Alley Kat Full Squeeze

Reviewed by on May 30, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 30, 2016

  • Best Before: November 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Full Squeeze is subtitled ‘a celebration of Edmonton’s Pride’, and is made in support of this year’s festival of the same name. For those not in the know – this is a blend of the brewery’s Full Moon Pale Ale, and their Main Squeeze Grapefruit Ale.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of zesty, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, gritty and grainy pale malt, faint earthy yeast esters, a further understated semi-sweet breadiness, and hard to really pin down leafy, weedy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, mixed domestic citrus fruit – white grapefruit, navel orange, and maybe a soupcon of aged lemon – still present, but duly understated brewing yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and mildly floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite light on its frothy and fancy-free feet, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and generally smooth, as the hoppy and fruity essences, while still heady, are not so astringent as to be a cause of concern here. It finishes on a mild drying bender, the malt starting to bleed out, while the acerbic citrusy hops keep a local version of a stiff upper lip going strong.

Overall, this seems exactly what one might expect if you dumped a bottle of each of the input offerings from Alley Kat into the same glass, i.e. like a more citrusy version of Full Moon, really, which is what I thought of Main Squeeze in the first place, but this one follows by about a half measure further, for the reasons given. Refreshing, in the end, and well worthy of pounding back as those dandy floats roll by (we all wish, eh?).

Brady White

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