In today’s Daily Drop, I’m tasting Hawthorn Brewing‘s Pale Ale. This sparkling golden pale ale is sitting at 4.7% and it has a lot to live up to coming from Hawthorn. But seeing the pile of awards and medals won by this crystal clear pale, I expect nothing short of delicious. Let’s check it out.
Excellent clarity in this golden straw-coloured ale. Nice head retention and very big lively bubbles.
A crisp and refreshing grapefruit nose with mild malty body. There are hints of floral notes when drawing in slowly.
The carbonation is mouthwatering and tantalising, with a small amount of spice on the nose. Medium-bodied, slightly sweet on the back, with a bitter resinous aftertaste.
Very bold citrusy hit with a lasting mildly sweet spice in the middle. It resolves with a very refreshing bitter hop aftertaste and clean finish.
This is a really nice pale ale that stands tall in a sea of plain Jane pales. The way that the crisp nose delivers clean citrus notes is well executed. Hawthorn is a brewery with very high standards and this pale ale is no exception. I’m definitely going to bring this to BBQs and share with friends and family. It’s a delicious pale ale that can be sipped or sessioned.
2 row pale malt, barley, and a bit of caramalt. Mashed at a slightly higher temp, probably around 69-70°. Hops are possibly Galaxy and Cascade. Keep in mind that this is pure speculation.
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Have you had this pale ale or any of Hawthorn’s delicious beers? What’s your idea of a perfect pale ale? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.