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Sherbrooke Bad Hare Day - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nafnikufesin on 03-25-2008)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatedly large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some grassy and earthy hops notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by grassy hops with some earthy hops notes and some medium citrus notes. Quite a bit of caramel malt with good balance to avoid overshadowing the hops. Body is full with good carbonation. Enjoyable though probably a tad too much caramel malt presence for my own taste.

Phyl21ca, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. Well, well, well. My favorite brew style, which I normally have to cross provincial and international borders to get my hop-crazy hands on, is now being made by my local micro for a local liquor store. Bring. It. On! It is indeed a little strange seeing the regular-sized Alley Kat bottles housing a DIPA, I was half expecting a bomber, but oh well. The ongoing flippant approach to major holiday themes on their labels works for me - Bugs Bunny's reprobate cousin graces this one in a nod to Easter.

This beer pours a glassy, pale orange-tinted amber hue, with two healthy fingers of foamy, porous, off-white head, which dissipates after quite a lazy spell, leaving some thick limestone cliff lacing around the glass.

It smells quite fully of floral, perfumed hops up front, followed closely by grapefruit rind, orange flesh, and a subtle tint of pine resin, with a sturdy bready caramel maltiness. The flavour, is, as the bottle proclaims, quite hoppy and bitter - unripened grapefruit mostly - a hint of apple peach orchard fruitiness, with a caramel/toffee malt presence that keeps the hops from overpowering, but just barely.

A mild carbonation gives this an actually decent mouthfeel, but with all that lovely hop astringency roiling things up somewhat, I'd say. The body is an ethereal medium weight, and duly smooth, and it finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt bolstered by the sugary nature of all that fruity hoppiness.

Oh, what else can I say - I'm rather infatuated with this beer, on so many levels! The best double IPA that I've encountered? Well, probably not. But the fact that it's made right here in Edmonton, finally, and true to the style? That makes me want to further wax poetic, but I'll spare the sensibilities of anyone reading this, and just say, Huzzah, Alley Kat (and Sherbrooke Liquor), it's been a long time coming for our neck of the woods, and it was well worth the wait.

biboergosum, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Nectarine & grassy spicing with an underlying biscuity malt.

T: Nectarine, tangerine, pine, biscuit. Good bitterness. Alcohol is really subtle... seems more like an IPA and a half.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity & dry, digestible finish.

D: An easy drinker.

Derek, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 25/6/11

A clear ruby bronze with a finger of cream colored foam that leaves lots of random lace before it falls to a thin film

S some tropical notes with lots of brown sugar and a little booze

T again quite tropical with some pine and more brown sugar but this time its a little burnt and its slightly acidic

M medium bodied but still thicker then expected from the color, a nice bite to it and it leaves a little behind in your mouth

O good beer but for a DIPA its pretty malty and could use some balance but it's not the balance DIPA's are usually lacking

something I'd drink often if I could buy it here in Calgary but for now I need to thank Jim for bringing me a bunch of his Sherbrooke goodies this far south

wordemupg, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of biboergosum. Thanks!

A - Pours a dark gold or medium copper colour with good mediumish carbonation in the Duvel chalice. One finger Khaki head looks thick and creamy with some big bubbles. Bright. A film of head retention and a thin ring of lacing is left.

S- Really juicy, resinous west coast fruity hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango perhaps, some richer dark malts, and a touch of alcohol hidden away in the back.

T - You can initially tell that there is a ton of malt in this beer. It balances quite well with the aggressive hopping. All the fruity, tropical elements come out again with some roughness akin to pineapple cores. You get a good bready element mingling with pineapple and grapefruit again. No alcohol is obvious in the taste.

M - Mild-medium carbonation with a medium body and a scraping bitterness in the finish that isn't overly aggressive but just enough so to let you know what it aims to be. Not too heavy, not too carbonated, and not too bitter.

O/D - I'd have to say this is a fairly high quality IIPA. The slightly lower alcohol plays into its strengths. I know it's 7.8% but keeping the ABV in check and below say, 10% and masking it well is a plus in my books. The good balance with the obvious IIPA hopping characteristic also makes this a tasty little brew.

tbeckett, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this gem.

