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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Batemans XXB Classic Premium Pale Ale

I’m pretty sure I picked up a this bottle from Batemans Brewing in the UK because it was on sale at the co-op as a way of adding some international flavor to the tastings, but Batemans XXB Classic Premium Pale Ale seems the perfect candidate for a lighter ABV slide into the evening.


Batemans XXB Classic Premium Pale Ale poured a slightly clouded copper-red, with light carbonation trailing to a thin white head. Wheat and biscuit dominated the nose with an underlying herbal support.

Batemans XXB Classic Premium Pale Ale opened with a mild, peppery hop start that almost immediately mellowed into a smooth, malt biscuit middle.  Slight hints of grape came through in the fade, but the ale stayed warm and bready throughout.

Batemans XXB Classic Premium Pale Ale is a typical example of a British ale… malt heavy, just enough hops to infuse some brightness, and even a bit wheaty.  It is curious that it is labeled as a pale ale, when the taste and XXXB in the name imply roots closer to a classic British bitter.  The smoothness of the ale makes it less refreshing and better suited to pairing with food than the US takes on the Pale Ale.

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