Boatrocker Alpha Queen

Boatrocker Brewery

Alpha Queen was the beer that first set the boat rocking: an American-inspired pale ale in which the hearty character from British Maris Otter malts played as central a role as the US hops layered on top. Over time, it's moved around a little in terms of punch and weight, been packaged then draught-only and spawned a celebratory double version as the brewery has evolved into one of the most fascinating in the country.

In early 2019, the beer returned to packaged form – in cans – and, while it would need a time machine to make a completely accurate assessment, it feels like the Alpha Queen of 2019 sits very close to those earliest versions. Deep copper and with citrus and pine aromas accompanying a toasted biscuity characters plus a bitterness some way above where most pale ales sit these days, it comes across as something of a throwback to the US-inspired pales of a few years ago before we all hopped on the tropical juice train.

James Smith

American Pale Ale
37 IBU
Boatrocker Brewery

51 Macbeth Street
VIC 3195

(03) 9580 4339
Open Hours

Friday: 4pm to 11pm

Saturday: midday to 6pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm


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