Total Score: 6.5/10
Oatmeal Pale Ale, sounds interesting hey? And I’ve been raving on for years that oats should be used in other beer styles and finally Mornington Peninsula had the gumption – a sort of grey paste used to clean things – to brew with the grain of my dreams (I literally go to sleep thinking about sheep made of rolled oats jumping over fences whilst being sprinkled with honey and cinnamon – I told you I was freaky… you didn’t believe me). The whole “#tinnage” thing, a product of our hashtag-crazed Twitter era, is about single batch beers made for canning – this being brew number 3 of said tinnage. Let’s see if Mornington can meet my bizarre oat imaginings.
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Presents a nice cloudy Jonquil shade of yellow body and a wispy thin white head which reduces down to a patchwork of lace on top. Nice looking Pale Ale overall, not spectacular but no major complaints either. 7/10.
S: Aroma is a delightful mix of tropical fruit (papaya specifically), stone fruit (peach/nectarine), hints of orange Starburst candy… add lime Starburst too for that matter, and a light floral note. As far as Pale Ales go this is right up there with the best I’ve ever laid my nose on – the amount of hop driven fragrances alone is impressive and it’s subtle whilst maintaining some complexity, the more I breathe in the more I love it. 10/10.
T: Flavour, however, is a bit of a letdown – the hops are there but in comparison to the aroma all they really add here is singular bitterness, where did all those (quite f*#king amazing tbh) aromas go? The overall flavour is slight orange bitterness with a grassy/grainy character and some malt sweetness – I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such a big disparity between an aroma and a flavour before. 5/10.
M: Borderline medium bodied with some OK oatmeal body to it and a light but dense carbonation. 7/10.
D: Another Pale Ale with awesome aroma letting down the flavour – it makes one think about how the application of hops, when they are added into the brewing process, can affect the overall quality of the flavour/aroma. I know that there different type of hops used with ‘aroma’ hops and ‘bittering’ hops that may have played against this beer. Plus, and I don’t really dwell on the fact that cans give a metallic taste anymore because: “Duh!”, but in this instance the whole canning process may have affected this brew adversely. 6/10.
Food match: The idea of a pulled pork burrito with this is making me hungry.