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

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Was 4.1%
A 5% version is available filtered and bottled. Here.
"A beautifully simple session beer with a stunning balance of hops and malt - a new taste sensation."


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in August 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale ruby in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Short tart note of berry fruit in the brief aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery digestive malt base with tart redcurrant fruit. Strong prickle of spicy hop resins present in the dry bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry oak cask notes present in the palate. An ok session Ruby Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
Cask at Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen. It pours deep amber, with a thick, dense beige head. The nose is tangerine, kumquat, wood and leaf. The taste is wood, leather, polish and citrus pith, with a bitter-dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and good balance. A really good example of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
A - caramel with light floral A - mid gold with lasting head T - sweet P - mid and soft O - decent

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (812) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
On cask at picture house, Colwyn bay. Pours red brown with good white head. A typical red ale, with hints of spice. An excellent session ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2012
Cask @ Kimberly Arms, Findhorn
Dark brown.....medium frothy head...good lacing...Aroma of caramel malts and some spicy hops....Taste of caramel malts..bit of roasted malt...bitter...light spicy hops...some fruit......Palate - soft carb...thin to medium body. Finish - quite bitter and peppery....burnt....over lingering..hangs around too long..doesn’t clean
Overall - Flavoursome hoppy bitter for the abv but that finish is too lingering

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2011
Cask at Cloisters. Pours a red colour with a thick white head. Malty aroma of caramel and barley with grassy hops. Similar flavours with toffee notes. A little bitter with a dry finish and a long bitter linger. Mild carbonation. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2140) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2011
Cask at nobles in leith. Clear red with off white head. Aroma is juicy, citrus hops with caramel malt. Taste is hoppy, grapefruit, lemons followed by caramel toffee. Finishes well, crisp. Delicious. One of the best hopped Scottish beers going

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zexpe (40) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
One of the best Scottish reds - you can always rely on Orkney to produce nice beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - MAY 16, 2011
In Cask all’O Connor; è il giusto formato in cui servirla, una buona bitter ma mi aspettavo meglio.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - MAR 6, 2011
Bella lì, prima ale dal cask, grazie all’avvedutezza di Maurizio dell’O Connor, primo locale a Genova ad offrire questa possibilità; si beve con grande facilità, la differenza con le ales in bottiglia provate è patente, è per questo servizio che una birra del genere è intesa; sul prodotto in sé, siamo nell’onestà, credo che si possa avere di meglio, ma tant’è tant’ò


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