Alley Kat Brewing in Edmonton, AB recently released a pair of early spring seasonal brew; one in the 650 mL bomber format and the other in the 330 mL six pack format.
The Full Moon Belgian Pale Ale is a 5% ABV Pale Ale brewed with a traditional Ardennes yeast to give floral and estery aromatics. This seasonal brew is based on the flagship Full Moon Pale Ale a fresh and mildly hopped American Pale Ale. This pours out a light muddled amber body with glowing golden hues and a huge foamy head that settles to a thin head. The nose has mild and aromatic hops with light grassy and citrus aromas with a hint of noble hop spice. A flowery and lightly estery yeast aroma with a good blend overall. The taste profile is mild and well mannered with light caramelized malts up front, moderately citric hops with floral notes and the light yeast flavor. Nothing too crazy in the flavour overall, but a nice sessionable Belgian Pale Ale overall.
The Summer Squeeze is a Grapefruit Ale brewed to 5% ABV with grapefruit and grapefruit extract. The pour has a light pinkish tinge and a bright yellow golden body with a fizzy and short lived white head. The nose is the best attribute with the aroma of Pink Grapefruit soda with a light beery backbone. Taking a sip, a mild bready malt with a hint of sweetness with more grapefruit notes towards the finish. After a few more sips, I notice a very mild hop note with a very generic mild malty flavor. Overall, just a bland sweet grapefruit brew with a lack of character. But on a hot summer day, I would drive the hell out of this brew.