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Alley Kat 15th Anniversary Cascadian Dark Ale

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Formerly brewed at Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Black IPA
Edmonton, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To cap off our 15th Anniversary series, weíve brewed a Cascadian Dark Ale, also known as a Black IPA. This beer is a salute to cascade hops and the breweries of Cascadia that inspired us to start Alley Kat. Cheers!


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, - DEC 3, 2010
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown in colour, good sized pillowy tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma has some chocolate like sweetness, nice resiny hop aroma. Flavour of mild chocolate malts with grapefruit hop notes. Roasty notes linger along with dark chocolate and a good dose of Cascades. Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation. Alcohol remains well hidden, drinks like a 5% brew. Quite pleased with this one, and wishing Alley Kat would keep this brew around.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Thanks to Reimer for this. Pours black with a small beige ring and some lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts and some earthy hops. Taste is mostly roasted malts and a moderate earthy hop bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
noctivagans (16) - - JUN 1, 2014
Had a pint at Brew Brothers in Regina. Dark with okay head. Aroma fairly roasty without much for hops character. Tasted like a light, hoppy stout rather than a CDA. Good roasted malt presence but not much bitterness or hops aroma to it to be honest. May have been an old bottle though. Some IPAs donít retain hops bitterness and aroma very well. An honest effort, but came up short. But Iíd love to try a fresh batch!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (788) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Aroma is light malt notes with some citrus hop notes. Taste is a fairly pale malt complexity. The finishing flavours are mostly a basic tarty hopiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseMartineau (87) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours coffee color. Smells like you just brought the Christmas tree inside! Incredibly balanced, you wouldnít guys the ibu was that high

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1334) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2014 Pours a clear dark brown with a nice bubbly dark brown head and leaves rings of lace on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, resin, citrus hops, coffee and a mild sweet tobacco. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, citrus hops, resin and coffee all blended together pleasantly. One of the best offerings to date from Alley kat! So easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Masterkush7 (566) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a large off white-beige head that lasts quite some time and leaves a decent amount of lace. Aroma is roasted malts, citrus, resin, coffee, light tobacco and a mild sweetness. Flavour is citrus, resin, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, mild sweetness(caramel like) and a med-high bitterness. Really enjoyable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Rating #911 - January 14, 2014. Bomber from Co-op. Re-released as New Moon Cascadian Dark Ale (gídamn Twilight ní shit). Aroma is super Cascade/Citra on the nose, lots of tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon notes, as well as a bit of malty sweetness. Palate actually lacks in earthy roasty character, a bit of a fruit bomb for an IBA/CDA. Medium body for 7.6%, medium alcohol warmth. Balance is there between the sticky sweet citrus and the dry-hop bitterness. Certainly crushable, no doubt. Great IBA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1072) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a large off white-beige head that lasts quite some time and leaves a decent amount of lace. Aroma is roasted malts, citrus, resin, coffee, light tobacco and a mild sweetness. Flavour is citrus, resin, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, mild sweetness(caramel like) and a med-high bitterness. Really enjoyable!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4363) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
650mL bottle poured almost black into my goblet with an abundance of beige head and wonderful lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and the hops. Taste is balanced nicely with the roasted malts and hoppy bitterness. There is also some presence of smokiness in the taste. Very similar to the robust hopped beers in the Northwestern US. Quite enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
In short: A very roasted dark ale with timid herbal hops. Just ok
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed the same week I received it but I think this was only brewed once 4 months prior. Bottle from Presario, thanks Trevor
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Timid nose of herbal hops, some roast, some old coffee. Taste is sweet dark malts, medium-high roast level, burnt brown sugar, cold coffee, some brownies, some cocoa powder, discreet herbal hops. Bitterness comes more from the roast than the hops. The relatively high roastiness level adds an acrid character to the beer that I didnít particularly enjoy. I keep changing my mind about Black IPAs, itís either I canít get enough of them or Iím sick and tired of the style. I change my mind every 3.1416 days, I think Iím pi-polar.


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