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Alley Kat Amber - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Smokeless Joe's, the only Ontario place with Alley Kats. A brown colour and tradition to it. Reminded me of Hebrew, with a roasted taste. A bit of bitterness, and grass hops with some malt and molasses. Mixed reception by my mates. More experienced drinkers thought it was better than average, and similarly for less experienced drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 03:28:31 | More by Sammy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

341ml bottle. A common enough find on tap in yer finer ale joints around town of late, which is a good thing.

This beer pours a clear, very deep orange brick amber hue, with a few fingers of puffy, lightly frothy, and soapy beige head, which dissipates slowly and evenly, leaving some bleeding cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly-roasted caramel malt, oily nuts, dry chalky cocoa, a hint of muddled dark fruit, earthy cola notes, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more softly roasted caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, milk chocolate, ethereal black fruit, pasty nuts, and decently drying floral and earthy hops.

The carbonation is a tad peppy, but just enough to help bridle the inherent sweetness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes still sweet, but with an evolving dry offset, and some pleasant chocolate essence lazily lingering.

A genuinely enjoyable, and balanced malty ale, the yin in Alley Kat's arsenal to Full Moon's zippy yang. Drinkable, especially with Indian food, as for some reason those sorts of restaurants stock this around here, and yet not anything hoppier. Oh well, how will we get by?

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 23:36:58 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber, full frothy head

S - malts, not much else going on

T - Oncae again, its pretty much all malts. nice, lightly toasted malt falvor. clean tasting, slight hoppy finnish.

M - medium bodied, full carbonation, clean, slightly crisp and dry.

D - Your slightly better than average amber ale

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 15:35:58 | More by rfgetz
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquire in a trade with voonder - thanks Alex!

The pleasant amber pour is true to style, and it kicks up a small off-white head that only leaves a little lace as it drops to a fine film. I like my ambers to have nice clarity, and this one fits the bill, but does not go the extra distance to secure a higher grade. The same can be said of the aroma. There is some floral hopping which pleases me, but its overwhelmed by a large sweet malt bill and lacks the complexity and depth to kick things up a level.

So it continues... Good balance in the flavor between a very solid malt body and a combination of floral and citrus hops, although the bitterness is quite light. Again, the combination is pleasing, but without depth. The medium-light body and medium carbonation is fairly true to style, and actually fairly refreshing, which makes this beer quite drinkable despite its faults. Overall, though I'd say this is a middling amber which is pleasant but instantly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:17:26 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To think that such a fine ale has been brewed in Alberta for years and I hadn't managed to get my grubby mitts on it until now. Oh the humanity...

Pours out a stunning cherry oak copper hue, capped by a small thickish beige head which recedes fairly quickly to a ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma of rich malt, caramel and faint grassy hops. Flavour is thick malt up front, highlighted with mild toasted and coffee tones, and then becomes a runaway of hops on the finish, a very pleasing transition. Full mouthfeel at the beginning which follows through the whole way but becomes a little oily on the finish. I think I've fallen in love all over again, this is a very fine ale, I'll need to stock up the next time I am in Edmonton. Pun intended, this stuff is the kat's ass, my new favorite from Alley Kat after their Full Moon Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 20:21:01 | More by IronDjinn
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

07-20-2014 15:32:08 | More by Howlader
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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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bsp77

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in August shipment of my BOTM club.

First of all this is a Brown Ale, a London-Style or Southern English Brown Ale to be precise. It says so on the label and on the website, plus it tastes like one. Yes, it is called Alley Kat Amber, but is that enough to fool most people here who talk about how well it fits the American Amber style? C'mon, we are supposed to have discerning palates. Anyway...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brownish-amber with thin white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel, fruit, molasses and earthy English hops.

Taste: Somewhat sweet caramel, slight fruitiness, with a nice touch of English hops. Very mild overall, but it does have nice balance.

Feel: Low carbonation, somewhat thin body.

Drinkability: This seems to be relatively true to style for a London-Style (or Southern) English Brown Ale, although 5% is slightly higher than typical. Unfortunately, it is not the most exciting style that is often trumped by Northern English Brown Ales (or American Brown Ales for that matter). That said, it is still nice, albeit mild, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:17:43 | More by bsp77
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-04-2013 22:41:35 | More by Kmat10
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy caramel colour with a centimeter of creamy tan head. Smell is a battle of malt and hops, with definite roasted malt edging out the citrus hop aroma. A very smellable beer.

The first mouthfull is smooth and flavourful. The roasted malt isn't as prevalent as it was in the aroma, but it is there in the finish. A bit of burnt toffee type flavour for sweetness, then a hit of lemon lime and a bitter, roasted finish. Not a strong bitterness, but enough to make a well balanced beer.

This is an easy drinking, smooth feeling beer. Highly recommended, and a favorite session beer of mine. Goes great after a golf game in the hot sun.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 03:23:33 | More by elricorico
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this in the Land of Coors Lite & Clam

Decent looking ale. Medium maghogany brown, clear, with an impressive tan head that receeded to a cap/ring that stayed the entire time. Some lacing. Heavy roasted malt aroma with some floral hop in the background. Nice balance between the roasted malt and the slight oily citrus hop. Only knock I have against it is a period of bland wateriness that shows up just before the dry, hop aftertaste. Smooth drinking ale and certainly worth trying again.

Sampling this one again after Medicine Hat's first beerfest...Moving the aroma and mouthfeel aspects up a notch... Aroma seems to have a more balanced aspect to it and the watery taste in my inital review is more towards the inital swig...if beer taste could be discribed as white noise then that's how I would describe the first sensation after I take a swig....

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:27:13 | More by Shadman
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2014 16:05:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
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scoobybrew

Indiana

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear ruby amber color with a thick head that settles into a fine collar

S - toasted amber malt aroma, faint hops in background

T - toasted malts are dominant, as expected from aroma, hops are subdued but noted on the mild bitter hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very nice American amber. It delivers all that is generally expected of the style and is well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 21:43:30 | More by scoobybrew
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Label on the bottle says "Craft Brewed Brown Ale. A medium-bodied brown ale with caramel maltiness and just a hint of chocolate." I will review as a brown ale rather than the amber/red ale classified here.

Clear and a dark red-amber colour. Head is only a thin cap and beige. Even with it's little head it still manages to leave some spots of lace.

Sweet maltiness with hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee and a little sweet-citrusy hops.

This is nice and smooth. Mostly malt at the start, but as it progresses it catches waves of caramel and chocolate at various points with different sips. Mildly malt-bitter at the finish with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste. Easy going, smooth and enjoyable.

Light-Medium bodied with little carbonation. This beer is very smooth going down like velvet. Perhaps a little thin though.

This is a really nice relaxing beer. Everything works together in harmony and there really aren't any harsh flavours. Just smooth and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 01:25:26 | More by Noxious26
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-24-2014 14:57:39 | More by rogerdandy
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Alley Kat Amber from Alley Kat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.