Just when you thought that Winter was over, Europe is plunged back into the ice age as the “The Beast from the East” grasps Great Britain and the rest of the continent with it’s sharp, icy claw. What better way then to stay in, keep warm and try these three epic pale ales!..
Hepworth & Co Brewers Ltd – Prospect 4.5% abv
Bottle conditioned, this brew is traditionally produced with organic Sussex grown barley and is naturally gluten free too!
Appearance: Golden with a slight natural carbonation and a white frothy head that reduces rapidly, leaving a slight bit of lacing on the surface.
Aroma: Slightly floral, with a fantastic fruitless and sweet maltiness, counterbalanced by a bitter hoppy underlay.
Flavour: Fresh strawberries and stone fruit, rich banana, met by an epic bitter finish.
Rich in flavour, yet very refreshing at the same time. Almost a farmhouse feel, with a fantastic bitter-sweet mix that is balanced to perfection!
Anchor Brewing – Liberty Ale – 5.9% abv
First brewed in 1975, this one has become a classic that cannot be missed!
Appearance: Light amber-ish and well carbonated, with a head that disperses quickly.
Aroma: Quire floral with a dash of citrusy orange-peel, followed by a hint of pine.
Flavour: This is followed through into the flavour and joined by a blast of bitter tropical grapefruit.
Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking!
Birmingham Brewing Co – Pale Brummie 4.0% abv
From the relatively new brewery Birmingham Brewing Company, this brew has proved very popular with beer drinkers both young and old!
Appearance: Golden, with a slight haze and a very lively frothy head .
Aroma: Hoppy, with a hint of citrus and bitter grapefruit, mellowed by a sweet biscuity underlay and a touch of caramel.
Flavour: An epic combo of bitter hoppiness and sweet caramel in the finish.
Thirst quenchingly good and a nice twist on the traditional English pale ale!
So there you have it, grab yourself a log, a fireplace and these three fantastic brews to keep you company!