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Reviews of Non-Alcoholic and Low-Alcohol Drinks from Big Drop Brewing Co

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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Big Drop Brewing Co. Stout

"With notes of coffee, cocoa nibs and a lingering hint of sweet vanilla this beer is dark, rich and indulgent. We keep ours in the fridge but take it out about an hour or so before we drink it as all that decadence needs a bit of warming up. We pour it fast into a tulip glass so the gorgeous coffee aromas can stretch their legs. If it’s early in the evening, an oyster or two sets it off nicely. If it’s later, a chocolate fondant rounds off this truly extravagant beer. This Stout is greatly accessible and Gluten-Free containing <10 PPM." Big Drop Brewing Co.

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Drinking pints by an open fire in Edale

Aroma takes me back to days working on my uncle's farm, or drinking pints by an open fire in an Edale pub. Some may not like this country, earthy smell, but I found it immediately relaxing and reassuring. Body is a lovely, calory rich, workman's sort of pint. You may not need dinner as this just feels so hearty and filling. 

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Brown Ale

"This beautiful ale is malt-focused with a toasty aroma and soft grassy notes because of the light use of hops. The palate is malty with a touch of fruit and caramel. Pair this beer with something hearty like a good beef stew." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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A decent brown ale without a hint of fakery

Originally triallled in collaboration with the NHS and Boss Brewing Co. as part of a big to help dementia patients once again enjoy beer and socialising, this is a a decent brown ale that satisfies without a hint of fakery. The fizz is a little too tight for my personal taste but it is full of flavour and body. 

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Big River Black IPA

"Intense combination of two styles, the aroma is chocolate, a little coffee with a hint of oak woodiness and pineapple. Flavour is hop forward with just a hint of chocolate and roast coffee before a clean bitter finish." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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Don't let the hops fool you

Big Drop Brewing Co. and Four Pure Brewing Co. teamed up for this one. Aroma of a stout with Chinook hoppy ale getting in there too. Don’t let the hops fool you into thinking it rests there though – after the initial hoppy tang, the taste gets a whole lot more complex. With so many flavours, it is difficult to know how to start describing it – chocolate, coffee, sweet pineapple, ancient forest - I anticipate some interesting reviews for this. After you get used the initial striking aroma, a the rich flavours combine to give robust sustenance that stout drinkers so enjoy.

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Lager

"This darker Vienna style Lager sees a crisp, bready, biscuity maltiness coupled with a delicate hop bittering. This refreshing lager has a spicy Noble hop aroma and flavour finish." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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Fairly innocuous

Whilst there is a bit of mentioned malty biscuityness in here, overall this is a fairly innocuous lager that left me rather unsatisfied. You have to take a very big sniff for the  aroma, though when warmed up a bit you do get a little bit of richness coming through that is more reminiscent of ale than lager. Taste is a little insipid - certainly not what I was expecting from a company that is usually big on flavour - but there will be some that like a plain lager to down quickly on a hot day. That's just not my thing. The head didn't last at all - however I think the carbonation is about right within the drink itself. Colour-wise, I really like the darker hue. It's not something I'm used to in a lager but I it's interesting and something a bit different. Overall though, this isn't going to be a go-to beverage for me. However, please don't take my word for it. Give it a go and let us know what you think. 

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Sour

"Big Drop’s Sour is Vegan-friendly with a new recipe that combines a stronger citrus aroma whilst delivering a sharper, more acetic twang. The palate is filled with sherbety refreshing goodness and sees subtly farmyard grain flavours coming through. This Sour is also Gluten-Free containing <10 PPM." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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Sip don't gulp

An entry level, vegan friendly, light sour with gentle acidity which lingers nicely. You want to keep experiencing this time and time again so find yourself sipping rather than gulping. The grains come through well and there is something very natural about the taste overall. 

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Jam Session Raspberry Gose

"Spritely and refreshing with a nose of sour berries, rhubarb and raspberries. Flavour is lightly tart with under ripe berry and freshly harvested wheat all brought to a savoury finish of the sea salt." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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This made me smile

This made me smile. In fact, I couldn’t stop beaming and the photographer kept snapping shots of me – clearly this wasn’t due to my superman physique. Thank you Big Drop and Fyne Ales Farm Brewery for this work of art. Salty and sharp with a grainy tint, the first thing that gets you is the pinch of freshly picked raspberry in the aroma. A very stable, well balanced, sourness combines with a nice but not overpowering dryness leaves you feeling content, and the gentle fizz ensures you can focus on the taste. It would be a shame if this didn’t go into full scale production.

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Going Swimmingly Hibiscus Saison

"Brewed with hibiscus flowers and a blend of botanicals, this has a hint of tartness balanced with spicy notes. Sweet and sour from the hibiscus and a light fruity, spicy backing from the pepper and juniper." - Big Drop Brewing Co.

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A summer drink with a difference

Brewed in collaboration with the Harbour Brewing Company in North Cornwall, this unusual brew is definitely worth a try. The wonderful pinky, coppery colour holds a delicate Hibiscus taste with a dry feel. I think I was expecting something along the lines of a pressé, but this is most definitely still a beer. Personally, a tad more body would have helped confirm this, but as a summer drink with a difference, this is very refreshing.

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Citra IPA

This will delight if you’re a fan of fruity, crisp beers. Pale in colour but robust in flavour and very refreshing. Expect a large fruit juice aroma with lime, grapefruit and a hint of spiciness. A delicate blend of mango, passion fruit and pineapple flavours, combined with a light, crisp refreshing body, finishing with a smooth caramel aftertaste. Gluten Free <10ppm

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Drink with breakfast, lunch or dinner

Immediate sweet grapefruit & honey aroma makes this so very enticing. A decent body but not as much as the nose suggests. A very tight fizz tickles the tongue and the aftertaste is reassuringly complex. You wouldn't wouldn't know this was only 0.5% - not in the slightest. However, you could happily drink this with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Indeed, I think supping this whilst partaking of a well-prepared meal is probably the best way to enjoy it. 

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Indian Pale Lager

The World Collaboration beers are one offs brewed in batches of approx. 32000 litres.As with all Big Drop Beers, they are developed by their brewer, and then contracted out to specialty small breweries around the country.

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Malt and zesty hope are blended perfectly

An original brew, brewed in partnership with the SALT brewery based in Saltaire. Malt and zesty hops are blended perfectly to create an exciting, slightly clinical but familiar aroma. It is refreshing in the mouth without being overbearing and it’s very hard to put down.

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