Alpha Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -19%
Yes, yes, yes, one of the few beers I've yet to review by Matilda Bay, who I still think are alright chums, even if they have lost their way a little in recent times. Alpha Pale Ale is one of the few beers Matilda Bay has made that hasn't been a bit pandering-to-the-masses, i.e. a real beer for real craft beer drinkers, that and Dogbolter - which I have tried but am yet to review.
Poured from a 345ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Clear copper body with an off-white lace on top. Appealing? A bit, I'm not fussed about head on my beers.
S: Some nice bold citrus and pine hops, plenty of bite in the aroma, with a toasted biscuit base. Quite your typical APA fragrance here, but then that's kinda the point, to which it succeeds.
T: Not as much hops as expected, and I've had this beer before, either it has changed or my memory of it has. I suspect it's got much less hopping than the original Alpha Pale Ale. It tastes almost like Fat Yak, but the last time I had it (years ago) the hops were more pronounced. Citrus/pine hops and toasted biscuit base as expected, no surprises there. Long dry finish with some faint bitters lingering in the after-taste.
M: Watery, for an ale, body with fizzy carbonation, more like a soft drink than a beer.
D: I don't like what's happened with Matilda Bay, their beers have become tamer as a result of cost cutting or appealing to a mass audience, either way my respect for them has dropped significantly and whereas a Little Creatures brew still tastes the same today as it did five years ago the same cannot be said for any of the Matilda Bay brews. Sorry Matilda Bay, you guys are the new macro craft brewer.
Food match: Beef vindaloo or a chicken tikka masala with basmati rice and a paratha.
02-27-2014 15:40:48 | More by doktorhops
4/5 rDev +7%
A: Clear dark honey colour, beige head has very large bubbles throughout. Head lingers and leaves a light lacing. Moderate carbonation.
S: Floral and herbal, bit of citrus, hops. Mouthwatering.
T: Very rich with hops, herbs, toffee, yeasty, and very bitter. Very strong bitter aftertaste too.
M: Excellent balance.
O: Matilda Bay has some nice beers but think this is one of their stand out ones. I find it really complex in taste and smell and will probably come back to it not just because I love it but to see if I pick up different things each time.
02-14-2014 12:08:21 | More by Breeza
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades slowly to nice lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus, fruit, some grain and a bit of malt sweetness in the background.
T: Taste of citrus, a mild malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Fairly medium body, crisp and quite smooth. Nicely balanced.
O: Very pleasant beer, that goes down easy. Good for a few.
08-26-2012 00:38:05 | More by soju6
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.
A - Poured copper with a one finger beige head. Bright. Good carbonation, thick lace rings and a finger of retention.
S - Grass, pineapple. Mild.
T - Nice juicy hop. Pineapple, resin, some mildly offensive hop. Honey. Caramel.
M - Good carbonation, light medium body and a nice bitterness.
O/D - A little rough around the edges. A good mass produced and hopped up pale ale. Nothing too crazy just flavourful, yet lacking in some ways.
05-07-2012 22:08:09 | More by tbeckett
Alpha Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.