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.

Added by on 11-09-2010

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Photo of hdf561
1.38/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from can into a mug, a cloudy Amber almost red color with a lasting head, and lacing

Smell is not pleasant, citrusy but bitter smell defiantly a hoppy beer

Taste is bitter from the outset with an incredibly bitter after taste, can't finish this completely undrinkable drain pour...don't recommend wouldn't buy again

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Photo of fishguyac
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of KomodoDragon
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - crystal clear amber

S - Pine, sweet

T - caramel sweetness, overly bitter and puckering finish. flour and grainy feel. Citra adds some grapefruit essence, but flavor mix is harsh and unbalanced.

M- some fizzyness and much sweetness

It seems the efforts to please hop heads like myself in a pale created more a hodgepodged mess.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

It may not of been fresh as there was a slight tin taste from the can and when poured. I'll taste some more to compare. Overall good looking beer, just an off flavor. And I'll give it another chance for sure.

2nd can: Taking a more extended look at this and the 2nd can has changed my opinion some. I cleaned the top, snapped it open and it foamed up over the top. It poured a amber color and after a few minutes the bubbles are still rising from the bottom of the just washed glass. The head is thin and dissipating rapidly. The tin taste is on the back end, though the hops are coming through. It is a better APA than I first thought. I'll let it warm a bit to see if it softens up. Otherwise a good APA 2nd time around.

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Photo of brocktune
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Mold on the top of the can. In fact, mold on the top of every can in the six pack... Definitely a ding on points for that. Sure I can wash it off, but what else might be on there? After mold removal the brew pours iced tea brown,and clear, the head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Pine and grapefruit. A little caramel sweetness, but moslty just a big hit of hops.

T: Pine and grapefuit come out, with a touch of orange peel in the finish. The bitterness is pretty formidable, there is a little bit of a grainy bread flavor in the finish, but this brew is certainly about the hops. I actually wish there was a little more malt flavor, the heavy handed hopping almost makes it feel a touch watery.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, with fairly high carbonation. Finish has a long bitter linger.

O: Overall pretty good, a touch too hop centric for my tastes on an APA, but still tasty. The QA seems to be a little lackluster, not sure if this is something at the brewery, or in distribution. Regardless it does take it a peg down for me.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Laulau
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Fusion7777
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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