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

bottled
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RATINGS: 404   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2593) - Edmonton, Alberta, - SEP 7, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Deep orange body. Head is light tan, dense, tthick and long lasting. Lots of thick lacing. Nose has sweet malts, a bit of fruit and citrus peels. Taste is pretty hoppy, nice citrus notes, some sweetness and caramel malts, some fruitiness. Finishes hoppy with lasting grapefruity and orange peel like hops. Also a lasting malt note that is a bit earthy and nutty. Light body, mild carbonation. Lots of flavour for a lighter alc beer, and gorgeous in the glass. Overall this is a nicely hopped UK red ale that is richer and hoppier than expected.


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (1332) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
Light scent of berries. Bitter and metal with light sweetness in the taste. Weak bitterness that remains far below the upper lip. Not really my beer. The beer feels empty most of the flavor. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pjames317 (73) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager tulip glass with a copper-red hue and pillowy, soft tan head. Notes of vanilla, nuts (butter pecan?), fruit forward hops and toasted malts. Bready, pie crust essence. Flavor is decent: spicy, bitter hops Co-mingle with cracker malts to create a typical but above average "ruby" ale. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A tinge metallic, but its not off-putting. nice balance, lacks that next-level depth but a good beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1238) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a clear ruby red with a white frothy head. Aroma is slightly sour dough bread. Taste is lightly malt with a quick turn to a sharp clean dry bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (414) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a ruby red into Sprecher pint glass. My label reads 5.5% ABV. Biscuity aroma with some floral notes. Taste is juicy with a balance of dark cherries, caramel, and toasted biscuit. Finishes with a long and soothing spiciness. Very nice Scottish bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Burgers (313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Clear reddish copper with no head after a few seconds. Aroma of hops, malts and wheat. Taste is slightly bitter. Little carbonation. Mouthfeel medium bodied Finish thin bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2565) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2014
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/1/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (635) - SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle from Aldi a clear red chestnut colour lots of red fruits toasted malts and good hop profile nice juicy fruity bitter

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ERB92 (266) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2014
Caramel, toffee, grains, some fruits and grass in the aroma. Mahogany with a tan head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Light to medium body with a average carbonation. Overall a quite decent bitter, enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (853) - NORWAY - MAY 20, 2014
Clear amber. Impressive off-white head and lacing. Superb aroma of British hops, hay, grass and berries. Well balanced and refreshing taste. Taste and aftertaste is coherent with aroma, with plum jam in taste.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (1051) - FINLAND - MAY 14, 2014
.5l bottle from Lutakko Supermarket Pours clear reddish copper with medium high head. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is hops, malts, fruits and some wheat. Flavor is nicely bitter. Hopsy, some roasted malts, hint of liquorice and fruits. Pretty good.


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