Alley Kat Full Squeeze
Reviewed by Brady White on May 30, 2016 in Summer Guide
- 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 !
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?).