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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeverszeuge (643) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2012
# 3129 ersma: danke an claudia, die das bier aus orkney mitgebracht hat. bernsteinfarben und für ein ale sehr schaumig. der geruch ist fruchtig, butterig, etwas nach melasse. der antrunk ist süßlich-fruchtig mit bitterem hintergrund. überreife birnen. die mitte wird zusehends herber und bitterer, ohne die fruchtigkeit zu verlieren. der abgang ist hopfenbetont mit nur noch leichter süße und fruchtig-säuerlicher note, so richtung zitrus. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: ansprechendes pale ale, das schon richtung bitter ale geht. gut trinkbar. 12,10,9,10,11,10 - 10,10 - 24/10/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (9895) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle: Deep golden, hazy,big creamy and stable off-white head, leaving rings on the glass; toasty-fruity nose with some phenols; creamy MF, light bodied, mild bitter-sweet flavour, shorter bitter-fruity finish. Disappointing…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 15, 2012
Cask @ The Golden Rule, Polwarth 111012
Golden light amber, clear, dense white head, good lacing
Aroma - pale caramel malt, soft citrus fruits
Taste - light caramel malts, soft fruits, soft tangy citrus, apricot, soft cereal malts, nice biscuity cereal come in as a wave in the finish
Palate - Soft carb, light to medium body, bit oily. Finish as described above
Overall - One of the better golden ales out there, good finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (15601) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Bottled 500ml (BZ, BB 03/2013, alc. 4.4%)
Slightly hazy orange color, small white head, lace. Fruity, slightly flowery, cracker malty aroma. Medium-bodied. Yeasty front, some citrus hoppyness, fruity maltyness. Overriped tropical fruits. Decent but quite typical UK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (15750) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 5, 2012
Herb fruchtiger Beginn. Zunehmend bitterer, die fruchtige Süße passt angenehm dazu. Ab dem späten Mittelteil deutlich getreidig, nun wieder herber, auch wenn die Süße noch deutlich erkennbar ist. Nett! 8/9/11/11/9/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle) Slightly hazy, golden colour with a medium-sized and slightly off-white foamy head. Cara-malty and fruit-accented hoppy aroma with citric and lemony notes. Mildly sweet and bitter flavour, light bodied with a modest carbonation. Balanced cara-malt and mainly fruity hoppy taste; sweet-bitter cara-malty and slightly biscuity finish. 23.VI.12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3725) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle. Golden, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, faint caramel, some tropical fruitiness, light citrus hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and some tropical fruitiness, light grapefruit - citrus hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, faint caramel and light tropical fruitiness, light grapefruit - citrus hoppyness hoppyness. Lightly sweetish fruity bitter with OK hoppyness - not too much caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5939) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 12, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with average, micropore frothy, moderately lacing, white head. Floral, slightly herbal hop aroma, a minimal spicy note. Taste is initially slightly dry, minimally soapy with increasing floral notes, hints of underlying minimally spicy grain. Finish holds dry hop notes with a floral touch. Very decent fruity flavours throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5431) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle BBE MAR 13. Nose is not all that sweet, nice clear Maris Otter sneaking through, there are some vague fruity esters and apple, faintly yeasty. Golden with lots of tiny, dense packets of carbonation and a jiggling rocky beige head. Taste is much sweeter, very smooth malt smothered by fruit with grassy and floral notes creeping up until the end. Clean light0medium body with some American IPA character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4769) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Golden with some hoppines. Slightly fruity with a medium body although thinner than you would expect for its strength. The label claims that its a world class pale ale-in your dreams!

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