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3 Point 5 Pale Ale – Avery Brewing

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Beer ReviewsPale Ales

3 Point 5 Pale Ale – Avery Brewing

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Quick Overview

Cloudy when first poured, settles into a light clear amber. Quite a punchy colour and smell – grapefruit & citrus with cereal and hops. Slight froth on the head, but relatively low carbonation throughout. Leaves a slight bitterness as an aftertaste but is a fine drink for a meal or a relaxed mid-afternoon pint.

How we see it

3 point 5 is best described as a friendzoner. It’s a pleasantly agreeable libation with hints of desirable qualities (namely that of the grapefruit and citrus notes, supported by the hoppy bitter aftertaste) but there is a slight lack of passion backing up the mouthful as a whole, quashing his chances of taking the girl home and getting laid at the end of the night.

We’d dress him in Gingham, conservative enough without being prudish, occasionally sporting a bow-tie when he’s feeling frivolous. It’s a generally handsome beer, full in colour once settled and the taste is inoffensive and interesting enough to keep the whole pint enjoyable – I supped it at a Spoons, for which it is specially brewed, on a Saturday early afternoon late morning when in need of a quick refreshment and it was indeed pleasing company.

As I mentioned, it is specially brewed for the Whetherspoons  ‘The World’s Biggest Real Ale Festival’ and although the Beer Badge is telling you it’s from Boulder, Colorado (a fact I was naively excited about when ordering) it turns out Adnam’s in Southwold, Suffolk brew the ale – having acquired the recipe from the guys over in the States, Avery.

It’s an enjoyable all-rounder but nothing to talk about in the locker room, which is a shame – I really wanted to feel that spark but after each swallow it just came up slightly short. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t spend a night gleaning it’s good qualities though, after all, the friendzoner is always polite and subservient – he’ll get you where you need to be safely and when there’s nothing else going his company isn’t all bad. It’s light and is easy to drink quickly if you’re in a hurry or planning on sinking a few. But if you’re looking for something to throw you down and ravish you with it’s exotic flavours and heady scents, we’d steer clear.

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