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Fat Yak Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Fat Yak Pale AleFat Yak Pale Ale

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: madvoice on 03-06-2009

Fat Yak first impresses with its golden colour, distinctive, hop driven, fruity and herbaceous aromas, giving characteristic passionfruit and melon notes, followed by a hit of hop flavour at the finish. The taste is refreshingly clean on the palate.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Morningstorm:
Photo of Morningstorm
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite sessionbeer while backpacking in Australia. Drank it loads from the tap and bottles.

A: Pours a deep hazel colour with a 1 cm thick lacing that reduces to a 0.5 lacing that stays the entire drink.

S: Sharp smell of citrus and hops.

T: Accents of hops, citrus and other fruit. Well balanced between the hops and the malt.

M: Nice body, not heavy like some Pale ales but also not too light. Nicely balanced. The carbonation is present but not exploding in your mouth, nice.

Overall: Well balanced beer that’s good for being sessionbeer. Drink it to clench your thirst.

p.s. there’s a huge difference between the tap and bottle. Hops come a lot more forward in the bottle and its more balanced while tapped. I recommend to drink it from the tap.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What time is our flight???? We have an hour and a half??? What are we to do??? You have a membership to the Quantas Club...Let's go...BITCH!!! Yeah Baby! Word to the wise....Brisbane's Quantas Club has Fat Yak....ON TAP!!! YEAH BABY!! United RCC could learn something from this place!!! The color was copper with thin white head. The smell was pleasing...subtle hints of hop and citrus. The taste was equal to the smell....for an Australian Pale....not too bad. Certainly beat the XXXX Gold!!! Fat Yak a SESSION...ABSOLUTELY!!! Stay parched my friends!!!

Photo of Andrewziggy
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big citrus notes not bad

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma has lot of green grassy hops as opposed to the usual floral notes found in APA's. Some sweet malt in background.
Taste is malt dominated, definate sweet bready flavour. Weak hoppy bitterness.
This is closer to an english pale than an APA.

Photo of Kulrak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with about 1cm of creamy white head that's not disappearing in a hurry. Smells of citrusy cascade style hops and a little bit of grassiness, not bad. The taste is very hoppy, but not overly bitter. There's also some sweetness there, but I can't make out any flavors in it before the very dry finish comes on. Mouthfeel is very creamy, not fizzy or scraping. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you like the taste of hops. I'll be looking for it again.

Photo of foles
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some people knock matilda bay for releasing this dumbed down version of Alpha Pale Ale. But at least it isnt replacing alpha (as yet), and it doesnt cost as much.

Pours a very clear pale golden colour, with a nice cascade aroma. Easy drinking with the US hop profile, in a light sort of way. Easy drinking to be had here, with a nice hint of flavour to make things interesting. Could do with a touch more bitterness. There is a slight roughness to the hop finish on the back of the tongue. Dont think any specialty malts have been used here, but just good quality pale malt.

Good introduction to craft beer for the average punter.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy Amber colour with a White head that dies very fast.

S - Tropical fruit and some citrus. Not getting a lot of malt.

T - Taste of mainly malt and a little hop but fades ato the malty biscuit flavours.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

O - I prefer the Alpha over this but will quench a thirst.

Photo of marcoeloco
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems to me this beer has gone out the window, I have had it a few times on tap and it is still ok but in the bottle poured into a glass it has lost allot of everything. The aroma is now virtually non-existent to what used to be, not allot of head and not a great flavour.
About six months ago I had some and thought it may have been a bit off or something but I have only just had a go at another batch and if anything its worse.
I suspect the recipe has changed. to my taste it is definitely not the beer it used to be.

Photo of joecast
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright clear golden. medium carb and a light white head.

good fresh hoppy aroma. floral and citrus. very nice.

good hop flavor and a decent level of bitterness. not quite at the level of lcpa but more around the js golden ale. (slight edit. finished off a few more and dropped the taste to 3.5. a bit metallic and not quite as clean as i would like)

mouthfeel is slightly harsh though the carbonation doesnt seem all that high. unfortunately this has a big impact on drinkability for me. maybe let it sit a bit longer to arm up a bit so it can smooth out. not bad for $15 a six pack though.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber and reasonably murky. Good 2 and a half finger head which didn't stay around.

