American pale ale

#HBBAdvent Beer 22: Lervig Tasty Juice APA (Norway)

Lervig says: We did it, After we all travelled to Boston we came back inspired to finally jump on the juicy band wagon. Funny thing when we first saw one we gasped, and asked if the keg was okay... Then we realised this is the juice! The biggest issues for these beers are they have to be sold fast! Drank immediately. The freshness is what its all about. Unless you are working at a brewery you can see what a hoppy IPA tastes like straight out of the fermentation tank. Don't buy this beer unless you plan to drink it very soon! We canned it to help preserve its hoppy quality better...

We say: The brewers in Norway definitely know how to make a good beer, whether it is an imperial stout, sour or this great example of a DDH Citra IPA. If tasty is the word you use to describe this beer then you’re absolutely spot on. Oh, and the name kind of gives it away too… For me, this has been one of the most consistent juicy hop-bombs this year and my fridge has become well acquainted with it. - Joris

#HBBAdvent Beer 18: Elusive Brewing Overdrive APA Lap 5 (Wokingham)

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Elusive says: American Pale Ale hopped with Simcoe then dry-hopped with Amarillo.

We say: Elusive founder Andy Parker's fame preceded him - by the time we first met, in the very early days of the shop, we already knew of his prowess as probably the finest home brewer out there, and definitely the nicest guy in beer.

Since then, we've loved watching Andy realise his dream of owning a brewery and go from strength to strength. He's continued to produce incredible beers - we've been fortunate to brew three collabs with him ourselves (you#ll find some of our most recent collab, Down in Mexigose, on the shelf and we're delighted that our smoked chilli porter Aztec Challenge will be making a return sometime soon). In the meantime, enjoy this cheeky little American Pale Ale on a Monday night. - Jen

 

#HBBAdvent Beer 24: Marble Built To Fall APA (Manchester)

Marble says: Built to Fall sings with ripe white flesh nectarines, floral-tropical notes and a hint of tangelo. Lovely resinous pine sap and ripe seville oranges lead out to to a thirst quenching and super zesty grapefruit finish.

We say: Marble just doesn't stop wowing us this year. Whether it was the Portent of Usher Imperial Stout that head brewer JK thrust into my hand as soon as I went through the doors at IndyMan, the world's best black IPA, Black Sunshine, or the oh-so-elegant Sister Agnes morello cherry-aged old ale we enjoyed the other night, every beer is a knockout. This beer seemed like the perfect fit for the night before Christmas gluttony - a perfectly executed American pale ale. Nice one JK and team - without giving away my Golden Pints pick (cough, spoiler), you're my brewery of the year. - Jen

Each night, we'll reveal the day's hand-picked beer from our Big Beery Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter or Instagram (#HBBAdvent). Pick up Marble Built To Fall in store or via our online shop.

#HBBAdvent Beer 12: Brixton Atlantic APA

Brixton Brewery says: Brixton’s famous street market winds down Atlantic Road, brimming with exotic wares. Bold aromas and flavours compete for passing attention, a bit like our Atlantic APA. A deluge of aroma hops after the boil and generous dry hopping deliver a juicy tropical flavour. Extra Pale malt keeps it crisp and lets the hops rule.

We say: Brixton Brewery has really hit its stride of late and probably doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is by far my favourite London pale ale - a hoppy, punchy, bright beer with masses of citrus and fruit flavours and aromas from the dry hopping. It's refreshing and really well balanced. - Laura

Each night, we'll reveal the day's hand-picked beer from our Big Beery Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter or Instagram (#HBBAdvent). Find Brixton Atlantic APA in store or via our online shop.

Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 3: London Beer Lab Tip Top Citra, 5% (South London)

Each night at 8pm, we'll post a blog about the day's hand-picked beer in our Big Beery Advent Calendar - why we love the brewery, why we've chosen the beer, why we think you'll love it too. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter.

London Beer Lab says: "Tip Top Citra is the product of an APA home brew competition at our home brew club. A young Kiwi saw off stiff competition with this malty homage to Citra. An easy drinking, smooth pale ale with citrusy and tropical fruit notes."

We say: This was one of the first beers we got in from London Beer Lab earlier this year and it was an instant hit with our customers. We’re so impressed with the output of this little south-of-the-river superstar - their Wheat and Black IPAs are also must-drink beers. They may have flown under your radar till now but we think they're definitely one to watch. Expect great things from them in the future.