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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours crystal clear orange amber with fizzy off white head. Nose shows some sweet malt with spicy resin hops that have an almost metallic character, pretty slight though. Palate is dominated by hops, seems a touch thin. Perhaps needs some more sweet malt to fill it out a bit. Malt brings burnt caramel with spice and resin hops dominating. Finish is long but not overly intense. Session-able, but super overpriced!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1362) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2008
345ml bottle. Clear reddish copper body, thick white head and lace. Leafy citrus hop nose, some woodiness also, an underlying toffee sweetness. Moderate carbonation, medium-to-lean body, a slight grittiness but nothing too offputting. Plenty of zesty citrus; lemon and grapefruit rind, some bitter orange with an underlying honeyish malt component. Finishes reasonably bitter, quite well balanced. A nice APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2008
Amber ale weak head, no cover,carb weak,aroma hops, citrus,flavour grapefruit,tangy mild good natured beer,finish,bitter sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a little white head. Aroma of hops speciallity citrus and some caramel. Flavour of malt, citrus and fruitness, ends up quite dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Bottle (345ml). Poured a amber with orange highlights and a decent size creamy head which was mostly lasting. Aroma was sweet, with plenty of grapefruit, citrus and fresh hops, pinecones and pineneedles. Taste was an ok hoppy bitter with more citrus, some resin, grassy hops followed by mild notes malt and caramel. Medium bodied with an average metallic finish. This one was much better the second time around, seemed more hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkas (289) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle, Murdoch University bar, WA Possibly a good batch? Thick luscious malts, and crisp american hops through aroma a palate, much maltier than I recall previously, Kick’s Little Creatures butt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Tetasted 10/09/2008. 330ml bottle. Fantastic hop aroma and flavour this time. Juicy fruit with a great big hop wollop. Almost as good as Little Creatures and up there with Squire’s IPA. good one. Tasted 22/09/2007. 345ml bottle from BrewNZ. Deep gold with a disappearing off-white head. Dominant hop aroma - grapefruit, strawberry and a touch of mango-ish tropical. Some piney resin. Very light hint of caramel. Flavour again hop dominated... slightly metallic, nettley, and definitely rather blunt. Good strong bitterness. Peppery on the palate. Clean malt character - hardly anything to speak of, and certainly not enough to stand up to the ibu’s. Medium light body, slightly heavy carbonation. Pretty well made but not a great recipe - a little blunt and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma is floral hops and sweet malt, the taste is light sweet malty with a nise floral hop taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (730) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2007
345ml bottle Amber coloured, Decent head but fades relatively quickly, Big citrusy resinous nose. Up front stonefruit sweetness with that typical late Cascade flourish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nigelmudge (1) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2007 does not count
Being a Perth WA resident-how could i not rate this beer. From tap, a rich tan colour leads to an caramel malt taste with a nice after-twang to remiond you that some thought went into this one. A regular favourite in the pubs of Perth and rightly so. Not too heavy to be hard going but enough strength and character to stand out from the crowd.

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