Saturday, February 09, 2013
Mata - Brown Boy Amber Ale
Brown-boy; to me that brings to mind memories of my younger brothers Dylan and Michael. We have a lovely heritage of Portuguese, Maori and English. I have the short end of the stick with a pale english complexion that burns and blushes easily while my younger brothers have a beautiful Mediterranean/Maori combination of smooth brown skin that tans so evenly every summer.
But enough about my ancestors breeding habits, on to the brew. This beer has superb colour, its a dark red with tinges of brown. A delicious foamy light brown head tops the brew and the carbonation keeps it going throughout the entire glass.
The aroma is sweet and slightly stinging on the nose. Hints, just hints of pine and grapefruit. I feel a sense of fresh beer and bright hops. The malt aromas also start to shine through with a hint of coffee and toasted bread.
The taste is really malty, with a a fair amount of balancing bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is light and sweet with bittersweet hops encroaching at the end. It feels a bit thin, but works well with the flavours so the overall vibe is refreshing and smooth. Hints of toffee and green coffee and a hint of spice or pepper on the finish.
Available in four packs it's a great weekend buy.