S- Nothing but floral hops. Simple but still somewhat enticing.

T- That citrusy taste followed by a definite hop bitterness. Can't detect much in the way of maltiness or anything like that. Pretty good, but not jaw-dropping.

M- Crisp and thin. Not a bad thing here though. Refreshing.

O- This beer offers no real surprises. That being said, it is still fairly decent. Basically, this brew is a true case of the old phrase, 'Could be better, could be worse.'

Photo of drtth
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear pale golden, almost bronze color with a ½" white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. but soon recedes and so sipping leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aroma is mostly floral/grassy hoppiness with touches of citrus and traces of malt.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with some floral and grassy hoppiness alsong with some light sweet malt flavors. There also seems to be a touch of tropical fruitiness. The impression is clean flavor, without much crispness, but with a balance favoring the malt. There is some hop character here but the focus is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has some reasonable carbonation throughout most of the beer. The finish is medium in length and hop bitterness shows more as the sweetness fades and turns dry.

Drinkability: I found this one drinkable enough in that one sip followed another easily and I certainly had no difficulty moving on to a second one. That said, I prefer my pale ales with a bit more hop forward character and the extra crispness provided by a stronger hop presence.

Photo of istarilord
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored ale with a very light citrusy scent.

Flavor up front is very acidic and fairly bitter. Floral, tasty hoppiness with light citrus & fruit. Very light on the malt.

Very acidic, coupled with carbonation makes for a stronger mouthfeel without the strong flavor to back it up. Probably good with a meal...

Reasonable drink, reasonable ale. Not bad, not great.

Photo of rjimlad
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally like Matilda Bay beers but this one was a bit disappointing. The Alpha Ale is a pretty hopped up number and the average Oz punter has a hard time with it. I love it. The Fat Yak is OK but is neither one thing or another. It is certainly a bit lagery but has no interesting fruit flavour despite a promising aroma which is hoppy and grassy. There is some doughiness in the flavour but not much else apart from some grassiness. It would probably suit most Australian tastes better than Alpha. All in all it's an average inoffensive beer that doesn't break any ground or impresses overly.

Photo of Macca
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a light golden/orange colour with a minimal white head.

The nose is tropical fruit, bit of citrus. Not getting a lot of malt.

More malt on the palate but not a lot. The hops are a bit more resinous in the mouth.

Medium bodied.

This is won't change your life but it'll slake a thirst on a hot day.

Photo of juju7
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper with a tight head. Looking fine so far. A fresh, lemony, orange, vibrant hop aroma. Sharp but inviting. A touch of caramel malt in the background. Citrussy notes follow on the palate with a tidy, robust bitterness upfront that unfortunately falls away a little at the back. The caramel malt notes still hanging around at the back. Seems to fall somewhere in between APA and EPA. But leaning towards APA. But seeing as nowhere on the bottle does it claim to be an APA I don't consider this a fault. Me likes.

Photo of mulder1010
1.97/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Freeway Hotel

A-- A reddish gold color with an off white head with a good one finger head that kept retention through the drink. With sticky, thick lacing on the glass

S-- Very faint smell of malt, pine and citrus. Malt being the one that stuck out the most. Had to basically stick my nose in the beer to get a smell out of it.

T-- Not a big citrus taste or a hop taste, more of a carmel malt taste and very dull. NO real flavor.

M-- Was on the sweet side and very carbonated. The warmer it got I really thought I was poured something else. Was just carmel malt and sweet. Not what a APA is at all. I started thinking I may have got a bad keg.

D-- If it was a bad keg I will review again, will try again in bottle at a later point. Very little citrus in this and had a just plain bad mouthfeel to it. Honestly felt like I was drinking a VB or Carlton. Great look to the beer but went downhill quick

Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: served a dark golden color with a decent head and good lacing.

S:Mild aroma of citrus with bit of pine and some malt sweetness.

T: Taste of mild citrus and some malt sweetness. Fresh grain and an underlying bitterness and clean finiah.

F: Medium body,smooth nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, reminds me more of an English Pale Ale. Still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of verysupple
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times in bottles and on tap.

L: Both serving styles exhibit perfect pale ale appearance; crystal clear with decent head formation and retention.

S: Citrusy hop character dominates.

T: Again, hops dominate up front with a bit of maltiness coming through mid-pallete and adequate bitterness finishing up.

