Sherbrooke Shamrock - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Sherbrooke Shamrock
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82
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10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 4.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: elricorico on 03-13-2007)
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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours bright green with a thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Light grassy hops and reminiscent of a pilsener scent.

T - The grassy hops dominate, a bit of sweetness emerges from the ABV and a touch of bready caramel lingers on the palette. Some yeast esters and a touch of spicy cloves comes through as well. Nothing overwhelming on the palette, but not to be interpreted as disappointing.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth, though finishes with a touch of ABV heat.

O - Unique and festive, easily drinkable with the ABV reasonably well hidden. If you're looking to shock your party guests, this might be a fun ale of choice.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear green for St. Paddy's, thumb of white (light green) head retained and a decent covering
S - strong banana bready feel, wheaty, very sublte spices
T - starts with a bready malt hefe taste that quickly turns to stronger notes sour fruit, alcohol, light leafiness, and just a hint of the clove belgian yeast flavour on the finish
M - strong carbonation, thin and watery, somewhat tart finish
D - its a little bit of a novelty beer with the green food colouring, but at least they've tried to make something unique in a strong belgian lager, not bad but not something I would drink regularly

Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz green beer from Voonder. Alex, you've broken my green beer virginity!

Weird. Pours a delightful neon emerald green with a green-tinged white head, that had good retention and put down some sticky lace. This is exactly what the brewer must have been hoping for, and I think its very appropriate. Grassy, spicy aroma, with pale malts is nothing to write home about, but decent enough for a strong lager and not imbued with the sickly sweetness or alcohol that can ruin these beers.

Surprisingly bitter upfront, which I didn't expect, followed by a malty sweetness, and a slightly sour finish. A distinct fruitiness also elevates this beer slightly, but there's no getting away from the fact that its still a mediocre style. Warming alcohol on the way down, but well hidden overall. It would probably sneak up on you. Heavy, almost chewy mouthfeel is supported by moderate carbonation. Definitely some impressive heft, which makes it drink like a bigger beer.

Throw a bit of dye into something and make it look alien and there's bound to be a degree of trepidation, but this beer sets that aside by tasting like a semi-decent strong lager. It will never be world-class, but its certainly drinkable, and I'd take this over a macro with a shot of dye any Paddy's Day. Perhaps it is easy being green?

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I've had this every St. Paddy's Day for the past few years, but haven't actually gotten around to reviewing it. Points right off the bat for subverting the "tradition" of dyeing crappy macro lager green on the Irish National Holiday, by turning an unrelated EU neighbour's equivalent style offering a shocking Emerald hue...

This beer pours - wait for it - a clear, deep, candy-like emerald green. In all its Jello-like glory, it sports a single finger of dyed-white soapy head, that leaves solid lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of white saltine cracker malt, and fruity, earthy hops. The taste is sweet and malty at first, and then shows a mildly yeasty, and sour middle, before closing with a floral, fruity hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body quite decently weighted for a strong lager, and it finishes sweet and sour, lingering a fair bit. The elevated alcohol isn't really noticeable, just a wee rising warmth on the palate after a few good swigs.

This is quite a strongly-flavoured beer, and once you get past the novelty of its appearance, well-made, and worthy of the makeover.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first of an inhouse series for the Sherbrooke Liquor Store produced by Alley Kat. This one starts off in superficial taboo territory for some beer snobs, but like Ayn Rand stated in The Fountainhead, "Nothing's sacred but a sense of humour." Speaking of which, on the side of the label, under the ingredients listing is written: "If you're reading this, you're either with the AGLC or you have way too much time on you hands."

But, well, if you're gonna do it, might as well do it right. The taboo in question is the green beer for St. Paddy's Day. I wasn't sure what to expect when I poured it out of the brown bottle, but wow, that is an intense green, not just some washed out, watered down food colour in some sub-par beer. Two fingers of fizzy head that retained for less than a minute, which was also a slight green in colouration as well, or was that just a trick of the eyes?

There's soft grains and some fruity esters on the nose, which gives away it's Belgian-style origins before the paint job.

The malt comes on strong, big up front in the flavour, which belies it's 7% abv, spice there in the middle from the Belgian yeast, yet the hops keep it all contained in the finish. It takes a while to put it all together at first, as none of this is what one is expecting from the look of the beer.

The mouthfeel holds up with the flavour, medium-bodied, this one isn't a swiller, it's for sippin'.

I've had a fair amount of green beer in my day, albeit usually not out of a bottle, and I must say this is easily tops. The folks at Alley Kat and Sherbrooke Liquor took what initially seems like a gag or a novelty, and pulled it off with impressive results. I look forward to trying more that they put out together.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a green (neat color agent) color pilsner with a nice pure white foamy head with some very good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of crisp hops with some nice floral notes. Taste is dominated by some nice semi-sweet malt with some floral notes and some nice refreshing crisp hops. Body is full for the style with some great carbonation. Very well done and a nice one from this inconsistent brewery.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its freaking green, that means it gets a 5 for appearance!

Reminds me of a german dopplebock, big clean malty flavor, mild hop bitterness, well balanced. Belgian lager? Cool.

Very drinkable, recommended, I'm not good with words, its a real cool beer, 250 caracters yet?

Photo of vanrassel
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As noted earlier, this beer was contract brewed for Sherbrooke Liquor Store — a Belgian-style strong lager for St. Patrick's Day.

Purists be damned, it's green! Knowing that was what the brewer had in mind, they've succeeded and a compact white head ensured it didn't look totally off-putting. The smell was yeasty, a little bit chalky, with floral and spicy hops.

I had a hard time pinning down the taste. It seemed malty and alcoholic at first, but well-balanced with some hop bitterness. There was a healthy medium body to this beer and fine carbonation that aided a crisp, dry finish.

Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed for Sherbrooke Liquor, only available there and at the brewery from what I understand. The label says "The style charm of a Belgian Lager, but with a unique taste and colour all of its own." Interesting choice, Belgian Lager for an Irish holiday.

Poured into a pilsner glass. It is very, very green. Quite clear with a finger of white head. A thin cap and a bit of lacing remain as time passes. I have to say it is a tough one to rate on appearance, but green beer was the goal, and they succeeded.

Not a big aroma, but unique. Very fresh and flowery impression. I could almost swear that there is something a little salty to the smell, almost giving the impression of a salted margarita glass.

I can't say I've tasted anything quite like this one. It doesn't bring to mind any other beer I've tasted. Salted lime flavour is what jumps to mind. Hops are not strong, but give a floral taste and a slight pine to the finish. Alcohol is only faintly apparant. It says unique taste on the label, and I'm in agreement.

Light but not watery in body, and fairly effervescent. Mouthfeel is pretty reasonable.

I didn't know what to expect from this one, and even if I had expected something I would have been way off. This isn't a beer I would drink often, but it certainly is worth checking out.

Sherbrooke Shamrock from Alley Kat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.