Less than a week after awarding the Gold Medal of AF Beers to Brewdog’s Nanny State, I get a message from Karen at Belfast’s Premium Specialist Off license, The Vineyard.
After starting my 28 day Break from Booze I had been reading about a few craft beer breweries who specialise in low alcohol products and amongst others, Big Drop Brewing Co. had spiked my interest.
The guys at the Vineyard had gone out of their way to source some Big Drop beers but it seemed that cost was going to be a little prohibitive for me & I had given up on including this brewer in my beer chart.
Amazingly Karen remembered that I had enquired about this brewery and when some arrived In store she was quick to hook me up! So, finally the wait was over and on the penultimate booze free evening of the year, Big Drop Brewing Company Pale Ale had a lot to live up to.
Pouring a rich amber colour with light carbonation and a thin, quickly dispersing head, the aroma of this Pale Ale is quite simply amazing. If a beer sniff test was a thing To t could easily hide amongst any Pale Ale, with its big and bold hoppy scent
Then we come to the taste. As good as AF beer gets, it always lack bite. That of course is caused by the lack of Alcohol. Big Drip Brewing Co have found a way around this. While that watery weakness that zero alcohol provides is evident if you really search your palate for it, the intense Pale Ale flavours that fill your mouth more than cover up for that.
So does this change the AF Beer Chart? Absolutely, Big Drop Brewing Co Pale Ale now take the top 5 places all to itself, BrewDog is 6th and Erdinger 7th.... forget the rest.
This really is a special AF Beer, easy to sub in for the full ABV counterpart. Taste and aroma, it’s has it all.
I got my Big Drop Brewing Company Pale Ale at the Vineyard Off License on Belfast’s Ormeau Road. £1.89 for a 330ml bottle.