Another Dimension Brewing Company Ltd are brand new on the alcohol free beer scene. Based in sunny Brighton on the south coast of England, it was founded in 2019 by Joe Reader. Having knocked the alcohol on the head back in 2017, Joe found himself in a place where many of we non-alcoholics found ourselves at that time – without much choice of a decent nolo beer. Rather than grin and bear it or scrounge the obscure craft beer suppliers, he decided he’d produce his own NA beer, and now in autumn 2020 his company has launched their offerings to the wide world of alcohol-free drinkers.
Their first offering is a pale ale which in my opinion is a good choice. One of the oldest styles of beer around, a good pale will get it’s flavour from a decent blend of hops and malt, staying on the bitter side of the taste spectrum. The strong hop flavours and aromas are key to ‘disguising’ the lack of alcohol in an AF beer, especially when attracting those new to the nolo scene. And of course, those flavours should be likable and refreshing too, not just a way of blasting the drinkers’ tastebuds to smithereens, much in the way that BrewDog’s Nanny State did. I believe Another Dimension have attempted to produce a no-nonsense alcohol-free version of a traditional pale ale with their first product, will it give us the tastes and aromas that a hop-head such as myself is wanting?
The beer pours a pale amber colour with very slight cloudiness. A decent amount of carbonation is present resulting in a good foamy head. On the nose there’s a pretty much equal coupling of tropical fruit and pine aromas, showcasing their use of Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic and Tettnanger hops in the brew.
A clean bitterness greets you on tasting, accompanied by the tropical fruit we were given in the aroma. The bitterness remains through the drink, with fruity waves crashing on your tongue. It feels a bit thin, though the level of carbonation is fine. There’s even a cask ale ‘taste’ to it, as though it’s been freshly pulled in your local – you know what I mean. The bitter finish stays with you for a while.
Another Dimension have certainly accomplished what they’ve set out to do here, which was to tone down the sweetness and carbonation found in many AF brews and produce something closer to a traditional hoppy ale.There is still room to add more hops in my opinion, but it’s assuredly a cracking debut from this young brewer, which bodes well for the future.
Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
0.5% alcohol by volume
21.2 calories energy
(taken from the side of the can)
Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast, Maltodextrin
This beer was gifted for review by the producer.
Another Dimension Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale Review
A great example of a non-alcoholic pale ale, Another Dimension have obviously put a lot of effort into this and it shows.