Alley Kat Scona Gold Kölsch
Reviewed by Brady White on April 15, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide
- Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company
- Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA
- Rated On: April 12, 2014
- Best Before: September 30, 2014
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Kölsch
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 341ml bottle pours a clear, rather pale golden yellow, er, ‘colour’, with one fat finger of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some melting snow rime (how seasonally appropriate!) lace around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, fruity white wine spritzer, and tame earthy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet, almost rising pastry-like bready malt, the yeast tripping off that particular synapse, pear, white table grape, and peach-dominated fruit cocktail syrup, and leafy, ethereally floral hops. The carbonation is quite low-key, and barely supportive in its frothy temerity, the body a healthy medium-light weight, and simple in its fruity smoothness, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the bready, almost sugary pale malt still engaged in a nice two-step with the bilaterally sourced fruitiness.
A pleasant and agreeable, gently rendered Kölsch, the fruitiness, and low hop bitterness doing well to play up to style. Another nail in the coffin of gluten free/reduced beers made with alternative grains, as opposed to the enzyme-based method of extracting gluten from a normal barley malt brew, the latter of which appears well-capable of producing tasty, enjoyable results.