Full Moon Pale Ale | Alley Kat Brewing Company

Full Moon Pale AleFull Moon Pale Ale
BA SCORE
85.7%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 112 ratings
Full Moon Pale AleFull Moon Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada
alleykatbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full Moon is a West Coast style pale ale that is both kettle hopped and dry hopped with Centennial and Cascades.The hops provide this ale with a nice citrus-like taste to balance out the caramel malts.

West Coast style pale ales are from a larger category of brews called American Pale Ale (APA). The APA is a cleaner and slightly hoppier version of British Pale Ales using North American hop varieties but everything else remains the same, right down to the balance between malts and hops to the medium body. With the additional hops APA tends to produce nice fruit-like flavours while balancing out the bitterness from the hops used in the process.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,601
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
112
Liked:
96
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
10.15%
Alströms:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaryleTilroe
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As an Edmonton native I have been drinking this beer forever. I followed it though the "New Coke" fiasco when Alley Kat ill advisedly tried to turn it into a totally unnecessary, mediocre IPA. Luckily, as with new coke, the market spoke and 'Full Moon Classic' came back. Since I had never left a review of the original I am rectifying that situation.

When poured right there is a very acceptable head for the style. A clear, rich coppery colour and assertive carbonation; perfect. It is very refreshing with a decent hoppiness, but not so much as to linger or dissuade another sip. Nose is very mild and pleasant. A classic session APA.

Back to standard stock in my fridge.

Now don't mess with it again Alley Kat!

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey amber with one skinny finger of eggshell head that leaves Antarctic landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells of toffee-like caramel malt, grapefruit and lemon pith, soft pine resin and fruity, flowery hops.

Tastes of more snappy caramel malt, pithy citrus and piney, fruity hops.

Feels soft and sturdy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. I could drink a lot of this when it's hot out.

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Photo of artemh
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnnyr1
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Crazycanuck17
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favourite pale ale. Great all around beer not too hoppy.

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Photo of Merlin68
4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A great balanced beer with a nice hoppy bitter finish.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass at Kawa Espresso Bar in Calgary (they have a decent beer list too, domestic and imported, much of it craft). A light coppery orange brew with a rather minimal white head, although what is there persists for quite some time. Aroma is a fine balance of sweet nutty malts and hop resins and spice, most notably featuring some mild citrus rind and tropical notes. Palate is similarly balanced, with considerable malt character accompanied by dry, citric, almost green hop flavors. Plenty of Cascade character along with another almost English vibe: Pink grapefruit, lemon marmalade, black tea, melon, flower shop, and faint pine are all revealing themselves but nothing is getting too aggressive. The malts start as light caramel and toast, with a more nutty note showing up later. Crisp and refreshing, with a thin to moderate body and fairly assertive carbonation. Finishes citric, with a little white pepper. I concur that this is probably one of the best western Canadian American pale ales, superbly balanced and assertively hopped if a tad on the dry side. Nothing pops out in a violent fashion but there is still plenty of flavor, malts and hops in close synchrony.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle; thanks to some friends from Red Deer for bringing a mixed 12pk for me to try
L - lighter amber color, thinner ivory head fizzles rather quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass
S - grapefruity hops, caramel malt, pine
T - toasty grain, caramel, pungent grapefruit and pine, nice balance with moderate bitterness
F - creamy medium feel, finishes bitter, but not overly
O - solid APA. I like it's balanced flavors. Really enjoyable!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Full Moon Pale Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.7% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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