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


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1275) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2012
A-- Poured a deep copper color, with bits of gold in the glass and pour. Off white one finger head. Lacing is good, leaving decent sized traces through. Good head retention and shows medium carbonation. S-- Big grapefruit hops, followed by a sweet carmel biscuit smell. Very nice aroma, though a bit on the sweet side. T-- Carmel malt kick, followed by a lot of grapefruit. Very oily taste and stays quite oily throughout. M-- Sweetness and oiliness has a lot of dominance in this. Grapefruit is very evident, but more secondary in this. Medium carbonation, medium feel and creamy. Pine and lemon do come in very late in the mouth and really takes away the sweetness of the malt. Still leaves the oiliness of it though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brenhophead (656) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
345mL bottle. Pours deep golden with a wonderful sweet citrus/grapefruit aroma... outstanding for a macro. The diminish through to the flavour but a deep hop resin seems to dominate with a pronounced bitterness. This beer surprised the hell out of me.. very nice. I will be trying to get some of this unique flavour in my home brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle- huge upfront citrus hop aroma. Golden amber in colour. Well made beer with hop undertones all through the beer and a nice lingering hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1103) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
(bottle) Poured clear golden amber with no head. Aroma was citrusy hops with hints of caramel and grass. Medium body with good carbonation. Flavour had a nice initial sweetness that quickly gives way to a citrus tartness and then a hop bitterness builds for a long finish. Overall this beer lacks finesse and complexity but is still a nice drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1572) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity with some citrus and hops. Taste is sweet malt with grapefruit and other fruits leading to a decent bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours and orange / amber with small light cream coloured head. Aromas are relatively light with US hops and sweet malt. Flavours are sweet with light resiny bitter hop finish. Light to medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2011
Beautiful gold look. Strong taste and very small hint of citrus. Retains good head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011

Bottle 345ml. @ home.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, warm citrus. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dry, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20110813]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emayer4322 (7) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2011 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Pours amber with creamy off-white head. Citrus and herbal aroma. Taste is malt up front, hoppy throughout, with a bitter, earthy finish. A highly hopped American Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (423) - AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2011
Clear, dark honeyed amber colour with a thin white head. Moderately carbonated, it has a highly hopped aroma with fruit. Very bitter to the taste, but the fruit comes through. Not bad.

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