Fat Yak Pale Ale
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Fat Yak Pale AleFat Yak Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,700
Ranked #44,097
3.49 | pDev: 13.75%
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Fat Yak Pale AleFat Yak Pale Ale
Notes: Fat Yak first impresses with its golden colour, distinctive, hop driven, fruity and herbaceous aromas, giving characteristic passionfruit and melon notes, followed by a hit of hop flavour at the finish. The taste is refreshingly clean on the palate.

25 IBU
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 142 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Decko:
Photo of Decko
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - clear Amber with good head and decent lacing. S - I love the aromas from this beer, especially when you get it on tap. Floral aromas really burst through and gets the taste buds watering. T- we drink this often as the go to session be and the one we buy by the case at home but it is a little light on flavour compared to what the aromas promise. The hop flavours dominate with fruity notes coming through. M - pretty high degree of carbonation from the bottle and I feel it's better after it has sat for a few minutes. O - a great beer at its price point but lacking something in the flavour which means it doesn't satisfy cravings for a more interesting beer. I do love the aromas though and still drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of joecast
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright clear golden. medium carb and a light white head.

good fresh hoppy aroma. floral and citrus. very nice.

good hop flavor and a decent level of bitterness. not quite at the level of lcpa but more around the js golden ale. (slight edit. finished off a few more and dropped the taste to 3.5. a bit metallic and not quite as clean as i would like)

mouthfeel is slightly harsh though the carbonation doesnt seem all that high. unfortunately this has a big impact on drinkability for me. maybe let it sit a bit longer to arm up a bit so it can smooth out. not bad for $15 a six pack though.

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Photo of koolk
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clean dark amber colour with a small white head that has good retention.

Inital aromas of dry hopping - a lot of tropical fruit and a fair whack of grass. Passionfruit even. Fairly nice, albeit one dimensional.

Palate flavours are very light and uninspiring. Starts with some citrus flavours but finishes with a nice, but boring, roasted finish. Like the nose, fairly one dimensional. Low bitterness. Slightly watery on finish.

Mouthfeel is intially nice and creamy but drops off to nothing. Very short. Loses big points here.

Overall another standard issue APA. May serve as a gateway beer for many people - which in itself is not a bad thing - however, for my tastes there are far better APAs out there.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronzed amber colour with a filmy but solid head of white foam, that laces the edge of the glass in a tight ring. Nice carbonation keeps the beer looking lively. Pretty good.

Nose is slightly citric with a little leavened hop fragrance, but also a slightly sweet buttery diacetyl character. There's something rougher to it as well, with some earthy tones of tobacco and leaf mold. It's not bad, but it's missing the fresh and lively characters of the best.

Taste is similar - diacetyl comes through here as well, with some fresh green hop characters giving the only lift. Bitterness is extremely restrained, just a light bite on the back of the palate. Lacking some body as well.

It's a poor comparison to some other Australian Pale Ales. Much of the character is tamed, and it tastes overly filtered and dumbed down. Still, it's a drinkable beer, and eminently approachable as an introduction away from the generic macro lager.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with about 1cm of creamy white head that's not disappearing in a hurry. Smells of citrusy cascade style hops and a little bit of grassiness, not bad. The taste is very hoppy, but not overly bitter. There's also some sweetness there, but I can't make out any flavors in it before the very dry finish comes on. Mouthfeel is very creamy, not fizzy or scraping. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you like the taste of hops. I'll be looking for it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head at a good temperature and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with plenty of small bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is ok, a little cardboard, circus peanut, sweet on top with some bitter and carbonic tang along with nose qualities. Body is ok and carbonation a bit fizzy. Finish is like flavor & fairly long. Not one of my favs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jarmby1711
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly hazed mid golden ale possessig a fine head that laced just a little.
Smells a tad watery for me but the hops do present themselves begrudgingly.
Plenty of hops on the palate giving pleasnt bitterness but lacking a little in the fruitiness department.What is there is like pineapple which if it was just a little stronger would make this more enjoyable
Overall the mouthfeel is oily but balanced
An interesting style of Pale ALe ,that is worth drinking

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fat Yak isn't such a big, hairy beer after all. Its clear, filtered complexion and clean, recognizable golden colour give this a real approachable look that won't intimidate anyone. Even the amount of head is agreeable - there's not too little, not too much, but just the right amount.

Obviously Matilda Bay care about quality; they uses only natural ingredients (no additives). So it begs the question: why allot such a prolonged shelf life for a pale ale? The date stamped on this bottle allows for another 8 months. Beers like this are best consumed fresh; hops deteriorate in time.

Nonetheless, this sample showcases a balmy bouquet of delicate floral and fruit notes. Dry-hopping definitely paid big dividends. There's a rose petal/pine needle/citrus rind profile familiar to those who've tried the famous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Anchor Liberty or any of the many beers inspired by them.

On the palate, however, malt gets into the driver's seat and doesn't relinquish control, except in the finish where passionfruit and grass flavours make one big, final hurrah. Good thing too because those grainy and bready qualities of pale malt are fine, but not overly exciting in and of themselves.

