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Moo Brew Pale Ale | Moorilla Estate

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Moo Brew Pale AleMoo Brew Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moorilla Estate

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 33cl bottle with a unique and impressive design.

Poured properly into a pilsner glass and Moo Brew Pale Ale passes on two fingers of head that fades out and leaves only the smallest amount of lacing.

The body of the beer has a slightly opaque deep amber color reminiscent of tea. The nose is hops driven and delivers almost the full spectrum of citrus notes.

A very soft almost mousse-like mouthfeel and lightly spiced malty palate. Moo Brew PA is a different take on the style and a very drinkable beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh. had this a couple of weeks ago at the HOPs tasting just before the official launch. i tell you what, i hope this lives up to the memory i have from that night.

interesting 330ml bottle/label design. a little blurb on the back label about the style. no additives/preservatives/not pastuerized etc. no dating.

pours a hazy glowing yellow color. forms about 1/2cm white head which settles to a nice lace.

aroma first up screams citrus. beneath that comes some hop pellet grassiness.

hop bitterness comes across slightly lower than expected from the amount of aroma. yeah, i know. bittering and aroma hops are not related and all yadda yadda...
same sort of grassy hop pellet characteristic comes through in the flavor. this makes no appologies about being a hop driven brew (it even says it on the back label). still seems to come across fairly balanced. hop burps seem to show themselves almost instantaneously. mmm hop burps.

ok, not bad. good in fact going by the score ;)
perhaps not quite up to the standard of little creatures, but they've only started brewing earlier this year.

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Photo of IceAce
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle which encourages one to, "drink fresh and enjoy"...but no freshness dating apparent. This beer is American in style and is unpasteurized.

Pours a light orange body with just a touch of haze. Foam collar is three full fingers, densly packed small bubbles, and extremely rocky.

Aroma is subdued with malts and hops in balance in terms of smell. Entry is smooth with malts leading the midtaste charge. The hops really don't get off the ground until the finish where they lend a nicely balanced citrus / pine fade.

Thank to joecast for sending this my way!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow colour, with a fine head of foam. Looks still, but otherwise pretty decent.

Light passionfruit on the nose. Not bad, with hint of pot pourri coming through. Not really pungent but the fragrant notes are very pleasant.

Taste is a little disappointing. Light fragrant fruit characters on the front, but these dissipate to a vague yeast and grain note. Some noticeable residual bitterness, which is nice, but otherwise it's reasonably plain. Clean to drink, at least and the mouthfeel is good.

Nice enough. Not hugely flavourful, but it has characters which make it worthwhile. Drinkable in its way.

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Photo of revdrjbob
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Not too sure about this amazing beer, but wow all the same. Picked it up along with the Moo Brew Wheat in Berry. Interesting bottles and 4 pack(!). Sad that it cost me $20 for 4, I'd say the packaging almost cost more than the beer itself.

Poured into an oversized wine glass of sorts this pale ale displayed a huge moussy almost meringue head, that gave way to a hazy pale orange coulour with heaps of yeasty goodness hanging out. Plenty of carbonation, worked well, leaving tonnes of foam around the glass as I drank.

Aroma: Sweet jebus! Hops! Hops! Hops! Plenty of Cascades and a metric tonne of citrus and grapefruit aromas. Slight amount of malt and crytsal/caramel aromas too. Yummo.

Tasted great aswell, but I couldn't help noticing how similar it is to Little Creatures pale. Damn! Another favourite to add to the list. Great malt and hops in the mouth, followed by yeastyness and more hops. Finishes dry with a touch of hops.

A great beer over all, and a great bitterness, not too harsh, easy enough to drink 10 or more. You guys rock!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer has a very hazy dark orange body with a thick beige head that is creamy and is supported by a strong of big bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft juicy orange sweet aroma with a softer green leaf note in the finish.
T- This beer has a big juicy orange hop flavor with a softer fresh pale malt flavor with some woody qualities. The nice green bitterness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight flat texture as the beer warms.
D- This beer has a nice flavor is softer than most U.S. pale ales but it has more hop profile than most Ozs Pale Ales I have tasted.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy deep gold even without the sediment.Head is white and is well retained.
This beer is all aboutflavoursome fruity hops .It is particularly dry and whilst not overwhelming in its bitterness it may catch the unwary.
There is some fruitiness including citrus smells and flavours but there is a more subtle stone fruit.
It drops out a little in the middle palate where perhaps some more maltiness should be.
It is very drinkable as it is thinnish in the mouth , which goes well with the overall bitterness of the brew.

