Where did it come from?: The mailman. I got a free six-pack sent to me at work for review. Now if there’s anything better than someone sending beer to you at work, I don’t know what it is.
What’s it like?: There is supposed to be Galaxy and Mosaic hops in here. Now Galaxy has a very distinctive – and delicious – aroma but I couldn’t find much of it here at all. There’s a Ginger Snap biscuit flavour at the front (I initially called it ‘‘toffee’’) and then some citrus hop bizzo turns up in the mid-palate before it wraps up with some slight bitterness.
Why do you like it?: Well, I like the Hop Thief concept of using different hops with every iteration. Sure, it’s not anything groundbreaking but still, it’s a biggish deal for a mainstreamer like James Squire to be trying something like this. And to stick at it for seven different versions.
Also, it does go down easy – even if there isn’t as much hop character as I expected.
Okay, now you can tell the story you think is funny/interesting?: They call this an American Pale Ale, but I don’t know about that. Unless it’s meant to be an entry-level US pale, on a par with the rest of the range. Because, really, there’s nowhere near enough hop character for it to be an American pale. Yeah, sure, it’s a good beer and I will certainly drink the entire six-pack myself. But I’m thinking it’s not really an American pale.
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