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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43243) - 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 (433) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2011
For those who are fans of Little Creatures Pale Ale. This one definitely rivals it. I think this brew is just missing the somewhat following that creature’s has

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2011
Alpha pours deep almost orange amber a loosly packed dense foam which quickly settles down. This beer is a hop bomb its aroma almost overloads the senses, its herbal, grassy and of a citrus nature. I found the palate a little on the thin watery side and my first impression was slight over carbonation. The beer has lovely bitterness and I think Matilda bay have found a nice balance between aroma and taste, this beer is way above average for an australian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 23, 2011
De botella. Clear amber colour, white head. Pleasant rather mild fruity hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel, ok/good. Flavour has fruity hops, fair maltiness , some citrus. Bit mild but a good APA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (4090) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011
14-FEB-2011, bottle @Mikkeller Bar. Light in color red’ish. Not overly bitter, but cascade taste is present. A bit watery with high carbonation. Easy drinking, I could easily see a need for such a beer in Australia:-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Clear amber - white head. Medium hoppy. Caramel. Fruity. Grassy. Citrus. Medium malty. Light roasted. Berries. Nutty. Flowery. Nice drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
angryrobot (32) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Amber pour with white-with-yellowish-tinge head. aroma dominated with cascade, with some toasty malt and soapy alcohol in the background. Suprisingly rich flavour, balancing between hop flavour and malt sweetness with hops dominating. Apricot & peach in the beginning. I would suggest that this is a little over carbed for my liking. Bitter finish of soap and grapefruit. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2010
This is a bit of a favourite and more of a drinking beer than a thinking beer.

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