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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-22-2012 09:02:07 | More by Vandelayindustri
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ScottWestmaas

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-06-2012 20:39:28 | More by ScottWestmaas
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-09-2012 20:20:35 | More by goalie35
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hockeybarbie

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-29-2012 07:44:34 | More by hockeybarbie
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-06-2012 17:30:51 | More by EnemyWithin
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microwavabledish

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-18-2011 09:44:19 | More by microwavabledish
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-05-2011 03:10:10 | More by benbou17
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bottlerocket24

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-30-2011 04:30:46 | More by bottlerocket24
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rbuisson

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2011 20:42:45 | More by rbuisson
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jmdr

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-23-2011 05:00:33 | More by jmdr
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-20-2011 02:33:45 | More by chickenm
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shadynasty

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-19-2011 00:37:25 | More by shadynasty
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:14:41 | More by maclean25
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Tackledorange

Alberta (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

it pours a nice coppery orange colour with about a two finger head. the smell is outstanding lots of floral citrusy hops but also some biscuity malt notes come through and balance out the smell. the taste is just amazing lots of citrusy hops and a very nice balancing of the bready malt that just complements the hops perfectly. the mouthfeel is very good a little spritzy which makes it just really refreshing on a hot summers eve.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:59:28 | More by Tackledorange
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:11:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:28:39 | More by evlu1441
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:14:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:44:43 | More by andrenaline
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 17:59:01 | More by kwjd
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 04:44:05 | More by scott451
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:43:11 | More by thehyperduck
Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.