Nirvana Non Alcoholic Hoppy Pale Ale Review

What type of beer is Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale?

This is a pale ale. As part of the ale family, it will be top fermented and warm brewed. A pale ale is usually less hop forward, less bitter and a bit sweeter than an IPA – India pale ale. This means they are a bit more easy drinking.

Im not sure how hoppy a hoppy pale ale needs to be before it becomes an IPA tho!

The Ingredients

A pale ale tends not to have many more ingredients than the basics. It is always a bit of a red flag to find lots of strange ingredients and “natural flavourings”

Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale includes…

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Ah, bliss. They standard 4 beer ingredients. I am a bit of a purest and really do like a clean and crisp beer made without lots of weird chemicals. You rarely get a bad German beer where they are only allowed these 4 ingredients in the main

The Nutrition

You can tell a lot about how a beer will taste from its nutrition. If the sugar is really high you know it will be sweet, if they carbs are high the least you can expect is a decent bit of body.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 9kcal
Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale Nutrition Stats

This is a very skinny beer. There are not too many lower calories beers out there. You run the risk of not creating enough body and only having a fizzy water type beer so I’m interested to see how this one fairs.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

Nirvana have done well designing a highly recognisable label which is exciting and enticing. The vibrant green here certainly makes you think “hops”.

I’ve opened two of these bottles now and both times they have fizzed and foamed all over the place. It is nearly impossible to drink this from the bottle due to it foaming out the neck.

When you get it into a glass, it looks like a standard pale golden ale colour.

The Aroma

The smell is predominantly citrus hops with some higher more floral notes creeping in. It smells like it will be quite a bitter and hoppy taste

The Taste

It actually tastes a lot more mellow than I thought it would from the smell, that was quite a surprising first sip.

It is called a hoppy pale ale, which I thought was an IPA, but never worry. It isn’t as hoppy as you would want for an IPA

The citrus from the smell has been very toned down and now it tastes a bit more floral with some hints of pine. There is a small undercurrent of malted barley but not a huge amount.

There is a reasonable amount of body compared to the carbs and sugar involved, a pleasantly surprising amount of body in fact. 

You could nearly talk yourself into thinking it is a touch sweet despite only 0.1g per 100ml of added sugar.

The Verdict

This is an inoffensive, low calorie, mildly hoppy pale ale. I would probably buy it again but might not go out of my way to find it.

I think it is maybe a level below Lowtide west Coast Hop Lock for example, in the pale ale category

The Score

6.5/10 – A fair attempt and if you are looking a really low calorie, easy drinking pale ale, this is going to make the short list. In the main, I am not.

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?

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

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

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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Is Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale gluten free? 

No, Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale is not gluten free

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

Is Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale vegan?

Yes, Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale is vegan friendly

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

Review Overview

A fair attempt and if you are looking a really low calorie, easy drinking pale ale, this is going to make the short list. In the main, I am not.


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