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Alley Kat Amber - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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86
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alley Kat Amber, is our version of the original London-style Brown Ale. Amber pours a nice reddish hue and accompanied with a nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Golding hops are used in this brown ale to give it that light floral hoppiness and slight bitterness.

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Reviews by niangelo:
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niangelo

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a heavy beer glass at my house, and enjoyed while cooking some t-bones on the grill...

Poured at a deep copper with flashes of dark gold. Perfect one-inch tan cinnamon head with a respectable density. Disintegrated after a couple of minutes leaving some light lacing on the glass.

Scent... wow! An airy lightness, some mild malts, and apricots! A refreshing fruit aroma floats over everything. The mouthfeel is exceptional. A pleasing viscosity that I can only describe as silky, with a lively and sparse carbonation.

Taste... the rubber hits the road. I was just not expecting this. Medium darkness of malts gives way to toffee, coffee and caramel. A pleasing complexity with every sip, giving way to shifting flavors as the beer slowly warms. My only complaint is a slight lack of body in the finish, but no worry. As the beer warms up I even get a hint of cinnamon.

This thing flows down. I finish it off, enjoying the world and vowing not to wait long before I take a tour of the Alley-Kay brewery and shake the hand of the brewmaster.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 01:30:34 | More by niangelo
More User Reviews:
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - copper in color with a persistent beige head
S - rich aroma of toasted grain, caramel, bread crust, yeast
T - earthy hops compliment sweet toasty grain and caramel malt, toffee, bread, yeast, and floral hops are also present
F - higher carbonation gives it a fuller but medium feel, finishes dry and semi-bitter, fairly clean as well
O - nice English brown with plenty of balanced flavor. Thanks to some Canadian friends for bringing this down for me to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:33:31 | More by barnzy78
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-14-2014 20:44:03 | More by NorthernSoul
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-01-2014 03:17:24 | More by Tivlavrie
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-24-2014 14:57:39 | More by rogerdandy
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-14-2013 03:14:11 | More by jschott75
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Trancesexual

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-07-2013 00:18:17 | More by Trancesexual
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-26-2013 21:37:48 | More by mmcnaughton
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david_wolf

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really solid offering from Alley Kat. First had this at a local pub when I was fairly new to craft beer, and it convinced me to eschew my macro ways.
Took a couple of notes on the brew, but I've had it so much since it's highlights are ingrained in me. Has a really nice nose, and a lovely malty flavor that isn't overpowering.
This is consistently my favorite Amber, as its simplistic but incredibly difficult to match. Incrredibly difficult to find now that I'm in B.C.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 23:57:54 | More by david_wolf
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-13-2013 04:23:15 | More by artemh
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-04-2013 22:41:35 | More by Kmat10
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sAws


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a Light to medium Brown color with small white head and slight lacing. Smell is delicious with sweet malt, caramel and cloves. Mouth feel is thinner than I expect with a brown ale. Taste is very mild with less malt taste and more hop taste than I come to expect with a Brown Ale. Half way through the taste pretty much disappears except for the slight hop flavours. Overall this beer was disappointing I was expecting a nice malty Brown Ale rather than a slightly hoppy flavour.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 15:37:05 | More by sAws
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-16-2012 01:05:45 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-29-2012 17:41:09 | More by OriolesFan1008
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-28-2012 06:09:39 | More by schopenhauerale
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of bottles in Grande Prairie, AB. My first reaction was, 'wow, this is one tasty amber ale.' Now I see it is actually a brown ale that is called "Amber".

It pours with very little head. The beer has a dark, clear brown-red body.

Complex bouquet. While the chocolate is dominant, I also get toast (like a rye bread) and maybe cola or Dr. Pepper. The taste is more like cocoa. It's clean & crisp with floral hops in there.

The body has little carbonation and a light (maybe medium) body. My only critical comments are that perhaps there is too much hops taste (and I didn't really find it had a full body) for a brown ale and I'd prefer more carbonation.

