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Fat Yak Pale Ale - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: madvoice on 03-06-2009)
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Photo of terence
1.48/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

terence, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
1.95/5  rDev -43.5%
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

mulder1010, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -42%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of Stew41
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not too bad but not great, and of course not a patch on the very good Alpha PA. Hop aroma is quite decent, albeit it mild. Think soft piney notes with a dash of tropical fruit. Can’t work the flavours out? Very dry, lean, somewhat bitter, but to me very much under fruited and under malted. I would have thought this would have posed competition to Mountain Goat (sorry Berge!) had it been any good but really it’s very much in the bland camp.

Stew41, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of mcselecta
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. The florality has died in the hops, and the beer is no longer a crisp refreshing pale ale.

I am forever trying to figure out whether it tastes off, or is this what it is supposed to taste like.

But a lot better than other beers lol

mcselecta, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of marcoeloco
2.45/5  rDev -29%
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.

marcoeloco, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Vanz
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Dinkel
3/5  rDev -13%

Dinkel, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of jjkatter
3/5  rDev -13%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of MenInVen
3/5  rDev -13%

MenInVen, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mrjez
3/5  rDev -13%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13%

Texasfan549, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Refloosh
3/5  rDev -13%

Refloosh, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of cowboy83
3/5  rDev -13%

cowboy83, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of DrNo
3/5  rDev -13%

DrNo, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Robje
3/5  rDev -13%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -13%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Some vague fruity, grassy/herbal hop notes.
No majorly noticeable malt aroma.
T - Like the smell, slight fruity and grassy hops. A lager like maltiness.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not too bad but there is better choices in the price with more substance.

brendan13, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

laituegonflable, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of baumaxx1
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a thick 2cm head which dissipates quite quickly to a thin film. Clear amber colour. Moderate effervescence. Plenty of lacing.

Smell -
Floral sweetness, orange zest, pine resin and toffee. Usual pale characteristics.

Taste -
Starts with hops and bitterness including lemon zest, and then becomes more balanced to reveal barley malt favours, and some sweet peach and apricot notes to finish. Starts off tangy, but the flavour retreats after the initial sip to an almost soda water finish.

Mouthfeel -
A prickly bite from the effervescence. A little bit of froth, a clean feel and medium light body.

Overall -
Overall a decent mass produced APA, with some interesting flavours and a bit of complexity to make it a good entry into the craft beer world. Although it fits well in the APA territory, the flavour is slightly subdued and watered down - easy drinking beer for the masses in the end and hovers between craft beers and the macros.

baumaxx1, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of rjimlad
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

rjimlad, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of philphilphil
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appeared a deep amber with a decent head.
smellt of hops, and perhaps a little malts
taste was good albeit overhopped.
mouthfeel was good. solid carbonation.
overall it was decent but too hoppy for my tastes. would drink anytime but better things out there.

philphilphil, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head at a good temperature and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with plenty of small bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is ok, a little cardboard, circus peanut, sweet on top with some bitter and carbonic tang along with nose qualities. Body is ok and carbonation a bit fizzy. Finish is like flavor & fairly long. Not one of my favs.

drpimento, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

kojevergas, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

warnerry, Aug 21, 2014
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Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.