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Alpha Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Alpha Pale AleAlpha Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of heygeebee
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger head, light copper, and quite transparent.

Initial strongish-ish aromas of passionfruit are overtaken by grapefruit.

Very hop driven and quite dry. No middle palate, so to speak. Grapefruit up front and hops to finish, with nothing to balance it out. Big big dry flavour lingers.

Carobonation is quite high, and fizzes a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel is overall thin.

Not as good as I thought it would be given the BA ratings - a tad one-dimensional.

Disappointed.

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of doktorhops
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of diablo14
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ill say this much for alpha pale. there are far far worse beers getting around out there. but really, its mutton dressed as lamb. a beer that for all the world wants to be a real APA, but doesnt get within an elephants trumpet of it. the sierra nevada pale ale i had when i got home put it well and truly in perspective.

the color is of a deep golden hue, lots of fizz, and a repectable head which does maintain. the smell was indeed hoppy, but not necessarily top shelf hops. was back with a slightly adjunctly smell and the barest trace of malt. not a lot to the taste. again the barest trace of malt, hints of citrus, and also some floral tones. the finish was passable but not outstanding. above average level of bitterness on the back palate, but nearly gets that raspy dryness at the end that i totally despise. just manages to hold off enuff for me not to slam it. all that said, it does have a certain crispness which is a redeeming feature. i could drink this if there was nothing else around, but i wouldnt keep going if i didnt have to.

alpha is defiantely better now than when it first came out by a long way, but its still only so so at best. at no stage would i be breaking my neck to have a pint of this. just sits on the fence a bit too much for my liking.

Photo of JGZ
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of vacax
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeremy for bringing this to me from Sydney. Alpha Pale Ale pours golden amber with a smallish tightly beaded head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Aroma of honey, worty, caramel, maybe a hint of hoppy freshness. The flavor starts similar to a blonde ale, light, fresh malts, low level hop bitterness, bit of a grainy finish that is quite dry with biscuit notes. Medium to thinnish body with a natural feeling nice carbonation. Not a bad beer, but being familiar with Northwest Style Pale Ales, this one is highly deficient in aroma hops (and yes, this bottle is well within the "drink by" date). I might drink this if I was in Australia with limited options. I appreciate the budding craft beer movement in Oz, but maybe this beer is indicative of playing it a little too safe.

Photo of Stew41
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull copper (or maybe light tan?) with a very thin creamy head. Highly aromatic nose of fruity, herbal resiny hops. Slightly more pedestrian to taste; resiny hops remain and infact they are a touch aggressive, but regardless they define the palate structure well. A touch too fizzy perhaps? This beer is in the next ball park when compared to the ’just going’ stablemates Beez Neez and Redback.

Photo of dansmcd
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

M - Smooth moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - A better than average, nicely balanced APA. I could happily revisit in the near future.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, like tea. Nice off-white head fades to a thin layer, leaving lots of lacing. Initially quite floral, and VERY sweet. Smells like hopped malt extract, molasses, with a fair whack of resin. Taste is a bit better, initial sweet toffee malt, then some resiny hops, then a big bitter finish. Unfortunately the bitterness is metallic and slightly astringent. A little too watery. And that aforementioned astringency. Dunno what's going on here, way too sweet and malt dominated for an American pale ale.

Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Julian4077
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

345ml bottle. BB 12 Aug 14. Poured a mid amber colour with a billowing, light beige head which lasted very well. Full, pine, hop aroma. So far, so good for an American Pale Ale. Initial whack of hop bitterness on tasting it and with a mildly bitter aftertaste. But it also has a pretty thin body and no complexity. Smells good, looks enticing and very easy to drink but in an unsatisfying way. This could have been a cracker.

Photo of MenInVen
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange amber with a few centimetres of head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Citrus hops with a floral soap hint.
T - The hops are there along with some sweet maltiness.
M - Medium carbonation with a slick, resiny mouthfeel.
D - Nothing too bad about this beer but I know there are others out there that are similar yet better.

Photo of Hollybexton
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this at The Australian Beer Fest in The Rocks 07.

Standard APA looking orange gold colour, with a filmy white head. Lacing is good. Oh, and cheers for filling this one right to the rim of the tasting glass =)

Slightly sweet citrus on the nose, otherwise a bit weak. Bit of pepper character there. It's a nice nose, but not an amazing one.

Nicely balanced hop bitterness on the palate, with a bit of body and malty sweetness to carry it. Quite drying on the aftertaste, but overall it's pretty decent. Good body in the mouth.

This is nice, and would make a great sessioner, if you could track it down. One of Matilda Bay's best, and I'm glad I took dwarbi's advice and tried this one on tap.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice clear deep copper colour, with an off White head that reduces slowly to a film.

S - Nice pine aromas with some mandarin

T - Up front some malts and yeast then followed by some nioce sweetish hops, with bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - An above average APA, that is quite sessionable.

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Alpha Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.