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


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RATINGS: 121   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mattburns (109) - USA - MAY 18, 2010
I was serverly hooked on this beer for sometime. I love the aroma. That was my first love. Then it was the taste. You can spend a night on this one and never look away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a large dense foamy off-white head over a clear red-amber body. Aroma and taste of brown bread, with a sweetish mid body and long resinous piney bitter finish. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmeup (585) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle. Orange copper colour with bubbly open tan head. Aroma of un fermented wort and dominant citrus hops. Smooth medium palate with long lasting bitterness at the end. Try the aroma in the last third of the glass!. If it did’nt have the big high alpha hop kick it would be? Quite ok, bit out of balance i think. Now of for a Murrays Nirvana PA mmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir (392) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2010
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.

   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 (1201) - 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 (549) - 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 (2947) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2015 [11/09] 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]

[11/10] 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.

[5/14] Bottle. Had a rather dull one of these at the Port Melbourne brewery a while ago, so pleased to see this is still working well. Still a bit overpriced, but a lovely beer that’s been around for a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1979) - 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.

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