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Swannay Orkney IPA

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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Pale and golden - but not too pale as to look like lager.
Nose: Lemony citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit and spicy, peppery goldings.
Palate: Full on hops – styrian goldings to the fore, goldings giving a balanced middle and finally the rich malty fullness of maris otter as a backbone. The finish is refreshing with hops that become dryer if the cask lasts long enough!
Summary: A modern IPA, not overly bitter but still nicely ‘hoppy’ and at 4.8%, just about a session IPA for a sensible night’s drinking. The hop profile is nothing short of stunning.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (10703) - Tromsř, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
500ml bottle bought at The Brig Larder, Kirkwall. Pearl white head to a bright amber-gold body. Crocheted lacing down glass. Smell of leafy hops. Taste of grapefruit and juicy malts added by a spicy twist. Resinous bitterness to the ending. Medium bodied. Clean, fresh and nice (Hotel room, Kirkwall 15.04.2016).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamwitsta (527) - POLAND - FEB 8, 2016
Aroma: faint grapefruit with maybe no more than a whiff of flowers. Appearance: light gold, clear, with a head like beaten egg whites, fine and super stable. Taste: bitter, a bit sour, and just a tad sweet. Palate: body light; carbonation below average; finish bitter. Overall: not special, not great, but decent, nice, to session and to enjoy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2046) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Handpull cask at the Cavens Arms, Dumfries. Light to mid-gold, with a light white head and considerable lacing. Astringent aroma with a strong note of citrus. Lip-smacking bitter/savoury aroma. Sea salt, sulphur, TCP, lemon and gardenia all vie for attention in the taste. Bitter and astringent finish. An interesting interpretation of the classic pale ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2617) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
9.4.2014. Cask. Pours pale golden. Nose is citrus light grapefruit. Taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Dryish bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
14th March 2015
Bright clear gold beer, good off white head. Palate is light and minerally crisp. Light malts bring mild sweetness. Mellow floralness in the mid. Hops are yellow grapefruit made lively by the minerally carbonation. Pithy bitterness leads to a nice juicy orange and a whisper of peach. Finishes light and semi dry. Clean and pretty drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
witthatsbier (490) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Cask’.@ Blackfriars glasgow Aroma is sweet rain bit of citrus taste is sweet with a malty finish,thin for abv nothing special

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalpaBezAmbicji (17) - - NOV 19, 2014
A strong aroma of citrus, although it doesn’t apply to taste (maybe it’s slightly sour), but still, bitterness is what you get (on medium level). The beer is of gold colour and it’s kinda hazy. I’d say it could be a little bit thinner, as it sticks a bit in your throat. The after-taste lasts for a very long time in a satisfayin way. Overall, great, direct beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Cask at Kings Tun JDW. Light orange, clear, still, small white head. Body is medium, smooth, no carbonation at all. Taste is thin and malty, very tangy and dry, lightly metallic, very soft bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (3835) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Cask@st Matthews hall, walsall. Golden amber beer with medium head and patchy lacing. Aroma of biscuit, lemon and malts. Taste is dry bitter hops, biscuit and malts. Below par beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (357) - - SEP 18, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Lemon nose. Not too bitter and good hoppy taste. Nice one. Pint poured golden but hazy which I felt took away from it a bit. Still will drink again. Good one. Second sample left to rest and looked much better. Re rated. Good strength


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