1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Full Moon Pale Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company

Full Moon Pale AleFull Moon Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

92 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%


Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Full Moon is a West Coast style pale ale that is both kettle hopped and dry hopped with Centennial and Cascades.The hops provide this ale with a nice citrus-like taste to balance out the caramel malts.

West Coast style pale ales are from a larger category of brews called American Pale Ale (APA). The APA is a cleaner and slightly hoppier version of British Pale Ales using North American hop varieties but everything else remains the same, right down to the balance between malts and hops to the medium body. With the additional hops APA tends to produce nice fruit-like flavours while balancing out the bitterness from the hops used in the process.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
View: Beers (52) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 63 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't downgrade the appearance based on the label even though it looks like someone's attempt at a homebrew version.

having said that, it poured an interesting peach orange color, quite viscious, with an slightly tan coloured head that showed good retention and some awesome lacing.

aroma was not in your face per say..just some floral, pine-scented hops.

tastes as advertised. Certainly not 'in-your-face hops that I find in some versions, but almost perfectly balanced between the piney-floral hop that leads to-malt-that leads to just the right amount (IMO) citrus taste. Nothing here is overbearing and I, for one, liked that. Let's call it full flavored and well balanced.

A smooth and medium bodied brew...I dasre say a session brew as well...

will search for this one again and recommend my local beer guy start stocking this particular beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:14:30 | More by Shadman
More User Reviews:
Photo of Idrankthat
Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-09-2014 04:57:13 | More by Idrankthat
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle; thanks to some friends from Red Deer for bringing a mixed 12pk for me to try
L - lighter amber color, thinner ivory head fizzles rather quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass
S - grapefruity hops, caramel malt, pine
T - toasty grain, caramel, pungent grapefruit and pine, nice balance with moderate bitterness
F - creamy medium feel, finishes bitter, but not overly
O - solid APA. I like it's balanced flavors. Really enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:54:55 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Tivlavrie
Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-01-2014 03:18:49 | More by Tivlavrie
Photo of rogerdandy
rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-24-2014 15:00:51 | More by rogerdandy
Photo of deNevers
deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-12-2014 03:37:52 | More by deNevers
Photo of hahie
hahie

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-10-2014 03:33:58 | More by hahie
Photo of joemcgrath27
joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-20-2014 21:51:00 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of maplesyrup76
maplesyrup76

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-07-2013 00:31:47 | More by maplesyrup76
Photo of Trancesexual
Trancesexual

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2013 00:18:57 | More by Trancesexual
Photo of Exeter
Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-23-2013 20:35:19 | More by Exeter
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-16-2013 14:02:33 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of CurtisD
CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-15-2013 16:07:57 | More by CurtisD
Photo of Olek4374
Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, despite being an Edmontonian this is the first review I am doing of one of Alley Kat's main line of beers. I've had all before and all are fantastic, but they certainly warrant a real review.

This beer comes from Alley Kat's new variety pack, which boasts a pleasant selection of five beers (their 4 main beers and their current seasonal). I didn't really care much for this beer when I first began drinking craft beer (I thought it was too strongly flavoured), but times have changed for sure. This is, bar none, one of the best pale ales I've ever had. I'm not even being a homer here - this beer puts Granville's and Okanagan Spring's pale ales to shame. While their brews are very good, this one is so much deeply flavoured with a much easier drinkability I feel.

The beer has a great dark bronze colour with a generous 3-finger head. The main aromas I'm picking up are citrus (something I notice a lot with these cascade hops). I'm also picking up what I can only describe as a carrot aroma. It's really pleasant to say the least- and ever changing.

The taste is super - exactly what you want from craft beer. It's sweet at first with the same citrus burst I desrcribed earlier, but there is a big hit of bitterness at the end of the sip. It's a little sweet and a little bitter - perfectly balanced beer. The carbonation is not excessive and certainly noticeable.

Fantastic beer overall, and likely the best of Alley Kat's mainstream beers. It's rich in flavour but has a pleasant drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 07:27:52 | More by Olek4374
Photo of Kmat10
Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-04-2013 22:42:55 | More by Kmat10
Photo of IanSpindler
IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-03-2013 03:01:20 | More by IanSpindler
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:43:34 | More by Rutager
Photo of cbnz
cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-14-2013 03:06:54 | More by cbnz
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alley Kat Full Moon has a classic clear, golden-amber complexion. For a pale ale it looks perfectly the part, although it could use a little more foam atop, especially if it is to call itself 'Full Moon'. Though far from flat, this lacks anything you could confidently, fairly call a 'head'.

Candied citrus peel, flower petals, and grass clippings combine with ultra-bready malt to make for a bouquet that is resonant and expressive. It's a slightly smaller size than those pale ales made south of the border, but it delivers all the requisite qualities. The malts smell like cookie-dough and upgrade the aroma to 'heavenly'.

Full Moon is not rich or explosive, but it is delicious. It has a palpable feel of citrus that makes you just want to drink it, if for no other reason that the grapefruit, papaya and lemon flavours are just too irresistible. The aftertaste, especially, is flower-infused and keeps the leafy hop impression running long into the finish.

The ale shows a bit of muscle without abandoning the style's mild, medium-bodied structure. In particular, I admire the way the acidic, citrusy hop notes blend with the sweet, cookie-dough malt on the finish. The beer is impeccably well balanced and has a textural depth that isn't always found in this style.

Well-hopped pale ales are the thoroughbreds of session drinking and given all the choices in the world Alley Kat Full Moon would be among my top picks for a night of long, easy consumption. It is a wonderfully complete ale with a stunning style that features layers of sweet malt and bitter hops. Without doubt one of Canada's best.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 17:09:03 | More by biegaman
Photo of Scrylol
Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger head that disappears quickly, leaving behind some bubbles and lacing. The body has a nice dark golden color. Few bubbles streaming up to the top.

Smells citrusy and piney, with very slight hints of tropical fruits. A bit of caramel and malt.

Bit of a fruity and piney taste on the mouth, and leaves some dry earthy notes behind. Bitterness balances quite nicely with the malt, none are overpowering the other. Slight notes of bread on the tongue.

Decent thickness to it, slightly chewy and still easy to drink. Quite a bit of carbonation tickling the tongue.

A nice Pale Ale by Alley Kat.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:04:50 | More by Scrylol
Photo of wesbray
wesbray

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-01-2012 18:58:45 | More by wesbray
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-16-2012 01:06:19 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
Photo of mdevonshire
mdevonshire

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-15-2012 15:16:22 | More by mdevonshire
Photo of jrenihan
jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary.

beer is an orange/amber colour with a small white head. Retention mediocre but good lacing.

Lots of toasted malt in the smell, along with earthy and grassy hops. Floral notes as well. I do not get the citrusy c-hop scents that one would expect.

Taste contains toasty caramel malt, grassy hops. Some orange as well, providing the only expected west coast hop flavour. Quite balanced. Relatively bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation- a bit irritating.

Overall, pretty good but not the beer I was expecting. Didn't come across as the West Coast APA that I expected. Was it me, the beer or the taps? Who knows.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 06:19:35 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Vandelayindustri
Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-22-2012 09:02:07 | More by Vandelayindustri
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.