Big Drop Brewing was the world’s first brewery dedicated solely to the production of only the finest alcohol-free craft beer, based in Ipswich their non-alcoholic beer is naturally brewed to be no more than 0.5% ABV. They use natural fermentation in all their beers to ensure the very best quality taste.
This beautiful ale is malt-focused with a toasty aroma and soft grassy notes because of the light use of hops. The palate is malty with a touch of fruit and caramel. Pair this beer with something hearty like a good beef stew.
The brewers wax lyrical about its “toasty aroma”, “soft grassy notes” and “touch of fruit and caramel”. We also detected a hint of coffee or chocolate. But whichever way you define the flavour, we think it’s an outstanding beer.
Dark brown with a minimal, persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty, nutty, with soft hoppy (herbal) notes. Taste is exactly what you would expect from a brown ale, with a little stronger hoppy kick to balance the AF part. Dry and hoppy finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, thin to sticky texture.
On pouring we get a clear dark reddish-brown liquid, foaming up with a fair tan head that vacates the area in a hurry. On the nose we get roasted malts and wholemeal bread, with a background of some coffee/chocolate aroma. Definitely some sweetness there. The sweetness continues into the taste of the brown ale, with malty bread and toffee flavours at the front, advancing to something of a caramel bitterness.
Taste Notes: Full flavoured pours deep brown, nose is roasted, earthy, coffee, caramel, taste is chewy caramel, malty, roasted.
Serve cold pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes, great dark ale for a steak pie, or use it to create a casserole.
Please note this is NOT Gluten Free.
What the People Say about Big Drop brews:
“A fantastic range of alcohol free craft beers. Way above any others on the market in terms of taste and choice (and I’ve tried a lot). Really happy to have discovered these, which makes not choosing alcohol an easier decision.” Susan M Google Review
“I wanted to reduce my unit intake but wasn’t prepared to sacrifice taste or even worse, give up beer. Thanks to Big Drop I’ve had my cake and eaten it.” Alan L Google Review
“The beer from Big Drop Brewing is, of course, alcohol free but more importantly tastes brilliant” David S Google Review
“Best alcohol free beers I’ve ever tasted, and being gluten free to boot is the icing on the cake” Kristian Google Review
“Best tasting low alcohol beers so far, glad to have found these guys, made going alcohol free during the Euros a breeze” M R Google Review
A word about the founders:
Big Drop Brewing Co. is dedicated exclusively to making the finest 0.5% ABV beer.
Big Drop, based in Ipswich, is another dedicated alcohol-free specialist, with a range of convincing beers from light lager styles to milk stouts, launched in October 2016 by the-then City lawyer Rob Fink, along with his school-friend/band-mate, designer and entrepreneur, James Kindred.
The idea for a brewing business that only made alcohol-free beer was driven by their own lifestyle changes (eg fatherhood) and the frustration that there were no good alcohol-free beer options. Along with renowned experimental brewer, Johnny Clayton (formerly of Wild Beer Co), they’ve perfected techniques to make alcohol-free craft beer without the need for artificial removal of alcohol. The result doesn’t compromise on taste and yet is no more than 0.5% ABV.
Big Drop doesn’t just use barley. It uses barley, rye, wheat and oats to give great flavour and aroma. And it doesn’t use just one type of each. Across its beers, it uses over 20 speciality grains. Its wide-range of beers includes Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, Golden Ale, Winter Ale and a Sour. So there really is something for everybody.