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

bottled
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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2011
Very fruity nose. Light mouth, a touch of lemonade and marmalade. Lots of nose, but very little bitterness. Very little backbone. Tons of hops in the beer. Mildly bitterness that abruptly finishes. Just amazed how lively the fruitiness is on this.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2011
[cask at the Halfway House, Edinburgh] Clear, light golden beer with a decent white head. Slightly malty aroma, faint musty grassiness. Biscuity on the taste, following through with a mild touch of hop as a dry finish. Moderately bitter aftertaste – classic Scottish session ale [01092008]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1882) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 31, 2011
Pint at Cloisters. Great nose. Crisp and green. Similar taste. Nice aromatic hop flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Bottled, from The Scottish Real Ale Shop, Kilmahog. Lightly hazy deep golden, rich head. Aroma of ripe fruit and hay. Mid sweet, fruity with light-medium body and soft mouthfeel. Autumnal flavours of ripe fruits and hay, light spicy bitterness. Tasty, well balanced and nicekly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. A golden ale with a lovely thick white head. A yeasty, caramel nose with similar flavour. Some grassy hops and a lingering peppery finish. Smooth creamy mouth-feel. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10654) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Cask conditioned at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh. Gold with white head. Good, fresh, light bitter. There is a malty fruitiness to it overlaid with a zesty orange sharpness. Nicely refreshing and light. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Cask handpull, Derby Summer BF 2011. Orange gold with a slim but dense white head. Orange swiped with vines aroma. Drab and slightly earthy with creamy oak, almond, orange. Late tea-dunked biscuit. A bit disappointing and hopless.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Exjedi (4) - SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2011 does not count
Scapa Special pours a lovely golden colour with a decent foamy head, the aromas are of fruit and flowery hops with a litlte bit of biscuity malt and citrus with a lovely creamy taste

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
1 May 2011, bottle. slightly orange yellow colour, clear, steady bubbles, frothy white head. soft floral notes, some grassy hops and mild maltiness. overall, there’s not a lot on the nose. thin body and very fizzy. softy floral hops with a faint coppery malt background and a slightly bitter hop finish. ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2939) - 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.


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