Beer ReviewBridge RoadBridge Road Fee Time Pale Ale

November 18, 2021by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Okay, the Bridge Road Free Time Review is here! If you saw my recent Instagram reel or YouTube video about this, you are going to know that I absolutely LOVE this non-alcoholic pale ale.

The Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale is bright, fresh and has a warm malted base with a citrus and resin-based hop profile which currently makes this non-alcoholic pale ale one of the best on the market. It also delivers a well-weighted mouthfeel and light bitterness to finish. This is a pale ale drinker’s beer.

Key Takeaways

ABV: <0.5%
Style Pale Ale
Calories: 22 calories / 100ml
Colour: Hazy & Golden
Main Notes: Sweet Malt. Bitter.
Cost: $15 – $17 (6-pack)
Rating: 9 / 10

man giving thumbs up with Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale Can in mouth and glass in other hand

Bridge Road Free Time Taste

The Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale comes complete with a true Pale Ale styled profile that is built around a rounded profile with fresh and juicy fruity flavours with notes of citrus that grow as you drink.

The Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale is one of the best tasting non-alcoholic Pale Ale beer options you’re going to find. Each glass is built around a profile that has:

  • A malty base – think bready;
  • A Hoppy body with citrus fruitiness;
  • More hops that give off resin-based freshness;
  • A well-weighted body that builds as you drink;
  • A light yet balancing round bitterness to finish.

Looking at the Free Time poured in a glass, you get a deep golden colour, slightly hazy appearance and some slow-moving bubbles that give this brew a great appearance in the glass.

What I Like Things to Consider
The malty base that gives you a feeling of weight and body. The carbonation might be a little lower than you’re used to.
The depth and complexity of flavour from fruity hops with a slightly bitter finish. If you don’t like fruity or hoppy beers, reach for a lager instead!

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Now that we’re on the same page that the taste of the Free time is amazing, check out my most recent thoughts in the YouTube video below or read on for more!

Who Is Bridge Road Free Time For?

If you enjoy pale ale, IPA, XPA or anything that has a fruity, citrus, or fresh based profile you’re pretty much a lock and going to need to try this beer. It is for anyone looking to find a beer that will get them through:

  • a night out and about whether at dinner – think spicy Kung Poh chicken;
  • steak night where you ‘have to have a beer’; or
  • trying your hardest to save yourself from those seagull bullies trying to steal your chips on the beach,

I’ve even got through one right after a run because it tastes exponentially better than water! This brew is perfect for all occasions and for me it lands a near perfect score of 9 / 10!

Having eaten this with a spicy stir fry, spicy ramen and range of barbequed meats and veg I can honestly say I’ve put this through the ringer and the flavour profile is bright and strong enough to stand up to any food you throw at it.

If you are looking to try a few different alternatives, you’re in luck as Pale Ale options are on fire at the moment. Give the Free Time a go with the other beers I have dropped reviews on (which you can read below).

  • UpFlow Pale Ale – the malty base is so, so good.
  • Gruvi Pale Ale – the bitterness here is hands down class-leading.
  • Big Drop Pale Ale – the resin-based freshness is the star of this one.
  • Hawkesbury Pale Ale – this is a lighter option if you’re not looking for big flavour.

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Where To Buy Bridge Road Free Time.

The Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale is super accessible through major online and instore retailers like Dan Murphy’s, Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero at a cost of around $15 – $17 per 4-pack. Thankfully I’ve seen this kept cold now so you can swan in, grab some coldies and get on your way – Amazing!

You should probably get your hands on some Bridge Road Free Time, so if you’re keen grab it below and keep some extra dollars in your pocket with the discount codes below!

Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale is great

Bridge Road Free Time Nutrition

The nutritional information of the Bridge Road Free Time sees it fall within the normal range for both calories and sugar. The Free Time has 22 calories and 2.3 grams of sugar per 100ml, which sees it around 100 – 130 calories less than a traditional pale ale!

If you want to track down more information about the Free Time Pale Ale, take a look into the full nutrition profile and detail for the Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale below.

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (355ml)

Avg Quantity
Per 100ml

Energy 325 kJ
78 Cal

22 Cal


1.8 g

0.5 g
Fat, total

0.7 g

0.2 g

— saturated

< 0.4 g

< 0.1 g


13.5 g

3.8 g

— sugars

8.2 g

2.3 g

7.5 mg

2.1 mg

I recently compared nearly 40 non-alcoholic beer options for sugar and calories if nutrition in non-alcoholic beer is something you’re interested in.

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Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale nutrition information

When to Drink Non-Alcoholic Pale Ale

The Free Time Pale Ale works in just about every single situation. It is easy to drink, not polarising but flavourful and bright enough to leave you wanting more.

The most recent 4-pack I’ve had has been enjoyed across four entirely different occasions, a birthday lunch BBQ, unwinding while writing Tipple Zero content in the sun, straight after a run and on the couch after a busy day at work.

While the Bridge Road Pale Ale is extremely versatile, if I had to pick one play it excels at it is that long lunch where you can sit back and enjoy it all day and evening long due to its balanced and fruity yet malty flavour profile.

Given the depth and body, I found this one was actually okay out a can and wasn’t the be-all-end-all if it wasn’t in a glass, but I can tell you it dialled itself to 11 when it was poured out. The resin-based freshness and malty base were absolutely brilliant when in a glass.

Like I mentioned in my content a lot, affordable – good quality and accessible glassware are what I’m all about and I’ve been using the Spiegelau Craft Tasting Kit for quite some time and absolutely love how it is the secret hack to making beer come to life with only the smallest piece of extra effort.

If you want to take your beer tasting game to a new level, check the price of the kit over on Amazon AU where it will likely cost you between AUD$45 – $55 (Amazon US link can be found here).

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Bridge Road Free Time Pale Ale Can label and glass full of beer close up

The Wrap Up: Final Thoughts

I absolutely love this beer – in case you haven’t noticed! It does it all, it provides body, weight, hoppy pale ale notes that bring fruit and pine resiny freshness and is perfectly balanced.

The Bridge Road Pale Ale is so easy to drink, suits almost any occasion and can be enjoyed as a cheeky brew at lunch time or straight after a run (can confirm it works well for both).

The way that the body carries the flavour profile which builds as you drink its amazing and I’m really excited for you to try this one if a balanced pale ale is your thing.

So for me as you would have seen above, this alcohol free pale ale lands itself a 9 / 10 and is definitely one I will be keeping in my rotation all summer long.

If you’re keen to get your hands on a 4-pack or a slab the links are down below for this one. And remember for the love of good tasting beer please put this gem in a glass – any glass – it’ll make the world of difference.

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by Jonathan Lambrianidis

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