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown colour and an amber hue, thumb of off-white head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by musty caramel and resiny pine and earthy cedar hops, bready spiced undertones linger.

T - The bitter earthy pine hops dominate, the bitterness is strong but pleasant. A resiny hop flavor lingers alongside some toffee undertones and some biscuit notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with a touch of dryness and sticky finish.

O - A tasty DIPA, loads of flavor and an incredible bitterness that is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Super pumped to have had the pleasure to try this. Definitely a worthy pick-up for any fan of the style.

andrenaline, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wildone - cheers Dave!

I'm full of nothing but admiration for the awesomeness of this beer bottle, and the fact that there's a damn good beer in it doesn't hurt either. Who would not want to come across a mean looking hare, dressed in biker gear and ready to lob a grenade decorated as an Easter egg?

Bad Hare Day is a rich amber coloured brew with a sticky cream head that leaves great lacing, and exhibits good retention. In fact, as an example of the style, its appearance is just shy of perfect. The nose is greeted by a fantastic bouquet of citrus, caramel, pine and melon. Its fruity, but clean, and its hard to smell for too long before raising the glass to my lips. Once it gets there I find that there's excellent balance between the citrus hops and the caramel bready malt, with nice notes of grass and earthiness. A good bitterness lingers in the finish. Reasonably full bodied, sticky and warming, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the finest Canadian double IPAs out there, and one of the few that could compete south of the border. Both the flavour and the bitterness is where it should be, and unlike some examples of the style, it still manages to retain a good balance by having a substantial malt backbone. I'm really liking Alley Kat's work.

bobsy, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA is one big plethora of puns it seems. Rather than a maibock for a Spring seasonal, Sherbrooke has decided to take the Spring/Easter rabbit motif several steps off the beaten track. From the Bad "Hare" Day title, to the very "hoppy" double IPA style listing, wrapped up with a mean looking rabbit on the label that looks like it's out of Escape From New York holding an Easter Egg grenade. Looks like you had fun with this one Jim...or is the stress finally getting to you?

Pours out a deep amber hue, a slightly hazed apricot when held to direct light. Topped by a tall spongy cream coloured head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap.

I was pretty much sold at the aroma. Intense hoppy profile with notes of citrus, blood orange, pink grapefruit, even some papaya and pinapple, rounded out with some fresh pine. When I close my eyes it almost smells like a bowl full of gummy bears.

A bit of bready caramel malt manages to come through in the flavour before the hops grab the spotlight for the rest of the show. Yet it's fairly refined, not out of control. It tastes like a few layers of hops as well, with the citrus coming up first, but notes of floral and herbal hops wash up to shore as well on the finish. The lingering aftertaste, is more herbal, but also combined with white grapefruit rind, and a bit of sticky pine. Yet as it warms even more the malt becomes even more apparent, adding a refreshing balance to it all.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but somewhat sticky on the finish, letting you know that along with the abv% that this is not a session ale.

I would have to say that this is the first bottled regional Double IPA that I've tried, and it's a great attempt by Alley Kat and Sherbrooke. And it's not just one big old cannonball of Cascade hops either, there's a sophistication to it. I'll be stocking up on more now that I'm a local.

IronDjinn, May 09, 2008
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complete fluke stumbling across this on tap in Calgary at the Hop n Brew, and I believe it was a single keg as it was gone a couple days later
A - clear amber brown, short head retained well with foamy lacing
S - caramel hint quickly gives way to hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones
T - like the nose a caramel sweetness shows first but is quickly replaced by pine and grapefruit, some light herbals, all finishing fairly sweet and balanced
M - generally medium, lightly sticky and bitter with some malty fullness remaining
O - a very balanced DIPA, and extremely drinkable, would never guess its a higher octane offering, so glad the opportunity crossed my path

joemcgrath27, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A thick ecru colored head that leaves lacing all around like a band. Body is a slightly hazy orange-amber. Every sip reveals another ring of foam and halfway to the bottom, it becomes a thick coat.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, fleshy orange, cedar wood and floral notes.

