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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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Photo of wesbray
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

wesbray, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mdevonshire, Jul 15, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Vandelayindustri, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of goalie35
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

goalie35, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hockeybarbie, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

EnemyWithin, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of microwavabledish
5/5  rDev +23.5%

microwavabledish, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev -1.2%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bottlerocket24
4/5  rDev -1.2%

bottlerocket24, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jmdr, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

shadynasty, Nov 19, 2011
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
Photo of Tackledorange
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.

Tackledorange, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
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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.

evlu1441, Jun 05, 2011
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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
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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
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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.

andrenaline, Dec 12, 2010
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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 scott451
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.

scott451, Aug 09, 2010
Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.