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True Hoppy Character: The Best Pale Ales

If you’ve ever explored the world of ale in any depth, you’ll recognise straight away those zesty, hoppy notes as you read the words “pale ale”. Yep, these are beers for true beer lovers; a collection of limes, grapefruit, wheat, barley and malt. Gorgeous pithy bitterness designed with summer in mind.

There’s a whole world of them out there to try, but if you want a really good place to start, then here’s three delectable and refreshing summer pale ales you can find pretty much anywhere – and they’re delicious too…

Bath Ales Wild Hare, 5.0%

While the last crop of hops struggled and wasn’t organic, this pale ale usually is. Nevertheless, the flavour is still in full throttle with grapefruit, lemon and tight, mouth-skewing hoppy notes that are best served chilled. Brewed slightly outside of Bath, it makes the most of its 5% alcohol with punchy, rebellious character. Golden and bubbly, it’s not bloating either, so certainly one to watch out for.

Adnams Southwold Ghost Ship Pale Ale, 4.5%

Brewed from Pale Ale, Rye Crystal and Cara malts, this is the definition of character. Stuffed with brilliantly zesty American hops like Citra, it makes the best of both sides of the Atlantic: ballsy, characterful flavour from American-grown crop with stunning, classic British beer-making at its best. Serve well-chilled and, if you’re feeling brave, pair with buttery salmon for a surprisingly tasty experience.

Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Strong Pale Ale, 4.3%

Not too strong, but all the same a truly good bitter beer experience. Full, toasty and crazy with citrus fruits, the finish is one of the most lingering I’ve ever encountered. If you love hoppy beers, then invest in a few pints of Timothy Taylor’s and engulf yourself in one of the nation’s most award-winning beers. This is a very special beer.

Written by Ben Franks, www.benfrankswine.com, @Writer_Franks 

Edited: Laura Thompson 

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