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Photo of craigca3
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this beer recently when on holiday in Hobart (have also tried it from the bottle, but thought it really shines when on tap). Wonderfully hoppy beer that i could just drink and drink, especially when the weather is warm. Extremely refreshing!

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Photo of Finite
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Small brown 330ml champaine bottle.

Appearance - Cloudy Orange, Wonderfull perfect thick creamy head, good lacing. perfect!

Smell - Pretty faint but hints of floral hops and sweet bready malt.

Taste - Good hop bitterness up front so yeasty flavours give it all a nice earthen tone. Little sweetness, floral hops. Grassy bitter hops sit at the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, easy to drink, thickened with help of the always present head. Crisp and refeshing but also complex and spicy.

Drinkability / Overall - Very easy to drink. A well produced PA but smell lets it down.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy straw colour with modest but decent white head. Lacing is nice and thick, but slippery. Not much else going on, but I do like haze in my beer.

Nose is very APA, with a big pineapple cascade hit, citrus hints as well, very floral aroma, even a hint of rosewater for the sweetness. Nice, but nothing too special here.

Taste is similar, a lot of tropical flavours. Hops are quite noticeable and bitter on the back, with a musk kind of flavour balanced with pleasant floral bitterness. Hints of pineapple and banana as well, with a slightly resiny touch to start them off. Mouthfeel is quite full and pretty smooth. Yeah it's decent, not quite as clean or refreshing as other APAs, but still good drinkin'.

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Photo of norwichboy
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have really noticed some variation in these Moo Brews - the bottle I had last time was pretty average, but this is a different story.

Pours amber with a moderately lasting head. The smell is dominated by very strong dry grassy and floral hops, almost overwhelming, the sort of thing you'd normally roll up and smoke, To taste, more grassy hops with some grapefruit coming through, with malt in the background. There is a lovely lingering balanced bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. This is a very strongly hopped beer by Australian standards. At least this one was.

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Photo of vancurly
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: White foamy head that has good persistence. Cloudy honey/pale amber.

S: Big, big hops... cascady grapefruit, spicy wild vegetation notes

F: Again, big hops, with some subtle late honeycomb/malty hints. Firm bitterness, and lingering aftertaste.

M: Full length-of-mouth feel, with some good body. Bitterness gives it a long astringent finish, and crispness.

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, dark golden colour poured into a pint glass with an inch of off white head that doesn't seem to want to go away.
S - Citrusy, floral hop aroma dominates. Hard to find anything else.
T - The hops are also pretty dominant in the taste but there is a biscuity, slight caramel malt presence too.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Pretty high carbonation.
D - Nice enough but there are better, cheaper & more local pale ales that I'd pick over this for regular drinking.

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Photo of rec
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is a merky caramel brown, with soapy head that unfortunately fails to present greater than a few millimetres in height, or lace the glass even slightly.

The aroma revolves around florals, hops and citrus. Very different from your typical Australia pale ale, and well recieved here! If you've ever had Little Creatures Pale Ale, you could releate to the direction this beer is taking.

Yeast, bitter hops and that floral aroma transcends into the flavour, followed by some sweet malt. Although it doesn't appear highly carbonated, it definately feels that way in the mouth, before finishing very dry.

Another quality brew from the guys at Moo.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a thumb's thickness of bubby, white head over a hazy amber-peach coloured body. Not disimmilar in appearance to LCPA.

Smell - 4.5
Classic APA, hop driven aroma with malt presence in the background. A whole garden full of flowers, fresh grapefruit and lemon are among the aromas brought about by the hops

Taste - 4.0
Sweet biscuity malt base (with perhaps a dab of caramel) is there if you look for it, but the palate is mostly dominated by the floral and fruity hops, grapefruit and peel. Pleasant bitterness comes on late, as does the slightly grainy yeastiness, which detracts.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Smooth with lively, fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
If it weren't for the price, I'd certainly be coming back for more.

