6 April 2019

Folded Mountains Pale Ale (Aldi) By @SpectreUK

There's not much information on the 355ml bottle's label of this 5.3% volume Folded Mountains Pale Ale, asides it being produced by Custom Tap Brews, in New York. I'm assuming this is a pretty old pale ale though, as Fold Mountains, such as the Himalayas, was the name used for the effects of folding layers within the upper part of the Earth's Crust (so Wikipedia tells me anyway). The theory of Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift took over from the concept of Fold Mountains in the early 20th Century. I know (yawn)… this is not very interesting, but some people often need to get to the facts to fully understand something before plunging in or at least writing about it… even if the temptation just to open the bottle and drink the American Pale Ale inside is pretty overwhelming! The fact that the brewery is situated on the Genesee River in Rochester, New York, which first had breweries situated there from 1819, goes some way to explain the age of the Folded Mountain name of this pale ale.

On opening the bottle there was a fairly strong herbal hoppy smell with the sweetness from the malted barley poking up like a little-bitty hill underneath. This almost bronze pale ale pours with an enthusiastic head. On first taste the herbal hops bite into my tongue like the spikes on a mountain climber's boots. This is certainly a flavoursome beer. The bitterness from the hops, and a warming hint of spice is only smoothed out a little by the sweetness from the malts as my tastebuds descend to the lower peaks of the fairly high bitter mountain range they started on. The herbal hops and spicy undertones of this beer makes me wonder what hops they used in the brewing… But I can't seem to find much on this beer. Perhaps if you pick one up yourself sometime you can let me know your thoughts on it?

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