Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baying Hound Aleworks Lord Wimsey's Mild Pale Ale

The craft beer movement has been very successful, with many brewers like Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head growing rapidly in response to the popularity of their beers.  In response to the growth of these craft brewers, there is a growing movement of "nano-breweries."  A nano-brewery is a craft brewer who makes the conscious decision to remain small.

One self-described nano-brewery is Baying Hound Aleworks, which is located in Rockville, Maryland. I recently purchased a bottle of Baying Hound Aleworks' Lord Wimsey Mild Pale Ale.  In terms of style, a mild pale ale (also referred to as a pale mild ale) is an English beer that is usually amber in color and whose flavor is dominated by malts rather than hops, as in other Pale Ales.  These beers are generally low in ABV, usually 3% to 4%.  Beers made in the style of a mild pale ale or a pale mild ale are far less common than pale ales, India pale ales and American pale ales. 

The Lord Wimsey Mild Pale Ale pours amber in color with a thin level of off-white foam.  The beer is a little cloudy, which is a result of the secondary fermentation that takes place in the bottle.  The aromatic elements of this beer feature malts and yeast, which is also the result of that secondary fermentation.  The taste of this beer, like a mild pale ale, is malt-first and hops-second, which provides a different aspect to a mild pale ale.  Still, unlike other mild pale ales, the Lord Wimsey does have more of a hop flavor in the taste of the beer, and that hop taste is in the finish, following the malts as you drink the beer. 

According to the label, the name, Lord Wimsey, is "a tribute to Dorothy L. Sayers' fictional detective and Wimsey the Bloodhound's namesake."  The brewer adds, "both the sleuth and the hound possess a nose for getting to the bottom of things."  Needless to say, I got to the bottom of the beer, which is a good example of a mild pale ale.  

The beer is available at beer stores in the Washington, D.C. area.  It sells for about $4.99 a bottle.  


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