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Big Drop Brewing Co. Pale Ale

"This dry-hopped pale ale is deliciously refreshing. The nose has hints of pine and honey. Packed full of flavour from citrus-heavy hops with a twist of fresh lime to create a crisp, zesty beer." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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it's just a really, really good ale....

When reviewing beer I do my best to not listen/see any hype as it can colour a review either way if you're not careful. Sometimes it's unavoidable but on this occasion I'd managed to completely miss this one and had a lovely surprise. First impressions of aroma were promising - refreshing dry-hops with a gentle bitterness. Mouthfeel is delicately smooth and it slides down nicely. There is a slight sweetness on the aftertaste that I could do without but this is a very minor gripe. As the beer warms up a little, the hops take on a more sophisticated cask ale character and suddenly I was in that quintessential warm English pub on a cold evening. It's been a bit of a hard week and I'm glad this is the bottle I chose to open this evening - it's just a really, really good ale and far more drinkable than many dry-hopped NA beers I've tried in the past.  I only wish there were more in the fridge. 

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Full bodied, quaffable pale ale.

A great beer. Very drinkable and full of happiness. Keeps a good head too.
Marginally better bottled, but I love the fact you can buy it from Holland and Barratt in the UK.


Reviewed: 06/01/2020 • Permalink

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Others Pale into Insignificance

Of recent years I've always tended towards the new kids on the block - IPAs and more experimental beers. As a result, I often overlook anything which at first appears to be more 'traditional'. And I have to admit, that has been an oversight on my part.

I was bought this by a friend. It stayed on the shelf as I tried some other non-alcoholic beers, thinking I'd probably enjoy this, but perhaps not as much as some others. However, as I opened the well-chilled bottle and got a first glimpse of the slight fizz and hoppy aroma I knew this'd be a very enjoyable drink.

Because of the addition of some fresh lime, this Pale Ale from Big Drop Brewing Co. is a modern twist on a classic. I'd say it's far more like a modern IPA than a traditional ale, and perhaps that's their cunning plan. A beer which appeals to both traditional ale drinkers as well as those with more modern tastes.

Had I not known, I would not have suspected this beer of being non-alcoholic (OK, it's 0.5%, but that's near enough 0 in my book). There's none of that aftertaste reminicent of some of the orignal NA fayre or malt flavouring in some of the more mainstream NA beers. In fact, it's really well balanced, with a good amount of bitterness but enough citrus to keep things interesting. It's not too fizzy, but definitely not flat - which seemed just right for a pale ale.

I'll definitely be stocking up on more of these, they're sure to become a favourite amongst NA drinkers.


Reviewed: 26/12/2019 • Permalink

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