Hell-Cats Beer Review – Beez Neez

beezneez_bottleBeez Neez

Company info:
Matilda Bay Brewing Company
Port Melbourne, V.I.C.

[www.matildabay.com]

Bottle size sampled: 345ml

Alcohol: 4.7%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘A unique hand crafted specialty beer. Pale golden colour with honey aromas. A light malt palate and just a hint of bitterness on the crisp, clean and refreshing finish. It is quite simply, the Beez Neez of beers‘

What the label really means: Straight to the point and enlightening.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: It’s jack-o-lantern orange makes this label very unique. It’s warming, cheery and bright. I like the bold ‘Beez Neez’ smeared across the middle of the label like it’s been ripped from underneath the traditional label above. It’s rough and ready, tough and uncompromising. I am very surprised at how well the orange works, and really think this is one well designed label.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Wheaty, fresh, zesty, hoppy. Smells good.

Taste: GLASS – I can detect very subtle hints of honey mixed in with this very gently brew. I note an unflattering after-taste of a watered down brew where the flavours have all but dispersed. In fact it’s so unflattering it’s almost dirty dishwasher tasting. Put that aside, swallow quick, and you’ll find this is an easy to drink ale but that’s where it ends. It’s a bit too generic and boring, and I need more flavour.beezneez_glass

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle, Beez Neez cuts to the watery flavour even quicker. It’s flavourless, lack-lustre, and really tastes like it could well be Matilda Bay’s demented problem child.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Lamb…lamb sausages in particular. Perhaps with some chargrilled vegies. Bring it.

Best season to appreciate: An afternoon sun brew – Summer.

All-nighter beer? It’s easy to drink all night, as I discovered on the weekend, so in that sense it’s an all-nighter. But expect, as I did, to feel a little cheated by it.

For more tasty beer reviews, head over to Mason Hell-Cat’s beer blog.

Mason Hell-Cat’s Beer Review

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All of us here at The Significant Man are pretty chuffed to welcome our good friend Mason Hell-Cat to the fold. We will be syndicating regular beer reviews from his terrific beer review blog, the aptly titled “Mason Hell-Cat’s Beer Blog“. Be sure to head on over and check out his site. You’ll find a healthy archive of the most extensive and wide ranging beer reviews on the internet.

First up for us though, is one of our favourite brews here at The Significant Man; Little Creatures Pale Ale. Over to you Hell-Cat!

Little Creatures Pale Alelittlecreaturespaleale_bottle


Company info:
Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd
Fremantle, W.A.

[No website listed]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5.2%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99AU
Case price: Approx. $60.00AU

Label info: N/A

What the label really means: N/A

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I love this label for its sheer simplicity. It’s not over-crowded, it’s not tacky, it’s just simple, honest to goodness design at its finest. The little cupid character clutching a big glass of foaming beer has become iconic in Australia and instantly recognisable as the logo for the Little Creatures Brewing company. It has a touch of elegance, a touch of class. It’s a label that I am proud to hold.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.

AROMA: Delicious…there is a gentle waft of mellow Summer fruits that rises up, tucks you into bed and gives you a goodnight kiss on the forehead.

Taste: GLASS – One of my all time favourite beers, it is an absolute pleasure to be reviewing Little Creatures Pale Ale for my 100th review. It’s a fresh, thirst quenching ale with a pleasing back of the mouth burst of bitterness. I have had this brew dozens of times before but on this tasting I am noticing a subtle nuttiness that flows through. It’s smooth, it’s delicious, it takes me away to a better place – of rainbows, star-drops, and midgets on ponies.

I give it a beer from glass rating of out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Drinking this from the bottle it appears to pack more of an all-mouth punch and becomes a little more flavour intense. Just as good, just as refreshing, just as memorable. My only drawback is the distinct absence of the nostril surrounding aroma.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8.5 out of 10.

A word from the wife: ‘Smooth, delicious and irresistible…just like my man’

She gave it a taste rating of 9 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this along side the Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong‘

Accompanying food: A grilled seafood platter with plenty of lemon would make this an arvo barbie in cupid-driven heaven.

Best season to appreciate: It’s definitely a good thirst quencher – Summer!

All-nighter beer? Absolutely! This was the beer of choice for me at my wedding so it’s tried and tested.

For a whole lot more tasty Hell-Cat beer reviews, get on over to Mason Hell-Cat’s Beer Blog.