Like many people during Covid bad times I've resorted to zoom beers with friends and as a result my fridge is now full of weird and wonderful beers that I figure I may as well review, so here we are.
Stewart Brewing is a fairly new Edinburgh based craft beer brewer. They have a decent selection despite starting less than 20 years ago, and seem to be having a fair amount of success. Small Giant is an American Pale Ale which isn't my drink of choice but I'm willing to give everything a try especially when it's going cheap at the LIDL beer festival. It comes in a nice, leafy 440ml can although for the life of me I can't understand how this relates to a small giant, am I missing something? Regardless of the odd but pretty branding it felt like a decent choice to review.
Coming in at a nice session percentage of 4.5% this certainly looks like a beer that isn't going to do too much damage, but will get you nicely on your way. The smell is hoppy with a bit of citrus mixed in for good measure. It actually smells pretty nice, which is always a good start. It also pours really nicely, slightly darker and hazier than I expected, but with a really good white head, can't really fault it so far, as American Pale Ales go aesthetically Small Giant looks and smells like one of the better ones.
What really matters more than the look and smell of a beer is the taste, lets face it everything else is just window dressing. Fortunately Small Giant isn't just for show, it's actually a decent beer, and I say this despite traditionally been a porter and stout drinker. It's certainly got plenty of hops and a light crisp taste, but it goes down really easily, possibly too easily. I'm not going to pretend that the taste will blow your mind or anything like that, it's not spectacular in any way, but sometimes you just want something that tastes nice without any thrills. I'm going to give Stewart Brewing's Small Giant a respectable I'd drink it again 7/10