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Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale

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Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale

Eureka Heights Brew Co.

Heights
Pale Ale
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 42
Packaging: Draft, 6 pack 12 ounce cans

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I have two words for you: Crush. Able. Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless is a pale ale “of very little threat,” and that gentleness is my favorite thing about it.

I love beer. That’s pretty obvious after giving 5 years to this site, writing, building the site, rebuilding it, finding people to help put on for Houston beer, and so on. But loving beer also means that I like to try as many different beers as possible.

For that reason, I’ve always been drawn to lighter ABV beers. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good DIPA, a heavy stout in the winter, and all kinds of bigger beer. But on the daily, I usually reach for something light and crisp. Hence my perennial rants on Mexican Lagers. Speaking of which, we’re due…

Anyhow, you probably know by now that I love a well done Mexican Lager, and dry hopped pilsners from all around the world make my heart sing, but this Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless is something right in the middle ground between those heavier IPAs and the super light dry hopped lagers. That’s what makes it so dang good.

The cans are even approachable! A cute little dolphin is chilling with a towel and a smug little grin, like, “sup?” The ever-present Eureka Heights bands of color help to billboard the shelf so cleanly. I love their stuff visually just as much as I like tasting it. It’s clear that they care a lot about their product by the presentation.

Speaking of visuals, Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale looks perfect when it pours. A rocky ice-white head dissipates slowly revealing a crystal-clear gold with little threat and similarly delicate lacing.

It smells like grapefruit rinds, and the sip is flushed with the same citrusy characteristics. A slightly bitter finish helps balance out the bready backbone. It tastes like a full-flavored IPA, but you can drink two without feeling goofy. The lower ABV, super crisp finish, and light-ish body all combine for a super easy drinking beer. All the flavors and all the smells without all the booze.

I haven’t had a Saint Arnold Pub Crawl Pale Ale in a while, but this really reminds me of that beer. Light, clean, bright, and I could drink a few while manning the grill without risking ruining dinner!

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Eureka Heights has been growing year over year, and their beers are available in most places good beer is sold. Cans are at just about any decent grocery store, and draft is no different. Look for the small, chunky, navy blue EH logo sitting unassumingly lower than the rest of the taphandles.

Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale
  • My Overall Rating
4.5

Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale

Overall, Eureka Heights Mostly Harmless Pale Ale is a beer for seasoned craft beer enthusiasts and fledgling sippers alike. Not that it’s too advanced, too big, or too bold by any stretch. After years of trying everything new, I’ve found that some people begin to return a bit more to sensible beers, or at least that’s the case for me. This is a sensible beer that’s full of flavor but won’t fill you up or make you drunk quickly.

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Beers to you, Houston! 🍻

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a graphic designer, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. He's an ex-oilfield guy that spends his days doing graphic design and marketing projects for one of Houston's fastest growing companies as well as some of the coolest breweries in town. Fueled by sessionable IPAs and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or rooting for the Rockets.

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