Alpha Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Alpha AleAlpha Ale

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford, VA

A: Pours a relatively clear deep copper in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon, pine, and herbal hops over the top of some light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with very little associated sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon, citrus/grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops in descending order of strength. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I like this beer as it is a nice and hoppy APA - good flavors and definitely worth grabbing again. Sessionable with the low ABV and easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming over in a trade, I had given one to tone77 as part of our regular in-person gig, but I am trying to get caught up in terms of The CANQuest (TM) and am only getting to it this evening.

From the CAN: "Alpha Ale"; " Howling Good Beer"; "Leave Only Pawprints! Pack it in - Pack It Out"; "CANs: Infinitely Recyclable"; "A super hoppy Ameri[CAN] 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, This beer will not disappoint."

Hmm. It sounds like Maxwell House coffee and makes a mighty big claim. I unleashed the Alpha Wolf with a loud Crack! and since nothing untoward happened, I went with an inverted Glug. The Alpha Wolf did not seem to mind and the resulting pseudo-cascade formed just under three fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention on a hot, humid evening. Color was a deep reddish-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was resinous with pine hops and my mouth was watering at the prospect. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess on the tongue. The flavor was very hoppy, but that was about it. It was unbalanced in terms of a lack of a malt presence, which I do not mind, but it may be a non-starter for others. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering flavor of hops, like it was saturated with them to the exclusion of anything/everything else. They should tweak this recipe just a bit to improve its overall drinkability, IMHO.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of imbibehour
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass, date October 28th 2013.

Deep copper amber red and quite clear. Not much noticeable carbonation, and only provides about one finger of fine light tan bubbles. Does manage to stick around a bit with some retention, but settles to a good thin puck and thick collar.

Nice toasty aroma akin to brown ale, some mild hop senses (probably a bit faded) mixing slightly with some sticky caramel sensations that seem a little more downplayed. Mild sensing sweetness but the toasty bread sense dissolves into more caramel sweetness over time.

Mild caramel and nice grapefruit punch on the first sip. Steely and mineral finish with pine hop bitterness that really sticks. Good caramel sweetness with a nice thick and proportioned malt backbone. Nearly juicy with a good quenching hop citrus and tropical qualities.

Really diggin it, but perhaps past ideal prime, a beer worth revisiting but still a solid pale ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus. Taste is bitter up front, hops, a bit of malts at the finish. None of the citrus in the smell is present in the taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jhartley for the sample. Canned on 3/5/14.

A - Pours a medium dark copper/caramel color with a one fingered frothy, creamy head, carbonation is steady and the color is very clear with no floaties.

S - Earthy spiciness, roasted caramel malt with a light pine presence. More earth and malt presence than pine.

T - Follows the nose with earthyiness, very light spice caramel malt up front that lays the foundation for an aggressive pine bitter finish.

M - Medium body and moderate amount of carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Still packs a bitter finish for being three months old, overall, uneventful, but solid.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper reddish body with decent head and lace on top of an aroma of dry, earthy hoppiness with citric hop notes and a decent malt base. I get mostly the grainy, bitter hops with minimal citric notes and a touch of caramel sweetness but the hops seem to be the dominant feature. Finishes real crisp and dry with heavy carbonation, an almost sharp carbonation that leaves a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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