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Alpha Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

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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Photo of mikelward
4.5/5  rDev +20%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Kulrak
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber color with about 1cm of chunky head that seems to be sticking around for a while. The smell, wow, that's a lot of citrusy hop smell, I love it. The taste, is moderately malty sweet, but there's a lot of citrusy hop flavor there, not too bitter, but a lot of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with foamy carbonation, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you like cascade hops, and I do.

Kulrak, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Lukie
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden marmalade with a throthy 2 inch head, which reduced into clinging lace. A very fresh Pale Ale.

A strong bark and grassy aroma gives way to some buscuity tones. There are hints of lemon zest, and the grapefruit aroma just seems to want to hurtle through, but won't.

A nice malty, honeyish start gives way to a very grassy, flowery and bark like flavour. This is quite similar to the Rogue Dry Hopped Red, except a bit more subtle. The fruitier aspects are kept to a minimum, giving this a key difference to other APA's I have had.

Overall, the best Matilda Bay beer by far, and very well crafted. I believe this is closer to what the Americans are doing then LCPA, but the fruitiness in LCPA gives that the edge in drinkability. Still very, very good, and worth buying on occassion. The price point is a bit steep though.

Lukie, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha pours a beautiful copper colour with a tight, off-white head. Okay, head retention with the head dissipating to a thin film.

Lots of grapefruity hop character in the aroma. A hint of sweet malt as well. Good, not great.

This is really good. The balance between malt and hops is excellent and reminiscent of an English IPA but the flavour profile is that off an APA. Plenty of citrus and juicy hop with a solid, caramel malt backbone. A luscious, piney aftertaste is great.

Solid, medium body with lower than average carbonation. This is smooth, creamy and really easy to drink. Medium finish.

Alpha Pale Ale is a tasty, well structured beer with the great balance of an IPA but the wonderful flavours and level of bitterness of a great APA. A wonderfully drinkable beer and Matilda Bay's best.

dgilks, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Bradym239
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Bradym239, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of callmeoz
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

callmeoz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of foles
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draught at the Brass Monkey in Perth.

Pours deep engaging amber with decent fluffy head. American hops on the nose - citrusy, earthy. Spicy hop presence on the tongue, again earthy and citrusy! A few IBUs to be had here.

Very nice, but not well known enough (real shame - everyone in the pub would rather drink something horrible like a pure blonde low carb beer).

Ill go back for this on draught because its far too expensive in the bottle

foles, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head,it has a really nice piney hop aroma about it,it has a above average mouthfeel that starts out medium and finishes very light and crisp with a really nice citrusy,piney hop taste and suprisingly enough it doesnt finish bitter at all this is one well crafted APA a perfect balance out between malts and hops,im glad i revisted this beer quite a nice drop thats very easy to drink.

ADZA, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 06/07. 5.2%abv. 345 ml brown bottle.

clear amber with a slight orange tinge. low to medium carbonation. just off white head starts out rather large, a good three fingers high, from a vigorous pour but settled nicely. good retention and lacing.

full hoppy aroma. sharp citrus, floral and some sweetness from the malt. all parts of the aroma seem almost concentrated so they are all pretty full on. a little bready yeast comes about as it warms.

light bready malt hits the tongue first and is followed quickly by some hop flavor. that is all quickly cleaned up by a strong dose of bitterness. ALPHA for sure!

mouth feel is a bit heavy, leaving the mouth with a slick feeling, and sweet taste. probably this brews only real drawback. however, this also harms the drinkability giving a fuller feeling in the tummy a bit quicker than i would like. though the bottle did go quickly.

joecast, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of juju7
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really solid example of balance. Every part of this beer from the citrus-infused caramel malt nose to the medium carbonated full body bitterness. It all lines up in a way that is just lush. Good beer from a brewery that does some really good stuff when it wants to.

juju7, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of vancurly
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into James Squire half pint. BB 05/05/09

a) Rocky, foamy offwhite head, 1 inch thick. Haze-free, dark honey colour.

s) Superb late hop nose. Citrus, pine with good malt. Almost identical in aroma to marmelade on toast.

t) Malt complexity is first noticed - toasty, biscuity. Followed then by the hop flavours similar to aroma. Good bitterness at the back.

m) Initial impression of oiliness. Tingly, slightly astringent, yet quite crisp finish.

d) Needs to be savoured. Wouldn't have this as a session ale. But an excellent drink nonetheless.

vancurly, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Finite
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold to red amber. A medium head which is a little thinner than one might expect from a high hopped beer.

S- Fresh Halletau hop. Great fruity characteristics come through and a reasonable malt toffee-ness. Says they use late hop additions and it shows but I wish they had gone even harder.

T- More of the toffee sweetness. Some beady dough-like malt flavors and that wonderful hop taste. Pine wood, bitter strawberry, honey drew. Fantastic balance. Really spot on.

M- strong upfront carbonation but fine needle-like biting on th palate. Fading it soothes and frames the great flavours and balance. Medium body. Also very fitting.

