25 April 2020

Half Pipe (Aldi) By @SpectreUK

I'm told by a reliable source (Wikipedia) that a Half Pipe is a "structure used in gravity extreme sports" such as skateboarding. By the look of the image on the front of the can of this Half Pipe Session Pale Ale, you can skateboard at any age! Well, at least he doesn't have to worry about losing any skin if he falls off. As you may be able to tell, I know nothing about skateboarding. I knew another kid on the street who had one when I was a lad. I couldn't stand up on it without falling off, which is much like my one time experience trying to surf!

I may have mentioned in the past that a session ale is a low alcohol beer that was meant for staff to drink at break time during working hours, for when the employees had to go back to work and use heavy machinery without getting squished by it. Much like the heavy machinery, I guess this Half Pipe Session Pale Ale is for when a skateboarder is having a breather, and doesn't break something off after drinking a can of beer.

A plethora of American style hops such as Cascade, Goldings, Admiral, Centennial, and Columbus were used in the brewing process. On opening this 3.9% volume pale ale I first noticed its deep golden colour. A mixture of herbal hops were dominant in the aroma followed by the sweet malted barley. On taste the herbal hops almost exploded with flavour all over my tastebuds. Much like the gravity defying daredevils that ply the half pipes across the globe, the bitter herbal hops washed around and around, and up and down my tastebuds. The sweet malted barley smoothly slides in as if the skateboarder slows down for break time and for another cool refreshing session pale ale. Cheers!

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