Bad Co.’s Whiter Shade of Pale was the third and final beer that came in my recent Flavourly.com order. It’s an Oatmeal Pale Ale with the promise of being full-bodied, thirst quenching, and fruity. It’s unfiltered and has been dry-hopped, so it should certainly be hoppy!
Cracking the funky 360° can and giving it a pour resulted in a sizable head but it rapidly dropped back an edge covering. It pours a slightly cloudy light amber/dark yellow with a clean white head. The 2nd can I had of this was cloudier than the first, but the taste was unaffected.
The aroma is not overwhelmingly pungent, but it’s there. It’s got slightly grassy, hoppy notes, and a background of passion fruit. The initial taste carries through from the aroma, with the passion fruit coming through in the aftertaste.
Progressing through the drink there’s not a huge amount going on with the malt side, I can’t say that the usual creaminess imparted from oats has come out on this one. This beer is all about the hops. It’s got a very slight fruity sweetness, finishes medium bitter, and is just a smidgen on the dry side.
Whiter Shade of Pale is light bodied, even with the use of oatmeal. It’s got a reasonable mouthfeel and is fairly lightly carbonated, but it’s also a bit watery. At only 3.2% ABV you’d have no problem knocking back several cans of this.
The suggested food pairing is with delicate and fragrant flavours and I’d be inclined to agree. Any strong food flavours will totally overpower the beer and with its lack of body you would probably end up thinking you’re drinking fizzy water. Best drunk in isolation or perhaps with a light white fish dish.
Delicate, refreshing and fruity