Taste: Very fleshy fruit, pink grapefruit, sweet peaches and biscuity. Develops a nice fruit syrup mixed with candy as is warms.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and bitter on the initial sip though it does settle back. Really balanced with some malty sweetness.

Overall: Lives up to the hype for me. Very drinkable and half my glass is gone before i notice it. Grab one of these for sure.

papat444, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Alley Kat thanks to Pintbypint. Bad Hare Day (cool name and label) pours with a nice sized head, good lacing and retention. Has a clear amber color.

Smells of caramel malts, piny hops and tropical fruits.

Tastes of bitter grapefruity/citrusy hops, caramel malts and a bit of grass.

irishkyle21, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite clear and coppery in colour, with a finger of beige head that has a bit of staying power.

A fresh mix of flowery and citrus hop aromas hit the nose. Grapefruit is probably the most notable single aroma. Even a bit of pine sneaks in there. Malt practically hidden in the smell.

Balance isn't ignored even though this is a hophead's style. There is enough malt to open the taste with a hit of honey or toffee sweetness. From there in the hops take over. Citrus and pine. Not overpowering if you like hops, but more than enough to satisfy.

Not thick but not thin, the body has a faintly oily feel. Carbonation is lively but doesn't seem coarse.

For this style, this is a fairly drinkable brew. I've been going through these fairly quickly since picking up the six pack.

elricorico, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery amber with a very fine line of white head.

Smell - Earthy piney hops, citrus, caramel, slight breadiness.

Taste - Initilally starts with a malty sweetness followed by a strong hops presence with hints of citrus/grapefruit and breadiness. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of stickiness. A little sweetness from the malts is left.

Overall - A well-crafted DIPA by Alley Kat. As the words on the bottle suggest, this ale has lived up to the "very hoppy" character. The malty sweetness is balanced by the hops presence. Glad to have tried this rarity and worth seeking out if available to you.

leaddog, May 28, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, off-white head that dissipated to 1/2-finger or so. Body is a dark orange color and hazy.

S: Awesome aroma packed full of hops... citrusy and minty.

T: Wow, this is a hoppy beer (as it should be). I can actually detect some nice, malty sweetness at the beginning, but then a strong punch of citrusy hop flavor comes through. Oddly, the finish actually isn't crazy bitter... don't get me wrong, it's bitter, but I find it balanced perfectly with the actual flavor of the hops.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D: An excellent DIPA... great work from Alley Kat.

berley31, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev -9%

rogerdandy, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of artemh
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

artemh, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Cwrw
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed for the Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton by Alley Kat, and this comes in a white 6-pack case with a listing of various strange sentences pasted all over. Bottle label is a simple red one with a cartoon rabbit. Pours a lovely ruby/copper colour, with excellent head rentention. The aroma is a blast of North American hoppiness, plenty of grapefruit and medicinal herbal notes. Never overwhelmingly dry or one-sided, blended with some robust malting as well. The hopping is expertly balanced here though, folks. Taste is a wonderful burst of herbal sweetness, along with flowers, honey, cinnamon and just all in all well balanced, but hops taking a commanding role, without overwhelming bitter qualities. Mouthfeel is nice and full, lingering well, and the drinkabilty, due to balance, is better than average. There's something to be said in the balance of the hopping here. Never overwhelming in taste, but absolutely dominating the aroma with lovely floral characteristics and filled to bursting with sweet grapefruit and pomegranate. Cheers. Like Tree's Hophead, this is a western canadian strong ipa to be reckoned with. Superb. Paired nicely with brie.

Cwrw, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of MAB
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of many brews that I bought that day, this one stands out from the crowd:

Appearance is always the hardest for me to evaluate. It looked like beer and I can't say that the appearance could be improved any--so is it a 4, a 4.5, or a 5? I went for 4...

