I’ve written, here at The Brewclub, in the past about ‘Wibblers‘, one of my local breweries. One of their lesser known brews is Alepine, lesser known as it’s brewed exclusively for export – unless you manage to grab a few bottles at one of their regular open days.
They’ve moved and are now just a couple of hundred yards from Southminster Station which is served by a rail service into London’s Liverpool Street.
I arranged an evening at the new brewery for a group of friends recently and everybody had a great time and some great brews.
The label advises that Alepine is brewed using ‘pale malt‘ and the ‘highest grade English Challenger, US Mt Hood, Cluster and Cascade hops‘. Sounds good to me.
It pours a very pale golden colour, slightly cloudy, but with a full, foaming white head. The cascade hops are to the fore in the nose.
Flavour-wise, it’s crisp, slightly sharp but those hops follow the nose. It’s hoppy but not a hop-bomb, it’s balanced with that pale malt underpinning the flavour. This is a very crisp, refreshing brew.
And worthy of three Brewclub stars.