Fieldhopper Golden Ale Review. A Big Drop Brewing Beer

What type of beer is Fieldhopper?

Fieldhopper is a golden ale.

Golden or Blonde ales are very easy drinking and inoffensive. They aren’t hugely over flavoured with either hops or malt. You will often see them sexed up with honey, fruits or spices but in general they are the easy listening equivalent of beers.

Fieldhopper Golden Ale Ingredients

Beer ingredients can get a little repetitive but occasionally you see something new or different. Sour beers have all sorts of added acids, sometimes you see novel sugar compounds added and then there is what Fieldhopper has.

Fieldhopper Golden Ale has…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast
  • Maltodextrin

Maltodextrin then, that is an unusual ingredient to see.

Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. It has been added here as it is flavourless and doesn’t contain calories but will add to the body and mouthfeel of the beer. For them to have added this, the carbohydrate count as well as the alcohol must be very low.

Fieldhopper Golden Ale Nutrition

On to the nutrition stats, one of my favourite bits as i love numbers and something firm to compare rather than my subjective scores. Why have Big Drop felt the need to add Maltodextrin?

Fieldhopper Golden Ale nutrition stats are…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 12.4kcal
Fieldhopper Golden Ale Nutrition Profile

Interesting, as suspected from the maltodextrin addition, the carbohydrate count is tiny. In fact I’ve only ever seen the famously low calorie, Brewdog Nanny State, with a lower carbohydrate level.

Similarly then the calorie count is ultra low as is the sugar level. If they can back this up with a flavourful beer then it is game on for Fieldhopper.

For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here

Is Fieldhopper Golden Ale really alcohol free?

You can see from my picture, the can says “alcohol-free” but that doesn’t mean it is 0.0% ABV due to different labelling laws. 

UK and US law says only beers with an ABV of less then 0.05% can use alcohol free terminology. Big Drop are likely using EU laws here where anything up to 0.5% ABV can be called alcohol free. Clear as mud, eh?

0.5% ABV is still “non alcoholic” by law tho.

Despite having x10 more alcohol than a true alcohol free beer, the amount of alcohol in Fieldhopper is still nothing to be worried by. 

Many food stuffs have a higher ABV such as apple juice and even ripe bananas can get to 0.4% ABV.

You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here

If you would like to find out why breweries like this go for a 0.5% beer rather than a 0.0% beer then read my full article on that here

The Look

As with all Big Drop beer, this has its own colour styling and palate. As you can see form the picture, they have went for oranges and yellows to fit in with the golden ale. The colours and name, Fieldhopper, almost reminds me of late summer haystacks in the countryside.

The beer itself isn’t as golden as I would want or the name and colour styling would suggest. It is a lot more pale than i would have liked to see.

The Aroma

What to write when there is very little? A good sniff gets you some malt and cereal smells but not really any hops at all. The IBU is low at only 18 so it isn’t going to be hoppy and bitter. What IBUs measure are the parts per million of isohumulone found in a beer, it comes from hops.

The Taste

Right from the first sip and it has thin and fizzy water vibe to it. Clearly no alcohol or carbs and it is very difficult to get that body to the beer you want.

The flavour is very light here, there is no disguising that. There is just a bit of malted barley but it is fleeting and really not a lot else.

It a bit “meh”.

I get they have crafted a low calorie, very low carbohydrate and low sugar beer, well done for that, but you kinda want the actual beer to taste decent too. If you are wanting something as nearly low calorie there are far better options, some even at lower.

Infinite Session IPA at 10 kcal/100ml and Nanny State at only 6kcal/100ml both have a more than decent beer to go along with the great nutritional stats.

Even Upside Dawn is another Golden Ale with only 14kcal/100ml and i think it is just a bit better overall.

I mean it isn’t terrible just because there isn’t a lot of flavour to actually be terrible!

The Verdict

Its just forgettable instantly. There isn’t anything to say “boom, that’s a Fieldhopper” apart from its blandness I suppose.

The Score

6/10 – if you are drinking for enjoyment of the beer and not for its nutrition then this isn’t for you. If you just want a very low cal, inoffensive beer then here you are.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy

To check out the latest Amazon prices you can follow this link

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is Fieldhopper Golden Ale Free?

Fieldhopper Golden Ale is gluten free as confirmed by the company.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Fieldhopper Vegan?

Fieldhopper Golden Ale is indeed suitable for vegans, as confirmed but the company

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview

if you are drinking for enjoyment of the beer and not for its nutrition then this isn’t for you. If you just want a very low cal, inoffensive beer then here you are.


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