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Alpha Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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83
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-01-2013 15:18:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford, VA

A: Pours a relatively clear deep copper in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon, pine, and herbal hops over the top of some light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with very little associated sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon, citrus/grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops in descending order of strength. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I like this beer as it is a nice and hoppy APA - good flavors and definitely worth grabbing again. Sessionable with the low ABV and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 15:40:24 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-27-2012 18:56:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass, date October 28th 2013.

Deep copper amber red and quite clear. Not much noticeable carbonation, and only provides about one finger of fine light tan bubbles. Does manage to stick around a bit with some retention, but settles to a good thin puck and thick collar.

Nice toasty aroma akin to brown ale, some mild hop senses (probably a bit faded) mixing slightly with some sticky caramel sensations that seem a little more downplayed. Mild sensing sweetness but the toasty bread sense dissolves into more caramel sweetness over time.

Mild caramel and nice grapefruit punch on the first sip. Steely and mineral finish with pine hop bitterness that really sticks. Good caramel sweetness with a nice thick and proportioned malt backbone. Nearly juicy with a good quenching hop citrus and tropical qualities.

Really diggin it, but perhaps past ideal prime, a beer worth revisiting but still a solid pale ale.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 02:39:20 | More by smakawhat
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 00:37:31 | More by AgentMunky
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argock

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 02:24:50 | More by argock
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2014 23:25:21 | More by Hanzo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try something from this brewery from a while. I'm stoked to now see their stuff in stores.

Served in a SN Celebration shaker pint.

A: Poured a glistening, gold color, fairly clear, but with a bit of chill haze. The big frothy, sudsy head only added to the suspense.

S: Pretty potent, pretty hoppy, but with a bit of pomegranate thrown in for safe measure.

T: REALLY bitter, almost to the point of being too much, especially considering it's fashioning as a "session beer." The potentially yummy fruit component was totally drowned out.

M: Carbonated enough, but once again: bitter, bitter, BITTER! Teeth-stainingly so.

O: I don't think I could drink too much of this stuff. Slightly disappointed.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 19:04:57 | More by Chaney
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-13-2012 15:17:57 | More by ncaudle
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-24-2013 05:09:56 | More by Gatordaddy
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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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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

10-20-2012 22:39:45 | More by lupercmda
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-09-2013 19:25:13 | More by VeganUndead
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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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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-09-2013 07:35:03 | More by kristougher
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Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.