The aroma is flowery and all hops, as is to be expected. I had guessed that this beer would simply be a "Full Moon Pale Ale" (also brewed by Alley Kat, and a fine IPA it is) with extra hops, but it's way more complex than that.
The taste was spectacular. The extra hops are used for flavor, rather than bitterness, so the double hops are used for a purpose, not just be "Hop Stoopid" (a Lagunitas reference, there). The base flavor of the beer is a very boozy IPA, with great bitterness, and then you get the hop finish.
Perfectly carbonated and with that many hops you can't have a bad head. I could easily down a couple of these, but more than two would kind of ruin any further sampling of other brews.

MAB, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Hornet2003
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice copper/red colour. Little head after a few minutes.

Smell: Powerful hop punch in the aroma with a candy-ish, burnt sugar character as well.

Taste: Lots of citrus and malt. Orange, grapefruit, fig, and apricots.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy. Good carbonation that lends itself well to the prickly bitterness.

Overall: Another great Sherbrooke beer! As a DIPA, I would compare this more to a DFH 90 min, east coast style rather than the fresher, peppery west coast style. I'm really digging this stuff for a hop fix and the 7.8% ABV means it's got decent drinkability.

Hornet2003, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of prosper
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark liquid that pours with a good head.

Smells great. Lots of citrusy hops and toasted grain. Plenty of malt.

This stuff is pure hop juice. Hops are the primary flavour, and are immediately apparent, and remain around for a moderately long finish. There is some astringency, as well as roasted grain notes in the background. No discernable esters or fruity flavours, these may be hidden behind the hops.

This stuff is deceptively drinkable. You'd never guess the higher-than-average ABV on this one.

prosper, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Edgerrin32
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Edgerrin32, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on April 18, 2011 in Unibroue glass

Appearance: 4
Poured a golden amber brown with a nice 1 inch white-orange head that slowly dissipates leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Light to moderate citrus and floral notes from the hops. Also faint toffee malt is present, growing as beer warms.

Taste: 3.5
Initially a moderate sharp resiny and bitterness of hops dominates. Less citrus notes that I would expect and hope for based on aroma. Midway the sweetness of the malt becomes more present. Finishes with a fading bitterness and mild caramel breadiness of malt. Initially as I drank this beer I felt it was not as aggressive or complex as I remember when I first had this beer last year. But as the beer warms and opens up, it gets significantly better. I recall the same improvement in taste as I drink when I had it last year too. Changing me from feeling somewhat disappointed to actually finding the beer quite pleasant. Strange! In the end, the beer has a nice strong piney hops with a balance, but more subdued sweetness of malt.

Mouthfeel: 4
Nice moderate feel, with appropriate sticky, astringent elements of hops. Mild to moderate carbonation that is appropriate for style. Alcohol of 7.8% is very well-hidden and never overpowering.

Overall: 4
As previously mention, I felt this beer change significantly for the better as I continued to drink it. I can't really explain why. In the end, it is an enjoyable selection. Not a beer I'd seek out regularly, but I find it very easy drinking overall and nice local seasonal.

EnemyWithin, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this bottle.

Poured into my favourite chalice the colour of the brew is copper and clear with a small wispy white head.

The smell is fairly malty with a slight tinge of tangerine, the smell kind of reminds me of an English barleywine.

The taste is of light citrus hops a slight taste of piney hops on a big malt backbone. The taste is heavier on the malt with just a small bite of bitterness from the hops. The alcohol can hardly be preceived. A nice medium mouthfeel.

This is a great tasting beer. It's not very hoppy as advertised and compared to some American DIPA's it barely fits in the style with what is available on the market. This tastes more like an English barleywine.

alpineclimber, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ablaze
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clarity on a deep amber brew. Lasting one-inch head with thick lacing.

Apricots, peaches...candy-like scent and nicely floral from the hops. Very nice for spring.

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly creamy. Initial sharp bitterness from the hops that follows through well with a nice malt popping out in the dry, woody finish. Well balanced and full of flavour with a piney, zesty edge and a hint of roasted barley.

Great on it's own, but would be tasty with a spicy dish...or maybe butter chicken? I'm impressed and will see this again, high-five Alley Kat!

ablaze, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of jmdr
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jmdr, Nov 22, 2011
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Sherbrooke Bad Hare Day from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.