61 / 100
Pours a pale cloudy amber colour with steady trickle of bead. Head is white and foamy - good resilience, small bubbles and no lace. Looks pretty nice; refreshing if a little overcarbonated.
Smells also refreshing with nice fruity tang to it. Pleasant crisp pineapple notes with a touch of pear, lemon and sauvignon blanc. Bit of earthy phenol grounding it fairly nicely but an unfortunate sweet grain at the back mars it slightly. Otherwise good.
Taste is fizzy and slightly bitter. Not a whole lot of body to it, or much sweetness upfront. Largely hop-driven with fruity and floral hops from midway to the back, lemon and a hint of pineapple, maybe kiwi as well? Piney wood dries it up and adds bitterness, but it can't escape the emptiness, with a slight carbonation flavour reminiscent of a soda stream comes through on the back. That's not such a bad thing as this is clearly a thirst-quenching brew, and is light and crisp and pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel's where it falls down mostly. Sizzly and largely empty. Not great, but not terrible for the style.
Nice crisp pale ale overall, perfect for a hot day like this, though nothing outstanding.
38 / 100
Pours a hazed but very pale yellow straw colour, with a frothy, insubstantial and large bubbled head of white. Some patchy lacing, but because of the rather weak head it doesn't form strongly. Lots of fizzy carbonation and an extremely light body. It looks a little bit unappealing, to be honest.
Nose is weak with slightly earthy hops, and a funk of assy yeast. Slight popped corn character giving it its hint of sweetness, but it's undeniably a slightly adjuncty, nothingness. Very bland.
Taste is lighter, and, to be fair, not that bad. It's minimalist in character and flavour, with a slight weak grain sweetness and a fizzy carbonation-like bitterness on the back. It's so dull as to be boring, but it's also dull enough not to be actively offensive.
Drinkable enough, but really, really boring and flat. Not enough hops, not enough interest, not enough anything.