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Swannay Scapa Special

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - AUG 14, 2016
cask oro carico leggero agrumato citrico discreta amaro ma bilaciata un po timida

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ianwelby (1091) - SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Light bitter, citrus aroma. Not a huge amount of taste. Bit of fruity hop. Watery though. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
Half-pint, cask, hand pulled at The Shore - Kirkwall. A deep golden body with a tiny white head blanketing the upper part of the glass. Mild aroma of herbal hops, peach and pale malts. Mixed taste of peach, herbs and mid-sweet grainy malts. Rounded bittersweet end. Clean on the swallow. Pretty decent and refreshing after the flight to the Orkney Islands (13.04.2016).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnCook101 (535) - - FEB 21, 2016
Pretty middle of the road. Pale ale over-sells it. More generic light golden ale. Sell is a little unpleasant. Taste is not offensive but entirely forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Si (1) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2015 does not count
I like this beer. Something very slightly different to make it stand out and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2015
Cask at the Liberty Bounds, JDW - London. Pours clear gold with a slight, creamy white head. The nose holds sugary malts, pale grains, ripe lemon. Light-medium sweet flavor with some herbal tea, lemon peel, damp grains. Light bodied with fine carbonation; decent condition. Finishes sweet with slight piney bitterness, some bitter citrus rind, too, more lemony notes, pale grains. A very basic golden bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (6459) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
Cask at JDW CW, London. It pours a clean golden color with medium white head that sticks around. Aroma is fresh grassy hoppy with citrus peel and grapefruit. Taste is medium bitter and tangy with lemon zest, melon, grapefruit, grass, straw. Finishes dry and bitter, and lightly sweet tangy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, lovely

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Parmenion777 (143) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Clear light gold colour, medium white head. Light mslt and floral hop aroma. Malt sweetness, a touch of caramel. Mild short bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gowdy (966) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Half pint at The Helensburgh Beer Festival. Quite a pale golden colour. Not much head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours golden. Aroma is citrus, biscuity malts. Taste is citrus fruity bitterness, lightly sweet biscuity malts.

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