99 Not Out - BOTTLE99 Not Out

Brewery info:
The Moa Brewing Company
Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND


Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.99 AU

Label info: ‘”99 Not Out SKW Pale Ale is a sessionable, new world style Pale Ale. Hopped with New Zealand Kohatu and Cascade hops, it displays spicy/earthy hop notes, a strong malt backbone and a nicely balanced bitterness (35 IBUs). The perfect beer for summer” – Josh Scott & Shane Warne‘.

What the label really means: I had hoped for a bit of an explanation on why Moa decided to use  the name ’99 Not Out’ and how Warnie became connected. But, it’s not to be.

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Label: It’s a simple, classy design, predominantly green and white. ’99 Not Out’ is emblazoned across the label. And while it works as a corporate logo, I’m not sure it can hold its head up among other brews on the market that walk all over this. I would have liked to see a stronger link to its cricket origins with the inclusion of a simple cricket ball / bat / stumps image included. Instead it’s all a bit vague, and while Warnie’s autograph may be on one side of the bottle, it’s hard to know why he’s even involved with this.

I give it a label rating of 4.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Strong citrus, lager-like aromas.99 Not Out - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – 99 Not Out sits on the palate with  robustly dry and bitter flavours that linger long after the brew has left your mouth. It’s surprisingly sharp to the taste, and not the smooth ale I had expected. It’s all a little too generic. All a little too beefed-up Crown Lager. All a little too tiresome.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 5.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle it’s actually a tad better with some deeper, darker notes flowing through. The edgy of the bitterness is cut back, and it’s not quite as dry. Still, this is not a beer to rave about. Drink this from the bottle.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I feel like a good, saucy meatloaf would work well alongside this.

Best season to appreciate: The citrus notes do tend to lend this brew to it being more of a summer beer. However, the darker bitter notes make it more of a winter brew. Let’s split the difference and call this an Autumn brew.

All-nighter beer? Not for me sorry Warnie.


  1. Horst von Shizenfoozel says:

    I love this stuff. It’s awful. I like awful beer.


  2. Tard Bumpkinickel says:

    It’s gluggably gluggable, but it’s definitely not 99 not out. It’s more 34 hit wicket. In fact, it’s more Phil Tufnell than Shane Warne.


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