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Beer – #878 – Mata – Matawhaka

Mata Matawhaka- a clever play in words for a big beer that I’ve had out a few years ago and thought it was rather good. But in a bottle, we’ll see.

Wh Bomb!

8% ABV and 240 calories a serve are contained in a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 2.2 standard drinks in NZ

Brewed by Aotearoa Breweries in the Style that is of an  Imperial IPA and that happened in Kawerau, New Zealand

What the Wh..

What the Wh..

Matawhaka Imperial IPA takes on a journey as we discover the hops in the crown.

We source the most aromatic big ace hops available for each batch from New Zealand, America and Australia and commit to brewing a Matawhaka every time.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Big strong hop aroma on this, full on grass and familiarity in a big IPA.

Lovely orange chestnut pour with a lovely white head that is big and slightly tinged orange.

Aroma is brilliant and mouth-watering.

Wh… that’s just a bit of good beer, bit bitterness, cracking count of caramel to soften that and a finish that is surprisingly not dry but just a kiss and there’s a lovely fruitiness about this.

mata-matawhakaI remember it being good this is better than I remember, and that’s rare.

A lovely drinking beer that didn’t trouble me none and went in a thrice, I wish sometimes that I’d back myself and get two.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. As it warms it loses some of that fruity charm and gets a roughness about it that could do with calming down. This though is a rare beer that I remember being good and then being better when you revisit it.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? It’s everywhere they sell a beer mostly.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am it was very tasty to start and then reminded you that it’s a big beer to be taken serious like.
  • Would I have another? I will one day, this is a big IPA that reminds me there are other big IPA beers to try.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? For comedy value of the name and then for the lovely taste, yes I would.

Music for this:  ” Bobby Bazini  ” and ” Summer is Gone ” on Spotify

Bobby Bazini is a French Canadian singer-songwriter from Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada.


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.


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