Alpha Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Hazy golden-lemonade yellow with 1/2 finger of sticky head leaving dense lace.
S: Extraordinarily fresh aromas of pine resin, lemon, grapefruit, and herbal, earthy aromas. The pale maltiness doesn't contribute a lot to the aroma aside from some mild caramel sweetness.
T: The hoppiness is profound with pine, grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes all coming through strongly and layered on a solid but not overwhelmingly sweet pale maltiness. This APA certainly fits the dry, hoppy style.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation and plenty of hoppy aftertaste.
O: Impressive APA with relatively low ABV and tons of aroma and flavor. I bet their dry-hopping regimen is intense.
11-02-2011 02:24:50 | More by argock
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
This is a high quality example of American Pale Ale. Nice amber color. Rich creamy head that lasts in the glass. Beautiful spice/pine/citrus aromas from late hop additions. Nice malt sweetness with bread and biscuit flavors. Hop bitterness is moderatley high, but nicley balanced with the malt, and a lingering subtle grapefruit finish.
I have purchased this beer in growler form several times at the brewery. The quality is consistant, and has never disappointed anyone I have served it to. Very drinkable.
05-16-2011 14:43:33 | More by Pharkle
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
The beer pours a nice copper color with a nice fluffy ring of head with some lacing. A deeper dark color in the core. Darker than a normal pale ale.
The aroma and taste remind me a bit of alpha king jr. perhaps. It has a nice strong earthy hop backbone with a fresh bread blast of malt, caramel and toffee...it actually goes great with the BBQ plate I ordered! An herbal backbone also comes in reminding me of tones down thyme in some ways, maybe even lavender. A nice drinking, solid APA, something to hang your hat on as a new brewery.
The feel is solid with a sudsy medium to slightly heavy body, great level of carbonation.
Overall a very good beer, it stood out along with the stout and wheat IPA amoung the tasters.
07-19-2013 00:18:01 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
From notes on 03/13/12:
Growler from the brewery; Poured in a pint glass.
A - Less than one inch of off-white creamy head and doesn't stick around for too long; Crystal clear amber in color with some visible bubbles of carbonation within the glass; Nice webs of lacing left behind for the majority of the glass
S - Nice citrusy hops with the first smell, but I get a dose of fresh pine as well in subsequent smells; There's a bit of toasty and earthy notes present as well with some caramel lurking in the background
T - Light citrus hits first and quickly fades as the mild bitterness hits and lingers; Quite a bit of toasty, biscuity, and earthy flavors come with the bitterness, with a sidekick of piney hops and a subtle touch of citrus
M - Moderate carbonation; A few notches below medium bodied; Somewhat dry finish
O - This is without a doubt a very hoppy and mildly bitter APA, which I certainly enjoy, though the toasty and biscuity malts certainly hold their ground as well. As a super drinkable and sessionable beer, I'd love to have this one again and look foward to filling up another growler or two when I'm driving through the area again.
03-17-2012 17:21:03 | More by TechTriumph
4/5 rDev +10.5%
So many up and coming breweries in Virgina it's getting hard to keep up, a good problem to have. Found this to be a borderline IPA, so for the lower ABV and the big hop profile, I think it's an excellent beer. Would be a nice every day drinker. Had this at a bar on tap, just a nice looking beer with a solid aroma. Would recommend to anyone.
10-19-2012 12:44:35 | More by dhartogs
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.
A: Light head, good lace. Thin amber-gold. Clearish.
S: A standard IPA (which is what it was listed as) -- pine, grapefruit, hops.
T/M: A good beer, but nothing super-special. Lightly carbonated, well-bodied, well-balanced. An all-around solid beer. No complaints.
O: A nice, local beer that should appeal to those who enjoy hops. Give it a try if you're around, but no reason to seek it out.
11-28-2011 00:37:31 | More by AgentMunky
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Overzealous pour gave me a huge, off-white head with great staying power. Deep gold body, slight haze. Big gobs of lace.
Pungent, citrus hops. A bit of dank earth and caramel malt underneath.
Hops are subdued in the mouth. Lemon, orange and grapefruit followed by pine. Some caramel malt under it all. A touch bitter for the style.
Medium-bodied, light carbonation, but it is a day old growler.
Overall, a tasty beer. Almost more of a low-alcohol IPA than an APA. Either way, it's hittin the spot.
05-31-2011 22:16:16 | More by MrOH
Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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