Alley Kat’s Sherbrooke Shenanigans Kölsch

Reviewed by on March 17, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 17, 2016

  • Best Before: March 18, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Alley Kat has produced a ‘seasonal’ green beer for Sherbrooke Liquor Store in the past – this now appears to be Alley Kat’s Kölsch, with a ‘healthy’ dose of the appropriate food colouring, and thus a different offering than the Belgian-styled Shamrock offering of years’ past, IMHO.

This 1L howler pours a clear, rather bright medium lime green colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and slightly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of weirdly jutted archipelago lace around the glass as things quickly blow off.

It smells of grainy, and somewhat biscuity pale malt, a bit of dry white wine acerbity, indistinct earthy yeast, and a touch of further hard to identify citrusy and leafy hoppiness. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a muddled pome and citrus orchard fruitiness, further underripe white table grape astringencies, understated earthy yeast, and some down-low weedy, leafy, and faintly floral hop bitters. The carbonation is rather engaging in its mostly gentle, but at times testy frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really impeding that particular metric right about now. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as that breakfast cereal graininess proves itself worthy once again.

For a kitschy, and quasi- (who I am I kidding?) Irish holiday rendering, of well, any style, this comes off as not plundering and/or pillaging the base brew in any manner whatsoever. I know, low praise, but once I stopped looking at it in the low light of my self-prescribed and currently under-lighted basement dungeon, this pretty much just drinks like yer typical well-made New-World Kolsch – ya know, Scona Gold, or the like – Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Brady White

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