Alpha Pale Ale

North American Pale Ale

  • The story
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As Matilda Bay was establishing the craft of specialty brewing in Western Australia, there was a similar phenomenon happening in the USA, particularly in the Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. Using locally grown Cascade hops, the region’s craft brewers developed a truly distinctive and unique beer style, the Northwest Pale Ale. Although based on traditional India Pale Ales, the Northwest style has its own unique character — one driven mostly by an assertive bitterness and a distinctive fruit and citrus aroma from the locally grown hops. Our version of this style has become an Australian classic, winning us many awards, not that we like to brag — well a little bit.

  • The style
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Alpha Pale Ale derives its name from the alpha acids in hops which, added early in the boil, impart a distinctive bitterness. Cascade and Amarillo hops are used to make this beer. Hops are added early and late in the boil and then dry hopped in late fermentation. They contribute a wonderfully complex fruit and citrus aroma. Pale malts round off this beer with a fuller malt character.

  • The craft
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We brew Alpha in the true North American Pale Ale style, using 100% pale malt with the addition of a small amount of dark crystal to add character and palate weight. Fermentation with specially selected ale yeast complements the style, adding another dimension to this big, complex beer.

  • The match
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Contrast Alpha Pale Ale with meats such as slow roasted pork belly, braised lamb shanks and spicy casseroles. A lamb shank is always a good idea except in a sheep prison if that actually existed.

  • Vital stats
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  • BIRTHDATE 2008
  • ABV 4.7%
  • IBU 55
  • Hops Pride of Ringwood, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin
  • Malts Pale, Crystal