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Monteith’s Southern Pale Ale

Rating: 1.9

My seventh beer from New Zealand now and my first in quite some time, the last from the country that I tried was a can of Three Boys Porter back in early 2015 so this one is well overdue. The beer is from the Monteith’s Brewing Co. based on South Island and although it is a brewery that I’ve heard of at some point, I’ve never actually tried anything from them and for that reason I was excited when I spotted this one for sale in a local Home Bargains store the other week; it was pretty cheap too so I quickly grabbed myself a bottle. Labelled as an American style pale ale, the beer appears to be one of the brewery’s year round offerings and despite the fact this is from a fairly large New Zealand based brewery, I’m excited to see how this one tastes.

Appearance (3/5): A light amber colour that is quite clear as it sits in the glass and is topped with a half centimetre, foamy white head. Head retention is okay and there isn’t too much movement from the beer in the early going whilst the beer itself looks quite still in the glass.
Aroma (4/10): Quite a basic and fairly skunky nose that seemed much closer to a macro pale lager than an American pale ale in the early going, there was some basic malts making the majority of the aroma initially. I managed to get some hay and grassy notes to start with touches of corn and bread following on behind but for the most part is was quite a light, basic and very disappointing offering that was very light on the expected hops; not a great start.
Taste (3/10): Following on in a similar fashion for the nose, this one is again very skunky and comes through with a very basic corn and light malt taste that was absolutely nothing like what an American pale ale should taste like, there was no sign of any hop bitterness and the only thing close to it was some hay and grassy flavours around the middle. Some bread flavours featured and it seemed quite watery at times too; an atrocious tasting beer from start to finish.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied but with a lot more skunk showing in both the nose and the taste than I’d have liked, the beer was also quite watery, bland and unexciting from the start. I’d been expecting quite a hoppy, southern hemisphere style pale ale when I cracked this one open but there was no sign of any hops or bitterness here; a very disappointing effort.

Overall (4/20): This one was a truly terrible beer and one that I barely got close to finishing, it was just far too skunky and basic tasting with a terrible balance and very little in the way of flavour. There was some cheap malts and basic adjuncts with some corn and hints of grassy flavours too but nothing that made the beer interesting or drinkable; it was all over the place really and in hindsight it makes sense that it was so cheap. Definitely a beer to avoid.

Brewed In: Greymouth, South Island, New Zealand
Brewery: Monteith’s Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains (Glasgow)
Price: £0.69

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