Matilda Bay brewers a beer from their Itchy Green Pants

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Inspiration can come from the strangest places, just ask the brewers of Matilda Bay Brewing Company. As the beer boffins tried to name their incredibly hard to make but very easy to drink cloudy ale, they scratched their head and they scratched their hot and itchy green work pants (an occupational hazard of the job) and inspiration finally struck. From that point on, the brand new Matilda Bay ale was to be called (insert heralding trumpet here)… I.G.P. (Itchy Green Pants).

I.G.P. is the beer the Matilda Bay brewers have always wanted to brew so it’s only fitting that the name be a hat tip to the hot, sweaty work they put in day in and day out brewing great beer.

Here’s what you need to know – it’s an Australian ale, it’s 100 per cent malt, mmmm malty goodness, it’s conditioned, it’s cloudy and it will absolutely slake your thirst. There’s a fruity aroma with an initial maltiness that leads into a creamy mouth feel. Some late-hopped fruity Galaxy & peppery Summer Saaz hops give it a zesty clean finish. It’s also got some naturally occurring yeast sediment that adds a very nice complex flavour profile and means before you crack one open you’ll need to give the bottle an enthusiastic roll to unsettle this yeasty goodness before pouring. So go on, get rolling…

As if I.G.P. isn’t already awesome enough, it’s also the first beer to come out of our still-shiny-because-it’s-so-new Port Melbourne Brewery. To start with, I.G.P. will be available in draught only in a bunch of equally awesome venues until the brewers stop itching and actually bottle it.

Head brewer Scott Vincent put down his pint of I.G.P. long enough to say, “Some might say that brewing beer is the ultimate dream job, but no-one ever talks about I.G.P. syndrome that’s a result of the hot, hard conditions we endure brewing.

“It’s a small price to pay though. I.G.P. might be a difficult beer to make but it sure is a beauty to drink. Refreshing, balanced, cleansing on the palate, it’s the ultimate Australian ale.”

Being such a refreshing ale means I.G.P. can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere and matched with anything, but the Matilda Bay brewers will all tell you that they can’t think of a better partner for I.G.P. than gourmet lamb sausages and kangaroo steaks on the BBQ.

From the 2,000 square metre Port Melbourne Brewery that now serves as home base for Matilda Bay also comes Matilda Bay Brewery Company’s other beers and cider as well as all their crazy ideas for new brews.

To become a fan of Matilda Bay visit and search for Matilda Bay Brewing Company or follow Matilda Bay on Twitter @MatildaBayBeer.

I.G.P will be available on tap at selected bars and pubs around the country from February, 2012. Keep your eye on Facebook and Twitter to find out where the first I.G.P. taps will be available. 4.7% ABV.

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Mildura – Storm Cloudy Ale – 4.5% Alcohol

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

After pouring into a glass the Mildura Storm Cloudy Ale is a hazy golden amber colour with a medium level of carbonation and a good sized white loosely packed head up top. On the nose citrus notes from the hops predominate although cloves, spice, bread and honey are not too hard to detect.

On the palate citrus orange and caramel notes lead the way with more citrus (lemon and lime) coming through in the taste as the beer progresses. This brew ends fairly clean with just a slight residual sweetness and a mild tart sensation.

Verdict: This is the third time I have tried the Mildura Storm Cloudy Ale and every time it has left me disappointed, the taste just seems a bit off balance. Love the rest of the Mildura Breweries range, the Storm Cloudy Ale is definitely not my cup of tea though.

Score: 6.7 / 10


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Barons Black Wattle Ale – 5.8% Alcohol

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


Pours copper in colour with a short lived head around 2 -3 centimetres in height and average amount of carbonation. Although the level of carbonation didn’t seem to last very long and it had all but vanished by the time i had finished the beer, although the lack of bubbles near the end seemed to have minimal effect on the taste.

The aroma was pretty restrained consisting mostly of toasted grain notes although a slight nuttiness and a touch of chocolate was also detected.
On the palate this beer exhibits a mildly creamy mouth feel accompanied by sweet toasted malt oriented flavours, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar a touch of coffee, hazelnut and pepper. The after taste was slightly sweet with a mild butterscotch sweet tang.

Verdict: When this brew first came out i was intrigued about what flavours wattle seed could lend to a beer, brought a bottle and can’t remember being overly impressed. Seems my memory didn’t do it justice though and i found this bottle easy drinking with plenty more flavour than i remembered.

Score: 7.8 / 10

Where to buy: Pretty much any bottle shop around Sydney that has room to more than the default New, VB combo.

Link: Barons Brewing

Related Beers: Barons Lager

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Lord Nelson 3 Sheets – 4.9% Alcohol

Monday, October 12th, 2009


Its been awhile since i have had this brew on tap and it was the first time i have tried it in a bottle. It poured clear, golden in colour, with a medium level of carbonation and a head around 2 fingers in size which slowly receded to a thin lace cover.

The aroma was mostly malt driven, with sweet caramel notes and the odd hint of basil and lemon. On the palate sweet malty flavours lead the way with caramel, toffee and butter scotch although it’s not too much work to notice hints of citrus and vanilla lurking in the background. The beer finishes crisp with a slightly sweet after taste.

Verdict: Easy drinking English style Ale, if your in Sydney there is no excuse to miss tasting it at its birthplace up in The Rocks at the Lord Nelson.

Score: 8.0 / 10

Where to buy: This beer is pretty easy to find around Sydney, you can get it from the Lord Nelson Hotel itself, The Australian Hotel or the Australian Wine Centre in Circular Quay.

Link: Lord Nelson Brewery

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Kooinda Pale Ale – 4.7% Alcohol

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

kooindaPours with a minimal head, slightly cloudy in appearance, lightly carbonated and bright straw in colour. The aroma is full of caramel and fruit notes, mango and lemon predominating.

