Molly Rose Chuckle, Mazza & Mozza & Mamamo

Pale Ale, West Coast IPA & Radler

They like to stick to their guns at Molly Rose and, despite these three beers being entirely distinct, they remain quintessentially identifiable as those of the Collingwood brewery.

When it comes to Chuckle, the American pale is more like catching up with old friends for a long meal. It follows the brewery's journey into getting a bit classically craft by brewing a brown ale followed by a Kolsch. Pouring a golden orange, it’s brings a combination of grapefruit and orange peel and, with a touch of pine and a building bitterness, you have the kind of craft beer you might not have revisited for a while but is eager to welcome you back.

Mazza & Mozza is another classic American beer style but this one takes a sharp detour. The “Aperitivo IPA” is a West Coast that was then introduced to some bitter curaçao by Victoria’s makers of excellent liqueurs, Marionette. The beer is part of Molly Rose’s Not Wasted series, where they save products from becoming trash, and drinking one feels a little like bringing a West Coast and a Negroni together (AKA the best thing you can ever do because they’re the world’s two greatest drinks). There’s a juiciness to the orange that blends neatly into more pithy citrus while the slightest bit of sweetness segues into a decidedly bitter finish.

Finally, Mamamo continues Molly Rose founder Nic Sandery’s push to make radlers a thing. It has seen him cross a few blocks to team up with the Marquis of Lorne. Presumably, he did so by bike, since the cycling gear retailers MAAP were involved too – and the lemon iced tea radler would be an excellent way to finish a long ride. Alongside the distinct notes of lemonade, there’s a herbal and quite tannic flavour from the tea that’s quickly washed away by a zesty tang.

Will Ziebell

Published October 5, 2023

Molly Rose Brewing

279 Wellington Street
VIC 3066

Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 1am
Sunday: midday to 10pm

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