Tiny rebel brewing co. ‘The full Nelson’ APA


image“Our ‘Maori Pale Ale’ came together after months of experimentation with a very unique hop – Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand. Strong grape flavours are complemented by the sweet Munich malt, making this beer crisp and refreshing”.

This is our first crack at this small micro-breweries range. These two lads from Newport, Wales successfully took a garage hobby brewing on weekends to a gold, silver and bronze winning brewery at the Great Welsh Beer Festival not long after. The sky’s the limit for these blokes. Poured into a shaker glass the appearance displayed a translucent gold with a fizzy one and a half finger head that collapsed to a halo with reasonable lacing. The aroma is definitely hop aromatic with grapefruit being the dominant fragrance. Some floral undertones produce a pot pourri-like sweetness along with subtle hints of white wine, grapes, citrus and delicate caramelly malt sweetness. Mild-medium carbonation with a decent level of drying bitterness on the tongue. Slightly watery mouth feel with mild-medium body…..quite thin actually. Initially we picked up grapefruit, and again in the mid-palate, along with hints of citrus, sour fruits, leafy hops and some grain. Light bitter citrus finish with a touch of resinous spice on the back end. A tad one dimensional. 4.8% ABV. Not overly exciting, we’ve had much better APA’s, but not bad from this Welsh brewery, just needs a little defining.