Welcome to the Drink in the Sights The Hop Stepper from Hop Foundry Beer Review. This is yet another ALDI exclusive beer so there's very little I can tell you about the brewery except that it's based in Warwickshire. There you go wasn't that fascinating. What I can tell you though is that this is a relatively new one to the ALDI shelves and just for a change it's a pale ale. These guys just don't do dark beers and I really don't know why. Anyway until they release another new beer this one again completes my attempt to review all the beers ALDI has to offer. It's almost like I just enjoy a bargain.
The Hop Stepper comes in a very eye catching, very colourful 440ml can which features virtually no information about the beer at all other than it's brewed in 'small batches using First Gold, Summit and Chinook hops.' Those Chinook hops seem to get pretty much everywhere these days don't they? The beer clocks in a distinctly average 4.5% alcohol content and pours a very lively amber with a seriously frothy head. This actually looks like a really nice beer.
The aroma is quite malty for a beer this light, honestly that's taken me a bit by surprise. There's some citrus aromas in there too, but really it's much more about the malts than the citrus which for me is a big bonus. I'm not really sure what to make of this, but I'm really hoping the taste is as malty as the smell. Despite the aroma implying something slightly heavier the texture matches the look, it's pretty light and mildly refreshing without really standing out as thirst quenching.
The Hop Stepper from ALDI is yet another fairly bland pale ale in the end. There's a higher level of malts than you'd usually expect in a pale ale, but not enough to make you sit up and take note, Similarly there's a bit of citrus and biscuit flavours, but it's all very mild and uninspiring. This is far from a bad beer, but also far from a good beer, if I was offered it again I'd take it but I certainly wouldn't go looking again. I'm going to give The Hop Stepper from Hop Foundry/ALDI 6.5 out of 10. It's probably best described as a just above average pale ale for those that like a bit of malt in their light beers.