D- easy to drink, I don't know if you could session it but this is a really good attempt at an APA. They say on the bottle that the balance is spot on and for the first time the label doesnt lie. A great APA. The best ive had from Matilda bay so far.

Finite, Nov 11, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear very dark golden colou with a small head that goes quickly a very light covering.

Some great hoppy aromas coming off this one. At the pine resin end of the spectrum.

Much better balanced on the palate than I expected given the big hop aromas. Nice malty sweetness.

Noticeable bitterness but not mouthpuckering.

A very well made APA.

Macca, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale
Sherlock Holmes September 7 2005
A hard to find beer, I finally ran across Matilda Bay’s Alpha Ale on tap at Sherlock Holmes Bar on Colins Street. Alpha pours a nice golden colour with a bit of a carbonated head that settles down in relatively short order. The smell, as expected is heavy on the floral hops (just the way I like it). Upon first sip, the malt and hop combination is pretty well rounded. You’ll taste the sweetness of the malt, and then the hop bitterness hits the back of your tounge. This, in my opinion is a better beer than, say James Squire IPA. The mouthfeel is more full and flavourful. It seems to have a bit more body than Little Creatures Pale with about the same hoppyness. (not as well balanced, however)
Carbonation on this draft is near perfect for my tastes. My only complaint with this beer is the weak head and minimal lacing. All in all, I’m impressed with this beer, and will gladly order another.
Appearance: 3.0
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 4.0

DaveFL1976, Sep 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

csmartin6, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a warm deep orange body with a slight brown hint that is crystal clear. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that makes a fizzy white head that decomposes during the pour.
S- The juicy citrus hop aroma has a flora perfume quality that come through even during the pour. There are fruity notes with a sligh sweet fresh malt finish.
T- The flavor or caramel malt with a fruity berry quality that grows as the beer warms. There is a green hop flavor at a finish with a soft bitterness that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium -light mouthfeel with a tight fizz. D- There is a nice flavor to the malt but still has a strange berry quality to it with a soft hops that are just a tease.

rhoadsrage, Nov 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

NeoClassicist, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Stavage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice finger or two of head which settled down into quite a nice thick lacking. Deep copper coloured fluid.

Smell is big spicy citrus hops, with some bready malts and a fruity aroma besides.

Taste doesn't dissapoint. At first sip theres a sweet malt mixing with a strong bitter bite. The complex bitterness continues as the malt character turns to a more toasty flavour, but its the big spicy hops bitterness that lingers til the end.

Mouthfeel is in my opinion right for the style. Carbonated enough to keep things refreshing without getting in the way of the taste buds. On the lighter side of things and leaves a nice refreshing dryness.

Overall I found this very enjoyable as a meal beer and I'm reviewing it as such. A very capable alternative to LCPA for when you're not in the mood for a lot of floralness.

Stavage, Jun 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

345 ML poured into a my Great Divide glass

A-- Poured a deep copper color, with bits of gold in the glass and pour. Off white one finger head. Lacing is good, leaving decent sized traces through. Good head retention and shows medium carbonation.

S-- Big grapefruit hops, followed by a sweet carmel biscuit smell. Very nice aroma, though a bit on the sweet side.

T-- Carmel malt kick, followed by a lot of grapefruit. Very oily taste and stays quite oily throughout.

M-- Sweetness and oiliness has a lot of dominance in this. Grapefruit is very evident, but more secondary in this. Medium carbonation, medium feel and creamy. Pine and lemon do come in very late in the mouth and really takes away the sweetness of the malt. Still leaves the oiliness of it though.

D-- Holds its own quite well. Matilda Bay does not make a lot of good beers but this is good. A little sweet but a good beer. Very sessionable at 5.2 % and does a good job of replication of a US PA. While at it this throws in some of the English PA aspects of the sweetness. Could just be a tad bit less sweet though.

mulder1010, May 23, 2010
Photo of Breeza
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Breeza, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Cs1987
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, with 2 fingers of head that reduced.

Smell - Probably even stronger than Little Creatures Pale Ale, but not quite as fruity. Passionfruit mixed with grains.

Taste - Bitterness and other flavours are a little too strong compared with the wonderful passionfruit and kiwi-fruit flavours. This definitely improved as it warmed, though.

Mouthfeel - Texture and carbonation both very good.

Drinkability - Would make a good session drink, despite the bitterness.

Overall - A very good American Pale Ale all round, but doesn't quite match the pure fruitiness of LCPA.

Cs1987, Mar 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

bfisher91, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Noodleboyg, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep tan to amber in colour Good white head and a small amount of carbomnation Essentially clear.
Plenty of fruity hops to smell , exactly what I was expecting.
The label promises alpha bitterness and a bitter finish It also promises citrus tones and a malt balance.
It delivers it all The label was accurate.
I think that this is a seriously good beer
It maybe lacks a touch of complexity if inevitably compared to LCPA , but a great companion to it

jarmby1711, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

DrNo, Jan 13, 2012
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Alpha Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.