Scona Gold | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a flute. A ginger ale-like gold color capped with an impressive frothy white gluten-reduced head, I am curious to see how this take stacks up against the recently reviewed Rhinestone Cowboy from Big Rock, and I am not a homer as I have a generally very favorable opinion of this brewery from up north, particularly their "Big Bottle" offerings. In any event, the aroma here is decidedly kolsch, light cracker malts leading the way, a little breakfast cereal and mellow toasted grain husk, and a refined yet snappy fruitiness like white grapes. Classic aroma for the style. Palate is fruitier than many other exemplars of the style, almost a canned peach and maraschino cherry vibe, more grapes and flavorsome yet rather delicate malting, maybe a whiff of Vienna or something else lightly toasted. Hops are low key, hay-like, faintly floral. Moderate body and low carbonation, a bit surprising. Although purists may find this insufficiently dry, I am quite liking the slowly developing malt flavors and decided emphasis on fruity esters. Subtle chalky aftertaste does little to detract, and although a little graininess and an artificial sweetener note peek through here and there, overall effect is pleasant. Although I may prefer the malt emphasis in Rhinestone, this may be the superior overall package.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle. Scona Gold appears to be back from the dead, now in the form of a Kölsch, and a 'gluten-reduced' one, at that. The sad part, is that this is a sort of replacement for the recently departed Charlie Flint Lager from their regular lineup.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale (and sickly-seeming) golden yellow, er, 'colour', with one fat finger of frothy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some melting snow rime (how seasonally appropriate!) lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready pale malt, fruity white wine spritzer, and tame earthy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet, almost rising pastry-like bready malt, the yeast tripping off that particular synapse, some pear, white table grape, and peach-dominated fruit cocktail syrup, and leafy, ethereally floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and barely supportive in said temerity, the body a healthy medium-light weight, and simple in its fruity smoothness, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the bready, almost sugary pale malt still engaged in a nice two-step with the bilaterally sourced fruitiness.

A pleasant enough, gently rendered Kölsch, the fruitiness, and low hop bitterness playing up to style. Another nail in the coffin of gluten free/reduced beers made with alternative grains, as opposed to the enzyme method being applied to a normal barley malt brew, the latter of which appears well-capable of producing tasty, enjoyable results, as it does here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a completely bland and flavourless beer. A very faint hop profile, a slight corn-like sweetness and no other aromas or flavours to speak of.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours pale yellow with half a finger of white head that leaves dripping blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of grainy pale malt, mild tangy citrus and grassy, flowery hops.

Tastes of more doughy, grainy pale malt, white grapes, mild orange and lemon zest and more green and floral hops.

Feels light and mild. Light bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Recommended. Very nice when you're thirsty.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gheeter
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden, clear.
S - Clean cereal malt and very light citrusy hop aroma
T - Very light hops and medium body. A little less body and more hops than other Kolsch's I've tried.
F - Very crisp, clean and refreshing.
O - Great summer beer. A nice refreshing lightness but still has some weight and flavor behind it. My favorite from Alley Kat's regular lineup.

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Photo of mwgedmonton
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derdtheterd
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Corson
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sathanas
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MiracleFaker
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mattumeo
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this is a very enjoyable summer beer. It is bright, perhaps lacking in head and carbonation. The bright, crackery, pale pineapple flavour is extremely pleasant. It finishes dry and without pretense, but disappears quickly. Not a grand slam, but this beer definitely rounds the bases.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scona Gold from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 19 ratings