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Old Worthy Scottish Pale Ale

Old Worthy Brewing Co.
Formerly brewed at Isle of Skye

Style: English Pale Ale
Bggar, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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Dear Raters! This was our first ever beer... and a beer born out of madness!!! I had just lost my whisky job and was going crazy with nothing to do... and I had always been frustrated in Scotland that I couldn’t find a beer that matched my other favourite activity... which is whisky drinking. So like a crazy person I thought why not start brewing it... and not in a small scale either... why not get a brewery to contract brew IN 3000 litre batches... WORTHY RIGHT??? So our SPA was born. She is a bit of a marmite beer... some of you love her... some of you hate her... but until you have paired her with a dram you won’t know her full beauty. There has also been a lot of evolution with her... 1.0 was just Challenger and peated malt from Ardmore Distillery... 1.5 we added heather honey and toned down the peat... 2.0 soon to be released as The Old Worthy is dry hopped with Amarillo... (only on cask for now)... a labour of tough love... but I and the boys at Old Worthy Brewing Co don’t give up easy and this wee beer is at the heart of everything we do... So are we CRAZY or WORTHY? Want to geek out with us or just join for a beer or two and tell use how we can be better brewers - we are always looking to be better!!! Feel free to drop me a note at nick@oldworthybeer.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @oldworthybeer Always be Worthy! Best regards and Slainte! Nick from Old Worthy Brewing Co.

tania_nexust's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, - OCT 25, 2012
[330ml bottle, review sample] At first I wasn’t getting much aroma wise, and only a very gentle hint of the smoke at the end of a mouthful, but as I let the beer warm up a bit, more appeared on the nose, and while still remaining refreshing, a lovely rounded peat and honey finish came out. My only gripe is that for a pale ale, I would like a little more hop character to be evident, just a little bite of bitterness before the sweet & smokey hints take over. But overall the subtleties were an asset in this beer, so if the hops stepped up just a little bit, I think it would be a beer of interesting balances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4531) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
Flaske 330ml spandert av Rune. Delt med ham og Skinnyviking på Nerstranda 14 Jan 15. Lys gyldenbrun. Veldig lavt skum. Søt krydderaroma. Smaken har et tungt torv-preg liggende under. Frukt i forgrunnen. Godt & anderledes øl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7491) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle shared with Rune and Finn. Medium high fluffy white lasting head. Clear amber body. Fruity heather honey mildly smoked aroma. Mild fruity honey mildly smoke flavor with little hops bitterness and a short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8823) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2015
Thanks to djoeye for a 330ml bottle. Pearl white head, dotted spots to the glass. Hazy golden body. Leafy hops on the nose, with some honey sweetness. Malt-fruity taste with a peaty touch. Herbal hops to the ending. Rounded mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pleasing (shared with Skinnyviking and Finn, Tromsø 14.01.2015).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden, nose is grainy, lemon, taste is light, refreshing and smoky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (5159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Cask at the white lady. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light cereal and dusty lemon aromas, more of the same on the taste. Light body, thin finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
djoeye (2067) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Modest off white head, near clear semi dark yellow-golden body, scattered lacings. Aroma; dark sweet malts, raisins, apricots, grassy hops, candied liquorice, caramels. Taste; dark sweet smoked malts, tar, prune, ashy hops, leather, liquorice, barbecue notes. Normal on palate, average to short finish. Overall interesting, but retired? Went up in smoke? [33cl brown btl 5.0%abv° BBdec2014 B@Alko Fi Kemi 3€ T@höme]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (11131) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle from Finland. Frothy White fair mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Light malty and moderate hoppy flowery aroma. Light bitter slightly peeted flavor. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (7125) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2014
Yellow-golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head. Lightly sweet aroma. Flavor starts sweet, then some smoked notes. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (6808) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark yellow with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, little sweet fruit. Flavor is malt, yeast, light peat, smoke. Medium body, average carbonation. 300914

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (12436) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty, light peaty and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 300914

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