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


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RATINGS: 117   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2010
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1067) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2630) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dervock (520) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2009
Draught at Platform Bar, Brisbane. Pours hazy amber with a creamy white head. Fantastic aroma of caramel, grapefruit, gooseberry and pine needles. The flavour is caramel, fruit and piney resinous hops. Medium bodied with good hop bitterness. I’ve enjoyed this on numerous occasions and was impressed with the fresh quality it was served. Very nice indeed.

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