The London Beer Factory Beyond The PaleDecember 1, 2016
The London Beer FactoryBeyond The Pale
London, England Style: American-Style Pale Ale ABV: 4.2%
This pale ale combines extra-pale English malts and fruity American hops.
A session pale ale in the American style, this golden beer has plenty of U.S. hop flavor from nose to tail—grapefruit, orange, melon and pine, with a slightly sappy, spicy tang. Together with the slender body—it’s only 4.2%—this makes for a clean, crisp drinking experience and very easy quaffing. The finish is just a little chalky, but that smack of orange-bitter hops hangs around for quite a while to encourage you back for more. The can, with a ring pull that opens up the whole top, is a novelty in the U.K.Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge, Beer Lover's Britain and So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? More of his writing can be found at insidebeer.com.
London is a vibrant beer town once again, with some 70 breweries plying their trade. The Beer Factory is in what us Cockneys called Sarf Lunden, the far side of the mighty River Thames that cascades through the center of the city. Brewed with pale and cara malts, Beyond the Pale is hopped with Cascade, Magnum and Mosaic hops. It’s as pale as a victim of Jack the Ripper and has an aroma of ground cumin and lemon fruit with rich biscuit malt from Maris Otter barley. Intensely bitter hops burst across the tongue, blasting malt and fruit into the long grass. The finish is more balanced, biscuit malt and gentle fruit challenging the dominance of the hops.Roger Protz is the author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and protzonbeer.co.uk.