Alley Kat Amber - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A reddish bronze brew with an aroma of light caramel, nuts, and toast, with a whiff of candied apple fruitiness and tangy Goldings hops. Nothing overly aggressive but everything is in its right place. Same with the palate ... Semi-dry, quite bitter, faintly floral, and quite nutty, with bar nuts and perhaps peanut brittle, brown sugar, and raisin providing both the appetizer and the main course, with the leafy hops do exert themselves during the finish, dried grass and an echo of forest floor wildflower. On the low end of moderate in terms of mouthfeel, just a little chewy. I generally prefer my English browns a tad sweeter than this but I laud the hopping regime and the malt flavors do develop nicely over the course of a session.
07-20-2014 16:05:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
03-21-2014 18:33:31 | More by barnzy78
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-17-2013 23:57:54 | More by david_wolf
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-11-2012 15:37:05 | More by sAws
British Columbia (Canada)
4.65/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
02-29-2012 03:55:37 | More by maclean25
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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
11-20-2011 00:34:08 | More by joemcgrath27
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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
07-26-2011 00:07:42 | More by wordemupg
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-08-2011 15:39:38 | More by Tackledorange
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-16-2010 03:30:19 | More by thehyperduck
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
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!
03-20-2010 02:07:02 | More by andrenaline
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-22-2010 03:26:15 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
11-08-2009 21:01:15 | More by papat444
Alley Kat Amber from Alley Kat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.