Mjollnir (366) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
345mL bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a small and shortlived light tan head. The aroma is strongly malty, caramelly, resinous and citrusy with a bit of honey. The flavour presents strong malt and hop flavours, with the balance shifted slightly towards sweetness. Starts biscuity and gives way to some roasted flavours, while the hops are ever-present. Medium bodied, carbonation on the low side of average, creamy with a bit of astringency in the finish accompanying the hop bitterness. Can’t really compete with LCPA on price but overall a pleasant surprise from a CUB subsidiary.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i’ve been drinking this beer for many years, while when i first drank this beer, i thought it was of the scale, and loved it for that reason. just having finished one, years later, i still love this beer but it really shows how it pushed my beer boundrys, now for me its tastes great but no challanging like it used too...
Maris (749) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 345ml bottle on 6/1/2010. Has a nice citrus, herbal aroma and an almost creamy feel to it. Great fruity, spicy flavour, with a nice sweet/sour balance. Overall, a commendable hoppy, refreshing pale ale.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a diminishing off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and has notes of toffee, musk, citrus, pine and malt. Flavour is also quite hoppy and strikes a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness, and also has notes of caramel, citrus and malt. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and a medium to long dry, bitter finish. In the past Matilda Bay did nothing for me whatsoever but on the strength of this beer and the Dogbolter I just might have to change my mind. A very nice APA.
BarossaLuke (498) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I noticed that this is now called Reserve Alpha Pale Ale and i wasnt sure if it was a special release. Turns out its not, they’ve just tweaked the label’. Had a good citrus hop aroma, nice and fruity. Palate is well balanced with sweet maltiness and hop bitterness that is well integrated. Would drink again.
hawthorne00 (1856) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle. Bronze, medium light beige head. Tight hop nose, with citrus zest, clean malts, hard herbs and maybe cloves. Taste has very fruity malts. Vaguely medicinal and long bitter aftertaste. Perhaps a little light on the malt and alcohol given the inviting aroma. Good. [3.7]
Bottle. Copper, nice off-white to beige head that fades a bit but laces well. Aroma has kumquats, pine, caramel, slight spices. Quite assertive initial bitterness, nectarine and caramel. Medium bitter finish has citrus with some herbal and pine notes.
davidm (1775) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. It works at all levels. Hops are predominant in the aroma, providing fruitiness and a floral feel; but there is also sweet malt in the nose. Sweetness dominates the flavour, with a long bitter finish taking over. Medium body, very gentle mouthfeel. Darl red colour, clear body, frothy and long-lasting head.
Dervock (309) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours a lovely rich caramel colour, with an of white frothy head. Big floral hop aroma, with a herbal hint, I get Basil, also a touch of sweet caramel. The first taste is ver hoppy and floral, but the hops are way too bitter upfront for my liking, it makes this feel really off balance. It takes a while for the bitterness to die down and a nice floral aftertaste to come through. Nice enough beer but somethings just not right for me.
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had this beer many times and not been impressed, but for some unknown reason i bought another bottle and ...WOW. Big woody and piney hop nose from a copper coloured beer with good foam and just the right amount of caramel malt balance. Not sure why past bottles had been so bland... perhaps it has been a freshness issue given the pricing on a 6 pack.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, bloody thing, 1/3 of it jumped out and all over the table and floor. Nice warm colour, fairly thin head. Thin body too. Sweet and floral, mild bitterness. Not doing much for me, will re-rate when my swine flu has past. Overpriced.