Alley Kat What We Brew in the Shadows

Reviewed by on September 15, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 15, 2018

  • Best Before: February 28, 2019

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The latest in Alley Kat’s one-off Back Alley Brews series, this is a self-described ‘New Zealand White IPA’, due to the hop schedule, but the orange and coriander additions, well, you know.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of boiling cauldron profile lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dank pine resin, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some coriander and black pepper spiciness, faint generic citrus peel, a hint of earthy yeastiness, and further leafy, weedy, and musky floral hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, sort of acrid orange rind, wan yeasty notes, muddled earthy spice, ethereal tropical fruity notes, and more understated leafy, piney, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with the spice and yeast elements taking their usual tithe here.  It finishes trending dry, the hops, spice, and yeast directing the lingering state.

Overall – yeah, this is definitely a Belgian-style IPA, as the Kiwi hops don’t really come across in any appreciable manner.  That said, it’s crisp, and fairly easy to put back, on a day where hibernating inside with a few brews sounds like the most sensible thing to do.

Brady White



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