So I have decided to make an advent calendar of beer. It’ll be 24 beers that I may not have had a chance to try or review yet. Most of them are speciality types that may have been sitting in my fridge waiting for a special occasion… and what better occasion is there than Christmas?! So everyday until Xmas eve, I’ll be posting a short review on a special beer.
Brewery: And Union
Style: English Pale Ale
Rating: 3.5 / 5
I’ve been dying to get my hands on this pale ale for ages and just never seemed to find it… until I went to Welkom of all places.
It’s supposed to pair well with a Burger. Obvs. But I didn’t have a burger (or at least then) so I can’t comment on that. What I can say is that I can see how it would pair well.
It pours deep golden with plenty of frothy white head. It’s got tiny bubbles of carbonation that are actually just awesome to watch. The head sticks around for a long time (always something I find impressive).
On the nose it’s earthy and grainy and initially, gives a burst of hop resin. Lovely way to introduce itself. Being an English Pale Ale the flavours are milder, softer and more warming. It’s not a “1-step-down-from-an-IPA” kind of beer. The hop aroma dies fairly quickly, but the flavour is still apparent to the last sip. It’s really just a lingering hop flavour which makes the beer pretty well balanced. Bet it would go well with a burger :-p