Category Archives: Pale Ale

First chop: Jam

By   October 21, 2017

It’s  lunch time and what best than pizza and beer!! Oh, wait: pizza has gluten. Quelle horreur! Gluten free products are more readily available than ever and I even know a couple of places in town with decent gf pizza but unfortunately Belgrave Music Hall is not one of them.

But at least they do have decent beer. First chop is entering the ranking of my favourite gf beer brand. They different beers are all pretty good and they cover an ample range of flavours. First Chop Jam is a pale ale with a nice orange colour and fruity taste. It’s pretty sweet and pours very well. Like all the First Chop I’ve seen so far it comes on a can so please remember to ask for a glass! They can taste can easily ruin the beer.

As I said I had this one from Belgrave but it is also available online from Amazon and other retailers.

Brasserie Gluten Free Organic Pale Ale

By   June 2, 2017

When I thought I had discovered a fantastic beer (organic, gluten free, cheap) it turns out that Aldi has recall it due to undisclosed barley content. I can only hope they will correct the problem and bring it back into store because I loved it.

It comes on an unusual 750 ml bottle. It pales and quite aromatic. It pours very well with a nice head and it has a very good taste. On top of that being organic I thought I had a gold mine but sadly… no…

It was for sale at my local Aldi. Fingers crossed for a comeback.

Brass Castle Hoptical Illusion

By   February 20, 2017

This is a new one for me. It comes all the way from Malton in Yorkshire (round the corner, that’s it). It is a golden ale with some fruity aroma and a nice head. The taste is not bad but rather bland. I had it yesterday and I can barely remember it now meaning it hasn’t left a lasting impression on me. I’ve got another can for tonight though.

It comes from my usual shop, Tall Boys.

First Chop HOP

By   November 29, 2016

First Chop HOPFist Chop HOP is described as an Ultra Pale Ale. It is a bit bitter with lemon flavour hint. It has a pale gold colour and it builds up a nice head when poured.

Overall I like it. Tall Boys is supplying it in cans and as I mentioned before I not too sold on the concept. I may be just me but I swear I can smell the can in the beer.

It did go down well with my dinner (pork chops) and I’d like to have it again.

Organic Grisette Blonde

By   October 11, 2016

Grisette BlondeGrisette Blonde is a refreshing pale ale. It’s quite carbonated and has some citrus aroma in taste. In truth it remind me a wheat beer quite a lot. I had to look at the bottle twice to make sure it wasn’t.

Another interesting feature is that it’s Organic! Yes, I do like it to be organic but I’m afraid taste was a bit disappointing. I expected a bit more and there are better beers out there. I’ll probably have it again at some point but it’s down the list.

My usual shop, Tall Boys sells it.

Omission Pale Ale

By   July 30, 2016

Omission Pale AleOn my previous post I mentioned I loved the Omission Larger. If you read my some of my reviews so far you’ll probably noticed that I’m more a pale ale guy than a larger (though the reserve is true on a hot day). Omission Pale Ale does not disappoint. It’s lovely. It is a bit thin more similar to a larger than to a full bodied ale and perhaps it needs a bit more aroma. It’s more carbonated that I was expecting though take it as a good thing from me.

I’ll definitely buy it again. Amazon has a decent price as well. Both Omission together with Vagabond are probably among my favourites at the moment.