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

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2314) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2011
50cl bottle poured into my Scapa Special pint glass. It pours a golden orange with a fantastic head and steady carbonation. The nose has sweet malt and very herbacious hops. The taste has hay and a long zingy nettley finish. The palate is rich with a long refreshing finish. So, so drinkable.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Humble_Tester (9) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2011 does not count
Cask - Stromness, Orkney. Very fruity/sweet scent (apple) that pours very light amber color. Palate is similar to a cider though not as sharp. Cider driners would enjoy this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
From bottle. I’d missed this one at a recent beer fest so grabbed a bottle when i came acress it while stopped for a coffee on a long drive. The aroma is excellent, light and fruity with hints of hops coming through. This aroma complements the clear golden appearance. well hopped flavour that lasts long enough to savour each mouthful. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a cask, as with a lot of bottles the nature of carbonated ale means it can often have a degree of fizziness to it’s palate, this is certainly present in this case.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2011
50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. Golden amber with an off-white head; very lively when first poured but settling quickly; biscuity aroma; thinish body, biscuity taste with some orange fruit; light hops to finish, but not enough to impress.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3172) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 Cask @ The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh & bottle from AleselA. Rich yellow amber colour, secent head. Resin, biscuit citrus fruit & hop aroma. biscuit & citrus fruit flavour. flavour. Light & refreshing. A bitter / golden ale hybrid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Dull bronze. Malts to the fore, a little bready/doughy. Then hops - dry and earthy. Good balanced bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Cask @ Barloney, Edinburgh. Medium-gold with stable sparkler head. Hoppy aroma is bitterly herbal as in milk thistle. The palate is very soft. The flavor profile is odd. Sweet male malts like Asian pear. Balanced by strangely non-fun hops. Just flat bitterness like you get from thistle, crabapple, etc. Drinkable but not so much fun.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4937) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2010
500 ml bottle, thanks to my beerpal Olav who brought it home from the Orkneys. ABV is 4.4%. Golden colour, big to moderate white head. Moderate but nice aroma of fruity and herbal hops. Fairly light bodied. The flavour has herbal notes throughout, with a dry and "dusty" finish. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle from Corks, Bristol. Gold in colour with a fluffy, white and moderate carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with some fruit and floral hops. Flavours of caramel, citrus hop and a slightly roasty, dry finish. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Golden with a thin foam. Aromas are toast and biscuit with soft citrus. Some caramel with tea. Flavours are sweet lemon and apricot with biscuit malts. A nice balance of malty and fruity with a grapefruit bitterness on the finish.


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