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Sussex | Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jarmby1711 on 02-19-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by vancurly:
Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Off-white rocky foam, nice lace. Pale amber/golden colour.
s) Black tea, bread crusts, hint of citrus & ginger powder
t) As it smells, but underpinned with a solid malt backbone. Lingering piney bitterness that is medium and persistent.
m) Initially light & tingly. A dextrinous cushion becomes evident that saves it from feeling like a softdrink. Pleasant feel, nice to drink.
o) An interesting beer to analyse; its components are quite distinct,yet work well together. Good for a couple of pints in the afternoon.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2018. Purchased a little while back from ALDI. Described as a traditional pale ale brewed with ingredients from Sussex and hopped with Golding and Admiral.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich amber colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for quite a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Looks great.

S: Aroma of light, grassy hops with hints of faint herbs, subtle leafiness, mild grainy malt and ale yeast. Clean but unexciting.

T: Tastes of pale malt with notes of grassy hops, vague herbs, leafiness, a touch of grain and ale yeast. Faint huskiness in the background, followed by a crisp, restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and an insubstantial body. Aftertaste of leafy bitterness, faint grassiness and subtle grainy malt.

O: Traditional but rather dull. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a bland mix of subtle grassy hops, light malt and faint yeast. Watery body. Possibly this is better in cask form, but it just doesn't hold your attention. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of vinicole
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow. Large bubbles.
Blonde beer hops (Golding and Admiral).
Bitter kick. Hops again with some balance provided by light malt background.
Standard English Summer Pale Ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and part of the Aldi (English) summer beer festival
Pours a light yellow body with splattered white head
Wheaty lemon aroma
Nice malt base with bitter finish
Decent English pale

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Photo of doktorhops
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light sessional English bitters, this really takes me back to my working in a Scottish pull-tap real ale pub days... the drinking, not the working that is. And many a fine ale I consumed while on said premises under the guise of "trying it out so I can better inform the customers", ahhh, memories.

Poured from a 500ml (what no pint size?) bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: This ale comes rushing out of the gates with excitement only to fizzle down to nothing like a horse I decided to back in a race. The body is cloudy orange with a pale though nonexistent head.

S: Hop aromas are prominent and fruity. There is a light caramel malt base as well but it's a typical bitter all the way.

T: Given time to let warm to room temperature (a hat tip in the way of the Poms) this ale exhibited some classic bitter hop twang with a light malt grain base, again the memories flow like pull-tap ales.

M: Fairly on the light body, low carbonated easy-to-drink style that makes a sessional just that; a sessional.

D: Quite easy to drink... too easy. A higher ABV would certainly not have gone astray, however it is a bitter-sweet trip down memory lane nonetheless. Overpriced for what I would pay here but at this point in my beer review "career" it's become more about ticking boxes than discovering a brilliant new brew. In two words: adequately sufficient.

Food match: I don't see why the English like drinking a brew like this with a curry (I don't understand how you would even be able to taste a bitter after a beef Vindaloo). I would pair this ale with fish and chips or a steak pie you would commonly get from a local pub.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark gold , slightly brown with a creamy cloudy head
Mineral to tinny to smell, but there is some biscuity malt there
Underwhelming in flavour, in fact I couldnt decide what I could taste if anything at all
Finish quite sharp but overall is quite watery in the mouth
I would have to say I was disappointed.It was just a beer and was tending towards a macro quality to it

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Photo of Lemreway16
1.65/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sorry this is very poor. It may look like an English Pale Ale but that's it. Its tastes and smells just simply of hops. It feels thin and has no bite or kick to the palate. They make good wine in Sussex at least back into Kent for real beer me thinks.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint plus a half on cask at the local social club. I've had this on cask 2 or 3 times now and it is a solid beer, but not spectacular. If anything, try it out if you are new to English bitters as it is incredibly representative of the style.

A: amber, transparent, no fizz, no head (only a tiny amount of bubbles at the top of the glass)

S: grainy, rustic

T: bitter, subtle but with a sharp bitterness, slightly biscuity

M: very little to no carbonation, but very drinkable

D: the low ABV plus the subtleties of the beer make this a potential session beer. Personally, I rarely have more than 1 pint at a time, but this is very drinkable and could convince one to change that rule.

NOTE: I would tend to disagree with the classification of this as a pale ale, as to me it seems to be a classic English bitter.

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Sussex from Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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