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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3537) - 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 (2069) - 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 (1000) - 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 (223) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (5226) - 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 (2520) - 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 (2810) - 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.

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