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Brewed by Black Isle
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A true pale ale. The full body and rich gold colour comes from a blend of wheat, pale ale and crystal malts. It’s floral and lime citrus nose is created by the extensive use of carefully selected New World aroma hops. The final stage of dry hopping then produces a rich berry flavour for a big refreshing, satisfying brew.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle from the Black Isle Brewery
Golden orange....clear...minimal white bubbly head
Aroma of hay... dry grassy hops....some spicy hops....golden malts
Taste of sweetish golden malts...grassy hay hops....some nutty tasting hops.....bit of light citrus hops underneath...lots of flavour here
Palate - Medium carb....texture a bit oily. Finish as main flavour with a lingering nutty-like grassy hop hay bitterness.
Overall - I think this beer is more hoppy than when I tried it a couple of years ago where there was more orangey sweet malts (as I remember). Should have tried it on keg when I was at the York Tap - I reckon it will be better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, tnx to Örjan. Pours clear maber with an off white head leaving small lacing. Aroma is very nice, malty, grassy, floral, hoppy, soapy a bit sweet and some caramel. Flavor much like aroma, very pleasant to drink, slightly acidy, nice bitterness and has some metallic taste, too. Finishes bitter and malty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2012
330 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget and consumed on January 21. Pours amber with a small off-white head that leaves some trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is subtle, slightly sweet and fruity with grapefruit, lemon zest and mango. Taste is slightly sweet and refreshing with citrus fruits, some tropical fruits, caramel and bread. Finish is lightly sweet and slightly bitter with hints of grass and pine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (3644) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
330ml bottle from Nina’s Mini Market, Edinburgh - pours clear deep golden with a floral and lemon aroma and a good off-white head, not sweet, but not really bitter either, pleasant drink

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (6419) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2012
Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to Ivar. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of fruity hops. Taste is moderate sweet, dry and bitter end with some herbal and liquorice note. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2012
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm, 14 Jan 2012) Golden amber colour with brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of citrus, apricots and floral hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with apricots, citrus, tropical fruit and a generous bitterness in a finish with floral hops. Medium body, with balanced sweetness. Tasty, refreshing and quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5732) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle, unpasteurised, kindly shared by our beerpal Ivar. ABV is 5.6%. Orange to amber colour, low white head. Strong aroma of fruity hops. Distinct hoppy flavour, quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2051) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
Bärnstensfärgad öl som doftar mycket av karamell och bröd. Rent ljuvlig smak, som varar länge, av knäck, russin, aningen lakrits och med en högst trevlig beska. Nästan fantastisk faktiskt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4725) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden body with a small white head. Aroma is peachy tones of hops and pine, with hints of syrup and apricot. Wonderfully fruity aroma which heightens my anticipations for the first sip. And I am not disappointed! Mellow grassy hop tones with oranges, loads of peaches and fruit-syrupy sweetness balanced finely throughout the smooth palate and the layers of hop. Hints of flowers. A very, very nice Scottish surprise; this is a hidden gem IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3950) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 17, 2011
Golden blonde with floral, caramel and lemon notes in the aroma. Quite pithy but also sweet with an unplacable but not unpleasant vegetal note near the finish, which is also quite sherbety.


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