Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
3/5 rDev -21.7%
A: Amber-brown with a light-tan head, no retention or lacing.
S: Graham cracker crust aroma with a light pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight hint of astringent grainyness.
T: Bread & caramel from the malts, light spice, modest bitterness. Perhaps starting to show a slight hint of oxidation, with a flat-cardboard-like flavour.
M: Light to moderate body; carbonation on the low side of moderate.
D: Average drinkability.
11-28-2008 19:27:31 | More by Derek
3/5 rDev -21.7%
12oz bottle from BigBry - thanks for another great trade!
Crystal clear orange body with an off-white head which fades to a halo around the edge of the glass. No lacing. I was expecting a lot of spice in the aroma, but didn't really find much. of course, there's a pumpkin sweetness there, as well as some biscuit, but I was surprised to find it joined by butterscotch. Spicing is very muted in the flavour - there's lots of pumpkin present, and a malt sweetness, also some nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger. A bit more pumpkin spice in the finish, but definitely not as full on as some examples. The mouthfeel could do with being a little heavier to add more substance. As it is it errs to the light side of medium, and the carbonation is also similarly restrained.
Disappointing - I've come to expect a lot more from Alley Kat, but I found this to be a sub-par pumpkin. The spice is not nearly as apparent as it should be, and without its presence you're left with a fairly generic sweet beer. The bottle seems fresh, but I can't help but think that there must be something amiss for me to be so at odds with established opinion.
11-28-2008 17:45:55 | More by bobsy
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
2008 edition, 4th batch, Sherbrooke Liquor store packaging, although Alley Kat released it as a seasonal too (nice to see it down in Calgary as well!).
Pours out a deep clear rustic copper, finger's width of off-white creamy head that recedes quickly to a thin cap.
Aroma? Wow! Light caramel malt base, but the star of the show is the meaty pumpkin and the pumpkin spice, tuned in at just the right volume, this is Baby Bear's porridge folks.
Best pumpkin ale, with or without real pumpkin, I've ever tasted, hard to believe it's local. Malty goodness (I'm picking up a base of their Amber ale) combined with everything you ever loved about pumpkin pie or cookies. I can't believe Alley Kat managed to get these results even with brewing with real pumpkin, not just the spices. The pumpkin adds a mild veggie twang, and the pumpkin spice drives everything home, a nice blend.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation kick.
By far the best local seasonal I've ever tried, covering all of Alberta. It's no surprise this is the favourite and biggest seller of all of Sherbrooke's special editions, it is fucking fabulous, pardon my Dutch. If nothing else, this would be the "spiced" or "flavoured" ale that would help convert people into the craft beer scene, and it seems to be working. Personally I've gone through several cases of this before I broke down and enforced enough self-control to do a review. This stuff is poetry folks. Grab it before it's gone, or vie to trade for it, come hell or high water.
11-01-2008 22:46:36 | More by IronDjinn
4.58/5 rDev +19.6%
2008 brewing, second revision.
Pours a nice clear penny-color with a dense beige head. Leaves generous amounts of lace on the way down.
Smells of pumpkin pie - sweet (malty), pumpkin-y, with mostly nutmeg, but there seems to be some cinnamon and allspice there, with perhaps a touch of ginger or cloves. There's a floral/fruity hops note there that doesn't quite 'go,' and a zesty acidic zing of some sort as well.
The taste, though, is amazing. There's a distinct floral/citrus-like hops presence in the forefront, followed by a dextrine sweetness and perhaps some grassy malt. Then the pumpkin pie, and I think they got the pumpkin/spice/hops/malt balance just perfect. I don't detect any grain bitterness/toastiness/burntness at all. There are also some faint fruity esters there; banana, maybe, or pineapple.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's not cloying at all, which I think would be a bit much with all that spice.
This is very close to being a perfect pumpkin spice beer in my opinion. I think some wood flavour, and perhaps a tiny touch of chocolate malt or other dark roast would flush things out very nicely; and perhaps go a little lighter on the aroma hops.
10-01-2008 22:42:57 | More by prosper
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
Vibrant red copper with good clarity. Nice colour, but the head is short lived and lacing is nonexistant.
Malty, faint floral hops and some spice, like nutmeg.
Clean malt, with some lingering hops, more nutmeg and reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the feel is watery and light, rather than full and meaty like you'd expect a pumpkin pie. Finish is slightly metallic.
This is Alley Kat's Full Moon pale ale with an October twist. I'd rather have the Full Moon, but this is entertaining for what it is.
10-06-2007 07:38:57 | More by ablaze
3.83/5 rDev 0%
Contract brewed by Alley Kat for Sherbrooke Liquor, the second brew that the store has commissioned this year. I say keep em coming.
Clear copper in colour with a creamy off white head. Thin sheet of lacing. Head ends up as a thin cap about half way down the glass.
Smells of pumpkin pie and cola. The cola is an odd impression, but it is there for me. Ginger and cinammon spices on top of the pumpkin aroma. Not bad.
I would say the taste is fairly true to pumpkin pie. Certainly has the signature spiced pumpkin flavour. Hopping is faint, finish is more notable for spice. Tastes nice, especially if you like the pie.
This has some body, but is on the lighter side for an ale. Subtle and quite natural feel to the carbonation.
Good brew. My first pumpkin ale so I don't have anything to compare it to, but it is a pleasant drink.
10-05-2007 04:05:22 | More by elricorico
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
Slightly below average looks with an orange-brown color that goes flat quickly.
Very enjoyable aroma of pumpkin and spices, with a pleasant matching flavor that is flavorful, yet subtle enough to maintain a high drinkablility, with the aroma becoming more prominent as the beer warms. It tastes like pumpkin pie out of a bottle, while still maintaining it's appropriate beer-like qualities.
10-02-2007 04:44:07 | More by nafnikufesin
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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