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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

98 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 23
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Naerhu
2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A big thanks to KBL Scott for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!!!

Transparent orange body with no carbonation apparent, low head.
Spice and thai curry on the nose. wtf? Thai curry?
Washed out beer, most have been a bad bottle, as that is what the three Canadians were telling me who where tasting with me. No hops apparent, the malt is also a no show.
The body is toliet paper thin, high carbonation and generally harsh.

Naerhu, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of hahie
3/5  rDev -25.9%

hahie, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Beervana
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Beervana, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of DoktorZee
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A favorite beer from a local brewery, this one was poured into a short (just right!) draft glass. No indication of date bottled.

Appearance is golden/copper, with a fairly full head that dissolves very quickly. Lots of carbonation on initial view as well.

Smell - less of a nose on it than I'd expected as though it's lacking a bit of intensity - hard to really pull out any specific flavors.

Taste - decent flavor, but a little light on the hops initially with a little more on the follow-through. Tart, but not bitter.

Feel - nice mouthfeel with less carbonation than I would have expected with the initial look in the glass.

Drinkability - definitely a highly drinkable beer, but not quite as highly rated as I would have thought given the reputation. Maybe an old bottle? I'll need to try another batch!..:)

DoktorZee, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

EnemyWithin, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of CoolJosh
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Voonder, received this as an extra in my first trade from a great trader.

Pours a semi hazy rusted orange, with a foamy white body that dissipates rather quickly to a ring.

It smells pretty refreshing, with predominate lemon characteristics. Some orange scents sneak through, in addition to a tad bit of grapefruit bitterness.

The taste is a little on the plain side. A fairly slimy mouthfeel that takes away from any complexity, as the edges around the flavors feel wet. It's saved by a lemon and plain malt taste with some grainy textures. Not a WOW, but definitely an easy and effortless drink.

CoolJosh, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stagger for sending this my way.

Enjoyed with my lunch which consisted of: Trader Joe's organic lentil vegetable soup and some black forest style rye bread that i dunked in some tzatziki.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before Dec. 17, 2009.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous orange body with a decent white head floating on top. Lots of lacing left on the sides.

Smell: A good piney hop aroma with some solid malt. More on the dry side.

Taste: At first i thought it was a little off but as it warms it does get better. More malt-driven that hops though the flavor of the hops (grapefruit) are quite present with a present but not overdone bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and a tiny bit metallic. As it warms it gets smoother but feels a little bit thin and light. Carbonation is spot on but something about the mouthfeel keeps it at average.

Drinkability: Not too bad at all. I'd get some more of this probably. Easy to put down for sure.

Overall: I don't know what the bottling date is so i can't say how many months its got on it but it doesn't taste at its freshest. Would love to try this at the source. That said, it still is a good beer and well deserving of its place in the Top 25.

papat444, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color, with a decent head. There is a very nice hoppy aroma. The taste is rather dry, and has a good hop flavor as well, but as bitter as some other APAs. The flavor doesnt last on the paletee too long. Overall this is a good middle of the road apa.

vette2006c5r, May 24, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

jrenihan, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange colour with nice white head with some lacing down the glass. Smells of some citrus hops with caramel malt. Bitterness is pretty par for the course for an American Pale Ale, with some sweetness in there as well. Nicely balanced. A bit thin, but really nice overall.

kwjd, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

CurtisD, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a non-descript straight sided glass at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary.

Clear, orange-amber in colour. Little off-white head that recedes to a ring around the edge.

Aroma is strongly of floral hops. Not much else evident.

Floral hops rule throughout the taste with a hoppy bitter finish and aftertaste. I find that any beer that is heavy on the floral hops just mutes out the rest of the beer for me.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

This is a decent pale ale and I'm sure that a little bit gets lost while drinking it at a pub instead of at home in a more ideal environment. A floral hops character and I do not seem to mix. It's not a favourite of mine, but if not overpowering I can enjoy it. However, it does tend to mute out subtleties in aroma and taste, atleast for me.

Review made from notes.

Noxious26, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of demcorhip
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty good, thanks to Stagger for sending this my way in CanBif. An amber coloured pale ale, slightly hazy, half finger worth of off white head that receded to leave a thin collar.

Interesting. Some grapefruit hop aroma, and biscuity malts. Nothing out of the ordinary here for the style, but what is there does smell nice.

A decent enough pale ale. Biscuity malts meet some hop bitterness as well as grapefruit/citrus hop aromas and flavours.

A good enough ale. Somewhat lighter than medium bodied, somewhat watery, yet with a nice touch of astringency. Combine that with biscuity malts nicely balanced with some dry hopping and the end result is a very drinkable american pale ale. Would be interesting to take this head to head with a standard like Sierra Nevada's PA. Id be quite happy to have this as a go to pale ale, recommended for fans of the style.

demcorhip, May 29, 2010
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Kmat10, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of wesbray
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

wesbray, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cbnz, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Volo. No discernable best before date, although it was the new label style. Served in a mini-pint glass.

A - A finger of off-white foam that dissolves pretty quickly. Excellent glass-coating lacing though! Transparent golden orange, so it's definitely filtered and force-carbonated. Nice color, but needs more head volume.

S - This bottle smells a little older, and I'm guessing this isn't a hop monster of a pale ale (like Minneapolis Town Hall brews or Alpha King) to begin with. Some light citrus zestiness, toffee malts. Not super complicated, but pleasant all the same.

T - The hop character in the taste is a little more floral and a little less citrus. Again, it's fairly malt-forward with sweet toffee and caramel flavors. There's a touch of residual bitterness, but nothing aggressive.

M - More zesty carbonation than I prefer. A light-medium body that's otherwise pretty smooth, and a dry, clean finish.

D - This one is pretty drinkable - there's nothing off-putting, the flavor is nice, the bitterness is present but restrained, and the ABV is fairly low. Too bad it doesn't have a little more hoppy zing to it - perhaps I'll get a crack at a bottle closer the source some day.

Not sure why this is a top 25 brew in Canada - it's not particulary interesting or worth seeking out. It'd be a decent session pale ale, and I think fresh it'd probably be a bit better than Tankhouse (but not as good as Alpha King).

MasterSki, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of maclean25
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of bottles while driving through Jasper, Alberta.

The beer is clear with a light-caramel colour. It pours with a creamy, light beige coloured head. I would describe the smell as a blunted or dulled fruit, some citrus, apple or apricot bouquet.

It has a strong hops and grain flavour. The malt gives way to the hops which more deep and complex, especially of lightly scented flowers. It has a full body with average level of carbonation with small bubbles.

maclean25, Sep 25, 2011
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Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.