Brewed by Valhalla
Style: Bitter
Unst, Shetland, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
From the Valhalla Brewery in Unst, comes this light, golden bitter ale. Its name comes from the Shetland dialect words for that hauntingly beautiful twilight time at midsummer when darkness never descends on these isles - the sun sets, only to rise again just minutes later. Simmer Dim is the latest production and was launched in April 2000, at the annual Shetland Folk Festival and temporarily named 'Festival 2000' for that event, but was later named Simmer Dim. It has an ABV of 4.0% and is a light golden bitter.

Theydon_Bois' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - OCT 7, 2012
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12. Clear golden with a thin bubbly off white head. Pale malts on the nose, light hop tones and a little citrus. Taste follows, a little caramel. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden amber, sweet, light malty spicy and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
joetownpunk (3) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
500ml bottle, golden ale. Unusual taste but very drinkable. Would be great for a warm summer’s evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (9540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
500ml bottle from Alesela. Pours clear golden amber, thin short-lived head. Sweet aromas, mostly honey, caramel. A very faint floral hop note. Something odd that isn’t quite metallic. Sharp though, perhaps acidic. Taste has more of this sharp bitterness. Didn’t enjoy it much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4787) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2013
500ml bottle from Aldi (presumed pasteurised) - clear deep golden, thin bubbly white head, malty, honey, caramel aroma, highly carbonated, herbal, bitter flavour

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnRMurdoch (4409) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2013
500ml bottle shared with mr_h. Amber brown, good foamy head. Resin grain malt aroma. Sickly sweet toffee malt flavour. Sour aftertaste. Not a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davensteve (12) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Bitter after taste with nice complex flavours. Well rounded and finished beer. A little too light possibly

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50cl bottle. Pours a caramel colour with no head to speak of. The nose has honey and malt and then caramel on the end. More of the same on the taste. The palate is light to medium bodied and textured with a clean finish. A solid bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2011
[cask at the Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh] Poured almost totally flat – which was a surprise. Slightly hazy deep golden ale, aromas of biscuit malt and musty, funky strangeness. A pretty decent malty bitter on the taste, even if it did smell like a football stadium toilets [15022009]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. Burnished with a dimpled white foam. Aroma beeswax, orange jelly and dried apricot with a nose-twitching gust of CO2. Dry yeasty bite, apple peel, hints of dampness, jellied orange, sappy hop. Blunt hop finish with a clean malt linger- bread and nut husk. Decent yeasty drop, if eye-wateringly fizzy.

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