Matilda Bay Moose on the Loose
If you judged them by the new beers that have hit taps and shelves in the past year – Itchy Green Pants and Minimum Chips – you’d think Matilda Bay was focusing solely on the very entry level end of what is loosely termed craft beer. But at their home in Port Melbourne they’ve been having a bit of fun with the taps, with beers including a Black Saison and a Double Stout appearing alongside unfiltered versions of their older beers. Add to that the Women of Beer Hildegarde brewed there and the forthcoming Abbey Collabbey III for Good Beer Week and it seems there’s plenty to keep the brewing team – and the growing number of visitors to the brewery now it’s expanded its drinking and dining space – entertained, including the latest release, Moose on the Loose. Debuted at the Ballarat Beer Festival, it’s an American Brown Ale featuring a hefty dollop of American Cascade hops (added throughout the boil, in the whirlpool and dry hopped for those who like to know such things). The result is a deeply dark brown affair boasting a big citrusy aroma and plenty of hop flavour too that relents to allow some dark cocoa malt through at the end. The bitterness lingers, but does so softly, in a beer that we’d love to see released more widely, but which will only be pouring (and filling growlers) at the brewery bar itself.
Style: American Brown Ale
Bitterness: 47 IBU
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