I had a lot of new beers in April, but two really stood out for me, and they’re both from the same brewery – Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.
The Once Upon a Time X Ales, the November 22, 1838 and February 22, 1945, are both English mild ales that were originally brewed by the same English brewery, but the beers are very different, but both are worth seeking out.
If I had to pick one to drink, I may lean toward the 1838 version. This X Ale is not what most people think of as a mild. It is higher in alcohol, 7.4 percent ABV, and on the hoppy side. It is more reminiscent of an IPA than a mild. I enjoyed this beer immensely.
But, I can see why some people may like the 1945 version better. Other than the same name, the beers are nothing alike. This is a dark beer, more malt forward than the older version, and oh yeah, it is 2.8 percent ABV. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bomber with such a low ABV. This beer proves that low ABV does not mean low in flavor.
Whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed. For an interesting tasting experience, do a side-by-side tasting to see how distinct the differences are.
If you’ve tried these beers, let me know what you thought of them.