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Alpha Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Alpha Pale AleAlpha Pale Ale

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alpha Pale Ale derives its name from the alpha acids in hops which, added early in the boil, impart a distinctive bitterness. Cascade and Amarillo hops are used to make this beer. Hops are added early and late in the boil and then dry hopped in late fermentation. They contribute a wonderfully complex fruit and citrus aroma. Pale malts round off this beer with a fuller malt character.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: DaveFL1976 on 09-27-2005)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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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.

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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.

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A - Poured copper with a one finger beige head. Bright. Good carbonation, thick lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Grass, pineapple. Mild.

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A - Small, fizzy head with OK retention. Eventually receds to a thin collar. Coppery golden amber colour. Minimal lacing.

S - Mostly grapefruit, with a honey and biscuity malt backing.

T - Follows on with the grapefruit and honey, with a slight hop bitterness and a faint but unfortunate metallicness.

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Alpha Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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