5 litre mini kegs are available for UK mainland delivery.
5 Litre Mini Keg - Pale Ale (5.6%)
Description and Tasting Notes
A tasty, modern hop-forward Pale Ale, but not quite as we know it. Three European hop varieties have been carefully selected for their powerfully fruity aroma, presenting a cocktail of orange zest, grapefruit, berries and gooseberry, while oats and wheat alongside the finest quality Maris Otter malted barley provide a smooth, sweet foundation. Together with a classic British fermentation the combination ensures easy drinkability from a Pale Ale that’s the same, but different.
What The Hell Was I Thinking?
Good question! Brewing a new-school hoppy pale ale on an old-school brewing kit with open fermenters is not an easy task. This type of beer has huge potential for spoilage through exposure to oxygen and as such it feels like tending a delicate flower through a thunderstorm. So why not ramp up the challenge a bit further and avoid the hop varieties that have become synonymous with this style; your Citras, Mosaics, Simcoes, Ekuanots, Galaxies and whatnot? These guys aren’t known as the ‘cheat hops’ for nothing. But no, me and my ‘Big Ideas’ mean it’s a quest for the most assertive European hops, and with this beer style we can rule most of the options out straight away because any significant amount of spiciness just won’t work. So after extensive trials we've opted for hops from Germany (Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria) and France (Barbe Rouge). The result isn’t the same as a pale brewed with more sophisticated kit and using the hops mentioned above, but it is a cousin, perhaps, and that’s sort of the point. Taste the difference, celebrate variety.
Bottle conditioned, vegan friendly
Malts: Maris Otter, Oats, Wheat, Munich
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, Barbe Rouge