Beer of the Week – Campervan Pacific Zest

Friday is here once again – they just keep on coming – and so that means another chance to pass on a tip about a Scottish beer that may well be flying under your radar. Every week throughout 2017 I will be doing this, giving a little love to a beer that deserves to be in your cupboard and then your favoured beer glass. With so much happening in beer – even if you just restrict yourself to this part of the UK – sometimes things slip past, unnoticed.

So for this particular Friday it’s a throwback to something that would have been great in the long, lazy Scottish summer. For all of those evenings on the decking, watching the sun slowly set, the ideal beer to have in hand is a tropical IPA that gives you bags of sweet, juicy fruit flavour to make that evening all the better. And here is that beer – Campervan’s excellent Pacific Zest.

41. Pacific Zest (4.5%)
Campervan Brewery, Edinburgh
Style: Pale Ale
330ml bottle

Pick it up here:
At Hop Shop online (as individual 330ml bottles)

Citrus-packed American Pale Ales are nothing new but always welcome – and one of the keys to packing in the flavour is loading up those juicy C-hops. But there is another route – the South Pacific and the hops of New Zealand and Australia. And then there’s a third way (this is a brewery with the tagline ‘wandering but not lost’). Add as many hops as you can get and then include a big hit of lime zest. And you can certainly taste that in Pacific Zest. It’s fruity, pithy and almost verging on the tart – but the juicy hops come along at the end to leave you refreshed and seriously wanting more. If you see this beer on cask, buy it.

Beer of the Week Series:
1. Fyne Ales Highlander
2. Swannay Old Norway
3. Broughton Old Jock
4. Traquair House Ale
5. Tempest Easy Livin Pils
6. Cromarty Brewed Awakening
7. Fallen Chew Chew
8. Black Isle Hibernator
9. Isle of Skye Red
10. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve
11. Orkney Skull Splitter
12. Windswept Wolf
13. Kelburn Dark Moor
14. Alechemy 5ive Sisters
15. Loch Ness Light Ness
16. St Andrews Eighty Bob
17. Harviestoun The Ridge
18. Orkney Dark Island
19. Williams Bros Seven Giraffes
20. Cairngorm Black Gold
21. Strathaven Craigmill Mild
22. Black Isle Red Kite
23. Spey Valley Spey Stout
24. Top Out Schmankerl
25. Cross Borders Braw
26. Williams Bros Midnight Sun
27. BrewDog Kingpin
28. Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack
29. Deeside MacBeth
30. Drygate Ax Man Red Rye IPA
31. Swannay Orkney Session
32. Fallen Platform C
33. Black Isle Porter
34. Top Out Altbier
35. Black Metal Gates of Valhalla
36. Fierce Beer Cranachan Killer
37. Loch Lomond Southern Summit
38. Tempest Old Parochial
39. Williams Bros Profanity Stout
40. Windswept Tornado

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