Beatnik Hazy Pale offers a good vibe, in an easy-going beer. I didn’t notice the haze so much. But I did get, malt, lime, floral, and citric flavours. It is slightly tart with gentle, grassy, bitterness. The finish is all green hops, and malt/biscuit.
Simon was a classical pianist, his wife Beth an and opera singer. With a melting pot of creativity and talent it one form of art, it spilled over into a more noble art: Brewing. I’m old enough to remember when Hargreaves Hill started too. From the first, their Pale was a cut above the bland norm. When they made a Porter/Brown Ale loosely based on my suggestion, it was love. Since 2004 they’ve been through many challenges, but they’ve evolved and thrived. Still, their beers are a cut above the bland norm. At the same time, they provide drinkable beers.
When pale malt became available, brewers could make Pale Ales not just brown Porter and Stout. English Pale Ale is often dry, malty, bitter, with hints of hop flavours. New World Pale Ale can be anything. They used to be all the rage but IPA is now the darling of brewers. Most modern Pale Ales are around that 5% abv on the lighter side, fresh with a sweeter, hoppier outlook.