When it comes to pale ales I'm happy with hops as both opening act and headliner. If I'm to drink a malty pale beer I'd order a lager. Mind you, hops don't have to overwhelm; people love tempered, balanced pale ales like Fat Yak for their ability to include the nice hoppy flavours and leave out the undesirable bitterness. There's good reason beers like this have become so popular the world over.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Finite
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, head is a little disappointing but overall not totally unappealing.

Well balanced. Good hop flavor. Green, pine-like hops prominent in this one. Balance is pretty spot on malt tone reminiscent of a sweet rye.

A well rounded easily quaff able beer. I liked this alot more than I thought I would.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lagery gold with good head, very healthy carbonation and a bit of lace. Alright...

A good belt of hops on the nose, herbal and grassy. Slight bit of fruit, slight vanilla smell. Quite nice, but too subdued.

That's actually not bad on the taste. A bit lagery though, for a pale ale. Fair hit of hops at the back, none of that fruit that was suggested by the nose. A little bit of yeast flavour which gives it that lagery edge, but not too much. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but it's inoffensive and drinkable enough.

Passable, not orgasmic.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy Amber colour with a White head that dies very fast.

S - Tropical fruit and some citrus. Not getting a lot of malt.

T - Taste of mainly malt and a little hop but fades ato the malty biscuit flavours.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

O - I prefer the Alpha over this but will quench a thirst.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) Pours a burnished gold, and white rocky head which sets well, some nice bubbling

s) Good, fresh late hop introduction: pineapple, peach, passionfruit. Faint crystal hint. Warms to a little more candy notes, and a faint tobacco leaf.

f) Unlike the nose, more seed/spice-like in profile. Cracker poppy/caraway seeds, bread-like notes, touch of guava perhaps. Grassy bitterness is not too over-stated.

m) Medium bodied, not cloying, and balanced

d) Quite a good drinker.... I reckon it's good for a few pints without overstaying its welcome. The fruity nose and spicy flavour provide a good contrast, and interest.

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of brendan13
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Some vague fruity, grassy/herbal hop notes.
No majorly noticeable malt aroma.
T - Like the smell, slight fruity and grassy hops. A lager like maltiness.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not too bad but there is better choices in the price with more substance.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally like Matilda Bay beers but this one was a bit disappointing. The Alpha Ale is a pretty hopped up number and the average Oz punter has a hard time with it. I love it. The Fat Yak is OK but is neither one thing or another. It is certainly a bit lagery but has no interesting fruit flavour despite a promising aroma which is hoppy and grassy. There is some doughiness in the flavour but not much else apart from some grassiness. It would probably suit most Australian tastes better than Alpha. All in all it's an average inoffensive beer that doesn't break any ground or impresses overly.

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Photo of foles
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some people knock matilda bay for releasing this dumbed down version of Alpha Pale Ale. But at least it isnt replacing alpha (as yet), and it doesnt cost as much.

Pours a very clear pale golden colour, with a nice cascade aroma. Easy drinking with the US hop profile, in a light sort of way. Easy drinking to be had here, with a nice hint of flavour to make things interesting. Could do with a touch more bitterness. There is a slight roughness to the hop finish on the back of the tongue. Dont think any specialty malts have been used here, but just good quality pale malt.

Good introduction to craft beer for the average punter.

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Photo of istarilord
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored ale with a very light citrusy scent.

Flavor up front is very acidic and fairly bitter. Floral, tasty hoppiness with light citrus & fruit. Very light on the malt.

Very acidic, coupled with carbonation makes for a stronger mouthfeel without the strong flavor to back it up. Probably good with a meal...

Reasonable drink, reasonable ale. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Amber orange, sticky white head.

Smell - 3.5
Faint citrus fruit and bready pale malt.

Taste - 3.5
Soft, low to moderate bitterness, fruity, citrus flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
A good session beer choice, although not for the die-hard APA drinkers.

My second review of this beer. If I am not impressed by a bottled beer, I rarely bother to review it on-tap, but I thought that it was necessary in the case of Fat Yak. A much better tap beer, although I have found it laced with diacetyl previously. Not in this example, where it is a soft, fruity and easy drinking pale ale that makes a great session beer. A good mainstream-craft crossover beer.

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Photo of madvoice
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber colour with a sudsy head that lasts a while. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet, fruity and hoppy. Has a fruity flavour with a slight bitter aftertaste that balances the sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and light on the fizz which makes this a very moreish beer. I should've bought more than just one!

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Photo of jjkatter
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear pale golden, almost bronze color with a ½" white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. but soon recedes and so sipping leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aroma is mostly floral/grassy hoppiness with touches of citrus and traces of malt.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with some floral and grassy hoppiness alsong with some light sweet malt flavors. There also seems to be a touch of tropical fruitiness. The impression is clean flavor, without much crispness, but with a balance favoring the malt. There is some hop character here but the focus is more on the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has some reasonable carbonation throughout most of the beer. The finish is medium in length and hop bitterness shows more as the sweetness fades and turns dry.

Drinkability: I found this one drinkable enough in that one sip followed another easily and I certainly had no difficulty moving on to a second one. That said, I prefer my pale ales with a bit more hop forward character and the extra crispness provided by a stronger hop presence.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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