Pico Nova IPA
Pico Nova IPA is a beer crafted by an interesting bunch called ‘The Brussels Beer Project’ or BBP to their mates. In essence, BBP is a community of young and dynamic Belgian brewers, giving them a platform to create unique and refreshing beers. Given the rise in popularity of alcohol-free beers its no surprise to see them experimenting in this sector and hey presto … Pico Nova was born.
Pico Nova alcohol-free IPA is a relatively new beer launched by BBP using a strong combination of hops to enhance the bitterness and punch of a traditional IPA beer.
They’ve gone for a West Coast IPA vibe but how did this go down with an IPA lover like me? Well, you’re just going to have to read my review below.
Is Pico Nova any good?
Pico Nova certainly has all the traits for a tasty alcohol-free IPA. Immediately when it hits the tongue you get a tangy, bitter and hoppy hit that is certainly satisfying. There’s also a background dark chocolate note that must come from the type of grains used. It isn’t too carbonated which is a plus but to be honest I did find it a bit too far on the bitter scale for me
Aroma & Appearance
In the glass, this alcohol-free IPA had a golden amber colour and initially a decent head, but it soon dissipated. Anyone taking a whiff of this would immediately agree they are smelling an IPA. There are a lot of fruity and floral notes to it which help to bring to life this beer.
Thankfully Pico Nova can be found in most retailers which is a good thing as I think it’s worth trying. It is suitable for vegans (although not gluten free) and has a low-calorie count consistent with other alcohol-free beers. I also like the packaging bright and vibrant to help it stand out in the crowd.
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