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Brewed by Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Edmonton, Canada

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Macadem. Pours medium amber, thin off-white head, passable lacing. Nose is very soft, with cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, some malt as well. Palate is very pumpkin-pie like, but still quite soft, and honestly rather watery. I like this, and it makes me desirous of having, better pumpkin beers in the future.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2088) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
rereview jun 10/08: this beer, a beer that we used as punishment for getting scored on during a fooz game has gotten thicker on the pumpkin and somehow does not taste old... go figure. So, I poured 4 bottles into my black toilet....produced a huge, thick bubbly head with great retention and, well, the lacing was hard to judge as it did not hold up to a double flush. Best cap ever produced in my toilet by a beer. Serious. Got the pics. Eat it, Alley Kat.

Get it while itís fresh! If you wait until, Iíll guess late November and beyond, expect this to taste like crap as it will have a short shelf life. Then you will miss a decent brew. Poured out a small, rocky, tan crown that faded quickly. Nice clear deep copper apperance. The aroma is pretty good - the spices come first (nutmeg, corriander, clove) followed by soft pumpkin (not pumpkin pie), some odd, twisted mint smell and some malt. Interesting thing here is how the aroma continues to evolve with the spice of the pumpkin showing up right as you run out of breath. The taste is pretty decent however there are no overpowering flavours and for me that is a bit of a shame. Comes across tasty but a bit weak. Maybe this is a good thing as this stays very drinkable. Taste is not as complex as the aroma - soft blend of spices and very soft pumpkin. Mainly clove. Some malt taste. Nearing medium bodied. OK carbonation but a bit tart and dry. Clovish aftertaste with very muted hop bitterness. Decent beer worth trying. Me thinks me get a case for the fridge. Success for Sherbrooke Liquor Store after shitting the bed with the green beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cirrhosis (1215) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
"Beer appears crystal clear reddish brawn with a noisy tan cap that is quickly reducing to nothing. Right off the top the aroma reminds me exactly of apple cinnamon yogurt. I guess can smell pumpkin in this but I might just be being tricked by the name of the brew. Aroma is ok maybe just a touch sour. Taste is watery and malty with a cinnamon kick and a clove finish. Canít really notice any pumpkin in the taste but it does remind me of pumpkin pie. Sour, watery and a touch of spice this sums up this brew. Drinkable but disappointing but what ells do you expect from Alley Kat."

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle, courtesy of Jimmay (thanks!). Dark orange with lots of brown, small still white head. Great aroma, Pumpkin pie mixed with caramel. Yum. Taste follows exactly - very sweet and very spicy and very very tasty. A tan thin I suppose. Really liked this one, certainly in the upper end of pumpkin ales I have ever tried.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Jason from Camerons. Pours mild to medium amber. Aromas of allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin pie. Taste fis what youd expect. Wasnt crazy about it but found myself looking for more. Decent but like Michigan & Shipyard better

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to presario. Pours a clear and copper color with a small white head. The aroma is very good; sweet pumpkin, spices, caramel goodness, I can almost smell whip cream in this aroma. The aroma is just perfectly like a pumpkin pie. The flavor is spicy, lots of pumpkin, smooth and easygoing. A perfect example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
My bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of Presario. Pours a clear orange-copper with an average size diminishing white head. Aroma: Yup, thatís pumpkin pie alright, along with caramel malt and toffee in the back. Malty, spicy flavour is, surprise surprise, pumpkin pie-ish! Average bodied. Very enjoyable and right on style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle (341ml). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Clear bright brassy-amber with a smallish off-white creamy head. Aroma of pumpkin, light cream, mildly acidic nutmeg/allspice - it needs a few seconds to open up, though, initially it was quite ... vegetal. Taste - more inital bitterness, plenty of flowery pumpkin spice, but quite a maple sweet character to it in the end - sticky, thin, mildly carbonated .... I liked it!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2693) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 12, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Orange red with a small head. Aroma: Pumpkin spice, pie, nice! Flavour: Yes, a lot of pumpkin. Like a wonderful glass of pumpkin pie. Smashing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line :
Nutmeg-doused gingerbread men playfully adorn the lightly caramelized cereals of this well-built, easy-drinking novelty brew.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam shrinks to a ring atop the luminous amber-hued red.
-The nose concentrates on spiciness, and thus appears a tad linear; the biscuity cereals tasted could be more prominent in the aroma.
-The prickly carbonation remains smooth throughout.
-The mouthfeel is well fed while never being cumbersome.

Bottle. Thx Mike!!


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