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Alpha Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 11-09-2010)
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cosmo332

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-16-2014 18:36:57 | More by cosmo332
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MorganH

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

09-01-2013 01:54:24 | More by MorganH
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tanner1980


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

08-31-2012 01:29:22 | More by tanner1980
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-09-2014 02:43:28 | More by KevMo84
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avgjoseph

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-28-2012 05:09:47 | More by avgjoseph
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argock

Virginia

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
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Pharkle

Virginia

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
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Alpha Ale:

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
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TechTriumph

Virginia

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
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bdtva

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-12-2013 00:42:54 | More by bdtva
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-29-2013 01:29:43 | More by tabascosigned
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-09-2013 18:32:38 | More by Rhettroactive
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-19-2013 00:04:40 | More by bubseymour
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Daktah

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-03-2013 15:34:50 | More by Daktah
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TaylorK

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-20-2013 23:01:50 | More by TaylorK
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ZachKelly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-30-2013 16:13:30 | More by ZachKelly
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thingsidontremember


4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-05-2012 21:17:23 | More by thingsidontremember
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dhartogs

Virginia

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
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

10-27-2012 02:47:18 | More by 2dogbrew
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pquijal

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-19-2013 21:03:44 | More by pquijal
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AgentMunky

California

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
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-17-2013 04:01:57 | More by redfox405
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-24-2013 05:09:56 | More by Gatordaddy
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jmutoml757

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-02-2013 02:33:16 | More by jmutoml757
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MrOH

Maryland

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
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Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.