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Full Moon Pale Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 106
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 24
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 106
Photo of Naerhu
2.12/5  rDev -47.7%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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!..:) (816 characters)

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. (615 characters)

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. (272 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (671 characters)

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. (870 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (286 characters)

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). (1,439 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of maclean25
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber colour, producing a modest white head that devolves into strips of lacing fairly quickly. A little cloudy; not surprising because it's unpasteurized. The smell is not particularly overpowering; some caramel maltiness with fruity overtones. Subdued, but pleasant.

Mmmm... sweet toffee malt is the first taste I notice, but this is well-balanced with a citrusy hop flavour. It leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste, very much reminiscent of grapefruit as previous reviewers have mentioned. Carbonation is lowish-to-moderate. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. I could drink this all night.

Another fabulous offering from Alley Kat - I am glad to live in a region where this brewer's beers are fairly easy to get a hold of. I'll definitely be picking this up again. (795 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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: Pink grapefruit, lemon marmalade, black tea, melon, 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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours fully clear amber caramel colour. An apetizing cream coloured head of foam dressed the liquid but for a moment only. Some patches of lace.

A very refined set of aromas dominated by malty and grainy odours that are cut by a fresh hop signature. A faint hint of caramel sneaks in near the end and is erased by a final push of hops. A class act.

First sip reveals a finely carbonated, light and silky refreshing liquid yielding delicate flavours of biscuit, apples and peaches (a hint of grapefruit). Finishes dry and earthy with lingering hop notes. Nicely refreshing.

Finely balanced and quaffable pale ale could easily be paired with chicken tomato pesto burgers or a poached salmon with dill sauce. (724 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle sent to me by vanrassel. Thanks!

Vigorous pour gets me a very little bit of head with a slight lacing. Hazey copper colour with the mild carbonation and bubbly head makes this one look like iced tea. Smell is much more appealing. Floral and citrussy, suggestions of juicy ripe pear and apple, with a slight caramel malt backbone. The dry hopping makes this beer particularly appealing.

Roasted caramel malt strikes a nice balance with the mild grapefruity hop profile. Bitter enough to make it interesting but not out of control. A bit of fruitiness in the flavour juicy and apple-like. Certainly not complex in its flavour, but extremely enjoyable with what it has. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky with a thinnish body, but the carbonation is exceptionally low. I would have liked this to dance around a bit more. That said, it makes it a very good session ale, and if I had access to it I'd be tempted to make it a regular in the old fridge. (958 characters)

Photo of eat
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times, but haven't done a formal review.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Soapy citrus hops and some caramel malts on the finish. I recall it being strong in the past?

T - Soapy citrus hops dominate, very floral and sweet. Finish is slightly bitter (but in a nice way) and some sugary and bready malts linger on the tongue.

M - Nice carbonation on the body, a little prickly gown down, but doesn't finish overly dry, which is nice.

D - A very tasty offering from Alley Kat. A staple for any hop fan and a good go-to session ale. Nice hop and malt balance and worth picking up if you've never had it. (712 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. A thin bubbly tan head that diminishes to a thin layer. A clear light brown colour. Lots of fine lacing.

Malty smells with some fruity notes.

Malts up front with a hoppy finish. Some citrusy notes. Very well balanced.

Medium body. Drinkability is very good. (284 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for including this in a trade!

Pours bright golden amber with a thin, staying head that leaves dotted lines of lacing down the glass.

The smell is biscuity, herbal, piney. Nice, but for a "dry-hopped" beer, on the mild side.

The taste is of sweet biscuity caramelish maltiness with balancing piney, herbal, leafy, slightly citric bitterness. A basic, nice, well-balanced taste.

It has a creamy, slightly buttery, medium body. Very smooth. Carbonation on-spot.

This fits the bill well for a well-balanced, easy-drinking, more traditional APA. Disappears quickly - very "sessionable". (605 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an extremely small, white head that soon diminished to a thin film... no real lacing to speak of. Body was clear and copper-colored. Very nice aroma of medium hops and some citrus as well. Fantastic on the palate... not at all what I was expecting from the appearance. Medium-bodied, very creamy, with average carbonation and a bitter finish. Very nice taste as well - quite bitter, but not overpowering, with a fairly long duration. Overall a great APA that should satisfy those who like hops, but not scare off those who aren't fans of the style. (560 characters)

Photo of stagger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (717 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (570 characters)

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