Atomic Pale Ale

Company info:
Gage Roads Brewing Co.
Palmyra, W.A.


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99AU

Label info: N/A

What the label really means: N/A

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This label is a piece of sheer genius-ness. I love it. Like the front cover of an old high school science text book, Atomic Pale Ale pays tribute to the awesomeness of the atom. I may be corrected on this but it has a certain art deco feel to it…it just screams class and sophistication while maintaining an air of childish fun. The only downside to this label is the distraction of the bland (and almost out of place neck label) but this really is nit-picking. Beautiful beer label design at its most innovative.

I give it a label rating of 8.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  An enticing malty aroma that sings of the warmth and depth contained within.

Taste: GLASS – As the aroma suggests, this is rich, malty and warm. It is as amber ale in flavour as a pale ale can get without becoming overly heavy. It’s very much American Pale Ale in flavour and is a tad reminiscent of Samuel Adams. Really enjoyable, really drinkable.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Drink Atomic Pale Ale from the bottle and you’ll be pleased by the fact that the complexity of taste remains. It’s just as enjoyable, if not more so. The rich malty flavours are really accentuated and combine with a delicious ale-given refreshment that may be skipped by amber ales. Awesome work Gage Roads.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside The Atomic Fireball’s ‘Caviar and Chitlins

Accompanying food: I’m thinking this may suit a medium rare beef wellington.

Best season to appreciate: The malty flavours of this fine drop make this more of a cooler weather beer. 

All-nighter beer? Absolutely! It has a strong flavour that dishes out such power and beauty while steering clear of becoming too heavy. It’s a full flavoured pale ale minus the hangover (TBC).

NEXT WEEK: Stefano’s Pilsner 

  1. craig marsh says:

    I did think you were nit-picking with the neck label comment but so am I because I thought your review was honest and accurate. The fruitiness they are able to achieve with the four different hops is amazing. I started drinking this one back in Sept and continued right through summer, now we have reached winter it hasn’t lost any of its deliciousness. Dare I pronounce it the best sesh beer in the country!!! Well why not, its pure and hangover free……so far.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Craig! I agree actually….this is far and away my favourite sesh beer at this current point in time. Loving it!


  2. BargeDave says:

    This is fine stuff. It’s complex without being overwhelming in any particular direction, the name and label are great and it just goes down so well. As does, in my humble opinion, the next beer Mase has selected, I urge all pilsner fans to give Stefano’s a go.


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