Brew Review – Pale Ale by Hollywood Brewing

Here’s where we are in regards to Hollywood Brewing Co.:

1 – I go to the old brewpub on Hollywood Beach. Literally on Hollywood Beach. Beers are good.

2 – Months later, I see that Brass Tap has their Mango IPA on draft. I don’t remember them having a Mango IPA. I also don’t remember them distributing.

3 – A short time later, on a whim, I check out their website. New bottling line with two new beers, both of which are being distributed in South Florida. Confusion deepens.

4 – Walk into ABC, greeted by Hollywood Brewing rep (who used to be Florida Beer Co. rep). Explains that new ownership took over, revamped recipes, created a production facility.  Leave with bottles of two new brews.

Here’s one of those brews, their Pale Ale (American Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV).


Once again, here is one of those pale ales that just barely toes the line of being a full-fledged IPA. It’s got a light golden color that feels very inviting. There’s a big, floral hoppiness that greets you with a big, moderately bold aroma.

It continues very nicely into the flavor of the beer, with a garden-esque quality. Sure, the floral quality brings a strong alpha bitterness that is sure to please IPA fans.

And now the 6-packs are out in better beer stores. You don’t have to go out to the beach to get it (but it doesn’t exactly hurt to go there).

This time, the beer is probably going to stick around for a long time.

Drink Florida Craft,



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