Beer ReviewBig Drop BrewingBig Drop Poolside DDH Review

I have a strong inkling the Big Drop Poolside DDH is going to as polarising as the question of ‘does pineapple belong on pizza?’. Whether you’re big on double IPAs or a beer that simply brings bucketloads of hops, fruits and freshness to each glass, the Big Drop Poolside DDH is absolutely for you. Let’s talk about why!

The Big Drop Poolside DDH gets an impressive 7.7/10 due to its, hop driven, fruity, fresh & bold profile that fills your glass with bright aromas & flavours of mango, peach & pineapple that are carried through a mid-weighted body before transitioning to a balancing bitterness that builds as you drink.

Key Takeaways

Alcohol By Volume

< 0.5%

Style

Beer: Double IPA

Calories per 375ml serve

91 calories

Main Notes

Mango, Pineapple, Peach.

Cost

$ 11 – $15 / 4-pack.

Rating

7.7 / 10

Drink Again?

Yes

Where to Buy

AU

 READ THE FULL REVIEW DOWN BELOW

What Does the Big Drop Poolside DDH Taste Like

Imagine if there was a beer that could instantly improve your mood, or if you could at the crack of a can transform mango, pineapple and peach into beer. Well, time to snap out of the daydream – the mood-boosting and summer fruit packed Big Drop Poolside DDH is here to make that a reality.

While the first can of the non-alcoholic Big Drop Poolside DDH was something of a shock to my tiny tastebuds, as it so different from the rest of the Big Drop Brewing Co. range. But the more I drank of it, the more impressed I became with exactly what the Big Drop team had managed to achieve.

In your glass, you’re going to find a circus of flavour that is clean, fresh and bright and built around a profile of:

  • Immediately fruity notes of fresh mango and pineapple that is quickly followed by a mouth-filling profile of peach.
  • A body that carries through the fruity notes while layering in a clean herby profile and pine based freshness.
  • Mid-pallet maltiness.
  • Bitterness that builds through the mouthful and glass alike to help balance the fruits out.

On a sneaky side note, I do find that it reminds me in some ways of the Heaps Normal Quiet XPA which is no easy feat!

Big Drop Poolside DDH Poured in glass and held in hand showing colour

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Big Drop Poolside Stockists.

Finding a can of Big Drop Brewing Co beer is probably the easiest thing you’ll do all day since the Big Drop team may just be the cause of the ‘big bang’ moment for non-alcoholic drinks in the UK.

On the back of their global distribution, local brewing arrangements and, above all, brilliant products choosing which product to run with is going to be the most difficult part of getting your hands on some.

Whether you’re in the beer-loving UK, USA or Australia, I’ve got you covered with the links below to help track down a 4 or 24 pack! Check the retailers below for the latest pricing and get some into your glass today.

Country Retailer

Australia / New Zealand

Amazon

Craft Zero

Craft Zero – Big Drop Bundle (now includes the DDH!)

UK

Dry Drinker

USA

TBC

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What Other Non-Alcoholic Beer Does Big Drop Make?

If you are new to the Big Drop Brewing range or maybe are looking to try the full array of non-alcoholic beer from Big Drop, there is some good news. Depending on where you live, you’re going to be treated to an absolute smorgasbord of brilliant non-alcoholic beer.

I have reviewed all the options available here in Australia and you can find the links to the reviews I’ve written down below to learn a bit more about each and every one.

If you’re looking for more alternatives, I’ve written a full round up to find the best non-alcoholic pale ale (you can check that out here) as well as the best non-alcoholic lager, which you can find here. Check them out for even more non-alcoholic beer information.

Alternatively, listen to my chat with CEO and Co-Founder of Big Drop Brewing Co, Rob Fink over on the podcast here, we run through the origin story and what exactly is in store for Big Drop in a post-pandemic world.

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Big Drop Poolside DDH in hand

Who is the Big Drop Poolside DDH for?

Remember the question I put to you at the top of the review? That wasn’t by accident – this beer is going to see people either:

  • all for it – I’m looking at you, people who love pineapple on pizza; or
  • all for choosing something else – I’m looking at you, people who don’t like pineapple on their pizza!

On a more helpful note, the good news is this will suit IPA drinkers who are looking for lots of fruits and freshness while not being worried about taking on a bit of a sugar penalty in the process (we’ll talk about that directly below).

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Big Drop Poolside Calories

By this point, you might be wondering with such positivity coming out of the screen at you, how did the Big Drop Poolside only land a review of ‘high sevens’? Well, put simply it took on a 5 point hit for sugar content.

The Big Drop Poolside DDH contains less than 20mg of gluten and 91 calories per 375ml can which is made up of 10.9 grams of sugar and 13.1 grams of total carbohydrate. While at a level you can compare to any other beer, on a per 100ml level you will find that it comes in at 24 calories, 2.9 grams of sugar and 3.5 grams of total carbohydrate.

The nutritional information is down below for you to review.

Servings Per Package: 1

Serving Size: 375ml

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (375)

Avg Quantity
Per 100ml

Energy

382 kJ
91 Cal

102 kJ
24 Cal

Protein

1.5 g

0.4 g

— Gluten

< 20mg

< 20mg

Fat, total

0.4 g

< 0.1 g

— saturated

0.3 g

< 0.1 g

Carbohydrate 13.1` g

3.5 g

— sugars

10.9 g

2.9 g

Sodium

< 5 mg

< 5 mg

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Big Drop Poolside DDH nutritional information

Big Drop Poolside DDH Rating?

The Big Drop Brewing range has been a range of non-alcoholic beers that has been so highly rated here at Tipple Zero and the non-alcoholic double IPA is no different.

On the Taste, Body and Drinkability front this beer scores amazingly and is a brilliantly strong performer due to the wide array of flavours and refreshing finish we spoke about above.

It does however lose a few marks for its heavy sugar profile, which would have otherwise seen this well and truly score into the eights.

Jump into the full breakdown and rating just down (the table scrolls to help you find more).

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve ever had it and whether you found anything interesting in the taste profile or if it was/wasn’t your pint of beer. Jump to @tipplezerodrinks on the gram and drop me a DM!

 

Flavour/Taste (40%)

Body (40%)

Nutrition (10%)

Drinkability (10%)

Total (100%)

RAW885829/40
ADJUSTED3.23.2.5.87.7/10

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The Round-Up: Final Thoughts

With the addition of the Poolside DDH in Australia, the Big Drop brewing range is continuing to grow and I could not be more pleased! This is a great brew from a great crew and the fact they use local brewmasters across the globe is another tick in the world of bringing non-alcoholic beer to new and emerging markets at a great price.

It gets a big thumbs up for me and is one that should be on your non-alcoholic beer to-do list. I’ve got the links down below to help get your hands on some

Country

Retailer

Australia / New Zealand

Amazon

Craft Zero

Craft Zero – Big Drop Bundle (now includes the DDH!)

UK

Dry Drinker

USA

TBC

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by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Non-alcoholic drinks writer and podcaster, beer brewing and winemaking side-kick, lawyer and cyclist. Owner of Tipplezero.com and the Non-Alcoholic Drinks Podcast.