Very chic bottle design, but this beer is no case of style over substance. A classic American style pale ale, probably one of the three best of its kind in Australia (the other two coming from the west).

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Photo of smithflipper
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing orangey golden hue, could do with a tocuh more head, sticky lacing around the glass.

Plenty of pine needles and citrus, perhaps some faint passionfruit also. Sweetbread with perhaps a touch of biscuit.

Pine and citrus still, but not as much as in the aroma. Chewy sweetbreads come through, perhaps a tocuh dissapointing given the quality of the aroma.

Carbonation and body are right for the style.

plenty sessionable, just whished it was as flavourful as it smelled

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caramel amber pour with a small fading head.
Loads of fresh pungent hops first up on the nose, with citrus underneath as well as some tangy lemon. Sweet clean malt follows with some faint caramel.
Lots of caramel flavours, followed by a green citrusy hop finish.
Medium-rich body, nice light carbonation.
Very refreshing.

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Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold colour with a small, white head. Poor head retention.

Rounded, orange and pineapple aroma with soft malt notes.

Soft malt with a mild orange hop flavour. Mild bitterness. A very soft pale ale.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

A mild, easy drinking APA. I'd like a touch more boldness but the flavour is still good.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Firefly in Neutral Bay...

A--- an orange carmel color, a good 2 finger white head that kept its retention through the drink. Nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S-- Some carmel but a good amount of grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus and floral and pine in it as well. Very nice nose on this beer. Smells like an APA but a little more bready

T-- Balanced between carmel malt, and citrus. Had a biscuit quality to this as well, the yeast and malt.

M-- Med carbonation and was light in the mouth and did finish dry. Had a good balance between the hops and the malt. Had a good mix of sweet and citrus.

D-- Very drinkable and got more bitter as it warmed up. I Liked the Biscuit side of this beer. Was quite nice. negative is the price. Generally expect to pay about $20 for a 4 pack and about $8-9 in a restaurant. it is a good beer and very could drink a few before noticing anything. A lower ABV at under 5%. Other negative is that their beers are just plain rare to find in restaurants and in bottleshops. Why the lower score on the drinkability.

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Photo of juju7
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer before plenty of times when I've been out and always thought it was pretty good. First time having a bottle at home and I'm left pretty disappointed.
First of all the mild gush didn't appeal much. There's no date on the bottle (FFS!) and the nose is slightly chalky and lemony - a bit faded. Palate is mostly prickly bitterness with some floral notes and that lemon citrus. The tropical, pungent hop aromas that I'm sure have been there before aren't in this bottle.
Honestly, at this price I expect a lot more. There is nothing here that justifies double the price of every other pale ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew that has been ages between drinks so here goes,it pours a nice soft honey,amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head and only the littlest of lacing,it has a nice floral,citrus hoppy aroma to it thats almost sweetish like some boiled candy in there aswell but very inviting,it has an above average mouthfeel with a nice dose of fresh grapefruit driven hops first up which has a nice full malty mouthfeel halfway thru the taste and once again at the end the hops come thru to show their presence with a late bitter citrus zing and to be honest even tho ive had better i could drink alot of this brew.

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Photo of sbart518
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stew41
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is miles better than early versions when Moo Brew was just getting off the ground. Wonderful to look at; glowing cloudy orange with a thin head. Nose is very expressive and lifted with intense oranges and tropical fruit. Really quite striking. The flavours are much more serious and show genuine pale ale chracter; firm, bitter hops, some piney notes, but surprsingly the fruit offered on the nose is a bit hard to find. Doesn’t harm the beer though. Well worth it’s percentile rating.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper gold, with a one finger head that looks great to start with but dies to a splodge all too quickly. Some lacing.

Moderate aromas mainly of grapefruit.

Taste is much the same. Citrus driven, grapefruit and lemon zest dominate an overall dry taste. Hop bitterness takes a while to come thru. Lacking depth and complexity.

Mouthfeel is reasonable - medium bodied, light carbonation.

All in all a bit of a disappointment due to one-dimensional taste. Overpriced in bracket as well.

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Moo Brew Pale Ale from Moorilla Estate
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 32 ratings