Alpha Dawg is a 5.9% ABV India pale ale brewed by The Franciscan Well. The aroma is crisp and somewhat wheaty with a slight citrus bite.
On tasting it starts off with a sweet malty backbone with hints of orange. It's like a British pale ale with a little more alcohol. Not much sign of the cascade but it's there hiding in the shadows trying to get your attention. The finish is bitter with a sweet caramel malt. Very nice beer, though since it tastes more like an English IPA to me, they would have been better sticking with British hops rather than US.
I know this term might be a bit of a cliché these days but I will say it anyway. Needs more hops!
That said, it's a lovely drop and if anything it probably works a little better on cask with a little dry hopping.
Want some? There are a few bottles knocking about certain off-licences* but otherwise you might have to wait until the next batch, and I hope there is one. In fact I think they should make this a regular, especially if they up the hop level a bit.
I finished my bottles off weeks ago but decided to hold off on writing so as not to overlap with The Beer Nut.
* Twitter update - Bradley's in Cork certainly do at the moment.