Scona Gold - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a flute. A ginger ale-like gold color capped with an impressive frothy white gluten-reduced head, I am curious to see how this take stacks up against the recently reviewed Rhinestone Cowboy from Big Rock, and I am not a homer as I have a generally very favorable opinion of this brewery from up north, particularly their "Big Bottle" offerings. In any event, the aroma here is decidedly kolsch, light cracker malts leading the way, a little breakfast cereal and mellow toasted grain husk, and a refined yet snappy fruitiness like white grapes. Classic aroma for the style. Palate is fruitier than many other exemplars of the style, almost a canned peach and maraschino cherry vibe, more grapes and flavorsome yet rather delicate malting, maybe a whiff of Vienna or something else lightly toasted. Hops are low key, hay-like, faintly floral. Moderate body and low carbonation, a bit surprising. Although purists may find this insufficiently dry, I am quite liking the slowly developing malt flavors and decided emphasis on fruity esters. Subtle chalky aftertaste does little to detract, and although a little graininess and an artificial sweetener note peek through here and there, overall effect is pleasant. Although I may prefer the malt emphasis in Rhinestone, this may be the superior overall package.

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3.82/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle. Scona Gold appears to be back from the dead, now in the form of a Kölsch, and a 'gluten-reduced' one, at that. The sad part, is that this is a sort of replacement for the recently departed Charlie Flint Lager from their regular lineup.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale (and sickly-seeming) golden yellow, er, 'colour', with one fat finger of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some melting snow rime (how seasonally appropriate!) lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, fruity white wine spritzer, and tame earthy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet, almost rising pastry-like bready malt, the yeast tripping off that particular synapse, some pear, white table grape, and peach-dominated fruit cocktail syrup, and leafy, ethereally floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and barely supportive in said temerity, the body a healthy medium-light weight, and simple in its fruity smoothness, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the bready, almost sugary pale malt still engaged in a nice two-step with the bilaterally sourced fruitiness.

A pleasant enough, gently rendered Kölsch, the fruitiness, and low hop bitterness playing up to style. Another nail in the coffin of gluten free/reduced beers made with alternative grains, as opposed to the enzyme method being applied to a normal barley malt brew, the latter of which appears well-capable of producing tasty, enjoyable results, as it does here.

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Scona Gold from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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