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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

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

doktorhops, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Breeza
4/5  rDev +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 Vanz
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

magnusdave, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Julian4077
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Julian4077, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of mikelward
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

XsoldoutX, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of callmeoz
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

callmeoz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

mungus, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of JGZ
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

JGZ, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7%

csmartin6, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

soju6, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

pin, Aug 15, 2012
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.

tbeckett, May 07, 2012
Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +7%

DrNo, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of MenInVen
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MenInVen, Dec 27, 2011
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.

dansmcd, Nov 08, 2011
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.

Stew41, Jul 03, 2011
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.

heygeebee, May 20, 2011
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.

eric5bellies, May 07, 2011
Photo of Finite
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
Photo of Macca
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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.

vacax, Jun 21, 2010
Alpha Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.