Fresh apple flavours dominate the front of the pallet, working to an apex of fresh floral hops, citrus, toffee and caramel flavours as the brew moves further over the palate. A slight pepper spiciness also seemed to linger for a little while after every sip.

Verdict: Pleasant enough for something different, bit intense though to enjoy more than 1 or 2 during a sitting.

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 5/10


Where to buy: This is another Victorian micro brew that at present come as far north as the border, so the only option for us New South Welshmen is to buy a case from the breweries website.

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Hazards Ale – 5.2% Alcohol

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

hazards_aleWhen i received this bottle i wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, the bottle’s label is fairly plain and unassuming. Also this was the first i had ever heard of Wineglass Bay Brewing. I find it strange that for a state so well known in beer circles for barley, hops, Cascade and Boags we don’t see more happening on the Craft Beer scene down south. Nevertheless i put my bottle of Hazards Ale in the fridge and waited not knowing what to expect….

Emptying the bottle into a glass the beer was a nice straw colour with a head around 3cm in size, this slowly died over the space of a few minutes to leave a nice lace covering. Aroma wise i struggled to get much at all, bar the faint smell of citrus fruit and the odd hint of freshly cut strawberries.

On the palate this beer was extremely clean, combining a gentle hop bitterness with some wheat tones, hints of toffee flavoured sweetness accompanied by notes of citrus fruits and a touch of spice.

Score: 7.9 / 10

Verdict: This ale is super clean, on a hot summers day this type of easy drinking session beer would be hard to beat.


Where to buy: Online at their website.

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Monteiths Hearty Black Beer 5.2%

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Montieths_blackI hate to admit it, but i am waiting for a Monteiths beer to knock me over they seem to be trying alot of unique twists with their beer which is fantastic! But everyone of their beers i have tried so far has come up short in the taste and left me mildly disappointed. So when i got a bottle of the Monteiths Hearty Black Beer i got pretty excited, i love my darker beers and figured it was time for me to be bowled over.
Decanting the bottle into a glass this beer looks very appetizing with a light brown head about two fingers in size which died off over the space of a couple of minutes. The aroma on this brew was also very enticing packed with dark fruit, cocoa and spices. On the palate this beer is also pretty good consisting of a nice creamy mouth feel, light bitterness which brings out a nice nutty flavour. The flavours that lead the way are coffee and cocoa although toffee, honey and cherry flavours are also present.
The beer then finishes on the palate very clean with a very mild lingering mocha aftertaste.

Score: 5.6 / 10
Verdict: Started off great although something about the balance was a little bit of and by the end of the bottle i was a bit over it. Its not something i would go out of my way for again but i would happily drink another at some stage for something a bit different.
Where to buy: Dan Murphy’s stocks this, i got my bottle online from Slow Beer though.

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White Rabbit Dark Ale 5.2%

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

wr_dark_aleThe guys from Little Creatures a few years back really changed the way everyone thought about beer with their big malty ale creations from the west coast. Last year they expanded and opened up a brand new brewery located in Healesville, Victoria. Rather than continuing production under the Little Creatures brand in the east, the new brewhouse creates beers under the White Rabbit banner.The dark ale from White Rabbit proves the dedication to tasty ales has not changed one bit though with the move across the country.

Decanting a bottle into a glass presents a deep copper colour ale, sporting a short lived tan coloured head. The aroma is hard to catch when cold, but is packed with big malt notes, accompanied with hints of bruised apple and fresh cut grass.

On the palate toffee and caramel flavours dominate along with hints of plum, raisins and apple. The hops stop the malt overpowering the drinker, resulting in a beautifully balanced ale. The aftertaste is sweet, with a fantastic hop twang that leaves the taster longing for that next sip.

Rating: 7.9 / 10

Verdict: This is not a beer you want to drink quick, its a drop that encourages you to take it slow and enjoy every sip. If you love big malty ales you won’t find one much tastier than this number.


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Bright Fainters Dubbel – 8.5% Alcohol

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

fainters_dubbelAfter tasting tasting the Bright Staircase Porter i was very impressed with the effort from Bright Brewery and keen for more so i promptly rushed out and brought a bottle of their Fainters Dubbel to try.
Pouring the bottle into a glass revealed a slightly hazy dark ruby colour beer with a head around 2 – 3 cm high. This subsided rather quickly to a lacing around half a cm thick. On the nose i was blown away by this beer the smell was packed with the odour of raisins which instantly made me think of port wine.
On the palate this beer had a nice creamy body with the flavour mostly dominated by raisins, plum and hints of spice. The taste finished pretty dry, with a noticeable warmth provided from the alcohol content.

Verdict: Very unique in flavour and at 8.5%, it packs quite a punch, definitely a beer for sipping. It’s not something i would like to drink everyday but it made a pleasant deviation from the norm.

Score: 7.8 / 10


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Mountain Goat – Surefoot Stout 5.0% Alcohol

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Mountain Goat is a relatively new Victorian brewery but they seem very capable when it comes to brewing a great tasting beer and this is earning them a legion of fans around the country. Their Surefoot Stout doesn’t seem to deviate any from the high standards set by their their other beers either.

In a glass it exhibits a medium sized tan head over a very dark almost black lightly carbonated body. Which aroma wise dominated by cocoa notes. To taste the flavor is mostly made up of toasted malt flavours accompanied by rich cocoa and coffee hints which leave a faint nutty quality in the aftertaste.

I found this beer to be highly enjoyable and satisfying, perfect for unwinding at home after work on a cold winters night.

Rating: 7.9 / 10


Where to buy:

4 Newington Road
Silverwater 2218
delivered from
The Beerstore

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