Fat Yak Pale Ale | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of Rixter
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sammyslick
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has golden colour, distinctive, hop driven, fruity and herbaceous aromas, giving characteristic passionfruit and melon notes, followed by a whack of hop flavour at the finish. The taste is refreshingly clean on the palate.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A great beer.
Not overpowering or cloying and leaves great afte taste

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

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

Naked for Satan pub - Fitzroy, Australia - draft

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beats Squires, but underperforms 4 Pines. Good session ale. Best at cask temp.
On my Sydney trip.

A clear dark copper with streams of bubbles that maintain a lasting head with lots of spotty lace. Good looking.

S Pale ale, mellow, but adequate aroma. Most in direction of English Ales... citric hops, sweet malt, lots of caramel.

T Nicely done - follows the smell. Not strong. With a hint of herbal hops, metallic body, caramel malts and lots of grain. Classic English ale.

M Light to medium bodied, clean finish, a bit thin, good long feel on palate.

O Good but slightly bland for OZ. Oz bars tends to lighter, paler, lagers and ales, and to session ales because they watch a lot of rugby, sometimes starting in the afternoon. And they seem to stay lean, fit and outdoors until they drop. It's an amazing country.

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Photo of Decko
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 Toddschwarzinger
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 greg4579
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mhbach97
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tommyplink
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JKCooper
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mdlb44
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of verysupple
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times in bottles and on tap.

L: Both serving styles exhibit perfect pale ale appearance; crystal clear with decent head formation and retention.

S: Citrusy hop character dominates.

T: Again, hops dominate up front with a bit of maltiness coming through mid-pallete and adequate bitterness finishing up.

F: Light-to-medium; good for a pale ale.

O: Very satisfying when fresh and served well on tap. Bottled versions have always seemed to lack a bit of hop punch for me. A decent pale ale.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewziggy
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big citrus notes not bad

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid very dark brown 345mL bottle with a standard Matilda Bay label. Decent.

Appearance: pours out a copper-amber colour with a decent looking body. Plenty of fine carbonation visible with a finger of white head that drops to a thick half-finger. Looks pretty good.

Aroma: plenty of citrus hops here with some light caramel and biscuit malts. Predominantly citrus however.

Taste: once again the big citrus hops with a touch of floral and those caramels. Very refreshing.

Aftertaste: a touch of hops bitterness, a touch of caramel sweetness and a touch of floral. Decent.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a medium carbonation that brings the profile characteristics forward quite well.

Overall: another good Australian take on the American Pale Ale. Well worth the having, particularly for AU$55 a case.

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Photo of Breust_
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nitrofenix
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Hollybexton
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of baumaxx1
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a thick 2cm head which dissipates quite quickly to a thin film. Clear amber colour. Moderate effervescence. Plenty of lacing.

Smell -
Floral sweetness, orange zest, pine resin and toffee. Usual pale characteristics.

Taste -
Starts with hops and bitterness including lemon zest, and then becomes more balanced to reveal barley malt favours, and some sweet peach and apricot notes to finish. Starts off tangy, but the flavour retreats after the initial sip to an almost soda water finish.

Mouthfeel -
A prickly bite from the effervescence. A little bit of froth, a clean feel and medium light body.

Overall -
Overall a decent mass produced APA, with some interesting flavours and a bit of complexity to make it a good entry into the craft beer world. Although it fits well in the APA territory, the flavour is slightly subdued and watered down - easy drinking beer for the masses in the end and hovers between craft beers and the macros.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Fat Yak Pale Ale from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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