Total Score: 6.8/10
Fat Yak certainly has a reputation of a beer that is much better on tap than from the bottle, I guess I’ll test this theory myself (I’ve had this on tap many times before). Let me say one thing about Matilda Bay: They are pioneers in the Australian craft beer scene – their Redback wheat beer was first brewed in 1986 and Fat Yak is still an occasional purchase of mine.
Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.
A: Clear copper body with a white 1cm head that soon fades to a thin lacing ring. 5/10.
S: Front powering floral hops give way to a sweet malty grain, with a hint of caramel. Nothing out of the ordinary here style-wise. 7/10.
T: Sweet and malty with a back note of floral hops. Follows the nose well. The hops are weaker than I remember from the tap version (although it has been a while since I had it on tap and I’ll follow up with a review of the tap version soon for comparison). I think the hops could be a lot more pronounced for a Pale Ale. 7/10.
M: Nice carbonation, not too fizzy, there is body to this Ale however it is well balanced (not too thin, not too heavy). 8/10.
D: This Ale feels to me like an entry level brew for drinkers interested in the Pale Ale style – it’s easy on the hops, the malting is pleasant and not too sweet, it’s a well-balanced affair. I could drink many of these over an evening, so it’s a decent Ale but it falls well short of Little Creatures in the flavour department. 6/10.
Food match: Chow Mein, or any other lighter Asian fare. Pizza; Margherita, Fungi or spinach and feta are all great options.