Alley Kat Long Johns Salted Caramel Ale

Reviewed by on October 27, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 27, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Salted Caramel Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Long Johns is Alley Kat’s new seasonal offering (winter?), and it seems like they’ve made a salted caramel ale before, but at any rate, this is brewed with amber candi sugar, vanilla, and sea salt.  And there’s no apostrophe in the name, because it refers to jammies, as opposed to a pirate or crappy seafood joint.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves some random exploding sea wave lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, saltine soup crackers, a bit of toasted marshmallow, and a very tame earthy and floral (hop, I’m guessing) bitterness.  The taste is biscuity and grainy caramel malt, vanilla wafers, saltwater, simple syrup, and more well understated earthy, musty, and leafy green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-caressing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess worming its way in once things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the faintly salted caramel thing lingering well into the night.

Overall – this is a simple and enjoyable seasonal effort, with lots of nicely sweet flavours.  Maybe they could have amped up the ABV a bit, given the impending change in the weather, but I suppose there will be plenty of that elsewhere soon enough.

Brady White

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