sugar. Finish is dark, sweet and slightly tart with raisins and a hint of black pepper on there.
Bit thin on the front and finish is really rather dry; a bit too much.
Still, a nice darker brown ale, good blend of sweet, roasty, tart, spicy, for an anjoyable drop overall.
Pours a pale mustard colour, off-white dense head sunks to a whispy cloud. Lace consists of mildly sticky trails, opaque body with massive haze. Light trails of bead are visible through the murkiness. Good witbier look.
Smells very fruity; slight Belgian tart character with genuine orange aroma on there. Very citric with an underlying touch of fresh-cut grass, touch of lucerne and sage as well. Pretty decent aroma and good for the style.
Taste is predominantly grainy actually. Lots of slightly tart wheat notes creating grainy flavour that is a bit too dominant for the most part. It's not 'til late-mid that I get some mild orange peel notes with mild bitterness from the Belgian-style yeast. Grain returns late with some husky flavours, slightly bready as well. Not a bad wit, but could amp up the fruit and downplay the grain a bit more.
Bit of a texture body, slightly chewy with light carbonation tingle. Decent, yeah.
A decent wit, but not a spectacular beer overall.
70 / 100
Tried on tap at the brewery.
Pours a burnished amber colour with transparent body. Head is off-white colour, a bit listless with just a ring of lace that is less sticky than I would like. Looks good, apart from the head.
Smells really very lovely. Huge citric hop whiff with lots of tangy lemon, orange, pineapple, sherbet and passionfruit. Hint of pear as well and mild pine resin as well lending an earthier bitterness to it. All grounded well, but a good dose of tangy hop oomph. Lovely, as I said.
Taste is actually mildly disappointing, especially on the hop front. Good caramel malt with a touch of toffee upfront. Bit mild on the mid-palate before hop flavours start developing - floral largely with a hint of noticeable rind bitterness. Fruity, though, and flaxy and a metallic tinge to it. The bitterness though is largely an aftertaste without a huge finish and it creeps up more gradually than I'd expect (almost makes me think of this in English IPA terms but the hops are definitely more American in aroma and flavour).
A bit thin on the mouthfeel which doesn't help, quite sticky but doesn't quite fill the mouth.
A pleasant drop overall, I just find the peaks and troughs happen in the wrong place sometimes. This is good - even great- at times, but in the grand scheme of the style, well I guess I have high standards. This is well worth a drink though.
75 / 100
73 / 100
Had on tap at the Local Taphouse.
Pours a cloudy amber-gold, with generous white head. Visible bubbles around the edges and great retention, nice and dense on the top. Doesn't exactly excite me, but then I don't expect a pale to do so, and for the style it looks ideal.
Smells quite hoppy. Antipodean hop character, with passionfruit and tropical resinous notes. Balanced and grounded with slight caramel malt that allows hops to float, but not dominate. Pretty decent.
Taste is quite nice. Subtle fruity esters from the start swimming atop pleasant, slightly buttery malt. Develops resinous and floral hop notes midway with lots of passionfruit, pineapple and slight sap notes and nectar. Yeah, a pleasant beer. I do have a bit of trouble with that slight citric bite, but it's not overpowering, and the balance is pretty pleasant overall.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin at first, and a big sizzle comes through on mid as it goes down. Not that great; carbonation could definitely be toned down.
That being said, this is a pleasant drinking beer, nice balance and good for thirst-quenching.
Had on tap at the Local Taphouse.
Pours a dark brown, slightly woody around the edges. Head is beige, a thin crown but retaining what's there quite well, leaving nice sticky trails of lace around. Yeah, looks quite nice.
Good porter smell; roasty but not very burnt. Quite a lot of coffee notes, with slight sourness that almost becomes meaty at times. A bit bland, but all the right characters in good proportion.
Tastes quite roasty, with dark chocolate notes at first that quickly attract coffee characters heading towards mid-palate. Slight char flavours and a bit of vanilla come through later. Loses a bit of its intensity on the mid, where flavour just coasts through mildly without adding anything. Finish is roasty and espressoesque; not bad but could use either more sweetness or more booze to lift the flavours a bit. Overall the palate profile is slightly lacking. Decent porter but not a fantastic beer.
Good texture; quite smooth, not a lot of body but there's not meant to be, complements the flavours well. Yeah, quite good
The slight sour roasty note comes across at times a bit like cold coffee. Only slight, but it's there enough to make me think twice while drinking. But I'm enjoying it enough. Again, decent but not brilliant.