Buena Vista Brown Ale | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Buena Vista Brown AleBuena Vista Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Alley Kat Amber

Alley Kat Amber, is our version of the original London-style Brown Ale. Amber pours a nice reddish hue and accompanied with a nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Golding hops are used in this brown ale to give it that light floral hoppiness and slight bitterness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very bland and boring amber. No discernible hopping and a very bland caramel/sugary sweetness that becomes unpleasant half was through the bottle. Obviously not aimed at the beer geek crowd but could still improve a lot.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very serviceable brown ale. The malt profile has the requisite caramel toastiness, it looks nice in the glass, and it finishes off-dry due to the hops. I would never turn down a pint of AK Amber.

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Photo of microwavabledish
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Idrankthat
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KentCstrait
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Smells caramel and brown sugar. Front of the tongue is malty and similar to smell. Finish is hoppy. This is a very nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Nice smooth beer with a roasted malt finish.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A reddish bronze brew with an aroma of light caramel, nuts, and toast, with a whiff of candied apple fruitiness and tangy Goldings hops. Nothing overly aggressive but everything is in its right place. Same with the palate ... Semi-dry, quite bitter, faintly floral, and quite nutty, with bar nuts and perhaps peanut brittle, brown sugar, and raisin providing both the appetizer and the main course, with the leafy hops do exert themselves during the finish, dried grass and an echo of forest floor wildflower. On the low end of moderate in terms of mouthfeel, just a little chewy. I generally prefer my English browns a tad sweeter than this but I laud the hopping regime and the malt flavors do develop nicely over the course of a session.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - copper in color with a persistent beige head
S - rich aroma of toasted grain, caramel, bread crust, yeast
T - earthy hops compliment sweet toasty grain and caramel malt, toffee, bread, yeast, and floral hops are also present
F - higher carbonation gives it a fuller but medium feel, finishes dry and semi-bitter, fairly clean as well
O - nice English brown with plenty of balanced flavor. Thanks to some Canadian friends for bringing this down for me to try!

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of david_wolf
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really solid offering from Alley Kat. First had this at a local pub when I was fairly new to craft beer, and it convinced me to eschew my macro ways.
Took a couple of notes on the brew, but I've had it so much since it's highlights are ingrained in me. Has a really nice nose, and a lovely malty flavor that isn't overpowering.
This is consistently my favorite Amber, as its simplistic but incredibly difficult to match. Incrredibly difficult to find now that I'm in B.C.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sAws
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a Light to medium Brown color with small white head and slight lacing. Smell is delicious with sweet malt, caramel and cloves. Mouth feel is thinner than I expect with a brown ale. Taste is very mild with less malt taste and more hop taste than I come to expect with a Brown Ale. Half way through the taste pretty much disappears except for the slight hop flavours. Overall this beer was disappointing I was expecting a nice malty Brown Ale rather than a slightly hoppy flavour.

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Buena Vista Brown Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 56 ratings