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Incognito Heathen

The latest variation of our Heathen American Pale Ale is a showcase of new innovations which are making waves in the beer world – introducing Incognito Heathen!

As with “regular” Heathen, this version is also single hopped with Mosaic and comes in at 4.1% ABV, to ensure it’s the flavour profile you know and love, but with hops added in Incognito® and Spectrum form – cutting edge products which bring maximum flavour impact in an efficient and more environmentally friendly way.

Expect big citrus notes, a punchy tropical character with a mango-forward flavour, and a clean, zesty finish with a slightly softer bitterness and a gentler IBU. The family resemblance is still of course incredibly clear, but our Incognito Heathen is just that little bit more laid back and luscious than its crisp and crushable cousin!

We were joined on the brewday by our good friend (and former member of Team Abbeydale!) Dave Kerr, now at Barth Haas, who supplied the Incognito® and Spectrum Mosaic for our brew and talked us through how to make the most of them.

Both Incognito® and Spectrum are 100% natural hop material which come in liquid form and can be used in place of the thirsty little pellets we would typically use instead. This means we were able to reduce our losses and could achieve a greater yield compared to our usual brewing processes.

The Incognito® Mosaic was added first, at the whirlpool stage of the process – it comes in liquid form, so we could pour it straight in! Each litre of Incognito roughly equates to 6kg of T90 pellets.  Spectrum is used at the dry-hop stage, and is a fully dispersible liquid which helps to achieve a further increase in yields, and a reduction in tank turnover times, which again is very handy when our vessels are at a premium.

Brewhouse efficiency is something we’ve been focusing on recently – we don’t have room for any more tanks in the space we have available, so getting the most out of the kit we already have is ever-more important! Alongside this, we’re always looking for ways to improve our environmental impact and sustainability. The compact tubs which contained our Incognito® and Spectrum hops reduced storage and transportation requirements – as well as making cleaning up (every brewer’s favourite!) a little easier, and therefore using less water.

Overall, our brew resulted in almost 10% more beer than we’d usually get, and it tastes pretty damn good too! Incognito Heathen is available now in cask, keg and can, including from our online shop – why not get yourself some of each Heathen variation and see if you can taste the difference?!


Team Abbeydale

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Meet the Team

The people of Abbeydale Brewery are what makes us, so we wanted to share a little more about them! Next up we’ve headed into the brewhouse for a quick chat with our Ash.

First up, what’s your name and where do you come from?

I’m Ash, and I’m Tarn born and bred! (Editor’s note, that means Barnsley, for the benefit of anyone not from round these parts!)

What is your role at Abbeydale Brewery?

I’m one of the team of brewery operatives, so I’m here, there and everywhere within production! Whether it’s in the brewhouse, on the canning line, or filling casks, no two days are ever the same.

What’s your favourite beer style and why?

I’m going to have to say IPA – and Voyager is one of my favourites, it’s approachable with great flavour and always pairs well with food. I’m also a fan of New Zealand hops, and I’m looking forward to creating some new recipes showcasing these, which are due for release in 2024. So watch this space!

What’s your favourite thing about working at Abbeydale Brewery?

I get to be involved in producing great beer! Plus there’s always a great atmosphere within the team.

Best place to enjoy a pint?

At home, relaxing in the garden.

Where did you have your first (legal!) pint?

I think it’d be the Old No 7 in Barnsley, which used to be run by Acorn Brewery.

Fries: Bacon or Scampi?

Got to be Scampi Fries!

When you’re not busy in the brewhouse, what do you like to get up to in your spare time?

These days it’s mainly spending time with my baby son! I’m also a keen homebrewer which is how I made my first steps into the world of beer. My favourite beer which I’ve made in the past is a Blood Orange Witbier, and yes I will be floating the idea of scaling it up for our brewkit!

Who’s your hero (beery or otherwise!)?

My grandad!

  • About Us

    A true Sheffield institution founded in 1996 and based in the heart of the Antiques Quarter, Abbeydale Brewery blends heritage and tradition with creativity and innovation.

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    Abbeydale Brewery Ltd
    Unit 8, Aizlewood Road
    S8 0YX
    Telephone: 0114 281 2712
    Email: [email protected]


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