Fat Yak Pale Ale | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
Australia | website

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
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
125
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
22.7%
 
 
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6
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 125
Photo of doktorhops
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fat Yak certainly has a reputation of a beer that is much better on tap than from the bottle, I guess I'll test this theory myself (I've had this on tap many times before).

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Clear copper body with a white 1cm head that soon fades to a thin lacing ring.

S: Front powering floral hops give way to a sweet malty grain, with a hint of caramel. Nothing out of the ordinary here style-wise.

T: Sweet and malty with a back note of grassy hops. The hops are weaker than I remember from the tap version (although it has been a while since I had it on tap and I'll follow up with a review of the tap version soon for comparison). I think the hops could be a lot more pronounced for this style of ale.

M: Nice carbonation, not too fizzy, there is body to this ale however it is well balanced (not too thin, not too heavy).

D: This ale feels to me like an entry level brew for drinkers interested in the pale ale style - it's easy on the hops, the malting is pleasant and not too sweet, it's a well balanced affair. I could drink many of these over an evening, so it's a decent ale but it falls short of Little Creatures in the flavour department.

Food match: Chow Mein, or any other lighter Asian fare. Pizza; Margherita, Fungi or spinach and feta are all great options.

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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 drtth
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Finite
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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 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 rowey77
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light colored ale with a thick feel to it.

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. Good with food.

I found it easy to drink with a great taste so two thumbs up for me.

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Photo of koolk
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mulder1010
1.97/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Freeway Hotel

A-- A reddish gold color with an off white head with a good one finger head that kept retention through the drink. With sticky, thick lacing on the glass

S-- Very faint smell of malt, pine and citrus. Malt being the one that stuck out the most. Had to basically stick my nose in the beer to get a smell out of it.

T-- Not a big citrus taste or a hop taste, more of a carmel malt taste and very dull. NO real flavor.

M-- Was on the sweet side and very carbonated. The warmer it got I really thought I was poured something else. Was just carmel malt and sweet. Not what a APA is at all. I started thinking I may have got a bad keg.

D-- If it was a bad keg I will review again, will try again in bottle at a later point. Very little citrus in this and had a just plain bad mouthfeel to it. Honestly felt like I was drinking a VB or Carlton. Great look to the beer but went downhill quick

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

OVERALL - 3.7
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 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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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colour, one centimeter of bright white head. It disappears to a small ring. Some nice lacing.

S - Bright citrus hops, very crisp and clean.

T - Citrusy hop flavour up front. I find the flavour more intense drinking from the bottle, the glass seems to lose it abit and from what I remember from having it on tap, from the bottle is still my preference.

M - Refreshing, little after taste until you burp. And then you get a big kick of hops.

D - Very drinkable, loses its punch after the first six pack but still a pleasant drop, if you drinking to get pissed.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 joecast
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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 istarilord
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 juju7
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper with a tight head. Looking fine so far. A fresh, lemony, orange, vibrant hop aroma. Sharp but inviting. A touch of caramel malt in the background. Citrussy notes follow on the palate with a tidy, robust bitterness upfront that unfortunately falls away a little at the back. The caramel malt notes still hanging around at the back. Seems to fall somewhere in between APA and EPA. But leaning towards APA. But seeing as nowhere on the bottle does it claim to be an APA I don't consider this a fault. Me likes.

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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 brendan13
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -8.6%
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 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 vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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 foles
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 jarmby1711
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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 madvoice
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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