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Beer – #869 – Sawmill – I Love Ugly

Friday night and it’s time for the Sawmill I Love Ugly Extra Pale Ale. before the BBQ starts and I get otherwise distracted. I’m enjoying this back to beers in bottles, at least there’s a fair chance that you might one day be able to buy another one. Not that I don’t have beer from the fill station.

An unassuming 500ml of a bottle of beer that is 4.9% ABV, this is 1.9 standard drink units in NZ.

Brewed by Sawmill Brewing Company (NZ) this is styled as an English Pale Ale  or even an American Pale Ale and they do that in Leigh, New Zealand

It’s literal – extra pale in colour with a foamy white head. Light malt backbone, stonefruit aroma and lively hop character.

The hair !

The hair !

This extraordinary extra pale ale is created by the iconic New Zealand menswear brand I love ugly and Mike from Sawmill brewery – the ultimate chill place to discover the East coast and sip a few awesome brews.

This is some seriously tasty, fresh pale ale showcasing summer stone fruit aromas and a perfectly balanced palate. Very cool indeed.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Familiar dull aroma with some fruitiness in it.

Really pale straw blonde pale pour with a small head that is at least persistent.

The aroma in the glass much the same, perhaps more of that tropical note.

sawmill-i-love-ugly-extra-pale-aleBigger bitter than I expected and it’s quite peaky there. But it’s also a lot softer overall and say to drink really. There is that background bitterness though that lingers about a bit.

In my imagination I thought that his was almost soapy in some way.

Then I’d found that I’d drunk a goodly half of this already, which surprised and pleased me, this is nice drinking beer of little to disappoint or amaze really.

I beer that you don’t really notice, and I’d finished and moved on before I thought of more to say.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It just didn’t rock my world like other pale ales have, it isn’t bad, it isn’t great, it’s just average pleasant beer of no real standout features other than it drinks well without any surprises.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorlands have them and other good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? I can’t remember it was that unremarkable.
  • Would I have another? No.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Only ig you were a fan of the clothing label, otherwise nope.

Music for this:  ” Belleville” and  ” Turn the Medicine Down” on Spotify 

Belleville Belleville are meant to be a lo-fi, alt-country, jangly indie-rock sort of band but get carried away with other stuff from time to time.


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


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.


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