4% English Pale Ale
Here we go! Our first beer from the beer365 box is a "refreshing pale ale brewed with 5 premium malts as well as English and New World hops". I'm not usually a massive fan of the word "premium" as I feel it's usually unfounded, but let's see what we get from this one!
Almost certainly this beer is bottle conditioned as it's got a lovely cloudy golden hue as it enters the glass. Carbonation is lively and sticks around for a wee while, before dissipating.
Aroma is a tad funky - I'm getting all of those citrus notes promised from the bottle but I'm also getting a diacetyl smell, similar to butter popcorn or an intense buttered bit of toast. I'll push on though, and get to the flavour.
Unfortunately, the flavour is very similar. Initially a light crisp beverage full of light tropical and citrus flavours, but the mouthfeel isn't good. I'm slightly used to having a tiny amount of diac in some cask ales in traditional British styles but this is just too much. It's almost oily and the aftertaste leaves a definite butteriness in the mouth. A shame really, because the initial flavour promised so much.
As previously mentioned, this was one of the bottles I got from a beer365 sample box. You can find a link to the site below!