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Olde Burnside Highland Fling Spring Ale



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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
Spring, in the Scottish Highlands, with the heather in bloom, the air is as clean as the day the earth was born. Enjoy life's renewing season with our refreshing "Highland Fling Spring Ale" and look forward to our next seasonal offering, "St. Andrew's Summer Ale". Our beers are brewed locally and handcrafted using the finest ingredients, including pure, natural water from our own private source. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Lightly cloudy golden color with a fizzy cream colored head. Clean tangy hops dominated this beer offset just enough by light yeast. Maybe some very light fruity overtones. Nice blue glass bottle and resealable top... probably the best thing about this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Cold 33.8 oz blue swing top bottle: Pours a clear golden amber with very minimal ivory bubbles. Aroma is of apple and hops. Fizzy on the tongue. Taste is mainly bitter with notes of fruit. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Large blue swingtop bottle: Pours lightly cloudy light orange with a thick white head, aroma has apples, flowers and earthy hops, full bodied for the style, nice strong carbonation, long grainy ending, starts and ends lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGateGuy95 (13) - Keene, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 slight hints of fruityness to the nose, Very light golden in color light body, well balanced and yes, it is refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ale4Ed (7) - Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
I have to agree with most of what has been posted on this light, tasty ale. Again, I buy it fresh since it is a local brewer. I share it with my friends who are ’afraid’ of craft brews, they love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Pours out coppery with a white head. Smells of bread, nuts, grapefruit and sugar. Tastes appley with some mellow spicey notes. Great think lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2005 1L swingtop bottle, quite beautiful as all have said. A very sparkling, shining golden appearance, a deep, true golden color, with just a hint of light copper. Very hazy, with sediment suspended in minute particles all throughout the glass, I really love when that occurs. Creamy, yellow-flecked white head. Very well-retained and leaves immense sheets of lace plastered to the glass. Aroma of sugar cookies, nutty hops, very earthy and lightly bitter. Light floral notes and some lemon sorbet with honey on it. Begins with a big, sticky bitterness, that clings to the tongue, backed up by some notes reminding me of orange-blossom honey. Very pleasing, creamy mouthfeel, fresh and unfiltered. Ends very dry and bitter, as magic_hat says, it has a bit too much on the bittering and not quite enough hops flavor. Lots going on on the finish, but it’s mostly hops driven; peppery, soily, nutty notes from the boiled hops with some light toasty malt, almost worty-sweet. Some light flowers and honey linger, and the hops bitterness steadily builds on the palate, really dulling the other flavors by the end of the bottle. No alcohol apparency, with a dusty, lightly dirty (not in a bad way) yeastiness. Well-made beer, but let’s have less hops bitterness and more hops flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
This is a pretty good Spring Pale ale, but it has room for improvement. The bittering hops are a little too intense, and it could use some finishing hops to cover up a little. This is borderlining an IPA. Good malt backbone, a nice fairly dry beer. A little unbalanced, but good none the less. And I love the 1 liter swing top bottles, great for us homebrewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3630) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle #1881. Bottle opens with a thunderous pop. Pour is a very carbonated one with a big light tan fluffy head. Mildly hazy amber/honey color. Citrus orange aroma with hints of honey, pepper, and notes of smoked pine. Yeastly banana to start. Gives way to intense hoppy bitterness. Lots of Cascades in the finish. Orange hints in the middle. Good Stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CTBeer (4) - Manchester, Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
Bottle #1718, The never ending frothy head, nice lacying, with a copper amber appearance. Very fragrant with herbal & floral aromas and a hint of lemon. Medium bodied with a ton of hops. I could of used more malt complexity but a very good beer. Another fine seasonal by Olde Burnside.

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