The Clash was one of the most competent punk outfits who proved they were much more than three chord wonders. They clocked up no less than 12 top 30 singles in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They also released several big-selling albums. One of my favourite tracks is ‘White Riot’ which features on their first LP The Clash and reached to number 12 on the UK album charts in 1977. I am pairing this great band with a beer named after this great song White Riot White Pale Ale.
But what is a White Pale Ale? This is certainly a new style to me but that is what I find so interesting about beer. There are only four main ingredients to beer but hundreds of different styles have now emerged since the craft beer revolution began. White Pale Ale is actually a heavily hopped Wheat beer. Generally speaking wheat (or wit) beers only use mildly flavoured hops as a preservative and tend to use the yeast flavours to give the beer its distinct flavour. In this case, the Brewers have opted to use plenty of fruity hops to spice up the flavours.
White Riot pours a cloudy golden colour and has a very hoppy, citrus and pineapple aroma. This is in distinct contrast to most wheat beers which have a slight banana aroma. The taste is that of a hoppy light beer with a touch of ginger amongst the citrus and other fruit flavours. It is a very easy drinking beer which is very refreshing. It goes down really well with a curry; a good contrast between the fruity beer and the spicy flavours. The beer is brewed with Barley, Wheat, orange peel and is dry hopped.
Uprising Brewery is a spinoff from Windsor and Eton Brewery who were founded in 2010 in Windsor. Uprising also brews Treason American Pale Ale and Scumbag Imperial Stout. White Riot and Treason are available in keg or bottles.