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Swannay Island Hopping

Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
A hoppy golden pale ale with a resin, lemon, hop character.

Orkney comprises of 70 islands, 17 or 18 of which are inhabited. Each unique in its own way, locals and tourists travel internally by both sea and air. We use all pale malt and lots of New Zealand hops to create this hoppy but still sessionable low strength beer.

Ingredients: Water, barley malt (Maris Otter), wheat malt, Nelson Sauvin hops, yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Turboninja (505) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle@Artturi. Balanced, though simple with bitter nuances of resin, some malts and a hint of citrus and caramell. Light body and medium carbonation. Overall, clear and simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (6493) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2016
50cl bottle. Bbe 12/2017. Poured clear golden color with a thick white head. Biscuity, toffeeish malty aroma, hay and hops. Really crisp and superb drinkability. Hay, some grass, biscuity malty flavors. Mild bitterness. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (6488) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2016
500ml bottle from K-Citymarket Ruoholahti, Helsinki. BBE 12/2017. Pours golden orange with a small head. Aroma of earthy notes, malts, hay, nutty notes, citrus, grass and resin. Taste is crisp, earthy and caramely malty with some nutty notes, hay, citrus, grass and resin. Finish is crisp, earthy and grassy with some hay and citrus. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - OCT 5, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear golden honey colour; Three-quarter finger head with crumpety white foam which last for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy slow carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of Ale malt, with passion fruits, white grapes, dark fruits, floral, sugar, light bread and light grass; Close to light sweet taste of fair Ale malt, with grains, wheaty tartness, light grapefruits, floral, resins, molasses notes, dry bread, lime, medium bitter hops and grass; Close to light body. Thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is fair Ale maltymess in a wheat-thinned and slightly grainy background. Strong grapefruit bitterness and wheaty tartness permeate, plus floral and notable resins. Low sweetness. Dry bread with strong lime to round. Very good!... Hoppiness is passion fruits, white grapes, dark fruits, floral, and light grass in nose. Light grapefruits, floral, resins, lime, and grass in taste; Bitterness is sharp and quite strong for a lasting, medium astringent bitter finish; Quite dry after taste. Citrusy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is a light body and low booze Golden Ale, but the NS hoppiness is strong in white grape aroma and limey oozy bitter taste. Simple yet effective, a keeper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2679) - Kaarina, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2016
A golden beer, a head is blond and quite small. Aroma has biscuity maltyness, some lemon and grass. Traditional, good. Taste has biscuity maltyness, hint of fruitness, quite dry, then nice, grassy and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, easy to enjoy. Great balance, just as good as the best Golden Ale are. Dry biscuits and nice bitterness, and then all this is easy to enjoy as it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (579) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle from appellation wines dalry road. Pours clear golden. Nose of pears, mango, grass, barnyard. Taste is balanced, fruity, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v (2150) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2016
On cask @ Abbotsford, Edinburgh - UK. Color: clean amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and hoppy resin notes. Grassy and floral finish. Taste: medium body with caramel malt balanced with caramel hops and resin notes. Grassy finish. Highly drinkable. Aftertaste: wet bitterness, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (598) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with a stable, creamy, long-lasting one finger white head, good lacing. Hoppy citrus aroma, orange and lemon. Taste is hoppy, citrus, lemon, and really well balanced with a nice lightly sweet biscuity malt flavour, good bitterness to finish. Really smooth mouthfeel. A great golden ale, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4438) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2016
500ml bottle, from trade with Ashton. Many thanks! Pours clear gold with good white head. Aroma is pale malts. Taste is good biscuit malts and lemon zest. Perfect quaffer after a long day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomG1875 (4) - - APR 15, 2016 does not count
A lovely tasting beer, very smooth. It has a lovely lemon taste which isn't too strong but strong enough to get the taste through

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