Elusive Ultrahops “Vienna!”
Finchampstead , England
This majority of this pale ale’s grist is Vienna malt, and its name alludes to a song by Ultravox. This unfined, unfiltered “Vienna pale ale” pours a murky amber color. Unhelpful appearance apart, though, it is a striking beer, loaded with flavor as it combines Vienna malt character with the zing of Ultra and other blended hops. The aroma has an orange fruitiness on top of caramel, then the taste bursts with zesty citrus and tart plum notes. It’s sweet up front but quickly turns bitter, thanks to the pithy hops that outpoint the soft caramel and gentle toast of the malt. It’s a full-on drinking experience that ends dry, bitter, pithy and toasted.
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide , The Book of Beer Knowledge , Beer Lover’s Britain and So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? More of his writing can be found at insidebeer.com. There’s some curious history here—the brewery calls the 4.9% bottle-conditioned beer an American Vienna Pale Ale, […]