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Alpha Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Frank_TX

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 02:29:44 | More by Frank_TX
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-25-2014 21:23:52 | More by jzeilinger
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cosmo332

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-16-2014 17:07:01 | More by CreoleWilliams
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming over in a trade, I had given one to tone77 as part of our regular in-person gig, but I am trying to get caught up in terms of The CANQuest (TM) and am only getting to it this evening.

From the CAN: "Alpha Ale"; " Howling Good Beer"; "Leave Only Pawprints! Pack it in - Pack It Out"; "CANs: Infinitely Recyclable"; "A super hoppy Ameri[CAN] 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, This beer will not disappoint."

Hmm. It sounds like Maxwell House coffee and makes a mighty big claim. I unleashed the Alpha Wolf with a loud Crack! and since nothing untoward happened, I went with an inverted Glug. The Alpha Wolf did not seem to mind and the resulting pseudo-cascade formed just under three fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention on a hot, humid evening. Color was a deep reddish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was resinous with pine hops and my mouth was watering at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess on the tongue. The flavor was very hoppy, but that was about it. It was unbalanced in terms of a lack of a malt presence, which I do not mind, but it may be a non-starter for others. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering flavor of hops, like it was saturated with them to the exclusion of anything/everything else. They should tweak this recipe just a bit to improve its overall drinkability, IMHO.

Serving type: can

06-11-2014 00:13:40 | More by woodychandler
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-09-2014 02:43:28 | More by KevMo84
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-03-2014 18:59:37 | More by July2Nov
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint glass.
Canned on 03/05/2014.
Poured a deep amber color, minimal head which left no lacing in the glass.
A decent aroma of hops from the centennial and columbus hops.
Very easy drinking APA which starts out bitter than is nicely leveled out with the malts. Very nicely balanced. Almost like a brewed tea flavor on the end.
Overall a very decent beer. Grabbed a six pack at a Sheetz in Virginia during a pit stop and glad I did as this is a winner.

Serving type: can

06-02-2014 20:59:32 | More by jhartley
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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-01-2014 17:10:17 | More by Fusion7777
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bmur112

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-27-2014 14:48:49 | More by bmur112
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scottDC

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2014 14:37:36 | More by scottDC
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-18-2014 05:22:04 | More by mhaugo
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-17-2014 05:48:23 | More by tone77
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sebaastionb

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-11-2014 21:55:07 | More by sebaastionb
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-06-2014 04:50:12 | More by jaymo18
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2014 20:08:44 | More by atrocity
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2014 19:42:45 | More by Stum-pub
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Laulau

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2014 21:10:06 | More by Laulau
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bigbutter

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-17-2014 19:11:45 | More by bigbutter
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klesniew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-16-2014 00:34:48 | More by klesniew
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randomjazzr

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-16-2014 05:23:40 | More by randomjazzr
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper reddish body with decent head and lace on top of an aroma of dry, earthy hoppiness with citric hop notes and a decent malt base. I get mostly the grainy, bitter hops with minimal citric notes and a touch of caramel sweetness but the hops seem to be the dominant feature. Finishes real crisp and dry with heavy carbonation, an almost sharp carbonation that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 20:46:03 | More by clayrock81
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-04-2014 23:32:03 | More by Kegatron
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nofunyons

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-01-2014 03:04:29 | More by nofunyons
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JayQue

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good, sessionable APA. Pours a crystal clear light copper color into a pint glass. Medium size white head with very good retention. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Strong hoppy aroma, very pleasant. Good taste, mostly hoppy but with some light caramel malt for balance. Lighter than an IPA, the hops bitterness is not as intense.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good balance between hops and malt.

This is an excellent sessionable beer. The fact that it is in cans makes it more versatile. Nice job!!!

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 02:06:03 | More by JayQue
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Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.