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.