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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
"A mid gravity beer which has a generous hoppy nose and a flowery hop flavour with a smooth malty finish."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (618) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Deepest copper color, like the dusky afterglow of a spectacular sunset. Foam and lacing are minimal. Fruity and vinous nose, cranberry or raspberry, wax, and peaty smoke. Flavor is malty with a splash of coffee (roasted barley), tart cranberry, and creosote. Maybe a suggestion of cherry or strawberry truffles? Low carbonation. Mouthfeel borders on being watery. Cleansing sweet/tart finish with nuances of tannic applepeel and floral/spicy bitterness (EKG?) A lot of flavor in what I consider a light-bodied beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours more brown with splashes of garnet than standard "red". Small tanned head. Nose has a very smoky aroma along with a roasted malt and maybe some burnt wood. The taste is more of the smoked flavor with more wood coming through. This is more of a smoked beer than an English Pale Ale, without a doubt. By reading some other ratings as I type each sentence, I'm wondering if this beer is "off". It way more smoky and less amlty and sweeteend than others have described. But it's a smoother smoked beer than others. Good beer, but not my cup of tea.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
This is a drinkable English Pale Ale. Malty, smokey, and sweet flavors. Finishes creamy, smooth, and thin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2004
Bottled: Ruby red coloured. Thin beige head. Malty and fruity nose. Fat malty flavour. Notes of plums. Has a fruity and dry aftertaste. Me like.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Reddish brown with a light hoppy aroma. Hints of smoke and grapefruit back up flavors of sweet caramel malts. Pretty light overall with a quick, slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Aroma of strawberry shortcake malt. Appearance is reddish with little head. Flavor is malty with a slight hop presence. Palate is nice and yeasty. A nice english pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Crystal clear copper ale with a small, frothy, beige head. The aroma delivers notes of chocolate, caramel, peat, pine, smoke and red wine. Well-balanced with malty flavors of caramel and chocolate. Hoppy flavors of grapefruit peel and fir tree sap. Light-bodied with a dry, fizzy mouthfeel and a very short, crisp, clean finish. This particular bottle was just a touch lightstruck, but overall, a decent ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 15, 2004
has some curious lychee flavours and then goes salty-dry. some caramel in the nose. sweet and reasonable

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2004
this bottle must have been at about 30º when we had it which is a bit extreme even for a scotch ale. definitely was pretty damn fruity at that temperature, lychees marinated in toffee. dry and malty body, quick finishing. little bit smokey i guess.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2003
Reddish appearance with a slightly smoked aftertaste.Quite malty but nothing really otstanding apart from the label.


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