Heavens Below is a New England Pale Ale from Polly’s Brew Co in Mold, North wales. A small brewery celebrating its six birthday this year. Although Polly’s does produce lagers, sours and stouts, it is mostly known for its pale ales and IPA’s. So what is Heavens Below Pale Ale Like?
Heavens Below NEPA is a hazy, zingy, hoppy , citrus extravaganza. It pours a hazy light straw, almost like an apple juice in appearance. On the nose it’s fairly subtle giving up just a little citrus pineapple and grapefruit. The taste however hits you between the eyes, it’s zingy yet smooth with plenty of hoppy tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. A nice grapefruit bitter finish is satisfying. It gets a score of 4.4 out of 5.0.
A typical hazy New England pale ale with plenty of zing.
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Heavens Below New England Pale Ale Review
I tried Heavens Below pale ale at a great craft beer pub in Aberystwyth, Wales. The said pub is the Bottle & Barrel, a small converted house along a side street with a cosy atmosphere.
They serve a decent range of craft beers and ciders on tap, as well as a large range of craft beers and ciders in bottles and cans. All from breweries across the country.
Heavens Below was one beer I ordered on a flight of beers, the others being a NEIPA, Weissbier and a Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout.
Sitting in the glass, Heavens Below is very light in colour, a hazy light straw which almost looks like an apple juice.
It weighs in at 5.5% ABV, so not one for a sesh, however it is time to get stuck in.
Drinking Heavens Below
On the nose it is pretty subtle, but you know it is going to be hoppy. Aromas of citrus pineapple and or grapefruit is all I can pick up.
Diving in for a taste and it is an up front hop fest with plenty of zesty citrus popping on the tongue. Tropical fruits swirl around with flavours of pineapple and grapefruit.
Although it is pretty lively on the carbonation front, it is also very smooth in the mouthfeel. The finale is a nice satisfying bitter but dry experience.
To sum it up Heavens Below is a nice NEPA, fizzy but smooth, with plenty of zest and nice bitter finish. It gets a rate my beer score of 4.4 – 5.0.
M’Lady likes it too, saying “A refreshing zingy beer with a pineapple body and a bitter grapefruit end.” Lou scores it a slightly lower 4.1 -5.0. I think the lower score reflects it being slightly to bitter for Lou.
All in all a decent hazy pale ale.
Polly’s Brew Co
Sean Wheldon is the man behind Polly’s Brew Co. However before Polly’s which was born in 2018 he ran a one man cask brewery The Black Brook Beer Company. But it didn’t float his boat and he wound the brewery down.
At the end of 2017 the plan for a new brewery is underway. Armed with himself and one member of staff Loka Polly got under way in January 2018.
A busy first year sees another employee taken on as an assistant brewer. The brewer has seen consistent growth with six employees by the end of 2019, growing to seven by the end of 2020.
By the end of 2021 the number grows to eleven employees and the end of 2022 the team reaches fourteen. As well as Polly’s beers be sold in 28 countries.
Polly’s have had their bumps in the road, but have pushed on through and now celebrate their eight year in beer production.
So Polly’s is well know for its hazy juicy pale ales and IPA’s, so you will find plenty of them available. However they do brew some lagers, sours, and stouts too.
There range is pretty vast and I think ever changing too. Back in October I tried Looking For Changes, which is a 6.5% ABV Earl Grey IPA and a cracker of a beer.
However I can’t see that beer in their range at present, maybe it will return another day. There are a few I have my eye on though, but I will have to be quick to get them.
Mosaic Maze is a hazy IPA that is big on Mosaic hops. Think blueberry and plenty of citrus fruits, it has to be a tropical festival in the mouth.
At a hefty 6.7% ABV it is not one to take lightly, but it is one to savour and enjoy. One I want to get my hands on for sure.
The Rivalità is an imperial stout with a hefty 9.0% ABV, so it’s not to be messed with. Polly’s have gone straight with this stout, it’s not flashy, but it is a no nonsense imperial stout.
Rich in malt and roasted coffee, chocolate and dark fruits with a little bitterness thrown in. Sounds right up my street, give me some of this straight up stout.
Am Byth which means Forever is a Welsh Red Ale and celebrates Polly’s Welsh heritage. It’s a hoppy little number brewed with Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe hops.
Biscuit malty flavours lend a sweetness in the body, however there is a nice bitterness to back it up and balance things out.
Wales brew some great beers and I am sure this one is up there with them, so I am in Am Byth.
One thing can be said for Polly’s Brew Co they produce some great beers. Although I have only experienced two of their offerings, the quality stands out a mile.
Both beers I’ve had I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I am always open for a Polly’s brew. I am especially looking forward to getting my hands on The Rivalità Imperial Stout.
If you have tried Heavens Below New England Pale Ale, then do share your thoughts below. Let me know what you think of this juicy pale ale.
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