Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Bitter
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: pale and golden, straw yellow in colour.
Nose: delicate fruity hop with a hint of maris otter maltiness.
Palate: soft malt with a fruity hoppy middle, drier hop in the finish which lingers pleasantly.
Summary: a very refreshing easy drinking Orkney Light Ale. Hopped with in 2008 American and Polish hops early and late in the copper.One to enjoy with any type of food at any time of day. It does not have to be strong to be exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Cask & Barrel, Edinburgh. Gold with white head. Thin light beer, almost lager like in character with a light lemon lime hop note and little body. Some closing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (5392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Re-rate, I’m much more aware of how well integrated the yeast and the hops are on the long refreshing finish this times. There seems to be a particular yeast taste to Highland Brewing beers, in fact. This is an awesome drink which understates itself but has incredible balance. Previous rating 30/03/11 6/4/6/4/13 = 3.3 50cl bottle. Pours golden with light carbonation & a nice lacy head. The nose has sweet malt and gentle nettles. The taste is less malty but more nettles. The palate is light to medium bodied with proportional texture and a lovely refreshing finish. Overall, this is a beautifully balanced and sessionable beer. Less is more!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (4182) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
designed to be a pils. pale yellow, no head or bubbles smells amazing! peachy fruit. not as crisp as a pils but still crisp peach flavour w/ delicate hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
On cask (handpump) at Great British Beer Festival, day 3 on 6 August 2009. Gold / amber. Slightly sweet fruit but, oddly, a quite dry finish. Strong hoppy bitterness arrives late. A very decent session bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
Cask at the Cask and barrel, Edinburgh. A fairly standard bitter, but there is a bit barnyard or stable in there - the beer is not in top form. Fine maltiness, nice bitteer tail - but not well kept.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
Cask & Barrel, Southside, Edinburgh Light fruity aroma with a clear pale straw appearance. Lightly bittered flavours with citrus fruits, short lived palate however. Might be one for the summer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rune (11369) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2010
Half, hand pulled cask at Cask & Barrel Southside. Clear golden body. Low, lacing-head. Plain fruity hops to the nose. Oil-like fruity hops in flavour. Dry ending. Foamy and watered mouth feel (Edinburgh, 30.11.2010).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 2, 2010
Strange to find a name like this for this brewery. Nice head and features very refreshing although a little bitter for my taste.
Earlier Rating: 10/25/2007 Total Score: 3.1
Quite good but I expected more from this brewery, it is a shame Orkney brewery was bought by another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (4412) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Cask @ The Cask & Barrel, Edinburgh. Resin aroma. Bright golden colour. Biscuit & resin flavour. Mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6746) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2010
500 ml bottle, thanks to my beerpal Olav who brought it home from the Orkneys. ABV is 3.6%. Crystal clear golden colour, big to moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops, notes of tropical fruits. Light bodied. Decent hoppy flavour, some fruitiness first, dry and "dusty" finish. Very nice for its moderate ABV.

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