Friday, March 11, 2011

Fat Yak Pale Ale - Australia 11-3-11

The Low Down:
I wasn't going to review this modern Australian staple, but I like reviewing and drinking beer, so here goes.

Fat Yak tastes noting like a yak, to its credit. Unfortunately I was so eager to drink it that the picture of the of the lid is slightly bent. we were at a Pizza Parlour for Friday lunch and the thrill of beer and pizza took control.

Fat Yak is hoppy. Hoppy and sweet, as if the only ingredients were water, hops and sugar. The malted barely makes an appearance. This makes it an excellent pizza beer. Especially Doughboy Pizza, who have bizarre culinary delights, like the Carbonarra.

Fat Yak is becoming a staple. Considering it was invented in a garage in Victoria, that's pretty impressive.

Packaging: 6/10
The colour scheme is OK, but I'm not a fan of the panelled fence.
Refreshment: 7/10
Quite refreshing, but the hoppiness means you can't neck this quite as quick as its competitors. A distinct lack of carbonation as well.
Flavour 8/10:
With that said, the hoppiness is delicious. Plus it's so sweet!
Alcohol Content: 5/10
4.7%. A little on the low side, but not extraordinarily so for a pale ale.
Price: 8/10
$3.30 because we grabbed a six pack. A very reasonable price
Total: 34/50

Better than most beers in its price range, Fat Yak is a well engineered beer. If you like hops and sugar, drink this with your Friday pizza.