Ruby Tuesday | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted with Hallertau Hersbrucker hops and four specialty malts – carared, melanodium, caramunich (crystal) and wheat this amber ale has biscuity and toffee malt flavours that linger on the front palate. The relative sweetness is perfectly balanced by a traditional ale yeast and hop combination.

26 IBU

Added by lacqueredmouse on 10-19-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12
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Photo of D3toX
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Really expected better from these guys.

No malt, no hop, tastes metallic and thin......would rather drink VB.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.55/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank at Turf Sports Bar, Melbourne.

Very average

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber/coppery pour with thick white head; very good clarity and cap retention; lots of clingy lace. Caramel malt nose. Semi sweet caramel malt with metallic finish. Moderate plus carbonation and watery mouthfeel. Overall, not a fan of the odd metallic/minerally linger.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber reddish colour, beige head. Small bubbles and not much retention or lace. Bit pale, pretty pedestrian.

Smells sweet and malty. Mild toastiness, but yeah. Sweet with some residual sugar. Touch of fruit, on the back. Just a whisper. OK.

Taste is a bit weaker. Some sweetness with toast, toffee, some charry notes towards the back without bitterness. Bland, mostly. Some residual sugar and mild hint of some earthy hop. Nothing too special. But OK for the style.

Bit of texture, not much body.

Decent enough red ale, but not a style I love and doesn't show me anything new in the style; just decent.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried from a poured bottle at Vic on the Park during the Sydney Craft Beer Week opening party.

Pours, yeah, ok, amber-ish in colour, but quite pale and a little weak and light. Very good clarity in the glass, but minimal carbonation to keep it vibrant. Fine head of beige covers the cap. It looks decent enough.

Nose is pretty dull. There's a slight maltiness there, and a slight huskiness that makes it feel slightly German in style. In fact the nose is similar to that slightly grainy maltiness you might expect in a strong German lager, like a Märzen. But it's also just weak and dull, which ruins that illusion.

Taste is similar, but oddly because it's perhaps even more bland than the nose it just helps it be inoffensive and dull. There's a slight creaminess in the taste which is pleasant enough. Otherwise it contains similar characters to the nose. Some weak malt and a faint husky grain note.

Feel is light, and with a surprising hit of aggressive carbonation, which I didn't expect from the appearance.

Overall, though, this isn't great stuff. For a limited release beer, they really haven't looked far beyond the realms of what they usually do: it's a typically Matilda Bay affair.

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Photo of life_of_agony
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of doktorhops
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Matilda Bay have changed, I’ve said it before several times, however it needs stressing because Matilda Bay are an example of a decent craft brewer that lost its way several years ago. Latest brews that have been released (I.G.P., Minimum Chips) have essentially been watered down craft beer for the mass market without any love or care for beer. I say all this as a cautionary tale to craft brewers - don’t become what Matilda Bay has become. Anyway, rant over, I’m not expecting much from Ruby Tuesday but boy do I love being proved wrong.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Ruby in name only - the body is a clear deep amber with a taupe head that quickly dies down to a lace ring. Nothing impressing me yet. 5/10.

S: Aroma is a trashbag full of wet vegetal matter, nuts, caramel malt, and reminiscent of the James Squire Amber Ale with its hint of puke. It’s not a good aroma, far too much like Frankenstein’s monster to be appealing. 5/10.

T: Quite muted, a stylistic choice with all the new Matilda brews, flavours of nuts, caramel malt, some earthy hops providing a hint of bitterness in the finish. Another wishy-washy Matilda brew, what a surprise. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation and a touch of wateriness. 5/10.

D: Overall the flavour brings absolutely nothing new or exciting to the craft world, and after drinking 1500+ different brews in my lifetime I’m a bit over unexciting beers (sorry Matilda Bay). Whatever happened to the person who came up with excellent beers like the Alpha Pale Ale or Dogbolter? Did someone at Matilda Bay shoot them? Or have they been imprisoned like the Count of Monte Cristo in a Château d'If-like prison? Who knows, either way Matilda Bay are officially (for me at least) a Macro brewer now. 5/10.

Food match: Lighter, creamier cheeses, nothing sharp, might work with this. However don’t go wasting a Chimay Grand Classique on this beer.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of KrisBeerndt
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Ruby Tuesday from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
2.82 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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