This Caterpillar Pale Ale was made in collaboration between Brewfist, in Italy and BeerHere, in Denmark. It kindly came to our door in a box of beers a while ago from Beer 52, who send a beer monthly for those connoisseurs out there who like to try something different. Large quantities of New Zealand hops were used in the brewing, with added spicy rye malt. On reading the label my mouth couldn’t help but water. I couldn’t quite tell why this pale ale is called Caterpillar, but I figured it might have something to do with gardeners running wildly around hop fields trying to keep the pesky bugs off the leaves.
I opened the 330ml bottle and took a deep snort of this 5.8% volume pale ale. There was a heavy hoppy smell to the ale with spicy undertones. The beer poured very excitedly, so much so that I instantly had a beer glass full of head. After a while of waiting I added a little more beer and finally took a deep sip. This is definitely a beer that’s taken a great deal of thought and preparation. The two brewers have done a magic job on their collaboration. There was an initial bitterness from the mixture of hops washing around my mouth, with a hint at first of spiciness that started to build on itself in my mouth right through to the aftertaste. This spicy and intense hoppy flavour makes this a lip-smackingly tasty beer indeed. Not one to wash down with food I suspect, rather to be thoroughly enjoyed without accompaniment asides the pleasant company of several other bottles of Caterpillar Pale Ale.