Alley Kat High Level IPA

Reviewed by on September 9, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 9, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The latest in Alley Kat’s ‘Back Alley Brews’ series, and named after Edmonton’s High Level Bridge, I would imagine.  An IPA made via the hop burst brewing method, wherein the hops (El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria, and Jarrylo) are added near the end of the process, which apparently allows more of the flavours of the hops to come through. Ok.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of blood orange, pear, and muddled tropical fruit, bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeastiness, some further sour lemon, and laid-back leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is some nicely tart and juicy orange, lemon, pome, and red grape fruitiness, gritty and grainy caramel malt, lesser biscuity toffee notes, hints of white and black pepper dust, and more gentle leafy, spicy, and lightly perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite solid in its structurally supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of fruity tartness shaving a few points off here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt holding fast, while the various fruit and spice esters continue to prance about like no one is watching.

Overall, I’m not certain how the technique employed here actually improves hop flavour, but I’ll take a stab – we get more of the essence, rather than the bitterness, yeah?  This is one easy-drinking IPA, the big mixed fruity character quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Brady White

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