Alley Kat Sunburst Session Ale

Reviewed by on May 11, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 11, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hopfenzwickel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sunburst Session Ale is the first new sixer to be released by Alley Kat in a long while.  A self-described ‘Citralicious Hopfenzwickel’, which I’m to take means a hoppy Zwickel?

This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy Mercator Projection lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of big and juicy orange, white grapefruit, and aged lemon citrus rind, a minor stoney flintiness, some mixed pale and wheaten maltiness, and more tame leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, muddled domestic citrus flesh, plain chalky Pez candies, and some understated earthy, leafy, and gentle floral verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving shortly after the onset here.  It finishes off-dry, the citrus essence starting to fade, while the malt digs in its heels.

Overall, this is indeed a refreshing, hoppy, and still easy-drinking ale, the Citra varietal obviously capable of great things.  For a ‘session ale’, of which I am typically not a big fan, this is definitely all right, and should be part of your Springtime outdoor imbibing rediscovery program this year.

Brady White

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