Alpha Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Alpha AleAlpha Ale

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Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.69%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A super hoppy American 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a high quality example of American Pale Ale. Nice amber color. Rich creamy head that lasts in the glass. Beautiful spice/pine/citrus aromas from late hop additions. Nice malt sweetness with bread and biscuit flavors. Hop bitterness is moderatley high, but nicley balanced with the malt, and a lingering subtle grapefruit finish.

I have purchased this beer in growler form several times at the brewery. The quality is consistant, and has never disappointed anyone I have served it to. Very drinkable.

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4.12/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpha Ale:

The beer pours a nice copper color with a nice fluffy ring of head with some lacing. A deeper dark color in the core. Darker than a normal pale ale.

The aroma and taste remind me a bit of alpha king jr. perhaps. It has a nice strong earthy hop backbone with a fresh bread blast of malt, caramel and actually goes great with the BBQ plate I ordered! An herbal backbone also comes in reminding me of tones down thyme in some ways, maybe even lavender. A nice drinking, solid APA, something to hang your hat on as a new brewery.

The feel is solid with a sudsy medium to slightly heavy body, great level of carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, it stood out along with the stout and wheat IPA amoung the tasters.

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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/13/12:
Growler from the brewery; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Less than one inch of off-white creamy head and doesn't stick around for too long; Crystal clear amber in color with some visible bubbles of carbonation within the glass; Nice webs of lacing left behind for the majority of the glass

S - Nice citrusy hops with the first smell, but I get a dose of fresh pine as well in subsequent smells; There's a bit of toasty and earthy notes present as well with some caramel lurking in the background

T - Light citrus hits first and quickly fades as the mild bitterness hits and lingers; Quite a bit of toasty, biscuity, and earthy flavors come with the bitterness, with a sidekick of piney hops and a subtle touch of citrus

M - Moderate carbonation; A few notches below medium bodied; Somewhat dry finish

O - This is without a doubt a very hoppy and mildly bitter APA, which I certainly enjoy, though the toasty and biscuity malts certainly hold their ground as well. As a super drinkable and sessionable beer, I'd love to have this one again and look foward to filling up another growler or two when I'm driving through the area again.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So many up and coming breweries in Virgina it's getting hard to keep up, a good problem to have. Found this to be a borderline IPA, so for the lower ABV and the big hop profile, I think it's an excellent beer. Would be a nice every day drinker. Had this at a bar on tap, just a nice looking beer with a solid aroma. Would recommend to anyone.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Alpha Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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