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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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104 Ratings

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 12 | 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

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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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 66
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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".

Photo of Proteus93
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean golden, white head with a decent retention but not much for stick on the glass. Leaves a good sheet behind, though.

S + T: Leafy, herbal hops... flavour is similar, with a dash of citrus, and a spot of pale malt.

M + D: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Quite a nicely done example of the style, and a favourite of the brews tasted. This would be a session beer of choice.

Photo of ablaze
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant copper-orange with a moderate and clingy head.

Soft aromatic floral hops with some orange zest.

Juicy and lively brew, with a decent portion of slightly bitter hops that doesn't overwhelm the malt. Falls in line with sweet oranges and even kiwi. Crisp, bold taste with a pleasing and gentle mouthfeel. Very satisfying and mouthwatering.

The standard North American pale ale in my books. It's brewed right here in Edmonton, tastes sublime, and I could drink it any time. Rock solid, delicious brew.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Shadman
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't downgrade the appearance based on the label even though it looks like someone's attempt at a homebrew version.

having said that, it poured an interesting peach orange color, quite viscious, with an slightly tan coloured head that showed good retention and some awesome lacing.

aroma was not in your face per say..just some floral, pine-scented hops.

tastes as advertised. Certainly not 'in-your-face hops that I find in some versions, but almost perfectly balanced between the piney-floral hop that leads to-malt-that leads to just the right amount (IMO) citrus taste. Nothing here is overbearing and I, for one, liked that. Let's call it full flavored and well balanced.

A smooth and medium bodied brew...I dasre say a session brew as well...

will search for this one again and recommend my local beer guy start stocking this particular beer...

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, sampled at a dive bar down a Calgary alleyway. Looks smells and tastes pretty much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's probably better on tap if you can find it via that dispense method as SNPA is usually much better on tap as well. A dark amber/golden orange with a nice thick head of puffy white, good lacing sheets and legs as well, oh yes indeed. Aromas of fresh green hops, with a nice simply sweet malt backgrounds holding the horrorshow together. Taste is more of the same with a creamy, edgy, yeasty mouthfeel and dang good drinkability. Drink this one at a dive bar for added effect, let's all go up the Korova and get some...

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Orrshow! From BIF Canada 2006.

Pours a clear amber/copper, small white head forms, spots of lace and good retention. Smell is citrus and pine hops, with some toffee, but the hops dominate. Taste is toffee, malt up front, some pine and citrus but a weak finish. Nice and balanced APA. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Definately a nice pale ale, too bad we can't get it here in TO.

Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fellow Alberta BAs have called this the hoppiest beer that's brewed in our province, and I would agree. You can't really say this is a well-balanced beer — but in this case, it's a good thing. This is a beer that knows what it is and its full flavour isn't compromised in an effort to appease the less adventurous.

It poured a nice copper colour with orange highlights, topped off by a creamy, two-finger head. The head had nice staying power, and left rings down the side of my glass. The smell is floral hops with only the faintest backing of malt. Going down, it's all hops — but the taste isn't overwhelmingly bitter. The carbonation plays nicely on the palate and the finish is mostly clean, with just a touch of hops.

Photo of Orrshow
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden color with a very small amount of bubbly head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a film on the glass.

Smell – Floral hops make their presence known right away. Smells like blooming garden with a citrus twist. I love how this one smells.

Taste – This beer has a very hopped bitter taste with a touch of sweetness. Very very nice. Leaves a strong after taste as well which sticks around a while.

Mouthfeel – When this beer first enters your mouth the feel is amazing. Good carbonation and the right body for the style. My only complaint is that my mouth feels a little dry afterwards.

Drinkability – Not much to say. Solid drinkability for this one. Not overbearing at all. Perfect for a hot summer day.

As long as Alley Kat is putting out stuff like this I will keep coming back. They hit the spot with this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of niangelo
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a snazzy redesigned Alley-Kat bottle. A nice golden caramel color, with hops and citrus on the nose. Very little maltiness. A one-finger head sticks around for a short time, leaving slight lacing and bumps of foams on the surface of the beer.

Mouthfeel swishes around nicely, some balanced carbonation. Siver me timbers! This is what beer is about! An aggressive, explosive floral and citrus flavor, this thing doesn't beat around the bush. Glorious hops, and lemon cascade down my palate and finish in a dry, hoppy tone. My buddy complains about the hops while we taste, and I bathe in it. Drink after drink brings out the complexity of the brew, but I just can't get over the full-frontal citrus flood. It's just perfect.

Hats off to Alley-Kat.

Photo of Noxious26
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(CANBIF beer) whee!

Another extremely well-crafted pale ale. An orangish-red sort of colour. Hops are leaning towards English, but not entirely removed from a Pacific feel. The smooth malt shape of the beer backs this bitterness quite well. There's an interesting note in the overall flavour - perhaps from the yeast. It's the only Alley Kat beer I've had yet, so I can't say for sure.

I rather like this one as well.

