Dressed in what looks like it ought to be a Stereolab Record sleeve, Verdant’s Pale Ale is a thing of subtle loveliness, rather like a Stereolab Record.
Pouring a cloudy peachy gold, the smell is pineapple and mango smoothie, rich and thick and inviting.
The malting, all Golden Promise, Carapils, Caragold, Oats and Wheat, smooth and creamy and sensual.
You find soft caramel wafers, honey doused bagels and a hint of vanilla ice cream, all of which creates a lovely base over which the hops – Citra and Amarillo – combine to give you lemon sherbet and rolling tobacco, resinous redwoods and gloopy orange marmalade.
Underneath all this the London Ale yeast brings a warm apricot earthiness that adds an extra depth to the soft bitter sweet finish.