When hammering out 3 to 400 words about the latest developments in beer, it’s awfully tempting to just grab a bottle of the latest extreme bottling and regurgitate all the hyperbole off it’s back label. Brewing today is pushing the boundaries in so many directions that it is bloody hard to keep up and there certainly is plenty to talk about. But today, rather than enthuse about the latest calvados aged lingonberry sour, I’m going to discipline myself and rave about a beer that is straightforward, accessible and downright conservative.
In fact, the only noteworthy thing about it, is its country of origin.
The Yes Boss! pale ale, is my favourite beer from the Pelicon brewery in Slovenia.
We were lucky enough to play host to the guys from Pelicon at the end of last year and despite being annoyingly young, cool and friendly, they really know their brewing chops. The Yes Boss!- although not their “fanciest” beer is the one I keep returning to when I have a thirst on.
It’s a very pretty beer: Deep amber with a fair haze and moderate (but persistent) effervescence, topped by a couple of inches of lush, creamy, foamy head. It’s fairly aromatic with notes of cereal, butter and Werther’s Original. The palate strikes a nice balance between sweet tropical fruit and hop bitterness. The finish is crisp, dry and refreshing, lingering in the mouth long enough to impress, but never outstaying it’s welcome.
This is everything I look for in a session beer.
All too often American (or American influenced) brewers simply drop the ABV for their session beer and compensate for the loss in character by going overboard with the hops. This makes for a beer that you can have quite a bit of without overdoing it, but you would never want to because it’s just too damn astringent, the bitterness becoming overwhelming after a couple of pints.
By contrast, I could happily chug away on the Yes Boss! all night.
Sadly, even if I was lucky enough to find a pub with a cask of the stuff, I doubt I could spend an evening drinking it, simply because it’s a bit on the pricey side. A 50cl bottle will set you back £3.30 which is pushing it, for what is in every way (except quality) a straightforward, old school, sensible pale ale.