Brewed by Matilda Bay Brewing Co. (CUB)
Style: American Pale Ale
Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Our Brewers Reserve Alpha Pale Ale is very much in line with the beers from America’s North West – assertive bitterness together with a distinctive fruit and citrus aroma - except we’ve put a Matilda Bay spin on it. It has a big hop nose with citrus notes derived from the use of Cascade hops imported from North America. 35 IBU.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly red-like amber with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and has a buttery feel to it. A touch of caramel is mixed well with a good dose of fruity and grassy hop notes. Quite low carbonation giving it an oily feel. Flavour is somewhat milder than the aroma - the hops don’t come to the fore in the same way. But it is quite low in alcohol, which might explain the missing ’pang’, I was looking was. If the aroma didn’t hype it, I would have given this 3.8, but the flavour is a touch of a let-down in comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (33993) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet and lovely hoppy which gives it notes of grass and grapefruit. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of grapefruit, and medium notes of grass and caramel, as well as light notes of alfa acids, leading to a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Average fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spar lacing. Clear sparkling body with an amber color. Aroma of elderflower, grapefruit, pine, citrus, caramel, fruit. Medium bodied with a dry texture and an average carbonation. Light to moderated bitter and sweet flavor in a balanced combination. Average lasting light bitter and dry finish. Very nice Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rizzo (13) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2007
Had it on tap so fresh there was hops floating in the beer. I’m a bit over Aussie mircos doing APAs but really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattKerr (25) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2007
Great hop explosion, pours beautifully, a great presented beer. Hard to track down, but worth the effort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
bottled. golden with a fresh and fruity aroma. light texture, grassy with hints of stonefruit. pretty swillable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle -- Pours a light amber with a smallish frothy white head with OK retention and lacing. Aroma screams out APA but with a touch of honeydew melon. Medium palate with flavours of lemon and hops with a bitter finish. It doesn’t leave me as sattisfied as the Little Creatures APA,but a very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mirvo (2) - Redland Bay, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
An great beer from a great brewer. Hoppy with cleansing taste. Very easy to drink!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
Light copper colour and nice citrus aroma. Is a very tasty APA with a very good balance. Is hoppy and has a great bitter finish which is not over the top. Had it on tap during a visit to Perth and have to say it was a favorite...excellent session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
19 November 2005, Bottled Best Before Jan 06: Appears clear golden-brown with a small head and a little lacing. Medium mostly hoppy aroma and the typical grapefruit smell of some pale ales, some other fruity aromas too. Taste is obviously hoppy and fruity with a light malt flavour, but has a more honeyish, nectary, flowery, and quite bitter finish. Overall very easy to drink and I’m glad it’s bottled.

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