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Simple Things Fermentations

Big Ideas Series 12.1 - Table Beer



Light in colour and in alcoholic strength, yet full-bodied and full-flavoured, this is a crisp, citrus smasher. A healthy dose of oats and a pinch of maltodextrin give a satisfying mouthfeel and combine with a generous hopping rate to make this cheeky 3%-er much more than the sum of its parts.


Tasting Notes

Citrus fruit on the nose is unmissable as your glass approaches and this carries through to the first sip. On the palate a subtle spice note develops in the background and there’s plenty of body to carry the sharp, tangy hops and moderate bitterness. The body is full but light and spritzy with a zippy carbonation. Finishes medium dry, with a tingle.


What The Hell Was I Thinking?

The challenge with low ABV beers is to create enough body and mouthfeel from a small amount of grain to carry a generous hopping, and that’s what the oats and maltodextrin are here for. This is the first beer in the Big Ideas Series to include a US hop variety, and it wasn’t done without a fair bit of umm-ing and ah-ing, but the familiar ‘craft beer-iness’ that even a low dose of Centennial offers is another key element of what makes this beer work. The lemon citrus from Lemondrop and Kazbeck get a solid foundation and the result is a light, hoppy, sessionable modern pale ale.


Bottle conditioned, vegan friendly



Malts: Maris Otter, Oats, Munich

Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Kazbeck, Lemondrop

Yeast: Nottingham

Other: Maltodextrin

Big Ideas Series 12.1 - Table Beer