Hecto Pale Ale Suarez Family Brewery

Hecto Pale Ale by Suarez Family Brewery

(C) 2016 popsonhops

Tasting: December 30, 2016
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 1,037
ABV: 4.5%

Hecto Pale Ale by Suarez Family Brewing

Hecto Pale Ale by Suarez Family Brewery

(C) 2016 popsonhops

There are times when the sight (and availability) of a beer will send my brain a minor surprise shiver. I know. Geeky, right? This was the case at my discovery of Hecto on the tap list at the Growler & Gill in Rockland County. It’s a New York State beer (Livingston) so that shouldn’t surprise me. It was the back story that gave me a tingle.

You see, Dan Suarez was a brewer at Vermont’s legendary Hill Farmstead brewery since the brewery’s inception. Suarez is considered to be like-minded in comparison to Hill Farmstead’s founder, Shaun Hill. When it was announced that Suarez was leaving Hill Farmstead to open his own brewery, it had people conjuring up a similar beer trajectory as his former employer. Suarez Family Brewery opened in June of 2016 and even the remote location, pastoral setting and beer styles have people like me planning a trip. Anyway, I hope this is just the first of many beers I’ll get to try from Suarez Family Brewery.

First sips of Hecto Pale Ale are breadish and very mellow. Have to remind myself that this is a 4.5% ABV. The flavor and complexity build sip after sip. Polished, pithy. Some lingering bitterness and astringency. Most of the flavor rolls in on the back end of the palette. A nice, refreshing pale ale, 90 points for Hecto.

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