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Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Pale and golden - but not too pale as to look like lager.
Nose: Lemony citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit and spicy, peppery goldings.
Palate: Full on hops – styrian goldings to the fore, goldings giving a balanced middle and finally the rich malty fullness of maris otter as a backbone. The finish is refreshing with hops that become dryer if the cask lasts long enough!
Summary: A modern IPA, not overly bitter but still nicely ‘hoppy’ and at 4.8%, just about a session IPA for a sensible night’s drinking. The hop profile is nothing short of stunning.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1685) - - JAN 28, 2013
500ml bottle from Peckhams (Aberdeen - £2.75):
Fruity and with lots of citrus to begin, there is a nice mix of lemon and orange notes upfront with some peach and a little grapefruit. The balance is a good one and is complimented with apricot and a few grassy hops as well.
Bright looking and pretty clear amber colour with a foamy, white head that settles t about the width of a thumb without reducing much & leaving some lacing on the sides.
Hop filled to begin, there is a combination of grassy hops and some citrus along with a touch of orange and apricot. Again this is quite fruity like the nose with the grapefruit featuring to but here it is also backed up by some light, sweet malts and a bit of spice.
Medium with a lot of hops that give it a nice bitter taste and finish. It has moderate carbonation, is quite crisp and a little dry but somehow still manages to seem refreshing.

A lot more hoppy and fruity than I had been expecting, I’d place it somewhere between an English and an American style IPA. There is a lot of hops in this one, although not as much as in the American style it is still a great beer and one that was a lot different and better than I was expecting.


3.7
Piepenhenrich (1285) - Steinbach, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2017
Handpulled in the Ferry Inn, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland. Pours golden with creamy head. Has a nice balance of light malty fruity and hoppy flavors. Hops is not that much in focus like I would expect from an IPA. It's more like a reasonably hoppy, easy to drink ale. Good, though.

3
Holmen2 (4288) - NORWAY - SEP 16, 2017
From bottle at OSB påslutning at TO's 16.09.17. Clear orange golden. Off-white head. Aroma of fruits and pale malt. Similar taste, with evident hops and bitterness. More like a golden ale than an IPA.

3.3
rozsoma (1163) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 14, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Cask @ Ferry Inn, Stromness. Kecsesen könnyed IPA a Swannay szortimentből...

3.7
ekstedt (7007) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2017
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh, Scotland. Clear golden, small white head. Bready, fruity, floral hops. Dry, medium bitterness.

3.3
Derbeth (1125) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle. Golden colour, cloudy, minimal head. Aroma is mostly herbal hops, also some pine and citrus - definitely an English, not American character. Medium bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Good.

3.4
ElDesmadre (3984) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle. Lots of zesty citrus notes, medium body, biscuits, medium strong herbal bitterness. Simple, straightforward thirstquencher. Very good.

3.7
JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Dark yellow color and a white head. Light malt flavor and hops. Aroma is also light. Smooth, delicate flavor. On the sweet side, dry, bitter hops initially, then some fruit and the hops are there in back. Good session ipa.

3.7
Heidbummer (981) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Pours clear auburn. Traditional cask pale ale. Nice clean bitterness Smooth drinking. Nice.

3.6
theprof (1365) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Cask. Aroma mildly grapefruit and floral hops. Pours pale amber. Thin top broken fading lacing. Tastes pleasantly of Maris Otter and so many brewers talk of ingredients and then bury them. This one does what it promises and delivers a session IPA.

3.4
MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Intense grain and bread malts, floral hops. Clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Light bitter. Grain and cereal malts continue, intensifying floral hops, some citrus fruits, bitter finish. OK ’English-style’ IPA, but nothing too spectacular. Cask at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.


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