- Pale ales – recommendations and places of purchase
Is Landlord a pale ale? I always thought it was a Bitter. Nice though
there are various IPAs (India Pale Ale*) out there, many available from most supermarkets.
Booths’ supermarket has an especially good bottled beer section, if you happen to be in the northwest of England, or Ilkley.
* India Pale Ale was made at home in the UK and shipped out to India for the colonial masters & the troops; to survive the long journey by sea, it had to have a higher alcohol content than typical pale ales of the day; IPAs today are typically nowhere near as strong, although the blend of hops/malt may be close to the originalPosted 7 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Landlord is a pale ale – probably my favourite as far as mass-produced ale goes.
Deuchars IPA is surprisingly decent considering it’s everywhere round where I live. Not amazing or anything, but perfectly respectable. It must be robust enough not to require anything special to look after it.
A lot of the pales will really divide opinion according to how you taste the hopps. Under-hopped ale (too sweet) or strong citrus or flowery flavours are not for me (ie if the ale is described as ‘spicy’), although Landlord has a citrus component that I don’t mind.Posted 7 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Landlord is indeed a pale ale.
I’m going to take a guess that Sierra Nevada pale ale is made with Cascade hops. If so, Copper Dragon do a nice one called Golden Pippin and Saltaire Brewerys Cascade Pale Ale is one of my favourites.
There are a few others, but their names escape me. Anyway, Cascade hops are being used quite alot now in the UK, so look out for that hop on the labels.Posted 7 years ago
A pale ale ought to be a paler brew. Drier, lighter, more amber.
I agree, some things called Pale Ale, arent. Often northern beers as they have no idea how to make something that doesnt come out like molasses! West country, west of england (Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire/Salopian) and some kentish brewers know how to make a proper dry, hoppy PA 😉
*retires to the flameproof pub*.Posted 7 years ago
I have no issues with the ingredients. Have you ever tried drinking Youngs? Brewed with London tap water and tastes like it. What’s odd is how Fullers can make ten times better beer from Chiswick water than Youngs can from Wandle water. Possibly less Sloaney piss in it? 🙂Posted 7 years ago
Deuchars is almost the only “northern” IPA I do actually really like. Travels very well too, in barrel and bottle.
That and Coniston Bluebird.
EDIT – good point re strength. I dont like beers more than 5.0% which would rule out Jaipur for me except as a tryout beer. I like a dry hoppy 3.6-4% session beer.Posted 7 years agoGrahamASubscriber
HPA is one of the nicest beers I have tried and good reason to do the Rough Ride each year.Posted 7 years ago
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