It’s part two of our Hepworth Brewery triple-header, following our recent review of its Prospect beer. We’re looking at Hepworth’s Sussex traditional pale ale today, which is a light honey coloured traditional ale with a fairly leisurely 3.5% strength.
It looks great, the head fizzes away quickly but the beer doesn’t really off much of a nose. If anything it’s slightly tinny with a slightly floral hint.
The Hepworth Sussex is made purely from Sussex-growth hops and barley, and these combine to create a light, fizzy, lovely-to-swill pale ale which leaves a bready aftertaste.
It’s bitter, pleasant and easy to drink, but nothing really jumped out at me aside from that.
Nose: Tinny, floral if anything
Taste: Crisp with a bready after taste
Our verdict: If it was a cricket player this beer would be called a “wicket to wicket bowler” – fairly reliable and standard without being spectacular.