Trying Golden Harvest pale ale by 12 Acres and Poles Apart South by Wicklow Wolf.
Sorry, I couldn't resist. The labelling on this 12 Acres Golden Harvest pale ale reminds me of the For Dummies range of books. Thankfully, the idea of a For Dummies book is to educate people and that's precisely what Golden Harvest should do. First, it lets you know what's in the beer and where it comes from as well. That's a good thing because this beer was specially commissioned by Aldi and I believe is exclusively for sale in their stores. Secondly, it should educate people on how a good pale ale should taste. I picked it up along with a few other beers over Christmas. This 4.2% pale ale is packed full of tropical fruits. It's balanced but with a pleasant and lingering bitterness. I have to say, I think I prefer this branding better than the more traditional 12 Acres look. It stands out lot better than an old picture of his grandfather in a bowler hat although that story is an interesting one that could be expanded upon so I'm torn on the branding. Either way, the beer is good as is the whole new range of beer in Aldi. That's something I couldn't have said a year ago when Aldi's beer range was muck.
I also recently picked up this Wicklow Wolf beer. Poles Apart South is a white IPA which uses southern hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand so you get some interesting tropical fruits and mandarins. I do reckon my bottle was a little on the old side though as I was expecting a more interesting hop aroma but I can probably blame that on the beer being way too cold from my fridge. Where my bottle did deliver was in the wheat department. There was no mistaking it in the aroma and even more so in the taste. It would be hard to miss too at 30% of the grist. At 63 IBU, the beer should be pretty bitter and it most certainly is but it was well balanced by the malt so still had plenty of residual sweetness. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's a bit too sweet for my taste. It's a beer I'm going to look forward to trying if I come across it on tap.