Bright Brewery ‘Blowhard’ Pale Ale


13699951_542119162638900_4007373660871243011_n“Big tropical and fresh citrus hop aromas explode from the glass as you pour our American style pale ale. The first sip will reveal juicy passionfruit, lychee and peach hop flavours backed up by a firm, smooth bitterness.┬áThis thirst quenching APA takes its name from Mt Blowhard near Bright, a majestic beast of a mountain which braces itself against the wildest alpine weather, inspiring the local mountain biking crew as they tear around the trails below.”

Served in a shaker glass. The hazy amber hue is capped by a frothy two finger head which slowly recedes and settles to a fine overlay with a sheet of lace being strewn down the walls of the glass. There’s a lovely depth and balance on the nose. An aromatic fusion of tropical fruits such as passionfruit, pineapple and lychee marry up with the sweet and sugary caramel malts. Hints of candy are also revealed as are faint grassy hop notes in the background. Maybe even a suggestion of bitters creeping in too. Not bad at all. The mouth feel is light on, pretty smooth and sessional with a mild but developing bitterness. Co2 and body are both medium. Very approachable. This beer offers citrus and tropical fruit notes on the front palate. A delicious caramel malt sweetness cuts through the middle as a citric bitterness forms to offer an excellent balance through the mid. A subtle hint of grapefruit follows and in turn leads in to a dry, grassy and fruity finish. Length is good too, a lingering hop dryness hangs about nicely between sips. Simply, we’d sum this up as the people’s beer – it would cover a wide range of palates from the novice craft beer drinker to the more distinguished. It’s light and accommodating but it’s also full flavoured, slightly bitter and well rounded. Perfect for all sorts of occasions and dishes. A decent all round drop here from Bright.