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


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2005
Strong pine, pineapple, grapefruit and butter aroma. Thick, bitter, malty, buttery palate makes this a bit more of a sipper than a sessioner. Good to see a mainstream brewer attempt to make a decent beer, but they haven’t quite cracked it with this one IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle, at London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to kook for bringing this one. A pretty fair rendition of an APA. Orangey copper colour. Reasonable ration of resinous hops in aroma and flavour. Light, refreshing and maybe a bit soft. Could do with a touch more bitterness. Not quite up to the standard of Little Creatures but a definite move in the right direction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
Bottle. Quite hoppy, especially for an Aussie beer, but doesn’t come close to APA’s from the US i’ve had, or even Little Creatures from Australia. Nice aromatic hops in the nose, but as with other Matilda bay beers, it doesn’t quite cut it flavourwise. Feels a bit thin, but there is just enough grapefuity, piney qualities to make it at least drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A light amber coloured beer with a little tan head. The aroma is nicely hoppyt with citrus fruits. The taste is nicely hoppy also with good alcohol notes. Tastes a lot stronger than 5.2%. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at Chris’. A rich hoppy American aroma. Hoppy and fairly bitter with flavours of citrus fruit (lemons). The downside to the beer, which loses it a few points is a sort of soapyness to it and an overall feeling of thin malt, but for the most part its a perfectly acceptable APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 2005. Attractive amber colour with thin white head. Nice hop aroma. Bit thin and tinny in mouth. End has attack of hops. I really rather enjoyed it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Toffee. Soft. Pleasant. Not much to say. I find this style of attractive, flavoursome, easy drinking beer very appealing. However, there is a lack of edgy character about them, and this one in particular has a lot of that lack of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Waited ages for this to turn up in Sydney. It was worth the wait, as this is surely Matilda Bay’s best beer. It looked great in the glass: classic APA burnt orange with a tall head that lasted well and laced beautifully. Great floral aroma combining caramel, violets, mango and grapefruit. Very much to style - all hops. Nice rounded palate, perfectly carbonated. Chewy toffee is the first impression on the tongue with a middle dominated by tangy pink grapefruit and succeeded by a late bitter hop push. To me, this seems like the closest thing Oz has to a genuine US-style APA with its mix of toffee and citrus. Over the past couple of years it has developed into my favourite local APA, over Little Creatures. Kudos to Matilda Bay for this. (345ml bottle, Liquor on Parade, bb21/1/06)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 Re-rate:- Tasted on draught at the Captain Stirling Hotel, Nedlands. My last tasting must have been a bad sample as this was much better now. Aroma has more juicy citrus fruits and orange peel to marry in well with the bitter, grassy tones and the apple note has disappeared. More citrus fruit in the mouth too; medium-bodied and well charged for carbonation. Zesty oranges, light hint of nuts, apricots and sweet toffee. Bitter in the back with bitter/sweet fruits following long into the swallow. Still not altogether balanced and it did show some acridity and light astringency, but I must say it was refreshing.
I must have caught this one on a bad day. I’m surprised it rates so highly, so I assume I just had a bad pint. Tasted on draught at my usual Northbridge haunt, the Brass Monkey hotel. Sparkling orange-amber body with a short lived soapy white lather that left some legs. Aroma of fresh mowed grass, apples and a little toasted malt, quite subtle. Nothing but hops in the mouth, not resinous but very prominent, bitter, grassy and tangy with a raspy bite down the side of the tongue, like capsicums and limes, that bordered on puckering. Bitter in the back, the swallow was like a vegan salad slipping down the throat. Medium-light bodied and well charged in carbonation, it took a lengthy sum to bring in the next mouthful so it began to warm and only then showed signs of sweet, toasted grains still well hidden under those awful hops. Well finished and on to my third pint of stout to help wash out the flavour I could still taste them, reminded me of a hop and herb soup I once made (once!!!). One for the ’retry’ bin. 4-3-4-3-6

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