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


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RATINGS: 114   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
angryrobot (32) - - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Amber pour with white-with-yellowish-tinge head. aroma dominated with cascade, with some toasty malt and soapy alcohol in the background. Suprisingly rich flavour, balancing between hop flavour and malt sweetness with hops dominating. Apricot & peach in the beginning. I would suggest that this is a little over carbed for my liking. Bitter finish of soap and grapefruit. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Very floral aroma. Rich amber colour with good head. Very fruity, passionfruit, some light malt hints. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinhol (274) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2014
345 mil bottle from Dans big citrus aroma golden in colour with off white head taste is bitter hops citrus and fruity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RafeAU (115) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
345 ml bottle. Pour light amber, perfect APA head, laced the glass like it should. Decent hoppiness but malt flavours too. Moderate bitter finish. A quite decent American pale ale - easily the best of the Matilda bay beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magpieken (54) - - JUL 21, 2014
345ml bottle. BB 12 Aug 14. Poured a mid amber colour with a billowing, light beige head which lasted very well. Full, pine, hop aroma. So far, so good for an American Pale Ale. Initial whack of hop bitterness on tasting it and with a mildly bitter aftertaste. But it also has a pretty thin body and no complexity. Smells good, looks enticing and very easy to drink but in an unsatisfying way. This could have been a cracker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rdenney18 (109) - Lawton, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pint at Kahills in S Sioux City. Im a pale ale fan, but this isnt good. Its very fruity, and doesnt have the hop I enjoy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3268) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On draft at the Australian Hotel in Sydney. Pours a clear pale amber with an off white head. Toasty notes in the nose. Flavors of toasted nuts with some fruity and honey notes. Smooth, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
guseyk (2) - - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
A beer the I’ve always thought is comfortably in the best in Australia has been brought back to the pack; by a rising pack or qs from new overloards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangamike (28) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2014
Drank from bottle. Refreshing from the first mouthful to the last. Big hops at first that became masked a bit by the bitterness, which lingered in the aftertaste. Definately one of the better aussie APAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2014
Best of the Matilda Bay range along side the Dog Bolter, unlike a lot of other labelled APA’s, this one actually tastes like one. Typical American hop usage, sense a bit of Cascade, not too much tropical fruit like a lot of Australian takes. Lacking a bit of balance between the malt and hops though, needs a smoother mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1791) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle downtown..reddish pour with big head..white head...hoppy citrus arona and taste

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