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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7747) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3786) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (2775) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, Karamell, fruchtig. Geschmack trocken fruchtig, malzig, Karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9319) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3372) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12231) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Don2711 (382) - - NOV 25, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Nice drink. Good after taste. Would drink again. definitely one of the better one?s I have drunk but couldn?t drink a lot of it in a session . Second pint about a year later much better. Good appearance. Hop flavours good and nice bready taste. Up 0.9 from last time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8490) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Clear golden with a thin head. There’s some malts in the aroma but its mainly fruit hopped in character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16635) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
Cask at the Castle Tavern, Inverness, 19/10/13. Crystal clear golden with a moderate off white head. Nose is toasted malts, citrus, orange. Taste comprises orange sherbet, bread dough, orange pith, toasty malts. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light grassy bitterness in the finish. Ok golden blond - not a bitter !

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