Full Moon Pale Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):
It’s the tiny bubbles that first told us this is a stand-up Pale Ale; the brassy clarity is showy, as is the lacing. Citric and spice, floral and fruity, with a clean and dry grainy nose. Deep smoothness with a creamy medium body. Ale goes quick to the dry side with a sting of hop bitterness and raking of dry graininess. Layers of complex hop flavor unfold; citric rind, wildflowers and some peppercorn. Dry biscuits and a mild ripe fruitiness in the nearly bone-dry finish. Drinkability measures very high –match that with a pleasing yet pretty complex flavor and it makes for a stellar brew.
06-29-2011 01:11:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured from a snazzy redesigned Alley-Kat bottle. A nice golden caramel color, with hops and citrus on the nose. Very little maltiness. A one-finger head sticks around for a short time, leaving slight lacing and bumps of foams on the surface of the beer.
Mouthfeel swishes around nicely, some balanced carbonation. Siver me timbers! This is what beer is about! An aggressive, explosive floral and citrus flavor, this thing doesn't beat around the bush. Glorious hops, and lemon cascade down my palate and finish in a dry, hoppy tone. My buddy complains about the hops while we taste, and I bathe in it. Drink after drink brings out the complexity of the brew, but I just can't get over the full-frontal citrus flood. It's just perfect.
Hats off to Alley-Kat.
09-03-2005 07:00:54 | More by niangelo
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
341ml bottle. I will drink this beer on tap no matter where I find it, which has been in a depressingly small number of places here in Edmonton, its birthplace. Seeing it as an option upon entering an establishment, I always start with it, in case I am disappointed later with the other offerings, and then I can always go back to its comfortable embrace...why on earth wasn't it my 100th review?
This beer 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 boundaries of pale ale/IPA, which to me makes it eminently drinkable.
Note: 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, IMHO.
01-24-2009 01:06:23 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
Pale colour. Little head. Floral aroma. Hoppy is best characteristic, .Citrus lemony and malt, and that's the aftertaste. Light, smoothand refreshing. but mates thought not much to it. Had this on tap three years later at Hop In Brew and noticed the lace. AN average brew.
02-12-2004 03:22:29 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -1.2%
This is a really solid beer, one of Alberta's best, maybe even THE best regularly offered bottle from the land of wheat and honey.
Pours a tawny gold edging toward red, with a moderate head. mainly clear, but with a hint of cloudiness. A round caramel smell with hops present. Taste is much fuller than I was expecting, with moderately strong hops at forefront and present throughout, but with a strong malt backbone, too, and the mildest hint of ... soap ... or Thrills gum (do they still make that stuff? It was awesome). A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I'm going to be drinking a lot of this summer, I bet. Probably too bitter to introduce to non-beergeek friends as a sessioner, but I'll session it in a second.
04-28-2009 00:50:47 | More by stagger
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden color with a very small amount of bubbly head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a film on the glass.
Smell Floral hops make their presence known right away. Smells like blooming garden with a citrus twist. I love how this one smells.
Taste This beer has a very hopped bitter taste with a touch of sweetness. Very very nice. Leaves a strong after taste as well which sticks around a while.
Mouthfeel When this beer first enters your mouth the feel is amazing. Good carbonation and the right body for the style. My only complaint is that my mouth feels a little dry afterwards.
Drinkability Not much to say. Solid drinkability for this one. Not overbearing at all. Perfect for a hot summer day.
As long as Alley Kat is putting out stuff like this I will keep coming back. They hit the spot with this one.
03-01-2006 07:12:24 | More by Orrshow
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
My fellow Alberta BAs have called this the hoppiest beer that's brewed in our province, and I would agree. You can't really say this is a well-balanced beer but in this case, it's a good thing. This is a beer that knows what it is and its full flavour isn't compromised in an effort to appease the less adventurous.
It poured a nice copper colour with orange highlights, topped off by a creamy, two-finger head. The head had nice staying power, and left rings down the side of my glass. The smell is floral hops with only the faintest backing of malt. Going down, it's all hops but the taste isn't overwhelmingly bitter. The carbonation plays nicely on the palate and the finish is mostly clean, with just a touch of hops.
05-21-2006 00:23:06 | More by vanrassel
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
One of the last of the current Canadian Top 25 I haven't yet tried. From a bottle at Volo. Pours very clean, dark-amber in colour. Nice off-white head settles into a patchy cover. Lots of lacing. Pretty nice look.
Pleasant floral hops along with a candy-like malt and spring water minerals. A little buttery. Quite balanced.
The smell translates well to the taste. Nice floral and earthy hops, candy-like malt. The malt profile is a little shallow for my liking. There needs to be more depth, I feel like everything is treble and it needs more bass. Still quite decent. Nice dry finish, nicely balanced.
Silky medium body with light carbonation. Could be fuller to pair better with the taste.
This is very drinkable. The bottle boasts that this beer is among the best in Canada. Maybe it's in the top 10 or so for a pale ale, but I'd rather see a couple others ahead of it in the Canadian Top 25; St. Ambroise and Tankhouse for example. Since both of these are much more readily available to me here in Toronto, I'm just going to keep drinking those. I wish I knew how fresh this was, it could be quite old having sat at Volo for a while. There was no date on the bottle.
03-23-2010 07:34:57 | More by eat
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a clear copper colour with a fizzy white head that is thin but has some staying power.