F: Light-to-medium; good for a pale ale.

O: Very satisfying when fresh and served well on tap. Bottled versions have always seemed to lack a bit of hop punch for me. A decent pale ale.

Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colour, one centimeter of bright white head. It disappears to a small ring. Some nice lacing.

S - Bright citrus hops, very crisp and clean.

T - Citrusy hop flavour up front. I find the flavour more intense drinking from the bottle, the glass seems to lose it abit and from what I remember from having it on tap, from the bottle is still my preference.

M - Refreshing, little after taste until you burp. And then you get a big kick of hops.

D - Very drinkable, loses its punch after the first six pack but still a pleasant drop, if you drinking to get pissed.

Photo of koolk
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clean dark amber colour with a small white head that has good retention.

Inital aromas of dry hopping - a lot of tropical fruit and a fair whack of grass. Passionfruit even. Fairly nice, albeit one dimensional.

Palate flavours are very light and uninspiring. Starts with some citrus flavours but finishes with a nice, but boring, roasted finish. Like the nose, fairly one dimensional. Low bitterness. Slightly watery on finish.

Mouthfeel is intially nice and creamy but drops off to nothing. Very short. Loses big points here.

Overall another standard issue APA. May serve as a gateway beer for many people - which in itself is not a bad thing - however, for my tastes there are far better APAs out there.

Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Pours a burnished gold, and white rocky head which sets well, some nice bubbling

s) Good, fresh late hop introduction: pineapple, peach, passionfruit. Faint crystal hint. Warms to a little more candy notes, and a faint tobacco leaf.

f) Unlike the nose, more seed/spice-like in profile. Cracker poppy/caraway seeds, bread-like notes, touch of guava perhaps. Grassy bitterness is not too over-stated.

m) Medium bodied, not cloying, and balanced

d) Quite a good drinker.... I reckon it's good for a few pints without overstaying its welcome. The fruity nose and spicy flavour provide a good contrast, and interest.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lagery gold with good head, very healthy carbonation and a bit of lace. Alright...

A good belt of hops on the nose, herbal and grassy. Slight bit of fruit, slight vanilla smell. Quite nice, but too subdued.

That's actually not bad on the taste. A bit lagery though, for a pale ale. Fair hit of hops at the back, none of that fruit that was suggested by the nose. A little bit of yeast flavour which gives it that lagery edge, but not too much. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but it's inoffensive and drinkable enough.

Passable, not orgasmic.

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass15/3/14

A clear light copper with lots of bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a fast falling finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S melon, citric hops, sweet malt, caramel a little faint and simple but decent

T just a hint of herbal hops and a slight metallic aspect that neither helps or hinders, more caramel and some dry cereal's added to what I smell

M medium bodied, stops short of being creamy from the bubbles, fairly clean finish, a little slick on the palate after the fact

O not a whole lot going on but drinkable stuff, better then macros but I'm sure I'll find better craft while in OZ

New Zealand will be a hard act to follow but I'm looking forward to my month in Australia and seeing what I can find. My first brew in OZ and first live review in a while, kind of nice not writing in my note book for a change.

Photo of rowey77
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light colored ale with a thick feel to it.

Flavor up front is very acidic and fairly bitter. Floral, tasty hoppiness with light citrus & fruit. Very light on the malt.

Very acidic, coupled with carbonation makes for a stronger mouthfeel without the strong flavor to back it up. Good with food.

I found it easy to drink with a great taste so two thumbs up for me.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronzed amber colour with a filmy but solid head of white foam, that laces the edge of the glass in a tight ring. Nice carbonation keeps the beer looking lively. Pretty good.

Nose is slightly citric with a little leavened hop fragrance, but also a slightly sweet buttery diacetyl character. There's something rougher to it as well, with some earthy tones of tobacco and leaf mold. It's not bad, but it's missing the fresh and lively characters of the best.

Taste is similar - diacetyl comes through here as well, with some fresh green hop characters giving the only lift. Bitterness is extremely restrained, just a light bite on the back of the palate. Lacking some body as well.

It's a poor comparison to some other Australian Pale Ales. Much of the character is tamed, and it tastes overly filtered and dumbed down. Still, it's a drinkable beer, and eminently approachable as an introduction away from the generic macro lager.

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Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.