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


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RATINGS: 118   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7171) - 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.

   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 (7475) - 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 (8750) - 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 (2049) - 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.

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