Alley Kat Full Moon Pale Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on November 8, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company
- Origin: Edmonton, AB
- Rated On: July 3, 2013
- Best Before: September 21, 2013
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American-style Pale Ale
- Rating: WORLD-CLASS !!!
This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium pale brassy amber hue, with two healthy fingers of foamy, moderately puffy eggshell-white head, which melts away in a New York minute, leaving a solid low-lying band of roiling seascape lace around the glass.
It smells of bready, lightly toasted cereal malt, grapefruit/orange citrus, with a hint of sweet lemon tea, and floral, faintly grassy hops. The taste starts with a decent dose of bitter citrusy hops (still with the orange and grapefruit, why mess with success?), followed by a grassy, leafy essence, and is quickly rounded out by the slightly semi-sweet, pastry-tinged caramel malt backbone. The carbonation is on the low-fi side, but moderate enough to provide the support this needs, the body on the leeward side of medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes mostly dry and lingeringly hoppy.
The key here with this (if not, then soon to be) Canadian classic is balance, eh, producing an apparently dry, fragrant, and ultimately satisfying pale ale. It definitely is pushing the pale ale/IPA boundary, which to me makes it eminently drinkable. NB: a few of my friends think Full Moon tastes like soap. I suppose it does have that perceivable characteristic of certain aromatic, floral hops, but that doesn’t take anything away from it whatsoever, IMHO.