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Alpha Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 24.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 4.69% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 11-09-2010

A super hoppy American Pale Ale with a ton of Citra, Columbus and Cascade hops. Deep amber in color with an extremely well rounded hop and malt character. The finish is slightly dry and refreshing to the last drop.
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 138
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jhartley for the sample. Canned on 3/5/14.

A - Pours a medium dark copper/caramel color with a one fingered frothy, creamy head, carbonation is steady and the color is very clear with no floaties.

S - Earthy spiciness, roasted caramel malt with a light pine presence. More earth and malt presence than pine.

T - Follows the nose with earthyiness, very light spice caramel malt up front that lays the foundation for an aggressive pine bitter finish.

M - Medium body and moderate amount of carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Still packs a bitter finish for being three months old, overall, uneventful, but solid.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Herze
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dwren89
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: auburn with thick off white head, great clarity

Aroma: a little coppery with citrus and floral hop character

Taste: solidly hoppy with citrus and floral hop character on the tongue and a caramel malt kick to balance. A strong bitter finish

Mouthfeel: like a normal IPA, medium body, medium carbonation, smooth but a little prickly

Overall: A fine ale especially when found on tap. Nothing ground breaking but definitely a solid choice at a bar lacking in diverse beer offerings. Bitter but with balancing malt character and a coppery finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with a March 2015 canning date.
Clear deep amber body topped by a durable head.
This hoppy pale ale could easily pass for an IPA. The hops seem mostly herbal in the nose but emphasize citrus upon tasting.
Medium-high bitterness.

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Photo of bdtva
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tanner1980
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-amber with little head and minimal lacing. Smell is right in your face upfront with piney resin and then mellows out a bit. Taste is nice hop bitterness with a touch of citrus. Taste rapidly leaves the palate with a little hop and citrus that stays behind. Overall, good beer, almost there

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Photo of DKHNOVA
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rvajohn
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of piratefrog
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of cosmo332
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of zp6167a
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus. Taste is bitter up front, hops, a bit of malts at the finish. None of the citrus in the smell is present in the taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Mold on the top of the can. In fact, mold on the top of every can in the six pack... Definitely a ding on points for that. Sure I can wash it off, but what else might be on there? After mold removal the brew pours iced tea brown,and clear, the head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Pine and grapefruit. A little caramel sweetness, but moslty just a big hit of hops.

T: Pine and grapefuit come out, with a touch of orange peel in the finish. The bitterness is pretty formidable, there is a little bit of a grainy bread flavor in the finish, but this brew is certainly about the hops. I actually wish there was a little more malt flavor, the heavy handed hopping almost makes it feel a touch watery.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, with fairly high carbonation. Finish has a long bitter linger.

O: Overall pretty good, a touch too hop centric for my tastes on an APA, but still tasty. The QA seems to be a little lackluster, not sure if this is something at the brewery, or in distribution. Regardless it does take it a peg down for me.

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Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.