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Highland Orkney Blast

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Brewed by Highland
Style: English Strong Ale
Orkney, Scotland

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: pale and golden in colour.
Nose: rich fruity malt hints of yeast, with earthy, woody, hop with honey and alcohol notes.
Palate: generously malty with balanced spicy hop in the middle leading, to a lingering hop finish, with honeyed fruity malt and a hint of warming alcohol.
Summary: a stunning stronger ale in the true british fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and English hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scotbrew (56) - - JUL 20, 2015
Traditional English pale ale type. Decent hop aromas, mainly grapefruit which jumps out. Some sweetness initially, definite orange marmalade and bready flavours. Surprisingly, alcohol is quite noticeable in flavour and aftertaste but it’s more warming than harsh. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (1789) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Cask at Holy Inadequate, Etruria. Pours golden amber, boozy, some hops, cloying. Hard work.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (292) - SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear amber with a foamy white head that didn’t last. Toffee aroma, taste is orange and caramel with a bitter edge. Medium body

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrJamesMcEwan (147) - SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2015
* Bottle. Pours pale golden, clear, with a white head. * Aroma is rich fruit, malt, apricot, hints of yeast, earth & wood. * Palate is medium, medium carbonation, fine bubbles, medium dry. * Taste is bitter, apricot, caramel & grapefruit. * Finish is long, sweet, moist, then slightly drying. * Overall great balanced strong bitter, apricot, caramel & grapefruit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sound67 (466) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 5, 2015
[National Winter Ales Festival, Derby, 2015] - Highland Brewery Orkney Blast, 6%, tiefgolden klar, deutlich süßliches Aroma nach reifen Orangen und Honig, leichte medizinische Noten. Aroma sehr mild, Orangen, etwas Floralität. Deutlich ölig, kräftiger Körper. Zunächst deutlich süßlich, Reife Orangen und klare medizinische Noten. Mitte von Süße und milden Orangen bestimmt, eine alkoholische Note schwingt immer mit. Abgang schwer und alkoholisch, noch etwas Limone, kaum Bitterkeit. Die stellt sich, auch sehr moderat, erst im Nachhall ein.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cokemonkey11 (181) - - MAY 12, 2015
500ml brown bottle, cork and cask, Edinburgh. Scent is mixed cereal and pale malt. Pours medium pale with a thin white head subsiding slowly. Light bitter notes and medium sweetness on the tongue. Finish is raspy and dry; really pleasant. A well-rounded beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (303) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2015
500ml bottle from Aldi. Nice orange marmalade colour with thin white head and lacing which lasts. Fresh, fruity aroma, probably more apricot than orange. Sweet fruity, honey, sweet marmalade taste. No great bitterness to finish but enough to strike a great balance. A great find.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3233) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Orange, slight haze, still, small foamy white head. Aroma is biscuity, light citrus. Body is medium, low carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste has soft malt, lighly astringent, tangy and starchy, medium bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark amber, nose is light orange, taste is rich, sweet toffee, pine.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackradioboy (106) - SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Aldi. This has lots of grapefruit going on. Then it morphs into marmalade/orange peel. Very bitter at finish. They should rename it "Soor Plooms"! (see Scots Dictionary) Not bad though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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