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


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6394) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
My local Wetherspoons (like most) was having a ‘Scottish Week’ around the ‘Burns Night’ date and on 26th Jan 2012 I popped in and had a couple of pints: the second one being this fine beer. First had Red MacGregor at a CAMRA festival (GBBF) many years ago: not had one since joining this site though. Hand-pulled pint into a UK sleeve, the beer is a clear ruby red colour: on top a full head of foam, cream-coloured. Good lacing hung to the glass side as the beer level sank, the beer was in a good condition and you could tell. The nose is a real mixed bag: malts and hops vying for attention, each coming to the fore and reducing again as the beer goes through the warming process in the glass. The taste is also a fine blend of flavours: sweet malts and fruit/citric hop notes joined at the hip by a mini yeast presence that gives the beer that fresh and natural feel to it. Easy drinking beer, the alcohol just about apparent although the mouth feel and body carry it nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamLawsonS (26) - - MAR 16, 2012
Good amber ale, crystal clear and smooth as hell. Fresh well balanced hoppy beer. Warm and malty with a good freshness. Slight aftertaste of treacle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Deep ruby colour with a thick head that lasts nicely through the pint. A touch musty with a good dry bitterness and a nice balance. Good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Dark ale retaining a heavy and hoppy bitterness which dominates the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1615) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12720) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (2344) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2847) - 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

   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.

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