OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orangey-amber color with a low white top. Berry-fruity nose with a whiff of peppery malts. Light body. Low carbonation level. Sourish-sweet malt base. Fruity and peppery bitterness. Short, lightly bitter finish. [Bottle at Lochindaal Hotel, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. 02.09.13]
mighty_meadow (247) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best yet from Islay Ales.
Burnt orange in colour.
Thin white head.
Tastes of hay, marmalade, lemon/orange.
Has THAT bitterness that characterises all the Islay Ales but not nearly as obvious and actually becomes a positive as the beer goes down.
Really enjoying this surprisingly.
Tide (1880) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from supermarket. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, grass, caramel and a bit of pine. Bitter finish with citrus and pine. Very nice bitter.
ration (1971) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
190513. Bottle at home. Pours hazy copper with a nice head. Aroma citrus, crystal malts. Light body. Rather typical bitter.
Scopey (7444) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Islay Ales. It pours golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is dough, spice, floral, earth and hay. The taste is hay, earth, spice, flour, floral and light soap, with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Ok, but nothing special.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of lemon zest and plastic.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Not as awful as the Angus, thankfully, but still dirty and bland. Ugh.
Nilz (419) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with care, since its bottle conditioned it was a nice clear amber ale with a good half inch of white head that lasted the distance with a bit of coarse lacing. Aroma is a pleasant hop and citrus with some flowery notes in there. Taste is of clean hops with a pleasant bitterness. I thought it a great mouthful of flavour.
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Scottish Real Ale shop. Clear golden colour, white head. Nose is dry, fairly hoppy, citric and a bit of pine. Flavour is malty, bitter hopped, citric, bit of sourness. Quite bitter and dry finish. Medium bodied. Well hopped overall, giving it a good edge.
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 pale yellow w/ some dark tint, steady bubbles and frothy head
nose is soft but has a good balance of malt and hops
taste is much stronger
bitter from start to finish. a little fizzy but pretty nice
JohnRMurdoch (3412) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from The Scottish Real Ale Shop. Soapy rustic malt aroma. Cloudy medium brown colour with a massive foamy head. Big strong roasted malt flavour with hint of caramel. Very lively but smooth. Some sediment.