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


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RATINGS: 118   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3919) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2009
345ml bottle. Golden amber in colour with a thick white foamy head. Fairly clear with a nice aroma of citrus, hops and spiced fruit. Bitterness in the flavour, almost tart, strong on the palate with a good body and texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap at Cookie. Pored nice copper/amber colur, with short lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of hops, but not really ’wow-factor’ smell. Palate has classic APA flavour, with citrus fruits balancing well malts & initial bitterness. Found the aftertaste somewhat aggressive and harsh, almost resiny. And for the price, I’d rather go a small independent than this big guy pretending to be one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 7, 2009
Now this is more like it. A full bodied, reasonably hoppy plae ale. One of the hoppier beers i have tried in Australia...not saying that much. I enjoyed this and was the pick of the night

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros (2164) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Pours amber, like tea. Nice off-white head fades to a thin layer, leaving lots of lacing. Initially quite floral, and VERY sweet. Smells like hopped malt extract, molasses, with a fair whack of resin. Taste is a bit better, initial sweet toffee malt, then some resiny hops, then a big bitter finish. Unfortunately the bitterness is metallic and slightly astringent. A little too watery. And that aforementioned astringency. Dunno what’s going on here, way too sweet and malt dominated for an American pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GMan71 (24) - Lower Mitcham, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2008
Not a fan and won’t get again. Good colour and head. Typical Aussie APA flavour with extra bitterness at the end. Given I am not a fan of this style nor of too much bitterness was disappointing. However if you like the idea of a Little Creatures Pale Ale with more bitterness....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2008
Draught. A dark copper with a large pure white foamy head. Sweet malt on the nose, but that is it. Juicy malt on the palate at first, some tropical fruits, then an earthy finish. Did not get the hops at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2008
Straight forward, single hopped beer. Hardly any bitterness. Not exciting, but well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours dark amber with 15mm head that lasts. Aroma of barley honey. Tastes of burnt malt, a slighty stout-y flavour. Light herbs with hints of lime, thick grasses. End notes are of cream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle 345ml. Poured deep gold with off white head that lasted the beer out. Classic APA cascde hop aroma of tropical fruits and grass backed with sweet biscuity and caramel malts. Taste was bitter and of orange and mango. Finsh somewhat dry and light. Very well balanced, maybe a touch more bittering at the end to finsih it off. Excellent beer (but not the price).

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