Photo of Cwrw
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot quite conceive why it has taken me so long to review Full Moon, an Albertan pale ale for the hop-lovers. Up until about maybe 6 months ago, it was not widely available in too many stores even in Alberta. Finally I just ordered some in at my local store, as I should have done a long time ago. This year, 2005, the packaging, label and box gets a facelift for Alley Kat's 10-year anniversary. Gone is the purple colour with the cats on the packaging, and instead the box is now a very classy looking, more traditional format. The box also comes with a small card telling about the anniversary and the change of labels. I poured the chilled bottle and watched the ample, bonewhite head form. The foam is healthy looking and creamy, leaving patches and islands of lace. The colour is an expected coppery nectarine, clear but not sparkling. With the beer chilled, the first aromas I get are strong pumpkin with fresh malt. Swirling the glass releases some pine, soil, pepper, and tangy metallic aromas. Others include celery, vanilla wafer, cinnamon, lightly toasted bread, and pumpkin pie. The maltiness is balanced nicely, but it is definitely behind the hops a little. The taste is quite bitter from beginning to end, but whilst the hops run the show here as far as taste, their is enough malt here for a solid mouthfeel. Up front the spicy hops give their earthy pepper taste, and more in the middle and then a very dry finish, mouth-puckering. I would say the citrus qualities are felt more than they are tasted, as the finish leaves the exact same feeling as grapefruit does, or pomegranate seeds. Pumpkins and more pumpkins in the taste. The taste is unlike anything else--not exactly complex, but very hard to define. I could throw it into trite categories like "hoppy" or "spicy" but there is definitely something lurking here that defies my categorisation. It is more akin to an immensely flowery powder, or dusty red grapes. The taste is grassy, oily and woody. Definitely something you just have to taste; description be damned. The beer does get a little dry for me after 1 or 2 of these; I have rarely come across a beer so bitter from the front to the back of the tongue--it does not let up. Still, the mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable. Medium carbonation, bordering on light. Definitely a gem from Edmonton.

Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a fizzy white head that is thin but has some staying power.

The aroma is strong. A hint of toffee sweetness and a touch of lime smothered in a very bitter hop smell. If it is possible, this beer smells dry.

The taste is a bit citrus up front with a long large hit of hop bitterness to finish. The flavour coats the mouth and stays there, begging for another mouthfull. In short, it tastes good.

The mouthfeel for this beer is among the best I've had. It is smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. It is not thin, but does not feel oily. I don't think that it could get better in this category.

This beer is a quaffer, and I tend to enjoy it a little more each time I revisit. A top shelf brew from a great local brewery.

Photo of BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft - Poured a dark golden color, with white head. Thick and creamy, thin stream of bubbles help with head retention. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, and hops - full refreshing aroma. The flavour is lightly toasted malts with a great balance of bitterness and hoppy burst. Great flavor, smooth, and easy to drink. Wish I had discovered this one earlier than now.

Had a sample again at Beerfest, and confirmed that this was still the best of any of the other APAs there.

Photo of baiser
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, tea like orange colour, with a dense off white head, small bubbles, nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, peaches, dried fruit, floral hops. Taste was sweet, fruity, with a grainy taste, juicy and finsihes dry. Has tea like qualities. Great balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel is thick, body is full. Great session ale.

Photo of Naerhu
2.12/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thank to IronDjinn to give me a few sample ot this beer.

A "pale ale" that I am truely enjoying.

Her appearance is a copper hue, a short head formed but dissapeared only to say "hi". I really enjoy the effects of light in this beer, as I see many teint reflecting.

Finally a good smelling beer, floral and hoppish is what my nose is able to perceive.

The smell makes you think you will get a good hoppish beer, but this is not the case the hops is smooth but present, then followed by a tiny bit of malt. Caramel flavour appear to end this beer.

I adore her mouthfeel, leave me a great sensation in mouth and very drinkable, too bad we can't get our hands on that beer,

Again thanx to Iron.

Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought back a six of this beer and I must sat this is one great pale ale. Full fo citrus notes and lots of midbody, this is a well made new world pale ale that would be my session drink if I lived in Alberta. I look forward to more of their beers.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear. birnished orange color, hige head, freah, snow-white foam, delicate lace, intricate bubbles, slowly dwindling, a delight for the eye.

Nose is citric and slightly sour, lemon, orange, and must, making me think of a certain Belgian characteristic, a foreshadowing of flavors to come.

Taste: mild, at first, and fruity, with a nice hop tingle riding sidecar on the palate, marvelous play, the flavor jumps, jiggers, swims, and wiggle on the mouth, a bright citric mix, with cameos from cherries, peach, but the sour citric stays on top. Medium body, light, tangy finish.

Not your typical "pale ale" at all, most unusual, but a welcome treat!

Photo of Beersignal
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Garin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a beautiful peachy gold with a thick, dense, creamy white head. A few bubbles are present underneath, but only as a surprise now and then.

Fresh, clean, citric hops notes lift from the glass. A little nutty malt is hidden in there as well.

The flavour is toasty, bready, chewy malt supported by clean and elegant bitterness and a lovely herbal hop character. The hops have a lemony quality, and it's all balanced by a slightly tannic bite in the middle. Smooth, rich, and easy drinking -- does it get any better?

This is a fantastic beer.

Photo of saskguy
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Alberta beer and close to being my favourite Canadian Microbrewery ale.

Good head with a pleasant copper colour.

Moderate floral aroma with a bit of citrus.

Nice moderate carbonation level.

Agressive hop flavours, perhaps not a full blown PNW pale style but still a high ibu beer. The hops are complemented by a reasonable malt profile.

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Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.