Overall, a delicious, flavourful beer. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:55:37 | More by maclean25
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2011 06:17:28 | More by Vandelayindustri
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear deep ruby, one finger of head retained fairly well with random lacing
S - strong toffee with some roasted nuts, light leafy aroma on the back end
T - very similar to the nose along with light fruitiness, not really getting the hint of chocolate mentioned on the label
M - medium body with a smooth feel that finishes refreshing
O - a damn good beer from one of my fave brewers, an easy sessioner

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:34:08 | More by joemcgrath27
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 25/7/11

A clear deep reddish copper with lots of bubbles popping up everywhere feeding a long lasting finger of cream colored head that slowly falls to a thick film leaving loads of unorganized lace deep down the side of the glass

S nutty chocolate with a little cherry and plum

T mimics the smell quite well but with a little earthy herbal hops and metallic flavors still quite mellow and flavors mingle well together

M medium bodied and just a little bitterness, well carbonated and a nutty aftertaste

O a pleasant surprise for sure, pretty well rounded and good in all areas

not sure why I'm surprised that this was a tasty brew because I love Alley Kat, perhaps I should only be surprised I've never reviewed it before

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:07:42 | More by wordemupg
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Tackledorange

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had many alley kat offerings but never their amber so i jumped at the opportunity to try this. it poures a nice amber brown colour with a very thin head that goes away fast and leaves no lacing. the smell more than makes up for the lackluster appearance nice malty caramel smell and a little bit of chocolate and roastyness. the taste is very good lots of caramel and hints of chocolate and some roasted coffee. its a good mouthfeel a little sticky and some moderate carbonation. very good beer again alley kat never fails me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 15:39:38 | More by Tackledorange
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have heard good things about Alley Kat, so I figured I would start off with their Amber; brown ales being a style I am fond of in general.

It pours a deep coppery-brown colour, producing a thin, tan head. The head dissipates to lacing fairly quickly, but what remains lasts until the end of the drink. The carbonation level appears to be quite low. After a quick whiff of the brew, my nose is immediately overwhelmed with roasted caramel malts. Very enticing...

...and not at all misleading, as the first sip reveals this to be a very tasty ale. Again the roasted malts are the most dominant feature, with a faint hint of cocoa. The finish leaves a very subdued, bitter hop aftertaste. Medium bodied; with a creamy mouthfeel and not very much carbonation.

I am very pleased with this purchase. It's a solid example of the style and I highly recommend giving it a try if you happen to see it. I am definitely going to try some more of this brewer's concoctions in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:30:19 | More by thehyperduck
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alley Kat comes through with a solid amber!

A - Deep golden brown, almost no carbonation present after the pour. Poured a 1/2 cm head which dissipated, with small islands and some fine lacing, which held more than halfway down the pilsner glass.

S - A sweet malty scent. Nothing overpowering, typical amber ale.

T - Definitely a caramel flavour off the top. Finishes with a slight malty flavour.

M - Not too carbonated, pretty decent balance, though slightly reminiscent of a porter. The feel is quite fitting for this amber.

D - I quite enjoyed this amber, and would definitely enjoy a couple at a time. By no means a mind blowing offering, but it still delivers a solid flavour and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a delicious amber!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:07:02 | More by andrenaline
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark copper colour with a thin but persevering surface head. Looks fairly carbonated.

Smell - prominent creamy caramel aromas and a little roasted barley. Not a lot of hoppiness to detect.

Taste - nutty, flavourful but clean malt. Good roasted, husky taste. A little sweet on the end.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth, decent balance.

Drinkability - another one that I could partake of extensively. Very tasty and full of flavour, not at all boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 03:26:15 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stagger for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before Dec. 12, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a ruby colored body with a thick & fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Nuts, malt, some caramel but not sweet. Creamy with slight hint of fruit but this is all on the low spectrum of aroma. It's very but it's brief.

Taste: Starts out malty with a discreet caramel presence. Ends at first with a low bitterness. There's a metallic feel to it, subtle, like licking the shell of a nut. As it warms, it has a weird spoiled finish to it. I almost downgraded the score to a 2.5 but it's really only at the end and doesn't terribly affect the taste though it is weird.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit high but otherwise the smooth feel on the palate is pleasant though more of a low body than medium as the label states.

Drinkability: It was ok but just had a weird aftertaste. I'd have another once in a while.

Overall: So-so. Not bad but not great either. Middle of the road with nothing particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 21:01:15 | More by papat444
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armock

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of caramel malt faint hops

T - Is just like it smells caramel malt at first then some slight bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body wth medium carbonation to it

D - Overall is not a bad beer easy to drink with a decent taste I could have a few of these in a sitting without thinking too much about it

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 23:01:40 | More by armock
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Alley Kat Amber from Alley Kat Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.