British Invasion
HammerHeart Brewing Company

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #14,429
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Modeled after classic English ales with a twist of American hops. The name is a reference to the Dane Law in Northern England, in addition to the 25 years that southern England was under the thumb of King Cnut.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 44
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

one of the least inspiring hammerheart beers i have had, which is not to say i didnt like it, just that its not really what i know them for, and it doesnt quite move me the way almost all of the rest of them do. an english ipa or pale they say, and it sure does have the malts lined up for that, sturdy and bready and a little sweet, a little oxidized, and even a little smokey, intentional or not im not sure they can avoid it in here anymore. the hops taste american to me, even a little juicy up front before turning vegetal and bitter later on, they are robust in here, but so is the grain, and balance is retained despite the sort of more flavorful than usual complexion it has. i think its a bit overly bitter, and im not sure the hops selected are the most appropriate, it tastes a little bit disjointed to me, although i do not dislike it at all. slightly acrid at the end, hops and faint smoke coming out a little more, long finish. overall this is definitely not the place to start with these guys, but a seasoned drinker of their beer will find subtleties to appreciate here...

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

Reminds me a lot of a British pub cask ale. White head. Golden color. Bready and biscuit malts. Grassy and floral hops. Earthy and bitter. Some stickiness.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber/blood orange colour. Smells like citrus hops, earthy hops, and a light pine-ness, with a slight malt nose as well. Tastes like earthy hops, pale malts, bitter and with a grainy finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml mini growler from the brewery. Poured into a Hammerheart tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A pretty earthy balanced aroma of malt and hops. Earthy hops with a scent of grass along with some pine and slight citrus. Malt scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and floral balanced taste of malt and earthy hops. Fairly strong presence of earthy hops with some notes of grass and pine. Also some light notes of citrus. Malt notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and cracker along with some yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Pale Ale. Nice earthy hop presence and balance with the malt.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery on tap
Pours a murky brownish Amber...not a big nose, but some malty bready notes and some earthy hops. Taste is similar to the nose but a lot more rewarding...nice layers of flavor, substantial body without being heavy. I keep on thinking it is going to turn sweet with some caramel or some citrus but it doesn't go there, instead staying with an almost woodsy and very earthy herbal profile. Tasty and unique. Wish I could find this around town more easily.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

I picked up a growler of this, my first encounter with Hammerheart. Pretty outstanding pale ale. Bitter hoppy and malt flavor, almost a little smoky. The color is a very cloudy auburn, very inviting. Smooth mouthfeel, almost creamy white head. I'll definitely be trying more from these guys in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this is supposed to be an English-style Pale Ale? But there's nothing pale about it, cloudy, impenetrably so, dark, chocolate-y brown, with a slim, milky-white head.

I heard that filtering is something that just isn't done at Hammerheart. Fine by me.

Aroma: sweet, rich malt-y flavors hit the nose first. Even-keeled as can be, with light hops. Delightful stuff.

Tasting it: Now the hops appear, pouncing on the palate. Fresh, lively, green and screamingly bitter attack on the tongue. Stays long. Grassy, and slightly citric. And it butts right up against this intriguing malt body. Getting creamy now, smooth and tasty, with hops keeping pace.

Good ale, this. Much malt, and highly hopped, with plenty of yeast character, at turns, hoppy, sweet, and dry. And utterly unlike any other beer. Fits the ancient, rustic theme this brewery thrives on.

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Photo of gatornation
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap @ republic 7C

A=pours a cloudy murky apricot color with an off white this brew looks brooding with nice lacing
S-bitter hops and bitter pale malts somewhat of an earthy smell and wood
T- bitter hops that smooth out on the palate with pale malts and sweet toffee,caramel it has a pleasing taste rounded out with a touch of smoke
M-bittersweet mild carbonation that prickles the tongue makes you want to have another sip
O-very good brew that grew on you will try again

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Photo of McRyan
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- I really do not like the murky look for pale ales.

Smell- At first smell i was really not looking forward to the beer reminded me of any other EPA.

Taste- I was so confused and caught off guard by British Invasion. I was greeted with a great hop forward flavor that i wasn't expecting. Right after that you get a great smokey finish.

Mouthfeel- Was right on point.

Overall- This beer instantly jumps to the top of the list of beers i want to regularly drink from Mn. I need to have a few more to figure out what's going on in this beer. It had me confused the whole time and i loved every bit of it!

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On my first visit to the brewery, I tried the whole lineup, and tried this one last. From the first sip, I knew this was the one I would be taking home in a growler.

Poured from that growler the next day into a shaker pint, this beer is murky, to say the least, with a billowing head of beige. It's not especially dark -- it's more of an English toffee color, in fact. But it sure is opaque. Lacing is substantial.

The smell is engrossing. It has a much richer maltiness than expected, and possibly more than I have ever encountered in a beer. Tastes that way, too, with a bitterness that emerges very late and lingers long. This is satisfying stuff.

Drinkability is very high with this one. I must resist the urge to drink the whole growler in one sitting.

EDIT: I drank the whole growler in one sitting.

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British Invasion from HammerHeart Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 44 ratings