Fat Yak Pale Ale | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Fat Yak Pale AleFat Yak Pale Ale
BA SCORE
28.3%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 138 ratings
Fat Yak Pale AleFat Yak Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Australia
matildabay.com.au

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by madvoice on 03-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,503
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
138
Liked:
39
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
13.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What time is our flight???? We have an hour and a half??? What are we to do??? You have a membership to the Quantas Club...Let's go...BITCH!!! Yeah Baby! Word to the wise....Brisbane's Quantas Club has Fat Yak....ON TAP!!! YEAH BABY!! United RCC could learn something from this place!!! The color was copper with thin white head. The smell was pleasing...subtle hints of hop and citrus. The taste was equal to the smell....for an Australian Pale....not too bad. Certainly beat the XXXX Gold!!! Fat Yak a SESSION...ABSOLUTELY!!! Stay parched my friends!!!

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Photo of stevoj
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can on Virgin Australia. A bit on the bland side, amber colored body with spare airy head. Some metallic taste, not very bitter. Welcome to Australia? No Fosters to be seen anywhere....

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jzeilinger
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass15/3/14

A clear light copper with lots of bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a fast falling finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S melon, citric hops, sweet malt, caramel a little faint and simple but decent

T just a hint of herbal hops and a slight metallic aspect that neither helps or hinders, more caramel and some dry cereal's added to what I smell

M medium bodied, stops short of being creamy from the bubbles, fairly clean finish, a little slick on the palate after the fact

O not a whole lot going on but drinkable stuff, better then macros but I'm sure I'll find better craft while in OZ

New Zealand will be a hard act to follow but I'm looking forward to my month in Australia and seeing what I can find. My first brew in OZ and first live review in a while, kind of nice not writing in my note book for a change.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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 bylerteck
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Woolworth's. From notes.

A - Pours dark gold. Good carbonation, one finger of white head, slight lace and a film of retention.

S - Good citrus, grass, orange and light malt. Floral as well. Light but nice.

T - Floral with lot's of citrus. Juicy orange and sweet malt. Good citrus finish with some grain and peach.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a dry finish.

O/D - A nice little pale ale. Good drinkability and pretty solid. Not mind blowing but well-crafted with nice flavours and light. Good stuff.

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Photo of drpimento
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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 AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber clear with a murky odd nose. The flavor is quite nice. Robust mouthfeel with sweet caramel malt underlying and buttressing the fruity-clean hop character. A nice beer that doesn't taste a lot like a pale ale.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BAsbill
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma has lot of green grassy hops as opposed to the usual floral notes found in APA's. Some sweet malt in background.
Taste is malt dominated, definate sweet bready flavour. Weak hoppy bitterness.
This is closer to an english pale than an APA.

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Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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 patre_tim
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper with soada like carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of red tea, light fruity esters, and is slightly nutty.

Nutty, red tea, fruity esters, its much like an English style brew.

Light body, moderate carbonation and a dry, tannic finish.

Got in Australind, WA, drinking in Thailand, Aug 26th, 2017. Malt forward brew, that is light and uneventful.

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Photo of ADZA
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a see thru amber colour with nice carbonation that leaves a pillowy two finger head that subsides and leaves subtle lacing,the aroma is pine needles,citrus and some kiwifruit,it has an above average mouthfeel and starts off a nice citrus burst and finishes with a subtle touch of lemon with no bitterness at all,quite a easy drinking beer and definately alot better than all the macro swill out there but in saying that have had better types of this style.

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Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 28.3% out of 100 with 138 ratings
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