This week BeerBods have chosen to feature Maule Brewing Co. They’re still pretty small, and brew in limited batches, so getting all of us bods drinking the same beer was a tough call. Instead they given us two beers. This cheat sheet is for Smashing Pale Ale. If (like me) you’ve got Lucky IPA instead I’ve made a separate post for that.
Maule Brewing Co, Smashing Pale Ale / Pale Ale / 4.4% ABV / IBU 50
Featured in main subscriber box on 21 June 2018.
Serve this beer between 7°C and 10°C; stick it in the fridge for 90 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
The brewery say this beer is “piney, with a sweet fruit centre and dry grapefruit bitterness to finish, lingers for just a while…” Sounds great. We also know there’s crystal malt in there and some torrified wheat – the latter is probably used in small amounts to promote head retention. And we also know the hops used:
- Warrior: resinous, herbal, pine
- Chinook: grapefruit, citrus, pine
- Cascade: lychees, floral, grapefruit
- Simcoe: pine, grapefruit, passionfruit
Pale ales like this are good with a wide range of foods. Pork, burgers, speck, that sort of medium-hearty meaty pairing should be great. A pork pie perhaps? Maybe go Mexican for something a little more vibrant to play with all those exuberant-sounding hops. A pulled pork burrito, or some tacos. You could also try some cheddar. And if it’s dessert you’re after, milk chocolate should be OK but probably not dark chocolate.