Matilda Bay Ruby Tuesday

Total Score: 5.45/10 Nut1 Caramel1 Earth1 Nonicpint1

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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