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Low Carb Pale Ale
Philosophy and concept:
Following on the success of our non-alcoholic pale ale Bare Beer, we are pleased to be able to release another beer centred on the ethos of inclusivity.
Carbohydrates (or carbs) are a family of nutrients found in many things that we enjoy, including beer. When it comes to beer, these residual carbohydrates are leftover from the malt sugars we use in the fermentation process. There are many reasons to want to reduce carbohydrate intake, including medical conditions and people following certain diets.
Others find that the residual carbohydrates found in beer can make them feel bloated or full when they’d rather not be.
Whatever the reason for trimming carbs from your diet, we have created a beer to help you do so while still being able to enjoy everything you want from a craft pale ale- tropical, zesty hop aroma and flavour, a hint of maltiness, and a light bitterness to finish.
We have approached the recipe creation and process design of this beer in a very different way to many of the other beers that we brew. In most beers, we aim to create a balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness to arrive at a harmonious and refreshing final product.
However, in the production of our low carb pale ale, we use a naturally occurring enzyme in the brewhouse to reduce all complex malt sugars into simple sugars, which are all fermented by the yeast. This leaves a very dry beer with extremely low remaining malt sugars, and therefore low remaining carbs. The risk with making a pale ale in this manner is that this dryness can create a beer lacking in body and mouthfeel, so we use a range of non-barley malts which contribute body through other means than residual sweetness. A light touch on the bitterness is also needed to make sure this beer isn’t aggressively bitter.
Read more here https://www.hoppiness.co.nz/low-carb-lifestyle/