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Full Moon Pale Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Full Moon Pale AleFull Moon Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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.

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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, 341ml into a tulip. Thanks dude.

Pours a copper orange, finger or so of offwhite head. Small bubbles, dense head with some mild retention and lace. Nose has lots of citrus, orange and a hint of lemon. Mild malt balance, some bready pale malts can be sensed underneath. Taste opens up bitter with some toasty whole grain bread. This feeds into some citrus/orange and leaves bitter, just as it began. More toasty notes are found again. Medium light body, lingering bitterness. Good drinkability, straightforward and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:04:25 | More by liamt07
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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass at Kawa Espresso Bar in Calgary (they have a decent beer list too, domestic and imported, much of it craft). A light coppery orange brew with a rather minimal white head, although what is there persists for quite some time. Aroma is a fine balance of sweet nutty malts and hop resins and spice, most notably featuring some mild citrus rind and tropical notes. Palate is similarly balanced, with considerable malt character accompanied by dry, citric, almost green hop flavors. Plenty of Cascade character along with another almost English vibe: Grapefruit, lemon marmalade, black tea, flower shop, and faint pine are all revealing themselves but nothing is getting too aggressive. The malts start as light caramel and toast, with a more nutty note showing up later. Crisp and refreshing, with a thin to moderate body and fairly assertive carbonation. Finishes citric, with a little white pepper. I concur that this is probably one of the best western Canadian American pale ales, superbly balanced and assertively hopped if a tad on the dry side. Nothing pops out in a violent fashion but there is still plenty of flavor, malts and hops in close synchrony.

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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!

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Olek4374

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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06-15-2013 07:27:52 | More by Olek4374
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.