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Beer – #370 – Mata – Volcano Red IPA

Another Red Ale after the one last night – this is the Aotearoa Mata Volcano Red IPA.

Brewed by Aotearoa Breweries in the style of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they’re in Kawerau, New Zealand. Best part is that they have a woman, Tammy Viitakangas is  Head Brewer. Feel bad about pointing that out but hey it’s unusual and to be applauded.

500ml bottle 7% ABV, which is 2.76 standard drinks, and that’s about 210 calories serve, or about 280 in the bottle.



A New Zealand style Red IPA packed full of toffee and caramel malts that burst out along with an explosion of citrus hop flavors and solid bitterness.

WARNING: May set your taste buds on fire.

Alos found this note somewhere on line “Fresh ripe berries and stone fruit nose. Full bodied, nice balance with a bittersweet cherry finish.” ! 

Hoppy aroma,  Toffee brown pour that looks really nice, and a decent full head that look nice too.

Grassy sour aroma in the glass.  Surprisingly bitter, even though it was hinted at, and the sweetness is of a different colour .

I started really liking this and then I stopped to be less effusive. If anything although this is bitter it’s also burdened at the same time with sweetness and caramel in equal measures and amounts, it’s all one thing, which drown both things.

Mata - Volcano Red IPAThere seems to be a cloying over-riding toffee sweetness that stats off intriguing and then turns and bites you. Then next time up it’s more bitter.

So a beer of many things. I drank it all, It took most of the Album of music, as they always do, and at 7% it makes itself known that you’ve had a beer of some substance .

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. It’s a nice beer to drink and enjoy, and I think I’d buy one in the pub if that’s what they had. I don’t know I’d fridge one though. 

I thought the Red IPA was a new thing, I think I also might have had the best one first, but then what do I really know.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It’s nice drinking for a bitter beer.
  2. Would I have another? I think one more might be ok, I think it’d be too sweet to have more.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? With some bread rolls with something in them (See below) I think I’d be happy with that.

Also made bread today –  It’s a hamburger bun recipe that makes brilliant dinner rolls that I’ve many compliments about. I add italian herbs, they’re very popular with the household and others who have them.  Chuffed the little loaf thing worked out 🙂



There is a new Echo and the Bunnymen album I’m listening to  – so Echo & The Bunnymen – Holy Moses – the Album METEORITES


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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5 comments on “Beer – #370 – Mata – Volcano Red IPA

  1. simonbroderick
    May 8, 2014

    You have good taste in music as well as beer, check out the new album by The Horrors, I believe there are echoes of The Bunnymen in there. (Apologies for the dreadful pun!)


    • Pdubyah
      May 8, 2014

      I’ll work on that for tomorrow or the weekend. Always keen to listen to new things.


      • simonbroderick
        May 8, 2014

        Good man, this interweb is a great thing! 😉


      • Pdubyah
        May 9, 2014

        I was gifted some music today in the office, including “Gin Blossoms – No Chocolate Cake, Something by Funkommunity – their Chequered Thoghts album, and an album by Teddy Thompson, and a few others that I’ll be trying out in the old fashioned CD format 🙂


      • simonbroderick
        May 9, 2014

        I use cds in the car mostly, am starting to favour the even older fashioned lp, especially when they come with a download code, win win!


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