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Highland Scapa Special

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Brewed by Highland
Style: Bitter
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled at 4.4%.

Appearance: golden & sparkling in the glass.
Nose: hints of fruit esters and malt, with light hop notes. Also, if fresh, will have a nutty bread dough yeasty note, that disappears when well vented.
Palate: soft nutty maltiness with accessible hoppiness. The middle is balanced, leading to a long malt hop finish, which the hops eventually win. Their fresh green notes coming through with hints of fruit esters. It becomes drier and “cleaner” drinking with longer venting.
Summary: a satisfying world class pale ale, made with maris otter pale ale malt & a blend of four hops from America, Germany, New Zealand & Slovakia. Each one selected for their spiciness and aroma and all giving that certain something to back up the wholesome maltiness provided by the maris otter.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1068) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Aroma: light grain and cereal malts. Appearance: yellow, average, creamy white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: light body, soft carbonation, short finish. Overall: nice Bitter, yet does not stand out. Pint at the GBBF 2014, Kensington.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden on 17th August 2014. Amber with thin off-white film and initial lacing band. Malty and spicy aroma with yeasty notes. Hoppy in-mouth with spice and tart orange peel. Bittersweet finish. Smooth mouthfeel and plenty of body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2963) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
hazy mid gold with an offwhite lacing. Caramel and chocolate, light carbonation with earthy biscuit and slightly metallic notes. Bitter, past its best but that’s my fault.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2014
Cask at Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. Pours clear golden with a small white head.Aroma is weak malty with some good fruity mild hops . Taste is smooth weak sweet malty with a dry herbal finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3605) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Cask, at Helgi’s, Kirkwall. Gold, thin but lasting white head, fine condition. Pleasant fruity sweet malt and a delicate happiness in the nose, quite fruity in the mouth with a hint of melon and a pleasant undercurrent of hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (904) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
From cask at Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. Served in perfect condition. Golden. Dense and persistent off-white head. Fruity and flowery aroma, with gooseberries. Sublime real ale mouthfeel. Well balanced with high drinkability. Moderate bitterness in first aftertaste, with crystal malt coming later.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7372) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, Karamell, fruchtig. Geschmack trocken fruchtig, malzig, Karamell.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3338) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Cask at Thomsons. Pours a clear golden amber, thick foamy white head. Aromas has biscuit, orange and resin. Taste has more of the same, and a lovely biscuity finish. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (1377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, Christmas gift from Tom. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Excellent lacing. Aroma of herbs, grain and freshly cut grass. Flavour of earthy, herbal, spicy hops - Slovakian hops are definitely evident in this. Medium body with an oily texture. Soft carbonation. As easy drinking as water, but, ironically, it’s all a bit watery and the flavour feels diluted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Cask at Moorings, Aberdeen. It pours clear golden amber with a small white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, citrus, dough, brioche and fruit loaf. The taste is crisp, citric, doughy, nut, straw, dried fruits and some underlying sweetnes with a set finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A rather nice golden bitter. Well-rounded and quaffable.


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