The aroma is strong. A hint of toffee sweetness and a touch of lime smothered in a very bitter hop smell. If it is possible, this beer smells dry.
The taste is a bit citrus up front with a long large hit of hop bitterness to finish. The flavour coats the mouth and stays there, begging for another mouthfull. In short, it tastes good.
The mouthfeel for this beer is among the best I've had. It is smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. It is not thin, but does not feel oily. I don't think that it could get better in this category.
This beer is a quaffer, and I tend to enjoy it a little more each time I revisit. A top shelf brew from a great local brewery.
04-28-2005 03:43:49 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
A long time want, thanks wordemupg!
Appearance. Pours a clear orange-gold with a finger of cream coloured head that leaves thin bands of lace.
Smell. Toasted griany malts, piney and floral hops with some dry citrus and a little tropical fruit.
Taste. Sweet citrus fruits, pine and floral hops with some dry toasty grain and a little tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side with smooth medium carbonation.
Overall. Very flavourful pale that I could drink many of.
04-30-2013 00:43:34 | More by Rutager
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with short retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominant. Taste is also dominated by the citrus hops with a lingering bitterness at the end. Body is too thin (definite lack of malt) for the style and the carbonation is a bit low. Nice for the style from a Canadian brewer but kind of weak compared to US staples of the style.
09-08-2005 19:12:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
It poured a beautiful peachy gold with a thick, dense, creamy white head. A few bubbles are present underneath, but only as a surprise now and then.
Fresh, clean, citric hops notes lift from the glass. A little nutty malt is hidden in there as well.
The flavour is toasty, bready, chewy malt supported by clean and elegant bitterness and a lovely herbal hop character. The hops have a lemony quality, and it's all balanced by a slightly tannic bite in the middle. Smooth, rich, and easy drinking -- does it get any better?
This is a fantastic beer.
12-22-2003 03:25:40 | More by Garin
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
This is one of my main go-to beers. They're available, delicious and reasonably priced.
Pours a medium amber with a thin soapy head. The aroma is really nice and hoppy.
This beer has a really nice flavour profile. It starts out slightly sour and hoppy, but this slowly gives way to brief hop bitterness. The lightly roasted malt flavour really comes in and is accented by lots of hoppy aroma. These flavour blend from one to the next incredibly smoothly.
While the flavours in this beer are not remarkable or unusual for the style, this beer is very well-crafted.
06-05-2011 20:28:39 | More by evlu1441
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Clean golden, white head with a decent retention but not much for stick on the glass. Leaves a good sheet behind, though.
S + T: Leafy, herbal hops... flavour is similar, with a dash of citrus, and a spot of pale malt.
M + D: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Quite a nicely done example of the style, and a favourite of the brews tasted. This would be a session beer of choice.
07-07-2008 05:43:56 | More by Proteus93
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
From a 341ml brown bottle. Pours out a very tantalizing clear copper hue, a small off-white head that recedes to a thick ring and leaves a fair amount of lacing in its wake. Nose is of strong hops, then mild malt and very faint citrus notes. Flavour at first is a sucker punch of hops, mellowed out slightly by caramel malt, yet leaving a not at all unpleasant hoppy aftertaste. Very full mouthfeel and yet goes down surprisingly smooth. Reminds me more of an IPA, and is good competition for Big Rock's Traditional. Always a pleasure to do business with this brew, I think I'll have another now...
Addendum--3.29.04--Recipe seems to have changed a bit, the hop presence is not as bold unfortunately, but the end result is a more cirtusy smooth character with more floral hops. It's not a bad change, mind you, I just miss that extra hop whallop to it. A milder pale ale than it used to be, perhaps to bring in a larger market.
06-24-2003 17:16:04 | More by IronDjinn
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Big Thank to IronDjinn to give me a few sample ot this beer.
A "pale ale" that I am truely enjoying.
Her appearance is a copper hue, a short head formed but dissapeared only to say "hi". I really enjoy the effects of light in this beer, as I see many teint reflecting.
Finally a good smelling beer, floral and hoppish is what my nose is able to perceive.
The smell makes you think you will get a good hoppish beer, but this is not the case the hops is smooth but present, then followed by a tiny bit of malt. Caramel flavour appear to end this beer.
I adore her mouthfeel, leave me a great sensation in mouth and very drinkable, too bad we can't get our hands on that beer,
Again thanx to Iron.
12-19-2004 07:05:36 | More by 3Vandoo
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
(CANBIF beer) whee!
Another extremely well-crafted pale ale. An orangish-red sort of colour. Hops are leaning towards English, but not entirely removed from a Pacific feel. The smooth malt shape of the beer backs this bitterness quite well. There's an interesting note in the overall flavour - perhaps from the yeast. It's the only Alley Kat beer I've had yet, so I can't say for sure.
I rather like this one as well.
07-23-2005 22:20:45 | More by the42ndtourist
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Split a bottle courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for sharing! 12oz pours a crisp, golden hue with a finger of head. Not any lacing to speak of.
Nose is grassy hops mixing with floral hops, a clean almost lager-ish smell.
A really easy drinker. Nice touches of bittering hops, flowers, a hint of pine, all mixed together with a slightly too dominant pale malt. Carbonation that's like a good referee - doing its job and you don't notice.
This is a fine Canadian example of a pale ale and probably one of the best one's I've had. It's too bad you can't get it a little easier.
07-06-2009 11:54:12 | More by ritzkiss
Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.