Alpha Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
wildwolfbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldSwampy
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly pale, but an interesting almost rosy color. Decent pale head. A piney pale ale with some flavor development profile but not the sort of malt base that I think a great pale ale needs. Hops were a bit narrow and left a distinct bitter aftertaste, almost metallic. Mouthfeel is not much more than neutral, very lightly slick and creamy.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 avisong
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCPhD
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zp6167a
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JWU
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can poured into a tumbler glass

A- A rather clear deep amber, (this is a pale ale??) Nice off white head with ample lacing.

S- Straightforward pine and citrus hops with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Follows the nose, aggressively bitter. Caramel malts balance the aggressive bittering once it warms a bit.

M- Lighter side of medium.

O- Overdone on the bittering hops, and selling it as a pale ale is a bit off, strikes me as more of a very hoppy amber ale. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of Herze
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of vwbus7
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with a March 2015 canning date.
Clear deep amber body topped by a durable head.
This hoppy pale ale could easily pass for an IPA. The hops seem mostly herbal in the nose but emphasize citrus upon tasting.
Medium-high bitterness.

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Photo of tgatort
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel-copper coloring, with a ton of carbonation and a sparse, off-white head. Nose of rich caramel, light citrus notes, and piney resin. Pretty well balanced. Flavors are roasted forward, with rich caramel over the tropical fruit and citrus blend. Piney bitterness on the back end. Smooth, with a dry, crisp undertone. Tangy sweet caramel and tropical fruit aftertaste. The finish is smooth and slick, with a dry undertone and subtle bitterness linger. Decent brew.

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

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

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and a nice copper in color. A 3 finger off white head rises above, leaving some nice lacing as it recedes.

Smell is bready with pine, spicy citrus, and a bit of funk, with light florals. Over ripe citrus after swirling.

Tart, sweet, and bitter. Citrusy, caramel malt, and grapefruit rind. A little spice with a bit of tropical fruit in the back.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and slightly drying in the end.

Another good session brew. Rather well balanced, and easy to drink The hops make it.

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Photo of rjs246
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I appreciate that they are producing cans. More versatile drinking. Having said that, Alpha Ale is fine, but hasn't inspired me to come back for more.

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Photo of SFC21
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unbelievably hoppy for an APA. An absolute punch in the mouth. A bit metallic and medicinal in the finish

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 robebo44
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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