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Beer – #748 – Baylands – Zythra Pale Ale

Quick stop at the bottle store and the fill station for some of that Baylands Zythra Pale Ale. Bit of a mystery beer, but I’ll get to the bottom of it, and the bottle before the end.

…It’s very fruity…

I litre in the growler of the beer that is 6.2% ABV , about 187 calories a serve size, this has 40IBU things and works out that I have 4.89 standard drink units worth

Brewed by Badlands Brewery in the style that is English Pale Ale and they are in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Suddenly then there is nothing to be known about this beer in or around the internets of things. A Mystery. Nothing to live up to. So I contact the brewer on the Facebooks, and in moments, on a Saturday afternoon…

also very fruity .....

also very fruity …..

A delicately balanced pale ale with layer of Zythos and Mosaic hops.

It’s very fruity.

We use US Zythos and US Mosaic.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Light;y malty sugary rich aroma with a hint of a bitterness to come.

The lovely organs brown poor is delivered with a lovely head, testament to my skills of course, and a lovely firm head of substance and hope.

Grassy aroma in the glass, again a hint of the bitterness to come

That malt sugariness is strong in this,  almost but not quite dominating the drink, but there is a lovely and decent level of bitterness that is just about enough to add that really nice level of enjoyment, and it has a lingering taste too.

Baylands Zythra Pale AleI like it a lot, but then I worry that i’m more inclined to the sweeter beers at times.

Ha! I should worry if all the sweeter beer I had were like this, because this is a lovely bit of drinking.

It’s nice to have a full action beer, because don’t mistake a lot of malt sugariness for a masking, this has decent hop bitterness and distinct taste that is sometimes hard to find, or just too dialled one way or other.

I find it hard when a beer is this nice drinking to stop and think about why it’s nice, or why it is different from other beers It just is nice.

It might be the hops used, and the way and amount used, it might be that batting amount of malts, but the result is rather tasty to my tongue and pleasing on the nose too.

I’ve found that half of this is gone before I stopped to ponder, sipping away and just enjoying it, enjoying that orange/mandarin thing and that slightly grassy note

Then of course this is similar and like a few other beers that deliver a taste that is enjoyable, accessible and easy to get along with, but this too has a slightly higher ABV thing going on, which is unusual for a beer that is rather level and not forward like it might be, or others are.

A bit of a good pale ale then and for me a brilliant beer on hump-day.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is a bit good, it has lovely aromas, looks, and there are a couple of distinct things at least in the taste that are both enjoyable together and apart if you look for them. nicely balanced with the sweet and the bitter, with a nice lingering taste and without a harsh finish on the tongue.  Clever really.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The fill station at the local Liquorrland
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it has a lot going for it really.
  • Would I have another? I’d be pressed to go past it if I was out and this was on tap.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would because it is easy going and brings enough to the table to be worth talking about and as an accompany to a few yarns

Music for this: Foals” and  What Went Down”   on Spotify

Foals are an English indie rock band from Oxford,


Classic English Pale Ales are not pale but rather are golden to copper colored and display English variety hop character. Distinguishing characteristics are dryness and defined hop taste, but more malt balance than what youll typically find in an American Pale Ale. Great to drink with all sorts of meats including roast beef, lamb, burgers, duck, goose, etc. Note that the term pale ale is used in England to signify a bottled bitter, and in that way there is no such thing as English Pale Ale to the English. The style is a North American construct, borne of the multitude of pale ales that pay homage to these bottled bitters – Bass in particular – and therefore the majority of true examples of the style are found outside Britain.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.

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