HB&B Blog — Pale ale

Fundamentals #101 — Rivington Brewing Co Never Known Fog Like It NE Pale

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Fundamentals #101 — Rivington Brewing Co Never Known Fog Like It NE Pale

Every so often a new pale ale arrives from a British brewery that I feel serves as a marker in terms of flavour, representing both of where we are now, and where we might be heading. Although it was more than 10 years ago now, I still remember my first taste of The Kernel’s Citra-hopped pale ale. Although I’d tried several of the voluminously-hopped US imports that inspired this beer’s creation, that first sip of Kernel Citra was a true game changer; a sense that a wholly more modern approach to brewing had arrived on British shores, and that we as drinkers were...

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Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

With more than 2,000 breweries in the UK alone, it can be immensely challenging keeping up with who are the latest and greatest within the beer scene. When you consider that more than half of these breweries have emerged within the last decade, keeping up with the most recent beer releases can seem even more daunting. Another unfortunate side-effect of there being such a rush of exciting new British brewing talent is that some of the breweries that emerged before this rush really gathered steam can be, on occasion, left by the wayside. This doesn’t mean the beer they’re making is any...

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Fundamentals #90 — Glasshouse Poetic Differences Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #90 — Glasshouse Poetic Differences Pale Ale

There’s an idea among the biggest multinational brewers that to be “craft” is to ensure part of your offering is a hazy, hoppy beer with little or no bitterness, brewed to a sensible ABV. This kind of thing is the mainstay of most small independent breweries, so the idea from the giants is if they do it well enough, and make it readily available and affordable, then there will be no need for the placated drinker to look further afield for something a little different. However, for me there’s something of a naivety to this plan. Because, sure, you can...

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Fundamentals #89— Queer Brewing Existence As A Radical Act Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #89— Queer Brewing Existence As A Radical Act Pale Ale

I was recently asked how I stay objective when I write about beer,  and the short answer is: I don’t. Or, to be more accurate, I can’t. Beer is my life and a source of great joy. If a certain beer or brewery makes me feel emotional, then I won’t block that in pursuit of balance and fairness – I will let it wash over me and channel it through sincerity. If a beer ignites great joy, then I want to share that in its rawest, most tangible form. That’s what beer is all about for me. But today’s review pushes this way of thinking...

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Fundmentals #82 – Burning Sky x Brasserie de la Senne New Alliance

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Fundmentals #82 – Burning Sky x Brasserie de la Senne New Alliance

I approach this beer with a deep sense of anticipation. And rightly so – it’s not often the giants of Sussex’s Burning Sky and the titans of Brussels’ Brasserie de la Senne come together, making them both seem normal size… Mitchell and Webb references aside, I am genuinely thrilled to be able to review this beer. Those who follow me, either through my writing or on social media, will know that I’m a huge fan of both breweries, and before I dig into New Alliance – the beer they have come together to brew – I’m going to remind you...

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